Comments on: Sena Palm TX / T5 Case Review

Kris brings us this review of the Sena Palm TX and Tungsten T5 case. While transitioning from the T5 to the TX in the fall of 2005 I decided to revisit some of the higher-quality leather cases on the market, primarily due to seeking a lighter and more elegant case than my battered Rhinoskin aluminum case. I hadn’t used a non-aluminum case since the Palm III days. That particularly disastrous experiment was a no-name piece of rubbish comprised of vinyl than actual leather. My poor Palm IIIx was held in place by a saggy piece of Velcro. After upgrading to a Palm Vx I began my love affair with Palm’s sleek aluminum hard case and never looked at another leather case…until now.
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Cradle compatible case?

alanh @ 8/9/2006 3:54:18 PM # Q
I had the essentially similar case from The Pocket Solution, but I returned it since it wouldn't fit into my Palm-brand Cradle kit. Does anyone know of a case that would allow me to sync using one of those? I can sync using a cable, but have preferred using a cradle ever since my PalmPilot Professional days.


RE: Cradle compatible case?
hkklife @ 8/9/2006 4:11:01 PM # Q
In a surprising twist I was able to, after much fiddling, get my TX to sync & charge in my Palm OEM cradle by inserting the TX, case and all, with the front flap lifted up. "

This was a very precarious fit at best and not ideal but it DID work.

Other than that, I don't know of any other cases that are cradle-compatible offhand. Remember, the market for Palm cradles is sort of nonexistent since Palm hasn't released a model that shipped with a cradle in the box since the T3 in 2003.

With the ability to trickle charge over USB on most new Palms, most of the people I know simply have one cord at work and one at home and just switch between them for charging purposes.

I am still of the old school mentality and prefer a cradle to minimize desktop clutter.

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

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Sena cases rock

Wollombi @ 8/10/2006 1:21:22 AM # Q
I've got two Sena cases, one for my T5 and one for my X50v. Both are quality products, and I can echo much of what Kris states in the review above.

The magnets are strong. Yes, strong enough to pick up the PDA by the cover alone, even with my Axim, which is thicker and a tad heavier than my T5. The mesh over the speaker opening on the T5/TX model is a quality touch, showing thought and attention to detail in the design process. All cutouts match exactly on both of my cases.

And yes, alanh, they are designed to fit in the cradle. Although I have not experienced the wear experienced by Kris on either case, and I charge nightly. My Axim goes into the cradle each time, and I have no wear whatsoever.

My only complaints have more to do with the PDA's than the case itself. My T5 finish has begun to deteriorate where the magnet in the case is on one side. This has little to do with the magnet, other than it being a solid object in that location, so if the PDA is dropped just right it COULD cause this, but I don't remember dropping my T5, so I chalk it up to quality control on the Palm itself.

On my Axim case, which has silver highlights in place of red, ther is some SLIGHT fading of the finish where the magnets are, but it is only noticeable if I'm really looking for it, or view it at just the right angle, and even then it is only slight. Not a real problem, and probably not experienced on the other colors.

One more thing about the SD card slots. They are very thoughfully located/designed so that the edges of the cards protruding from the slot cannot come into contact with your screen, as the slots open on the other end. Very nice touch, and everyone should do it that way. I can tell you how many screen protectors developed a permanent line across them where card pockets opened above the screen when the cover was closed.

Sena cases are very form fitting and well made. Can't beat them for the money.

Good review, Kris.


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Very useful review

Albert Grunewald @ 9/4/2008 9:01:05 PM # Q
Thanks for the comprehensive review, it was very helpful in my decision making.

I bought this case (in basic black) and I'm very glad that I did.

RE: Very useful review
Gekko @ 9/4/2008 9:08:57 PM # Q

great to hear. 2003 welcomes you!

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