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Rhinoskin Molded Slider Case Review
By Ed Hardy
RhinoSkin's new molded slider case for the m500/m505/V has a lot in common with its predecessor. If you're curious, a review of the original version is available. But take my word for it, this new version is better. Like its predecessor, it's a hardcase who's front cover can fold around to the back when open to take up the least amount of room. But the new one is smaller and better looking.
The original slider case looks like a block of aluminum. The new slider case has been molded to better fit around the handheld. This makes it smaller and lighter. But it has the ridges on the front and back that make it more rugged. The company name has been stamped into the front in raised letters. I'm not terribly fond of its industrial-looking design but opinions vary widely on this.
It isn't as curvy as the non-sliding version because the top and bottom have to be straight so the two parts can slide sideways against each other. The case opens kind of like a book, except that it would have to be a book who's back cover can slide up to fit inside of the front cover. This makes the case the same size, open or closed.
This case closes tightly so there should be few worries about it accidentally coming open but most of the other edges don't come close to sealing.
It fits the m505 pretty well. I was able to hold it upside down and shake it without the Palm falling out or even slipping.
There aren't any cutouts in the Neoprene to prevent the buttons on the V series from being accidentally pushed by the cover but they don't appear to necessary on this model. It isn't as form-fitting as some, especially where the handheld tapers at the bottom.
Some people have complained that the edges of many RhinoSkin cases aren't smooth and they have scratched the finish on their handheld on them. I'm sorry to report that the molded slider's edges aren't any smoother.
The only weak area in this case is waterproofing. Between the slider mechanism and the infrared port and stylus cutouts, there are a couple of good sized gaps in this case which might let rain get in. I know, this case isn't advertised as being water proof and I don't want to go swimming with my handheld but I'd be a bit nervous about just carrying this case in the rain without some extra protection.
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