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Guest reviewer, Steve Gingras is back with another entertaining review. This time Steve is on a quest to discover the ultimate hard case for a Tungsten T.
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Sony got it right

mj6798 @ 4/30/2003 5:26:02 PM #
The extra weight and expense of an external hard case only makes sense if the thing it protects remains valuable by the time you need to replace it. Most handhelds are obsolete within a year or two and not worth much anymore. Sure, they may last longer, but you might as well buy a new, low-end one when your current one breaks. Sony is doing the right thing by integrating a hard cover into the handheld--no extra junk to carry around.

RE: Sony got it right
Gekko @ 4/30/2003 7:52:44 PM #
Agreed. I don't need no stinkin case. You only need one if you are clumsy or work on a construction site. I don't want/need any addition weight/bulk/cost.

RE: Sony got it right
JVUK @ 5/1/2003 7:50:02 AM #
I bought a Palm hard case when I first got my TT after having a Vx. Within a couple of weeks it had a visible dent in the front from something - probably keys in my pockets/bag etc. If it had enough force to dent the case, it would have been enough to break the screen without this protection.
Do you need a hard case ??? Depends how much money you want to spend on replacements!
JV

RE: Sony got it right
i2oadi2unnei2 @ 5/1/2003 11:18:20 AM #
I have to simply agree with you there. A few months ago I went to the coast with my girlfriend and she had my NX70V on her lap. When we got out of the car, she apparently 'forgot' it was on her lap and it fell slid down the parking lot approximately 15yards! It only had a few scratch here and there and didn't break, with a tough shell like that I still won't buy a case for it *GRIN*

...|3eep |3eep!!...

RE: Sony got it right
macfixer @ 5/1/2003 12:35:56 PM #
I agree -- my m505 had Palm's hard case and it's gotten MESSED UP while the tender nugget (the Palm itself) has remained damage free (knock on wood!)

K

Dead on Point

DWD @ 4/30/2003 6:25:44 PM #
The review is dead on point. The Innopocket/ RhinoSkin/Proporta case is great. I was really amazed how much better the build quality and finish was than the pictures even showed. Not a sharp edge in sight. Only real flaw is the inability to sync in the case.

RE: Dead on Point
frauen1 @ 4/30/2003 9:19:08 PM #
When I had the T|T (I've upgraded to the T|C) I had the Innopocket case. What I did was buy a HotSync charging cable that I used while the T was in the case. Was very nice.

(Unfortunately, I have more of a need for WiFi than Bluetooth, but I like the C better than the T. I just want a hard case for this thing as soon as I can get it!)

***** : 5 stars

Palm_Otaku @ 4/30/2003 7:17:01 PM #
Great review Steve - very thorough and your sense of humor definitely shines through :)

Two quick questions:

Is there any price difference between the three rebranded cases?

Any plans for a "flip-lid" case review for the T|T?

Cheers,

Dan

Tungsten T the best?

kevdo @ 4/30/2003 8:31:30 PM #
>you might have all forgotten about the best darn
>Palm model available.

You're kidding, right?

Very good review otherwise.

-Kevin Crossman

I have said this before but...

palmgator @ 4/30/2003 8:23:15 PM #
I miss the slide connector from the side of the V series, this was a piece of design mastery in its simpliest form. All great design elements look so obvious, almost too easy. this is what we had with the V series, you could connect the case from either side, you could put the stylus in on either side. I think they blew it when they got rid of this. It seems they built the TT without regard to how the heck they would put a case on it, and now we have a case that puts rub marks on our beautiful TT. give me the old design with the new innards!!!! Who's with me???

Training sales and real estate professionals on effective palm use!
RE: I have said this before but...
cad @ 4/30/2003 10:23:07 PM #
I heartily agree with you. The slide would probably have made the development of this case a little smaller.
I find it difficult to open the Hard Case at present.

TT or not TT, That was the question.
When it was nobler in the mind to choose it over Sony, there was no question. To sleep perchance to dream...

Does it affect Bluetooth?

pfh @ 4/30/2003 10:03:15 PM #
The blurb in the Palm store for their T|T hard case says that it "maintains full Bluetooth™ range." Is the same true for this case?

RE: Does it affect Bluetooth?
AzureGuy @ 5/1/2003 12:15:24 AM #
it works fine for me :)

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BLUE PUNCH BUGGY!!!!!

Sold mine - bought a VAJA case....

redriderback @ 5/1/2003 4:24:23 AM #
The Innopocket case is a great one, without doubt. I owned mine since it was announced. But meanwhile it is very uncomfortable to hold the Palm (in case) in the left hand and writing with right hand for a long time, I don't have a sure 'grip'. And, but that's just my humble opinion, it's not that stylish and beautiful.
I changed mine now for a Vaja i-volution case and I'm totally satsified with it.

RE: Sold mine - bought a VAJA case....
Xizor @ 5/2/2003 1:14:27 PM #
How do you like the Vaja i-Volution compared to the Innopocket? I have an innopocket and love it, but am not a huge fan of the side opening... prefer a flip case myself. The Vaja was pretty expensive though..

Back to Geometry 101

peitron @ 5/1/2003 8:30:40 AM #
[quote] ...the thoughtful hinge design of the Palm-branded hard case that allows that case lid to lock in the 45 and 90 degree open positions. [/quote]

Uh? Either my TT hardcase’s hinge is busted or someone napped too much in geometry class. A 45 degree position would be something like a V, which would mean that you can’t even look at your screen and a 90 degree position would be something more like a letter L. The TT hardcase is more like 100 degrees in it first open position and 180 degrees in its second position.

Other than that, I think the review is on point. I, however, sent my Innopocket back to the store. I just couldn’t get used to it and I missed the slots for the SD cards. I miss my old M515 hardcase.


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"Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?" - Groucho Marx

RE: Back to Geometry 101
sgingras @ 5/1/2003 10:34:34 AM #
Whoops, meant to say 135 and 180 degrees.

(45 and 90 degrees off of an axis perpendicular to the plane parallel with the unit's major axis...how's that?)

:-)

RE: Back to Geometry 101
peitron @ 5/1/2003 11:58:07 AM #
That's OK. Heck, you were only 90 degrees off target. :)

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"Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?" - Groucho Marx

Innopocket / RhinoSkin / Proporta alternative in Europe

LYs @ 5/1/2003 9:19:36 AM #
Just for curious readers in Europe. "ednet." is selling exactly the same hardcase for the Tungsten T here. You can either buy it as a standalone (for approx. 35 Euros) or in a "PDA Starter Kit" edition (for 49 Euros) which includes a hotsync & charger cable, 12 screen protectors and 3 plastic stylus. A fantastic price if you ask me.

You might want to check out the following links
http://www.ednet-ag.com

Or for a direct link (the Palm m500 model is shown)
http://www.ednet-ag.com/produkte/produkte_en?rubrik=116

Cheers,
.:LYs:.

RE: Innopocket / RhinoSkin / Proporta alternative in Europe
sandeman @ 5/1/2003 2:50:20 PM #
You can get the case for a lower price here:
http://shop.brando.com.hk/tungstentmetalcase.php
Including US$3 shipping, it is US$35, which is about
32 euro at the moment.
I ordered it there one and a half week ago and yesterday it arrived (together with a spare hotsync cable).

RE: Innopocket / RhinoSkin / Proporta alternative in Europe
fabi @ 5/5/2003 4:46:09 PM #
Hi Lys,I've visited the german site you posted but I don't understand how/where to buy their stuff....

Cradle modification

sandeman @ 5/1/2003 2:29:45 PM #
Has anyone succesfully modified their cradle in order to sync with this case?
I just got my case and want to modify it and now I'm looking for hints and tips.
RE: Cradle modification web page
tquinn @ 8/7/2004 12:19:11 AM #
I have modified my cradle to permit the Palm Tungsten to do a hotsync with this case. See

http://web2k.mtco.com/the_quin/

for instructions.

***** Review Addendum *****

sgingras @ 5/2/2003 12:12:54 AM #
Review Addendum

Well, the Proporta case finally arrived and the original review comments are accurate. The case is identical to the RhinoSkin and Innopocket cases with the exception of an embossed Proporta logo on the lid and "proporta.com" silk-screened on the rear face of the case. All in all, a pretty nice looking case.

I also ordered the Proporta portable charge/synch cable. Unlike other third-party charge/synch cables, the Proporta cable has a synch button - no need to trigger the synch using software on the Palm. The Palm-branded portable charge/synch cable also has this button, but is much shorter. The Proporta cable is 5 feet long as opposed to the Palm-branded cable, which is about 3 feet long. The Proporta cable is also less expensive (approximately $20 versus $39 for the palm cable), but does not come standard with the USB to auto adapter. That adapter is an option for the Proporta cable and costs approximately $10. The adapter is included with the Palm-branded cable

As requested:

Bluetooth support - cases do not appear to interfere

Pricing:

Innopocket case - $34.90 http://www.innopocket.com/EShop/Main/product.php?ID=58&name=Palm

RhinoSkin case - $34.95
http://www.saunders-usa.com/rhinoskin/prod.cfm?cat_id=5063&prod_id=5139

Proporta case - £24.95 (British pounds folks, not US dollars)
http://www.proporta.com/detail.asp?id=380&Curr=GBP

iConcepts case - Regular $29.99, but now on sale for $16.14
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000092ZL4/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_sc_1/103-7585933-5168663?v=glance

While this review did not evaluate the iConcepts case, it appears to be identical in design.


Proporta USB HotSync and Charger Cable - £12.72 (British pounds again)
http://www.proporta.com/detail.asp?id=216&Curr=

SG.

RE: ***** Review Addendum *****
TheAfterHours @ 6/23/2003 5:01:13 PM #
Has anyone seen and held the iconcepts case? Looks to be the same case made by innopocket and is half the price.

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