By Legacy | August 23, 2006 12:00 AM
Integrated durable shield for added front protection
Premium "sheepskin" leather
RhinoClip removable post and belt clip system
StuffBak loss protection ID label included
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ANATOMY OF A SPECIES
Let’s take a look at the case itself.
The front cover is secured by a magnetic snap attached
to the flap you see at the top. The magnetic snap is
secure, although the flap is a bit tight. I think this will
loosen over time (in a good way) as the leather
stretches. The case does not impede the use of the
keyboard or buttons, which is great. There are cutouts
for the earpiece and the LED on the front of the device.
The picture above also represents the position of the
case when you are talking on the phone. Basically, you
will have the front cover dangling down and will have to
move the magnetic flap from blocking the earpiece.
Needless to say, you will look pretty silly. If you are
going to get this case, using a Bluetooth headset is
mandatory… unless you want your appearance to scream,
"Geek!" Also, since you cannot see the screen without
opening the front cover, you may want to think about a
Bluetooth Headset with an LCD screen that shows
The inside cover contains 3 credit card-sized pockets
and 2 pockets for Secure Digital cards. The cover is
very sturdy and does not bend easily. I have no doubt
the cover will protect the face of the device.
Unfortunately, the cover is also very thick and if you
placed credit cards or Secure Digital cards inside, it
would only get thicker.
The back of the case has the mounting hole for the belt
clip post. There is also a nice cut out for the speaker,
camera lens and stylus.
As you can see in the picture above, the case just does
not fit the contours of the device very well. Notice how
the leather does not match the shape of the device. All the connectors are accessible, but I would
have preferred a better fit. The bottom corners of the
device are exposed, which is not a good thing as the
corners tend to be the point of impact when you drop a
The same problem is evident from the top. Notice
the large gap between the Treo and the
case around the earpiece and also the bulges on the
sides. On the plus side, the controls and ports on the
top are easily accessible.
The case does not fit well around the side buttons,
although the buttons are accessible. You can also see
how thick the front cover is in this picture.
Notice how much bulk the case adds to the device… and
this is without any credit cards or Secure Digital cards
inside. I estimate that the case adds between 25-30%
more bulk to the device. The magnetic flap does not sit
flush with the case which makes it seem to stick out
even more. You will also notice that the side of the
case does not fit the device very well and that the
bottom corner is exposed.
CLIP IT… CLIP IT GOOD
One of the cases most unique features is the removable
belt clip. The belt clip is comprised of 2 parts: the
post and the clip itself.
The mounting post is simply a screw with a flathead
slot. To attach the post, you just screw it into the
hole on the back of the case. This was made a little
more difficult because the hole is not centered in the
leather cut-out. This caused a little difficulty when
installing the post. Nothing a good screwdriver won’t
On a different note, the case blocks the self-portrait
mirror on the back of the Treo. The self-portrait
mirrors has always been of dubious value, but it still
should not be blocked.
As you can see, the case does not hang off the belt very
straight. In fact, it hangs at a significant angle.
While using this case, I found that I kept hitting
things or knocking the magnetic flap loose, which caused
the front cover to fall open. The belt clip is VERY
secure however, and at no time did I feel like it was going to
break or fall off. I also like how you can remove the belt
clip and mounting post. I wish more cases had this
option so you would only need to buy one case instead of
I DON’T CARE HOW YOU GET TO ME, JUST GET TO ME
This case also ships with a StuffBak sticker which is
supposed to help get the device returned to you if
someone finds it.
To activate StuffBak, simply visit their website. If
someone finds your device and returns it, they get a $20
reward. Fortunately, the sticker only says, "Reward For
Return" and does not mention the reward is only $20.
Considering how much these devices cost, a $20 reward is
probably not going to motivate anyone to return it. You
also pay $14.95 in shipping and handling to
get the device returned to you. I was going to attach
the sticker to my device, but when I peeled it off the
card, the sticky backing did not detach and stayed on
the card instead of on the sticker. The sticker is a
nice metallic one and should be pretty durable assuming
the sticky backing stays on.
You can purchase this case directly from the
website for $34.95. The case also comes in 5 colors:
black, red, pink, buff and tan.
Good quality leather
Important ports and controls are accessible
Very strong removable belt clip
Free StuffBak sticker
The case does not conform to the device very well
The case does not hang off the belt in a straight
When talking on the phone, the cover hangs down and
the magnetic flap must be moved
Self-portrait lens is blocked
Bottom corners are exposed
I can’t say I am crazy about this case. In fact, I
really did not enjoy using it at all. I took it on 2
business trips with me and ended up removing the
Treo from the case and just placing it in my pocket
"naked." This case is just too bulky and talking on the phone
with the cover hanging down made me look silly. I
also kept hitting things and making the magnetic
cover un-snap which in turn made the front cover
fall down which in turn made me look even more
silly. Several people who looked at the case commented that
they thought it looked cheap because it did not
conform to the contours of the device very well.
This is a shame because the leather is of good
quality and the removable belt clip is a great
feature. Unfortunately, the cons definitely outweigh
the pros in this "case" and therefore I give it the