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Slipper m505 Case Review
By Dennis G. Esler
Like many long-time Palm users, I waited anxiously for the m505 to hit the market. I watched the Web and (thanks in part to Palm Infocenter) was able to rush out and snag one of the first four units that reached the nearest Office Depot.
After a short time, it became obvious to me that the leather flip cover wouldnít cut it. I needed something more substantial. (I had a hard molded case from Palm for my Palm V and a titanium slider for my IIIc, both of which protected the units well.) I looked but couldnít find anything for the m505.
Then I saw the ad about the slipper from E&B cases. It looked good on the Web, so I ordered it. After about 3 weeks it came (Initially backordered).
The flip cover has some reinforcing material in it to help protect the screen. It has slots to securely hold two SD cards and the credit card slot can easily hold a handful of business cards or a few credit cards.
All buttons, the IR port, the reset hole, the SD slot, the stylus and the bottom connector are easily accessible and unobstructed.
There are two 1" long strips of Velcro sewn vertically along either side even with the Graffiti area to hook to their mates on the flip cover to hold the case securely closed. These are stated to "not fray". So far so good.
The case also has a small metal E&B logo on the lower right corner of the cover. A nice touch. (It would be nicer if my initials were EB.)
Though I havenít been able to try it yet, I suspect it will even fit in the PPK keyboard. (Iíll let you know as soon as Amazon ships mine to me.)
The case it soft and comfortable to hold. It flips open easily yet holds securely enough so as not to open accidentally. The SD and credit card slots are secure and the cover provides good protection to the screen. The credit cards help protect it even more. The case is form fitting to the m505, but not so tight as to make insertion or removal a problem. I did find that if you hold the case by its sides, (which is natural) the case presses on the stylus making it a little harder to remove.
The case fits comfortably in a sports coat pocket, a shirt pocket and even it the pocket of your shorts. I can carry the Palm in the shift console of my truck without fear of getting it scratched up. It adds virtually nothing to the form factor of the m505, preserving that compact size we all love.
(There is also a model available with a belt clip for a few bucks more.)
My only complaint (and itís minor) is that the buttons on the bottom and the connector is still partially exposed even when the case is closed. That leaves then vulnerable to keys or coins that are in you pants pocket.
I recommend it highly.
Update: Mike from E & B Company sent me some instructions for addressing the exposed button issue:
I hope this helps address the closure point mentioned in your review.
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