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Palm m500 Leather Zippered Case Review
By Snubolis
8/21/2001


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".

Description
The case itself is made out of high quality leather, similar to the leather cases on previous Palm accessories. As is implied by the name, the case is held closed by a zipper, rather than a button or strap, which I believe is a mark of a higher quality case.

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.

Drawbacks
My dislikes of this case are limited to a few items. The first is the size; its almost triple the thickness of the m50x itself. I wouldnít wear it in tighter-fitting pant-pockets such as jeans, but cargoes or dress pant pockets are acceptable. (I usually end up carrying it around if Iím not wearing my cargoes).

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.

Conclusion
The Palm m500 Leather Zippered Case is listed at $35 from Palmís website, and provides a great way to give excellent protection and good storage capabilities for your expansion media. Although this case has a few drawbacks, I would recommend this case to anyone who has an m500 series unit.

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Palm Zippered Case

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 9:35:56 AM #
I agree. This case fills a void. The standard case allows the SD Cards to scratch the case. The larger cases out there are too big. The Palm Zippered Case goes in between. I would like to see a case with this set up and size in a non-zippered version.

RE: Palm Zippered Case - Try Franklin Covey Zip Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 9:50:26 AM #
Franklin Covey has an absolutely great zippered case with slots for 2 cards in the back. I have been very please with this case. I think it is much better than the palm zippered case. It has glove soft leather and of very high quality.

RE: Palm Zippered Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 11:46:02 AM #
I agree. This is the zippered case I selected. Also, my Tornado stylus/pen combo fits in the spine of this case, resting in a little "pocket" on the outside of the case. Very handy!

Julie

RE: Palm Zippered Case
jooley @ 8/21/2001 11:49:48 AM #
I mean the Franklin case, not the Palm.

>>I agree. This is the zippered case I selected. Also, my Tornado stylus/pen combo fits in the spine of this case, resting in a little "pocket" on the outside of the case. Very handy!

Julie



RE: Palm Zippered Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 1:26:13 PM #
I also have the Frankling Covey case. I actually use the hotsync usb plug for my computer, so it works great with the case, no folding or anything.

I have to disagree...

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 10:49:19 AM #
...with a couple of the cons. I regularly hotsync with the case on - it is flexible enough to fold on the side and hence it is possible to leave it on and have the m505 sync at the same time. Also, I don't agree that it is hard to take the Palm out of the case. After a bit of use, it is loose enough to allow easy slipping in and out of the case. In fact, I think it is a happy medium: not too hard, nor too easy (so that it would slip out when unzippered).

Zipper Problem

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 12:49:25 PM #
I used this case for about 1 month and have now stopped. The zipper rubs, during opening and closing, against the bottom left corner of the M500/505. It has now removed the finish from my M505. The design doesn't have enough space in that corner. You must be very careful during opening and closing to keep the zipper off the Palm.

RE: Zipper Problem
Snubolis @ 8/21/2001 2:19:40 PM #
Good point, now that I pay close attention to what you're talking about, I see how it "could" rub against your m50x. So far, I've been using it for quite some time and it hasn't affected my unit, so it seems to depend on how much care you take in opening/closing your case.


Snubolis
Vancouver, Canada

mas o menos

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 2:53:14 PM #
You can slide an extra stylus down the pouch meant to hold the notepad, and as long as you've got a notepad in the pouch, it won't slide toward the midle of the case and scratch your 505.

Although I still use it, my biggest beef with the zippered case was not mentioned--it leaves all kinds of grease marks on the screen if you do not have a notepad in the case. I would rather go without the notepad, but I feel I have no choice, because it's the only way to keep my screen clean, even though the notepad leaves a lot of paper dust in the case/on the screen.

Alternate Palm m500 Case

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/21/2001 7:30:51 PM #
Thanks for the good review. For those of you who are concerned about the zipper scratching your Palm, I recommend using a case from E&B Company. E&B cases were available prior to Palm's zippered case. I've been using the E&B case for a few months now. I have no regrets.

You may want to check out this site.

www.ebcases.com

RE: Alternate Palm m500 Case
Moosecat @ 8/21/2001 8:18:28 PM #
You know, I'd love to use the Slipper. But first, they have to ship me one. I ordered mine over a month ago, and it's been backordered the whole time. It's getting a little frustrating. (And my Palm is getting a little scratched.)

Poorly done

slot_machine @ 8/21/2001 9:34:29 PM #
I tried the zippered case, but never took it out of the house. Someone posted earlier that the zipper rubs against the finish of the 505. I recognized this as a problem immediatley. The first pics online showed it with a metal zipper; mine had a plastic zipper that was hard to close. This made it a hard case to quickly open up, do something, and close. I was dissapointed overall with the quality.

In contrast, the body glove cases by GoNeo offer better workmanship, even though they are neoprene, not leather. I'm hoping they come out with a 505 model soon. I'm also going to try the Covey case.

RE: Poorly done
slot_machine @ 8/22/2001 11:20:11 PM #
Picked up the Covey case today. Butter!

Franklin Covey case better for m505 Protection

Davy @ 8/22/2001 12:59:06 AM #
The design allows no cards, nothing but pure leather, to even touch the screen. It has two slots for cards on the back side, and realistically, if you have more than 3 (2 in the case, 1 in the palm) memory cards, you probably carry your m50x in a briefcase anyway.

-Davy Fields
m505 YahooGroup Moderator
Owner m505 FAQ
www.davyfields.com

The full monty
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 8:24:39 AM #
The best case for the m500 series is the original Palm cover that includes a zipped area for coins and the like. It's like: perfect.

RE: Franklin Covey case better for m505 Protection
Davy @ 8/22/2001 11:47:32 AM #
To each his own. As long as you have a m50x, I could care less what kind of case you use, the focus is on the awesome handheld.

-Davy Fields
m505 YahooGroup Moderator
Owner m505 FAQ
www.davyfields.com

RE: Franklin Covey case better for m505 Protection
NAHuber @ 9/8/2001 6:50:39 PM #
I also have the Franklin Covey zipper case. It is very protective, fits well. I am still waiting for a good hard case to come out. My money is on Franklin Covey as they have a great hard leather case for the Palm V.

Palm V series ??

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 4:14:15 AM #
Any reason why this cant be used with a V or Vx ???

RE: Palm V series ??
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 4:47:12 AM #
The Vx has a bigger silo on the left side

RE: Palm V series ??
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 2:29:37 PM #
The security rail is too small, the silo on the Palm V is longer and wider than either silo on the M500 series. The security rail silo on the M500 series is FAR smaller than that on the Palm V.

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