PDA Pro Phone Review
The PDA Pro Phone case from PDA Skins is compatible with almost all PDAs on the market and allows you to carry your handheld, phone, and various credit cards in a variety of ways.
This case is rather bulky to keep in a pocket, but it provides a wide variety of other ways take it with you. There is a belt clip, and a spot you can slide your belt through to keep your palm extra secure. The clip is very
sturdy, and large enough to fit around the belt so you don't get crimps in your belt.
For those who prefer not to wear a case along their waist, there is also an included shoulder strap. The strap is long enough to wear down at the waist, but it adjusts so you can wear it around your neck at a height
similar to a camera case.
The size and awkward shape of the phone compartment make it unrealistic to carry in a pocket, but with the number of alternative carrying methods this is
a very portable solution.
Since this case isn't ideally carried in a pocket, it is normally pretty easy to reach for. When you unzip the main pocket, your palm pops into view, attached be a square of Velcro. The PDA is supported at an angle
against one side of the case. On either side, strips of Velcro allow you to adjust the viewing angle your palm rests at.
Although I'm not too fond of attaching Velcro to my PDA, this solution works quite well. It keeps the
palm from falling out and lets you work on your PDA with just one hand.
With the standard styli most palms come with, the stylus can be a bit tough to remove at times, although some alternative styli seem to be easier to remove. When you're done you can just zip it back up until your ready to use it again. Unfortunately the Velcro strips and the weight of the palm make it slightly difficult to close it up.
This case doesn't exactly scream stylish, but it certainly isn't ugly. Although using leather isn't innovative, it provides a strong sense of business class. Not too creative or personal, but it does have a definitive
professional look. Having the phone's pocket in front ruins the sense of smooth continuity, but it certainly isn't awful.
This case can certainly take a beating, although leather isn't necessarily the toughest material around. If you tend to drop your palm, this case has padding that will protect it a good deal. (although it probably won't protect
your palm very well during games of pda-soccer) Under most user's care it will last longer than the PDA.
A few more points should still be noted. The phone pocket doesn't fit well with most phones, leaving either too much extra space at the bottom of the pocket or not fitting at all.
Also, the credit card slots are rather
difficult to use since the zipper makes it difficult to remove cards from the top few slots. The money pocket has the same problem with the side zipper, and it is only made worse by the Velcro strip.
This case combines your phone, palm, and wallet into one easily manageable case. Although it isn't they most stylish solution, it is definitely effective. For $35 the price is fairly steep, but after you use it awhile it will certainly seem worth it.