The accessory market for Palm OS handhelds has traditionally been dominated by a triumvirate made up of Proporta, Brando and – to a lesser extent – Boxwave. Sir Rohr’s Fortte is a new player and plans to topple the market over by offering exclusive color options and various new form factors. Can their offering for the Centro stack up?

Fortte’s products ship via FedEx from the United States. Unfortunately, the Austrian Customs catch the parcels from time to time…
0a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

A small blister protects the case during transportation:
1a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro 1b The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

Our case was ordered with belt clip (as it is intended to be given away). The belt clip thus ships in a small satchel along the case. People who dislike belt clips can order their cases without one – the screw in the back is then omitted:
2a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

Getting the Centro into the case is easy. The device is slid in, and a clip in the back is then closed. Fortte’s method is more secure than the friction locking systems found in other manufacturer’s offerings:
3a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro 3b The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro 3c The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

The device remains perfectly usable while in the case:
4a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

Fortte did a great job at keeping the keyboard usable:
5a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

The controls at the top and the bottom remain fully functional:
6a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro 6b The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

A cutout on the left side keeps the volume buttons accessible:
7a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

The Centro’s memory card door is badly designed and requires you to remove the battery door when swapping memory cards. Thus, Fortte chose to cover up the “slot” – no functionality lost.
8a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

Finally, here are a few shots showing the Centro next to a QTek 8500 in a pink case. Of course, the case color can be chosen from dozens – the list is available at Fortte’s web site.
9a The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro 9b The Fortte Open Face case for Palms Centro

In the end, Fortte’s case for the Palm Centro is excellent. People who wish to be able to design their case from the ground up can now do so – but have to accept a higher price. The case we reviewed here costs about 80$…but is worth every penny…

Related posts:

  1. Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro – the review
  2. Next giveaway: Fortte Centro Case
  3. A stylish case for your Treo
  4. Proporta Aluminum-Leather case for the Palm Centro – the review
  5. The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650

3 Responses to “The Fortte “Open Face” case for Palm’s Centro”

  1. How ugly!

  2. I agree….not a good looking case. I also found Fortes quality highly inconsistant

  3. Hi,
    I have to say that my two cases were excellent.

    Should anyone of you ever have issues with Fortte, please contact me ASAP and I am sure that I am able to fix it for you!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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