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Palm m500 Leather Zippered Case Review
Most PDA users are right off the bat looking for a way to protect their brand new Palm, and when youíve gone out and spent over $400 on a Palm m500 or m505, youíll want to safeguard your investment.
Once a local retailer started stocking the m500 series Zipped Leather Case, I went and picked one up, as I was worried about my new "toy".
Inside, as with cases for the V series (and the stock m500 series flip cover), this case attaches itself to the Palm via the left-side mini-slot. Many people have mentioned that the actual stylus is hard to remove out of the right side; well, the same goes for the left. At least I know my m505 isnít going to fall out "unexpectedly". This will prove to be a problem, which Iíll describe later.
Unzip the case and youíll see that the Palm is locked into place on the right flap. On the left flap youíll find an old-fashioned paper-based notepad at your disposal (Palm provides two sets of notepads inside the box). Flip back the notepad to the left and underneath Palm has included slots to store four SD cards, business cards (on the back of the notepad flap) and credit cards. The case doesnít do the full meal deal, though, like previous large cases of this caliber did, as it doesnít provide any practical space for coinage or paper money.
What I really liked about the case was that in the back covers on both sides thereís a strong protective material between the inside liner and the outer leather, providing for a strong backplate for the m500 or m505. So, in other words, to bend the case would take considerable effort, and thereby protecting your valuables inside. To test out this tough lining, I dropped my case (with my m505 inside) onto the sidewalk, from waist-height. Opened it up and tried out my PalmÖ it was still working just fine (thankfully!).
For a bulky case, it still has a stylish look and feel to it, easily complementing the elegant design of the m500 series. This case should surely help keep your Palm out of the Palm Graveyard.
The second problem with this case was the difficulty in HotSyncing with the case attached. Iíve ended up just taking the Palm right out the case and setting it in the cradle, but as I alluded to earlier, it takes quite a bit of strength and ability to remove the Palm from the stylus holder contraption. Just donít slide out your Palm with too much pressure, it could go flying right out onto the floor like mine did!
Also, the zipper lining tends to get into the way of the IR port, so you must remember to push that out of the way if you plan on beaming.
Lastly, Iíve noticed that unless you take great care in closing the case when youíve got both the notepad and the Palm inside, the notepad papers have a tendency to crumple up against the Palm. Not a big issue, but I donít like having crumpled up notes.
The box for this product claims is that there is a holder for an extra stylus inside the case. I searched everywhere but I wasn't able to find one. Not that I bought it for this feature, but you should be aware.
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