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By Ed Hardy
The SmarterCase is a hardcase that can hold any Palm OS model and comes in a wide variety of possible exterior coverings.
The SmarterCase I have is a very professional gray twill, which is really more tan than gray. But if I'd wanted zebra stripes or flowers or camo, I could have had that. They also have some covered in leather and lizard skin. I'm not going to bore you with a long list of all the possible looks but just about everyone should be able to find one to suit them.
And if not, they are working to come up with new exteriors. These include ones for sports teams, for kids, and even seasonal looks.
If you absolutely have to have a small case for your Palm m500 or V series, the company is working on one now.
The SmarterCase is held closed with a snap. Inside is room enough to hold any Palm OS model. It's nice to have a case that you won't have to replace the next time you get a new handheld.
One feature I'm not fond of in the SmarterCase is that the handheld is secured with Velcro. Two small tabs need to be glued to the back of the handheld to attach to a larger piece of Velcro inside. I just don't like gluing things to my very expensive handheld. However, this does work very well. The handheld is held firmly in place but is still easily removable.
Another option is to not use the Velcro at all. I used the SmarterCase for a while with a Visor Neo I was testing. As I only had the Neo for a limited time, I didn't think Handspring would like it if I glued anything to it. Anyway, the deep lip on the SmarterCase kept the Neo from sliding out. This isn't nearly as secure as using the Velcro but it can be done.
To one side is a raised area designed to hold a stylus or pen. This is a great place to keep a full-sized pen-stylus combo. That's what I did. There's a bit of elastic here that works fine with a stylus but didn't cooperate with my full-sized pen-stylus because it has a rubberized gripping surface so the loop wouldn't slide over it.
On the back of the front cover is a slot for holding a small pad of paper, good for taking short notes. I think the company should also consider adding some SD or memory Stick slots to this space, too.
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