Before beginning this review, we must clarify that the definition for the small, medium and large phones has changed since the launch of the Galaxy Note. Those that were considered large are now medium.

We received an Overboard Waterproof case, courtesy of MobileFun iPad Accessories. Let us begin.

The case comes nicely packed and looks nice and shiny in the first go. Though Overboard has mentioned the case to be for small phones, We deem a device like the N8 not to fit the category. Rather, we term it as a medium sized device.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

Upon opening, the contents of the package include the case, a hook, a lanyard. And No, the phone does not come inside the package Smile with tongue out

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The case is made up of waterproof material that feels soft yet strong. We had to open these locks to get a look inside the case.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The phone can be slid through once the locks are open. These locks act a sealing barrier once the phone is inside.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

Once securely locked, nothing can enter or exit the case save light Smile with tongue out

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The case did not prove to be any hindrance while operating the phone. The phone responded as snappily as it did outside the case.

Overboard have made sure that the phone’s camera is not missed out. While the front has a larger transparent are to operate the phone to it’s fullest, the rear of the case makes sure that the camera is not covered.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

A sample of the camera functioning inside the case

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

You can use the hook and and the lanyard to secure the phone while you are on the move.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

In my opinion, the case is one of the best in it’s class. It can keep you phone safe from water damage. We definitely recommend this case if you device is small to medium in size. But if you have a Galaxy Note, then this case is not a choice as the Note would not fit in.

There are a lot of Treo cases on the market but how about a case which can be customized by you?
Well, if you search for such a case you should have a look at cases by Fortte. I tested the Leather PDA Case Lateral Pouch for Palm® Treo™ 650 for some weeks. The price for the case starts at $24.99. When purchasing you have got many possibilities to customize your case:
You can choose the color, the type of the clip at the back (fixed clip, belt loop, wrist strap, Heavy Duty Removable Ratchet Clip, Removable Low Profile Ratchet Clip or without any clip), the style of the Fortte logo, and if you want, a personal embossing.
I’ve choosen the following “configuration”:

- color: Navy Blue (+10$)
- clip: belt loop (+4$)
- style of the Fortte logo: Silver Tone
- no personalization
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whole case: $ 38.99

Finally the case looks like that:
100 2577 300x225 A stylish case for your Treo

The Treo fits exactly into the case and stays there, even if you open it and hold it upside-down:
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100 2579 300x225 A stylish case for your Treo
100 2580 300x225 A stylish case for your Treo

When the Treo is inserted, the case stays small and handy. In that way you nearly won’t realize that it is there when it is attached to your belt.
100 2581 300x225 A stylish case for your Treo

And that’s how it looks from the back:
100 2582 300x225 A stylish case for your Treo

During my test I noted the following things:
Pros:
- very durable and significant case (made from real leather)
- stylish look and feel
- small in size

Cons:
- As the case is opened on the top it can be difficult to get your Treo when the case is under your jacket
- The case has no place for a SD card. So you have to look for an alternative place when you use more than one SD card.

The case is available via Fortte – the price starts at $24.99. In my opinion the case is worth its money :D
http://www.fortte.com/scr/showproduct.php/9?type=0

When using your Treo Smartphone every day you might ask how you can protect your device from scratches, crushes etc. One possibility is the Proporta leather case for the Treo 650.

 The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650  The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650

The case consists of leather and a piece of aluminium in the lid which gives some extra stability and protects the screen from crushes. In addition the lid holds a small pocket for one SD or MMC card.

 The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650

At the back you can find a small hole with a screw for the belt clip which consist of two parts: a small part which can be clipped to you belt and another part which will be attached to the back of the case. To do so unscrew the screw and fasten the part of the clip. Be sure that it is attached strong enough.

 The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650  The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650

Insert you Treo into the case by simply pushing the device into the clamps – they are strong enough to keep it in place. Now you can close the case and clip it into the clip. To remove the case from the belt simply push at the button on top of the belt device. This removes the lock and you can pull the case out of the clip.

 The Proporta leather case for the Treo 650

But what when you want to use the camera or you have to perform a reset?
In the first case you have to remove the Treo from the case as it does not have a hole for the camera eye. If you do not want to remove it you can try to pull down the lid as much as possible so that nothing of the case is in the picture. But here it depends on how you placed you Treo in the case.

For a reset you have to remove the Treo out of the case (even if you have got a small hole in the battery lid which should avoid opening it) in order to open the battery lid which gives access to the reset button.

So lets have a look at the results:
Pro:
- good manufactured
- very good screen protection because of aluminium lid
- easy to attach/remove from belt
- appearence significant

Cons:
- camera can be difficult to use
- only one pocket for one SD card

The case costs 26.95 £ (~42$ / 33€) and is available via Proporta:

The proporta leather case (proporta.com)

A few years ago, manufacturers competed with one another by offering literally hundreds of different case form factors. The market then consolidated…until Peter Weiss Rohr’s Fortte set out to mix it all up once again.

Fortte’s products ship via FedEx in a huge box. The huge box contains a tiny blister:
0a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review 0b Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

Getting the Centro into the case is easy – it can be slid in from the top:
1a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

Counter-intuitively, the screen must face to the back of the case. While this may be weird, it is reasonable – this design allows the back of the machine to act as a “buffer” against impacts:
2a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

Unfortunately, the buckle can scratch over the screen when inserting the device:
before3a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

The cut-out at the back is intended for the speaker – it allows ring tones to get out unmuffled:
3a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

The ringer switch at the top of the box can be accessed while in the case:
4a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

True to tradition, Fortte included a cutout for headphones. While the gesture is appreciated, it turns out to be useless due to the headphones having to be removed when taking the Centro out of the case.
5a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

The belt clip is attached to the case and is of excellent quality:
6a Fortte STiL Vertical Pouch for Palm Centro   the review

Please keep in mind that this case is hand-made and built to order. You can choose from an ever-growing number of colors, styles and varieties…look at the Fortte web site for further information. BTW: if you want to omit the belt clip: it can be done!

In the end, the STiL Vertical Pouch makes an excellent holster case for holster case fans. As usual, the case is immaculately done and can be customized like all other Fortte cases. The steep price of up to 70$ is justified due to the customizability…

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…

Proporta’s Aluminum-Leather cases have become a classic add-on for mobile devices. The latest incarnation aims to protect Palm’s Centro…but can it stack up?

As usual, Proporta’s products ship in cushioned envelopes via regular mail. The envelopes originate in England and can be delivered to post boxes when you’re not at home:
0a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

The case itself drops in a special blister for extra protection.
1a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review 1b Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

Getting the Centro into the case is easy: just shove it into the clamps from above. Even though they may not look particularly trustworthy, they provide excellent security and manage to hold the device well even when toppled around/shaken:
2a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

Proporta did a great job at keeping the device usable even when in the case – the keyboard is not obstructed at all.
3a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

A cutout at the back allows you to access all important functions – camera and speaker are not obstructed:
4a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

The volume keys and the infrared port at the sides of the machine can be accessed. One of the clamps blocks the memory card slot: while this prevents loss, it also makes the already obscenely difficult memory card swap procedure even more annoying:
5a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review 5b Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

Finally, here’s a picture of the Centro in its case. The Proporta logo is cut out of thin steel and glued on btw:
6a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for the Palm Centro   the review

In the end, Proporta’s Centro case is like almost all other Proporta products: excellent. There’s little not to like here – the price of 35$ is low compared to other manufacturers offerings…

GSPDA’s M70 is a pretty cool phone – but, unfortunately, none of the major accessory retailers stock any products for it. While a screen protector can easily be made by cutting a T3,.. one to size; finding a hard case is more difficult. However, leaving an unnamed abc texte employee alone with my case collection ended with her finding a suitable case for her master(I had it for about a year, but forgot about it):
0a A hard case for the GSPDA M70 0b A hard case for the GSPDA M70

The manufacturer of the case is a small German company known as FreaQs, the case shown in the example above is a SteQzwo for a Treo 680. The case’s color can be customized in wide ranges – the images below show one of the stock colors:
01a A hard case for the GSPDA M70 0ab A hard case for the GSPDA M70

Last but not least, here are two pictures of the M70 in the case:
1a A hard case for the GSPDA M70 1b A hard case for the GSPDA M70

Even though the company currently does not have an English web site(order per email), the price of less than 40€ definitely is a worthwhile investment in keeping your M70 safe!

Foreward — This is just a guide containing a few hardware mods I’ve seen done over time. I’ve talked with the folks who’ve originally done these mods for more info than their original posts, so hopefully I don’t cause too much chaos ;-)

This one focuses on the modifications that can be done to the official Palm hardcase available for the T|X, T|E, T|E2 and the T|T5.

– The Magnet Mod –

My quest for the perfect hard case started in May. I was dissatisfied with the state of my T|X’s hard case, and was looking for an alternative. My main problem was that the chintzy little clasp that held the case shut had snapped loose and would not keep my T|X safe. After a bit of discussion, we decided that replacing the clasp with magnets was a viable alternative.

The first step is to drill out the holes. Since I never really figured I’d be doing this sort of post 7 months later, I have no “in progress” shots, sorry :-) .

Make sure you choose magnets before you drill the holes so that you don’t end up with a big gaping hole in your case. The best thing I have learned is that if you make the hole a tad bit smaller than your magnets, then slowly file it out with anything fairly sharp (Hell, a small flat-head screwdriver works) you will have a nice snug fit that will never require reglueing.

After you drill the holes (I did four, two on each half of the case) you can drop the magnets in. The best ting to do is use a pair of tweasers and coat the magnet with gorilla glue then you simply wedge the magnets in the holes and you are done!

IMG 1199 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

– Anti Rattle Mod–

“So, uh, Ryan, why do you have pieces of dish towels glued to your case?”

Good question! (I’m sorry, I know that’s bad :-) ) The case is designed just kludgingly enough so that there is a very smaller, probably less than 1mm gap between the T|X and the case lid, just enough to have it rattle around and scuff up the front of the the T|X. Jays333 originally gave me the idea to do this in the above 1src thread, however I didn’t have any of that foam lying around, so I simply cut up a dish towel.

Jays333 did a nice job on his however:

aIMG 0038 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

This effectively cancels out any rattling that may occur, keeping your T|X unscathed for years to come.

– Headphone Mod –

So, what else can be done to our T|X cases? Well, I have done a few other things to the case in the time I’ve owned it. When I performed the Magnet Mod I also decided to cut away a hole for the headphones so that the case would latch shut when I was listening to music, rather than mashing up my headphone jack.

IMG 1433 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

The first step is to mark where you want to get the cuts. You can plug in the headphones and put the device in the case so that the headphones are where the cuts will be (at which point, you know where the cuts need to be, or you can wing it with a sharpie cap, like Chris Tengi did.

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That’s all of the mods I could come up with in regards to the Palm Hardcase. Next time we will take a look at alternatives to the Palm Cradle: the design, construction and customisation of our own Cradle kit!

Also, if you try any of these mods please note that I cannot be held responsible if your case is permanently damaged! Perform these mods at your own risk! 

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!

Protective cases for mobile devices usually are made out of leather, metal or silicone – with an oddball sleeve(darn cool) or two thrown in for kicks. Boxwave’s latest creation is completely different. It essentially consists of a slim PVC shell that goes right around the Treo…and changes its color in the process.

This time, Boxwave shipped the case in a cardboard box – in the past, products arrived in envelopes(unharmed). Anyways, no transport damages…no issues here(except that some postal services do not deliver parcels to a mail box and send a postman instead, which usually comes when you aren’t at home…).

Getting the Treo into the case is easy – put the front shell onto it and press the back shell on, causing the latches to lock. Getting the Treo out goes the other way round…and is less easy:
0a BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review 0b BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review

The case has generously-sized cutouts for screen and keyboard – it doesn’t get in the way while using the machine:
1a BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review

The back of the case contains cutouts for the camera, speaker, auxiliary belt clip and stylus silo. Neither audio nor camera operations are affected if the Treo is in the case.
2a BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review

Cutouts at the sides allow you to access all relevant Treo functions:
3a BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review 3b BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review

The cutout at the bottom is well thought-out; as it is perfectly aligned with the Treo’s sync port. This allows you to connect the Treo to almost all peripherals while remaining in the case:
4a BoxWave Slim Rubberized Shell Case for Treo 680   the review

Boxwave used a special type of rubber that stays ‘grippy’ even if your hands are wet – preventing accidental drops…

In the end, the Slim Rubberized Shell Case is a lovely way to change the color of your Treo and make it easier to grasp without getting in your way otherwise. It’s protective effect is negligible, people who reset their Treo often will dislike the complicated removal process. If you can live with the weaknesses above, get this case for a reasonable 28$ from boxwave.com(available in black, green and silver).

OtterBox is known for a variety of so-called OtterBoxes…plastic boxes designed to protect gadgets from water, dust and crushing. Since quite a few of their products scored rave reviews at TamsPalm’s, I was naturally excited to find out that a case crafted specially for the 680/750/755p was available. But can it stack up?

OtterBox ships the 1921 in a well-padded box along with a detailed manual and a few spare parts. Most of the OtterBox can be replaced easily according to the manual – a truly excellent idea.

The 1921 itself is made of plastic and a rubbery substance that ‘stops drops’ – Its overall look reminds me of the Aceeca Meazura: A variety of colors is available, too (yellow Meazura, anyone):
0a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

Inserting the Treo into the case is simple. First, the clamp on the back is opened in order to ‘eject’ the bottom. Then, the Treo is inserted. Afterwards, the bottom is installed again and the clamp is closed.
1a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review 1b The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

The case adds quite a bit of bulk to the Treo – here’s a picture of a Treo 650, a 680 and the case.
2a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review 2b The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

OtterBox did a great job at keeping the Treo usable in the case. Opening the glass door allows you to access the touch screen via a thin, clear membrane, the keyboard and side keys remain functional. A bottom door allows you to access the hotsync port.
3a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review 3b The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

The speakers and the headphone port have ‘cutouts’ covered with a special fiber that blocks dirt and water, but allows sound to pass through relatively unhindered. I would not insert headphones, though (see below).
4a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review 4b The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

A stylus can be docked into the side.
5a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

The camera gets a see-through window, however, the window significantly affects image quality. Also, the keyboard layout is fixed to QWERTY, and some of the alternative characters aren’t correct for a Treo 680.
6a The OtterBox 1921 case for Treo 680/750/755p devices   the review

The IR cutout is in the wrong place, too. The manufacturer claims that the case is not waterproof. However, it survived 15 secs under a strong beam of water without a single drop getting in…of course, the headphone membrane was intact and the sync door was closed firmly. OtterBox claims that the case survives drops from up to 1 metres. However, neither of these was tested with an actual Treo as OtterBox takes no warranty whatsoever for the devices inside.

Overall, the OtterBox 1921 transforms your Treo 680/750755p into a device that gets close to the Meazura (aka big blue tank) in terms of ruggedness…if the manufacturer would manage to certify the waterproofness. As it is now, the 1921 still is a good buy for everyone who’s Treo needs the extra protection.

Classic(aluminium or leather) cases make the protected handheld significantly thicker while offering excellent protection. Silicone cases came up a few years ago and followed a different metaphor: be unobtrusive first, and then offer as much protection as you can. Proporta sent us a sample of their silicone case for the Treo 680(or 750) – but can it stack up?

Proporta’s products ship in big envelopes using standard mail – the envelopes can get pretty fat at times, but the gadgets always made it through undamaged so far:
dsc04205 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680 dsc04206 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

The silicone case itself shipped in a small box:
dsc04239 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680 dsc04250 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

That box contained even more protective material. The case was stuffed with a belt clip and a wrist strap – Proporta has a good tradition of enclosing loads of accessories:
dsc04256 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680 dsc04257 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680 dsc04269 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

Fitting the Treo 680 into the case is a bit difficult as it’s really ‘tight’. I found it easiest to slide the 680 in from the bottom:
dsc04370 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

The case itself fits the Treo very well and looks cool. Accessing the keyboard and hardware buttons via the cutouts works well. The silicone has a pretty ‘rough’ surface that improves grip – this is very helpful.
dsc04382 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680 dsc04391 The Proporta Silicone case for the Treo 680

Proporta included cutouts for sync/charge connector, memory card slot, status LED and volume switch. The side buttons get ‘cutout molds’, too:
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The only nuisance I found in everyday use was that resetting the Treo in the case is next to impossible. However, Proporta is not to blame here – someone at Palm’s decided to leave the reset hole out…

Overall, Proporta’s engineers did a great job with their silicone case. There’s absolutely nothing negative to say about it except the reset problem- if you want a silicone case, this is the way to go! The price of about 20$ is more than justified IMHO.

I have tested the Brando deluxe leather case in book-style for Palm TX and T5 for one week now. The case looks significant which is caused by the used materials: mainly leather. The case consists of three parts which are separated by the PDA: in front of the PDA you have two slots for e.g. credit cards and two slots for SD or MMC cards. Behind these slots you find another pocket for e.g. credit cards again. In addition you have the choice to use an additional flip inlay for credit cards.

100 1448 thumb.thumbnail Brando deluxe leather case for Palm TX and Palm Tungsten T5

The second part consists of the PDA itself.
The third part consists again of two slots for credit cards.

100 1451 thumb.thumbnail Brando deluxe leather case for Palm TX and Palm Tungsten T5

The case is shipped in a red box with the “BRANDO” tag. The first surprise is the size of the case. It is really handy: The PDA is only slightly smaller than the case.

100 1447 thumb.thumbnail Brando deluxe leather case for Palm TX and Palm Tungsten T5

The placing of the PDA into the case is easy: First you have to remove the flip cover because the track is used to hold the PDA in place.

100 1446 thumb.thumbnail Brando deluxe leather case for Palm TX and Palm Tungsten T5

The case can be closed by a magnet clip which holds the two sides of the case relatively strong together so that it can be filled with credit cards, SD cards etc without always opening.
The fabrication of the case seems to be of a high quality: i couldn’t find any leaks.
The only disadvantage is that one has to remove the PDA from its case when it should be placed e.g. in an external keyboard or in a docking station. But on the other hand it becomes much safer when holding the PDA in your hand: the case increases the size slightly so that it can’t be dropped that easy than without.

100 1449 thumb.thumbnail Brando deluxe leather case for Palm TX and Palm Tungsten T5

For customers from e.g. Germany it might be helpful to know that German identity cards won’t fit in it in a normal way – they are too big. So I used a simple paperclip to fix it in the case so that the identity card can be in the case, too.

The case costs 32 USD and can be purchased here.

A long time ago, TamsPalm reviewed the OtterBox 3250. It scored really well and has served me well ever since – but Kristin Golliher, the OtterBox PR gal, simply didn’t give up offering me stuff. And when she sent me an email about the teeny tiny OtterBox 1000, I was immediately sold, if just for the cuteness factor. Can the smallest OtterBox live up to its bigger brother? Read on to find out!

My OtterBox was originally a tradeshow press sample that never got picked up – so the packaging probably isn’t the retail one. Nevertheless, it is well done and protected the 1000 on its way to the holy halls of TamsPalm :-) .
0a The OtterBox 1000 0b The OtterBox 1000 0c The OtterBox 1000

Here are a few pictures of the new Otterbox next to a Palm Tungsten T3 and a Palm Treo 600:
1a The OtterBox 1000 1b The OtterBox 1000

To show you how small the 1000 really is, these pictures show it next to the 3250:
2a The OtterBox 1000 2b The OtterBox 1000

OtterBox products have ‘clamps’ that secure the lid when the box is closed. Clamp action on the 1000 is very smooth, opening the clamp does not take too much force:
3a The OtterBox 1000

The smallest OtterBox has an internal capacity of 4.003″x 2.488″x 1.293″ cm, which is barely not enough for a Palm Treo 600(darn antenna, but it just looks so cool):
4a The OtterBox 1000

Fitting in money and a credit card is no problem, the same thing is valid for memory cards and spare batteries for the wireless keyboard of choice:
5a The OtterBox 1000

Mobile phones are a hit-and-miss story. Some fit in(T68i), others don’t(Siemens SX1):
5b The OtterBox 1000 5c The OtterBox 1000

Last but not least, here is a video that shows a credit card, a SD card and some money taking a bath and not getting wet:
http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-1147355710488871596

Overall, the 1000 is a great OtterBox and definitely lives up to the high expectations set up by the 3250. The small size makes the 1000 unsuitable for protecting larger phones or Palm Handhelds – but that’s what the 3250 is for. If you, on the other hand, want to protect a small flip phone, cash or a credit card, the 1000 will serve you great! The price of just 11.49$ makes it a very affordable choice…

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