When cases for mobile devices are concerned, the name Proporta immediately crosses most people’s name. And indeed, the company once founded by a journalist to create a case for a Psion organizer has managed what few have before…to get into London’s Duty Free shop. Their Alu-Leather case, which already exists in a second version, should thus be an almost perfect case…but can it really stack up?

Proporta still sticks to mailing out cases in traditional envelopes. While envelopes do offer less protection than their boxy counterparts, almost all post services drop them off in your mail slot. Please rest assured – I have tested products for ages and never had any problems with envelope deliveries…
0a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

The case itself ships in Proporta’s typical blister with the obligatory belt clip. For me, belt clips are completely useless(I distrust them to some extent)…however, the company still gives one away complimentary with each case.
1a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review 1b The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

Getting the Treo into the case is easy – slide it into the clamps from the top. These clamps hold the Treo surprisingly well…but getting the machine out for a reset/battery change is still very easy.
2a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

The lid of Proporta’s eeker is held in place by a magnetic clip system. It traditionally was a bit problematic..and the strap is still a bit too short for my liking. However, the situation has drastically improved from the past…:
3a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review 3b The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

As usual, the lid contains spaces for two SD cards and a bit of paper:
4a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

Originally, Proporta’s cases for Treo 680 had to be folded back in order to use the Treo’s camera. Version 2 of the case now has a cutout in the back – the folding orgies shown on the left are no longer necessary:
5a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review 5b The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

The case does not obstruct access to any buttons, the keyboard or the Treo’s sync port – flip top leather cases classically are unobtrusive…
6a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review 6b The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

The only real weakness I found while using this case is that the SD slot is covered up by one of the clamps. However, removing the Treo from the case is very easy, making this a forgivable ‘offense’.
7a The Proporta Alu Leather case for Treo 680(version 2)   the review

Overall, leather cases cannot verse aluminum cases in terms of protectiveness – but they also don’t get into your way as much as aluminum cases would. If you can live with the minor weaknesses outlined above, get the case for 35$ at Proporta’s!

Related posts:

  1. The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650
  2. The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
  3. Proporta Aluminum-Leather case for the Palm Centro – the review
  4. The Proporta aluminium-lined leather case for the Palm Z22
  5. The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

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