The Palm Tungsten T and the Palm Tungsten T2 are classic PDAs, and aluminium hard cases are classics too. I feel actually very slow, bought my Tungsten T in 2002 and now 4 years later I had my first opportunity to test a hard case for my device. A surely very needed thingy (as I often take my handheld with me, when leaving home): I broke my old Palm iiix by dropping it… :( and a hard case could have saved it. So, lets try Proportaís aluminium hard case for Tungsten T/T2:
DSC00027 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2

The case itself is a classic aluminium hard case with two very clever card slots, for storing your SD/MCC cards.
DSC00028 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2 DSC00031 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2 DSC00033 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2

Inserting the PDA into the case is easy – however, the removal isn’t, and since I don’t own a HotSync and Charger cable, I do have to remove it quite often to use the cradle and also for resetting my device (I’m a developer). But, in spite of these difficulties I really like the Proporta aluminium hard case and I wonder why it took me 4 years until I got one…. So I guess I’ll keep inserting my PDA back into to the aluminium hard case for protection.
DSC00036 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2

The Voice Record button and the earphone hole are accessible while the Tungsten T/T2 is in the hard case though I mostly use the hole for my thumb while opening the case…
DSC00037 The Proporta Aluminium case for Tungsten T/T2

Overall, the Proporta Aluminium hard case for Tungsten T/T2 offers exactly what one expects from an aluminium hard case: good protection for a reasonable price of £24,95.

SD cards have become cheaper and cheaper on a per-MB basis over the last few years. This has led to multiple SD cards per user and PDA – protective cases are usually not capable to accomodate for more than one or two cards though. Proporta’s keyring is intended to simplify transportation – lets see how it fares!

Proporta’s products ship in envelopes via regular mail. I never received a damaged gadget yet – the loads of advertising paper make for good padding:
0a Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review 0b Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review

The keyring is very small. Here is a comparison shot next to a Treo 600:
1a Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review 1b Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review 1c Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review

Cards get inserted into the ‘pouch’ at the back of the keyring. When the card holder ships, fitting a card in is impossible. You need to use the stylus to ‘pry’ the slot open:
2a Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review 2b Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review 2c Proporta SD/MMC Keyring review

Inserting an SD card works well after a few attempts – removing the card works well too due to the stylus.

The manufacturing quality of the keyring is excellent – I have not noted any kind of problem with it.

Overall, if you want to store your memory cards on your keyring, this thingy is the way to go. Product quality is good, and so is design and functionality. The overall price of the unit is a very reasonable 3.95$.

There are a lot of leather cases from several distributors on the market. Today, I look at Proporta’s Alu-Leather Case on my Palm TX. It is said to work with the Tungsten T5, too!

The Case is padded all around, and the flipping part is strengthened with an aluminium piece, and it has a beltclip on the back
PICT0356 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review PICT0357 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review PICT0358 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review

If the case is open, you see the rail, the dual SD card holder and the headphone cutout. In the flipping part, there are two pockets for credit cards, money etc.
DSC00045 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review PICT0361 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review

Inserting the TX into the case is a bit hard, but it makes no big problems. When you look at the top, you see a cutout for the headphone jack.
PICT0362 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review PICT0363 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review

On the bottom, the multiconnector is covered by the case lock.
PICT0364 Proporta Alu Leather Case for Palm Tungsten T5/TX review

This case looks quite noble. No matter what you want to do with your Palm, you have to open the case, also when you charge or sync it. To open it is easy and handy with the magnetic lock. It has no cutout for the speaker, and this affects the sound quality a lot! The part which protects the display, is strengthened with aluminium, so that it bears the daily pressure easy. Overall I like this case, and 26.95 pounds are okay.

The Treo 600 is a classic smartphone, and aluminium hardcases are classics to. This combination would immediately score big in the Retro carnival – but let’s see how Proporta’s aluminium hard case for Palm Treo 600 fares in a TamsPalm review:

The aluminium case ships in a blister labelled in french – this was funny, but doesn’t affect performance in any way:
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
When the blister was open, I found yet another belt clip. Since I really loath belt clips, it was quickly stowed away…
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
The case itself is a classic aluminium hardcase with a single card slot:
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
Inserting the Treo into the case is easy – however, the metal retention module will eventually scratch your PDA(happened to Alex, look at the back of his machine). So, if you want to remove the Treo often or want it to stay in mint condition(hell, my TT had dents), stay away from this case.
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
The top and bottom of the Treo aren’t covered in any obtrusive way. This is good, as it reduces the ‘insertion cycles’ and makes your life easier.

The cutouts in the front do a good job – one can see the LED really well:
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
The volume buttons are accessible while the Treo is in the case:
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
Cutouts for camera, speaker and reset button can be found in the back of the case. The sound quality wasn’t degenerated at all….
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
When typing, the case is a bit in the way – however, typing still is bearable:
 The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Aluminium case for Treo 600
Overall, the Proporta Aluminium hard case for Treo 600 offers exactly what one expects from an aluminium hardcase: good protection for a low price of 34,95$. The cases only mayor weakpoint is the dangerous insertion procedure…which could be a dealbreaker for some…

Leather cases were considered the ‘suit version’ of aluminium hard cases for a long time – Proporta’s aluminium lined leather technique has changed that. But let’s see how the case fares in a review:

Proporta’s case ships in a classic blister for leather cases. A belt clip is contained too – but it will be ignored as usual:
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review

The case itself looks cool, altough the leather looks a bit beaten up after unpacking.
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
Inserting the Treo 600 into the case isn’t easy – you need to press the machine in firmly. Over time, this will scratch the side of your smartphone…
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
The magnetic closure mechanism works very well…if you remove the foil first:
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
The front of the case has a cutout for the LED:
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
It also contains a slot for a single memory card:
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
The camera becomes available when you pull the lid down a bit. Impresssively, sound isn’t muffled – however, the reset button isn’t accessible from the outside(thank Palm for the ‘self-reset on fatal alert skills’ of the Treo series).
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review
The lid can be flipped all the way to the back for a truly excellent typing experience – no other case works that well.
 The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review  The Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather case for Treo 600 review

This case fits a Treo 650 too – so if you want to upgrade, the case follows along.

Overall, if you like leather cases and don’t need the reset hole, this case is what you need. People who type very much will probably like it too… . The price of 34.95$ is justified if you can live with the problems mentioned above.

I explicitly checked with Katrina…this time, its a true magnesium case
Palm hard cases made of metal always were built out of aluminium so far-Proporta now offers magnesium cases from InnoPocket for selected mobile devices like my Treo 600. While the weight loss doesn’t really affect me, this is still one of the best(and coolest) cases I ever reviewed…

 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600

The Magnesium hard case for Treo 600 didn’t arrive in a blister. Instead, it was packed into a few layers of plastic:
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
On its inside, there was a belt clip. Additionally, ‘protector foils’ were glued onto the front window of the case.
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
When I saw the magnesium case the first time, the color reminded me of my long-gone Tungsten T. The gun-metal blue finish is impressive, the case itself looks futuristic and stylish(for my taste, but hey, I’m a suit):
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The lid mechanism looks very nice too, however, it doesn’t flip fully to the back(and the stability is debatable):
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
Inserting the Treo 600 into the case works very smoothly. The Treo gets pushed in from the top, removing it is just as easy. There’s no need to be afraid of scratching here!
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The top and bottom of the Treo remain fully accessible while the smartphone is in the magnesium case:
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The volume buttons can be accessed easily even with the handheld still in the case:
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
In the back of the magnesium case you have a cutout for everything thatreo600propmagnet’s important. The camera has free view, the reset hole is accessiblle and the speaker isn’t distorted(my Treo 600 is my ‘jukebox’).
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The front cutouts were a bit large for my Treo. The window is useful, but accumulates scratches incredibly fast because of the extremely transparent matereal.
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The card holder at the back is difficult to rate. It is very stylish, but I am not sure if it prorects the cards well enough. Nevertheless, having space for two SD cards is great – more music for the jukebox aka Treo 600:
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
The LED isn’t visible from the top-you need to look at the case sideways to see it.
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
This magnesium case fits a Treo 650 too – so if you want to upgrade, the case follows along.

When typing, the case is slightly in the way – however, typing with it is still comfortable:
 The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600  The Proporta Magnesium case for Treo 600
Overall, this case is the coolest case around for an already stylish device. It has no major weakpoint and protects the Treo 600 well while keeping its functions accessible. The price of 44.95$ is a bit higher than usual, but if you want a really good case that attracts looks at the next meeting or party, this is the perfect case. I can definitely reccommend it!!

Having more and more memory-hungry devices (PDA, mp3-Player, digital camera, cellphone) leads to more an more memory cards to carry around. At least for me (and several people I know), one card just isn’t enough for my camera and my everyday-PDA…

So where to keep ‘em? In a pocket without any protection is not an option – and¬†these days a lot of¬†cards don’t come in these little plastic cases any more (I don’t like them anyway).

What we need is a small and sturdy “thing” to keep these cards protected and organized without adding too much size and weight.

Proporta obviously had the same¬†thoughts and added two protective “cases” I had the pleasure to test:

The Envelope the contents

 

First, there is the “Aluminium Memory/SIM Card Holder”:

It’s made out of (you guessed it) aluminium on the outside and a plastic frame on the inside, has the dimensions of a credit card and is only slightly thicker than a SD card.

Holder 1 Holder 2

¬†There’s room for three SD cards (MMCs and RS-MMCs are not thick and wide enough to stay in place) or up to six SIM cards (you can stack two cards in one slot – they are wide enough to have a tight fit).

stuffed with cards

I did some rough tests with this holder: a drop test from 8 feet to a tiled floor, a throw test from about 20 feet to a tiled floor, I even stepped on it (I won’t tell you my weight but I’m definately not a ballet dancer…), nothing I did was enough to damage the holder or the cards. Even the small SIM cards stayed in place.

Ok, that’s nothing you¬†should try¬†at home, but you never know… And¬†besides having a sleek holder for your cards that fits in every pocket or in your wallet, knowing that they are protected¬†even in the worst case is a good feeling :-)

 

Let’s have a look at the second storage solution, the “Leather Memory Wallet with SD/MMC and SIM Card Storage”:

Wallet closed Wallet open

Hand made from fine black leather with white overstitching, the wallet offers storage space for your everyday stuff (such as coins, bills and credit cards), additionally it features slots for three SD or MMC cards (Memory Sticks will work, too – RS-MMCs and Transflashs have to be put in the SD-Slots, they don’t fit in the SIM compartments) and two SIM cards:

stuffed wallet4 tn Where do you keep your Memory cards? Clever solutions from Proporta 

 There are two hidden spaces for additional cards, a zippered compartment in the back (for your big bucks) and two more slots for small notes and whatnot.

 no room

As you¬†can see, credit cards don’t fit in these two slots (Sorry, you can’t have my credit card number ;-) )

 

As before, I did some tests:

Throwing the wallet obviously¬†can’t do any harm, sitting on it (even filled only with three Memory Sticks) did not do any damage (I didn’t dare to put my Wi-Fi-Card in it for the tests but since the Memory Sticks didn’t break, it should be as safe as all the other cards I used for testing). Unlike the other cases from Proporta, the wallet does not have or need¬†any additional reinforcements.

If you need room for some SD cards and don’t want to carry an additional case (like the excellent holder mentioned above) around, this is definately your best choice – most of the time you have your wallet with you anyway.

There’s only one drawback if you live in Germany (don’t know about other countries): german ID-cards and vehicle registrations are too large to fit in the wallet :-(

 

The Aluminium Memory/SIM Card Holder is $9.95, the Leather Memory Wallet with SD/MMC and SIM Card Storage can be yours for $34.95

(Both come with Proporta’s Lifetime Warranty….)

Thank’s to Proporta¬†for the samples.

 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention a secret ingredient that came with the card holder and the wallet:

Tea

…but since my water ist boiling in the kitchen, I’ll tell you about it some other time ;-)

Palm hardcases exist in two tradidional variants – aluminium and leather. Recently, silicon sleeves hit the market – we recently reviewed one for a Zire 72, and now Proporta sent us a sample for the Palm Treo 600.

Proporta products ship in regular envelopes with standard mail:
envfront Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
The case itself is packed into a blister:
blfront Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
The silicone case contains a filling substance. A wriststrap is contained, too – this could be useful for people who tend to loose their devices often(wear it round the neck):
band Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
The case is not much bigger than a Treo:
sidecomp Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
Getting the Treo into the case is simple. You shove the top of the Treo into the silicon case from the keyboard cutout – and that essentially is it:
ins1 Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
On the front, you have a cutout for the keyboard, the screen and the speaker. The hardkeys are covered, but pressing them was no problem.
ins2 Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
At the back, you have a cutout for the main speaker, the reset hole, the stylus and the camera:
back Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
At the top, you have cutouts for all neccecary Treo 600 parts. However, the power and volume buttons weren’t perfectly aligned – looks funky, but is no serious problem:
top Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
At the bottom, you have a cutout for the sync port and the headset:
botom Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
The side of the Treo contains the volume buttons which can be pressed easily.
side Proporta Treo 600 protective silicone case review
Overall, the protective silicone case is excellent if you need a case that offers scratch protection. It doesn’t add a lot of size or bulk to the Treo, doesn’t interfere with Treo operations, but doesn’t offer as much protection as a dedicated case. The case costs 19.95$ and is available from Proporta.

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The Palm Tungsten T3 is one of the worst machines to build accecoires for because it can change its shape. Proporta is an old hand when Palm cases are concerned; so lets see how their Aluminium case fares!

Proporta’s products ship in rather big, white envelopes with standard mail:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review  The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
The hardcase itself is packed in a blister. Proporta recently started to include advertising matereals and tea into each order – think of it as you want to:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review  The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review  The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
A belt clip ships along; however, I never really liked belt clips and thus won’t comment about it any further:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
The case looks very nice as it is a bit darker than the T3 itself. On the front of the case, you can see the cutouts for the speaker. On the back, there is the ‘dock’ for the belt clip, and a cutout for the sync port. Interestingly, Proporta omitted a cutout for the reset button:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review  The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
When you open the case, you see the two SD card holders and the ‘retention springs’ that keep the PDA in the case:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
Inserting the Palm Tungsten T3 is easy, you simply slide the unit in from the top. The case holds pretty firm, turning it around is no problem.
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review  The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
The top of the handheld remains fully accessible when in the case:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
At the side, you find a cutout for the Palm Tungsten T3′s “audio area”. This is very useful, as you can connect headphones and close the case to avoid ‘accidental taps’:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
The cutout at the bottom is perfectly useless. Neither a Proporta sync cable nor my cradle could connect to the handheld. If you want to sync, you definitely need to take the PDA out of its case:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
You can open the Slider while the T3 is in the case; however, you need to compact the handheld to close the case:
 The Proporta Palm Tungsten T3 aluminium hardcase review
Overall, this is a great case if you sync/charge/reset rarely. It looks nice, opens easily and protects the handheld well. Proporta created a great case for a difficult handheld, and then handicapped it by forgetting the obvious. Power users, however, will be annoyed by the permanent ‘removal orgies’ needed for syncing and resetting. If you can live with its quirks, Proporta’s case is a good choice – if not, look elsewhere asap!

Cases are usually made out of aluminium and leather. Now I received a Proporta Case out of Magnesium. Magnesium is by 33% lighter than aluminium.

The case looks blue-violet-metallic, and looks nice for me. It has cutouts for speaker, resethole and beltclip on the back.
front Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX back Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX

When you open the case, you see the cardholders and the rail, that holds the Tungsten T|X in place:
inside Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX

Inserting the Palm into the case, is very easy: Just push the rail into the slot, and have fun:
ins1 Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX ins2 Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX

On the top, you see cutouts for the SD-cardslot, the headphonejack, the IR window, the styusslot and the powerbutton. On the bottom there is the Multiconnector:
top Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX bottom Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX side Proporta Magnesium case for Tungsten T5/TX

In use, the case is at the beginning unusual to open, but one gets used to it fast. The IR communication doesn’t always works. The cutout for the speakers, doesn’t change the sound. The case is quite durable and scratchresistant.

Overall I like this case very much. It protects the Palm well from impacts and pressure and doesn’t get in the way of daily use. ProPorta seems to be out of stock currently – visit www.proporta.com and ask for details if you want to recreive such a case.

Chosing the right case for your PDA isn’t always easy, there are already too many different models (ranging from ugly to beautyful, from “zero-protection” to “built like a tank” – and almost everything inbetween) available.
If you’re looking for an exclusive¬†and protective case for your expensive toy, you should have a look at the FreaQs-Collection:

bookstyle case Snugfit case 

Handmade from a constantly changing range of leather and fabric, mostly no two cases are alike. You can alway rest assured that no-one else owns a case just like yours.

There are three different styles available:

Saugschmatz¬†- a snug-fit case called “Saugschmatz”
Oki- a holster-like case for smartphones calles “Oki”
bookstyle klein FreaQs Leathercases   protection and style at its best- a flipcase called “Bookstyle”

 

The design, additional features and customizations are at your choice, Smutje – the guy who makes these cases – is a real artist (You can see a lot of pictures of his work here [Thread at Nexave.de]). Even entirely custom made cases for devices not listed on his homepage are possible. Just ask him and he’ll see what he can do for you. (Prices are reasonable:¬†45 USD for a standard case -¬†a bit¬†more¬†if you want a custom design)

 As you can see from the following pictures, he puts a lot of love and dedication in making these cases. Even the wrapping is simple but elegant :-)

My FreaQs 1 My FreaQs 2 My FreaQs 3 My FreaQs 4 My FreaQs 5 My FreaQs 6

The quality of the cases is outstanding. The inside of the cases is lined with super soft microfibre, all seams are done several times with heavy-duty yarn and the front is reinforced to protect your screen. I use my case every day and (after a few months) it still looks like I’ve never used it :-)

 

I never liked leather cases for my palms since they weren’t useful for me, or to bulky, or just too ugly. Now, finally, I found a case that fits my needs and my Palm like a glove.

If you want to have a unique and stylish case made exactly the way you like it, theres only one choice: FreaQs…. and don’t wait too long, or the leather you just fell in love with is gone forever!

 

 

Update: There’s a new line available for the LifeDrive, called BlunQ (shown here in a special custom made design):

BlunQ 1 BlunQ 2

Finding a case for the Palm Z22 is very difficult, as it offers no kind of ‘docking’ mechanism for cases. We reviewed a leather case for the Palm Z22 a few weeks ago, and Boxwave sent us their ArmorCase aluminium case.

Boxwave shipped the ArmorCase in a huge box:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review  The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
The ArmorCase itself whips in a blister with a belt clip(ignored as usual); the fixer is contained in the middle of the case at shipment:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review  The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
The ArmorCase for Palm Z22 looks like a classic aluminium hardcase, however, it opens to the left:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review  The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review  The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
Inserting the Palm Z22 into the housing is rather simple – you simply push the handheld in from the top:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
In use, the case is not really annoying – it works well:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
The ArmorCase protects your Palm Z22 well, while still allowing you to access all neccecary functions at the top. There is a little hole at the bottom as well, however, there is nothing there on a Palm Z22:
 The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review  The BoxWave ArmorCase for Palm Z22 review
Overall, the BoxWave ArmorCase does a very good job protecting the Palm Z22(hmm, why is there no bad peripheral for the Palm Z22). If you want a very sturdy case, buy this!

There are many ways how to protect your mobile devices. If you`re looking for an alternative for all the leather and aluminium cases, take a look at the Mobile Device Socks from proporta.
The package contains 3 socks in blue, green and pink colour.
proporta package1 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review proporta package2 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review

Proporta says: “Expands to fit all iPods/MP3 Players/Mobile Phones/Smartphones/PDAs”. I tried to verify this with different devices:
T-Mobile SDA:
proporta sda1 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review proporta sda2 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review
O2 Xda Neo:
proporta xda1 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review proporta xda2 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review

iPod Video:
propporta ipod1 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review propporta ipod2 Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review
Tungsten C:
proporta tc Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review

As you can see, the socks really fit (nearly) every device. Only the Tungsten C is a bit too big.
Of course the socks are not able to protect your PDA/Phone against heavy impact, but prevent from scratches on the display. And this may be enough if you carry your mobile phone or PDA in the pocket of your trousers.
proporta trio Proporta Mobile Device Socks Review

The mobile device socks are a not a “must have”, but an extraordinary, individual and slim-fit cover for nearly every mobile device. The price of $17,95 is okay for 3 socks which you can use with nearly every mobile device you have.

Today I will be reviewing a familiar product from a well-known company. The company, obviously, is Boxwave, and the product is their Armor Case for the Palm TX. Shortly after the order went out I received the package via USPS in a bubble-lined envelope.
The contents of the package are very minimal:

  • Armor Case in a plastic holder
  • Belt Clip
  • Invoice

 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review

 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review

The Outside
After removing the case from the plastic, the first impression I received was that it was very light, and fairly small.

 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review
 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review
The case itself is well made. It has cutouts for everything that you may need quick access to, including the stylus, power button, headphone jack, SD slot, all the bottom connectors, the speaker, and the reset hole. On the left there is a small hinge that sticks out 3-4mm from the case, which does not cause any problems. On the right, it has the catch which holds the case shut, and right underneath is a small nub, presumably there to assist in opening the case. I find generally that it is easier to reach up to the stylus cutout to open the case rather than using the small nub. There are no really sharp edges or corners on this case anywhere, which I do think is very important for something that will be handled daily. On the back of the case are four little bumps about a half an inch off of the corners that are there to support the case when laid on a hard surface. There is a 5th nub where the belt clip attaches, and this causes the case to sit a little awkward, but it probably won’t bother you too much.
 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review
 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review

The Inside
The inside of the case looks as nice as the outside, which is certainly a good thing.
 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review
Both the left and right sides are covered in a thin (and they do say this on their website) layer of foam padding. In my opinion, there is not a problem with the small amount of foam. It looks like enough to get the job done, and it allows the case to have that thin profile. On the left side there is also a dual SD card holder. I have tried it, and although it may not appear this way, I do not think there is much potential for the cards to come in contact with the screen when stored.

 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review

Most of the newer Palm handhelds have a rail to allow you to attach a screen cover easily. The Armor Case uses this rail to securely attach the TX to the inside of the case. This means that when you open the case there is no chance of your handheld falling out, or really moving in any undesirable way. The rail is attached to the center hinge, and so when the case is open you can move the TX from resting against the back of the case (the best position in my opinion) to the front, like turning a page in a book.

 Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review  Boxwave Armor Case for the Palm TX review

This brings me to the only worry I have about the case. This attaching rail is plastic, and so theoretically it has the possibility of breaking. The rail really has to be made out of plastic so that it will slide securely, so you cannot fault Boxwave for this. It does not look like it will break at the moment, and I have not heard any reports of this rail breaking.

The Belt Clip
If you have ever used a belt clip, this is nothing new to you. It is a standard plastic clip that attached to a belt, though it can probably work fine without a belt. On the case there is a small removable screw that clips into the plastic clip. You will want to give it a little more than a hand tightening, but the whole setup seems to be very sturdy. I was unable to get it to pop off in any way it shouldn’t, so I am satisfied it will do its job.

Why You Need This
You have a nice PDA, probably a screen protector on it, and you take good care of it. Well, if you are prone to dropping things, this may be for you. If you do not think you are prone to dropping things, take a look at your cell phone and think about that again. Although it’s doubtful that you are going to be as brutal to your PDA as you are to your cell phone (unless you have a Treo, of course), a case like this will protect your PDA from you. If you tend to throw your small electronics at people, this could also help you to protect your investment. Considering that, and the fact that the case is very thin (it is not a bother to carry in your pocket; if you have jeans, I make no promises), this may be the best way to help you protect your PDA and keep your paranoia at bay.

Current Price is about $25.

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