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Vaja Omnisky Case Review
By Robert Zach
Upon opening the delivery box from Vaja I knew this review would at least be a pleasant sensory experience. After cracking open the lid I was immediately greeted with a very pleasant waft of leather aroma. If you've ever bought a new car with premium leather seating - you know exactly how gratifying that smell is. This case came from Argentina - I now know the pleasures of fine Argentinean leather!
The case itself was enclosed in a brown leather bag. This was no ordinary bag either. The bag is a nylon draw string type. The leather is very supple - the outside feels like wax while the inside feels like felt or wool. I have never experienced leather like this before! I imagine it would provide nice protection for your off-duty case. At this point I couldn't help but imagine that if the bag was this nice the case must be truly amazing.
The case itself is made from fine brown leather with the most perfectly uniform grain I've ever seen. The stitching is in a nice contrasting brown and is very tight and solid. The case is also very soft to the touch yet stiff where it needs to be - especially around the screen and button areas. There is a hole for the OmniSky HotSync bottom and a small plastic window for the OmniSky's indicator LEDs. The plastic window is actually sandwiched between the leather and the liner that is inside the case - it's not going anywhere. The case also has a dimple in the top for the Palm Vx's power button, left and right silo notches (although a right hand docked stylus would require you to open the flip - not a big deal in my opinion - as the left opening is larger due to the antenna access [see below]), and two small metal plates which mate to the flip cover.
The flip cover on this case is also very interesting in itself. The cover is made from the same brown leather but also has a textured, burgundy colored, insert with a small metal oval bearing the company logo. Extremely classy looking. The flip has a small cutout in the left hand side for easy access to the OmniSky's antenna as well as a small hole to allow the charger to be connected.
On the inside of the cover are three "personal slots" for business cards, credit card, license, money, etc. as well as an embossed Graffiti™ reference chart - very thoughtful. Imbedded in this cover, behind these slots, is an ABS plastic insert to provide additional screen protection. Finally, the inside of the flip cover houses two small magnets on it's edges that mate to the small metal plates located at the screen edges in the case.
The interior of the case is embossed with the Vaja company logo and the following statement in script.
Based on my experience I would agree with this statement!
Snapping the OmniSky onto the Palm and sliding it into the case is the final reward. One is greeted with a satisfying snugness and one perfect fit. Nothing needs to be tucked or tugged like I have seen with other cases. My only complaint is that my magnets didn't quite line up. The flip when closed was slightly shifted left. This was due to one metal strip slightly out of alignment. I was able to move it within the case and resolve the problem.
This case also comes in a belt clip version, I did not have this version for review. Also, HotSyncs are not possible from this case but that is defeated by the OmniSky already - the serial port is connected to the OmniSky modem. Lastly, this case cannot be used for the Palm Vx alone, the OmniSky must be attached to have the proper fit.
This review unit was "Maroon all-weather Leather", it can also be ordered in "Black all-weather Leather" and "Black Ostrich." The case can be further personalized with your name embossed and your choice of "advanced", "basic", or no graffiti embossing.
Overall this is a gorgeous piece of art and a superb piece of quality work - I highly recommend it. The price is justified by the high quality. P.S. Get the bag...you'll love it!
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