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InnoPocket has released the Metal Deluxe Case for Palm m500 series, which is made of aircraft aluminum with a thin Neoprene lining. It is intended to protect the Palm against scratches, collisions, and shocks. It offers a cut out on the top to make it easier to access the SD slot. It is available now for $30.
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slot_machine @ 9/24/2001 9:42:53 AM #
ALRIGHT! This is going to make a lot of people really happy. I wonder if th $30 pricetag is going to make Rhinoskin nervous. If the alum is as thin as the Palm V hardcase from Palm, probably not.

Not as thin as it used to be...
Nate @ 9/24/2001 11:09:52 AM #
The Innopocket hardcase is actually really good - the original version was thin and flexed a bit, but the Innopocket Deluxe is fantastic. It's 50% thicker than the original version, though I think it's still thinner than the Rhinoskin. I use it now, and have no problems with it except that the latch on the side isn't very secure.

Syncplicity. Redefining Simple.

Palm V Series HardCase

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 11:15:39 AM #
Any one know if/when Palm will debut their hardcase for the m500 series that has a similar design to the Palm V series?

RE: Palm V Series HardCase
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 6:12:45 PM #
About 2 months ago Palm responded to my inqiry on this subject by stating that they did not at that point have any plans to make one. So even if they have changed thier minds since then, it will be a some time before you see one from them, if ever.

(Honestly, I don't know why they would, unless they just re-brand one of the 4-6 hard cases there are available now for it.)

What we need now is a M50X hard case smackdown and see which one is the best, or at least a good comparison of them all.

scribble pda

Aircraft Aluminium?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 1:08:56 PM #
What turns aluminium into aircraft aluminium? Is it better than other types of aluminium? Is there also car aluminium? Or coke can aluminium?

Just curious...


RE: Aircraft Aluminium?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 3:09:12 PM #
The marketing dept.

RE: Aircraft Aluminium?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 3:48:30 PM #
Maybe the case can fly? :D

Having said that, I just got my Chameleon (m500 version), which is of course *not* made from aluminium.

It certainly is a very utilitarian (looking) case, but I do have the fullest confidence that it *will* be able to take a beating. Remember the test where it was chucked out of a plane? I doubt if there is another case around that would have the Palm and the case survive.

It is definitely function over style, although it doesn't exactly look ugly (except for the logo on the front cover), but just a bit, shall we say urban.

It's fiddly if you want to sync, as I do think it's best to just take it out of the case, inspite of the other solutions the manufacturer suggests. I have some minor niggles, but the finish is good.

This is maybe not the case to use all the time, but if you are travelling, or want to just throw it into a backpack or a hand bag or to a pal shouting catch, it's the case to have, I reckon.

Basically, you have to ask yourself if you do want maximum protection or if you want to sacrifice some of that for more stylish looks.

RE: Aircraft Aluminium?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 4:18:56 PM #
A quick question, why do I come up as I.M. Anonymous even after login?

RE: Aircraft Aluminium?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 11:30:03 PM #
When people say something is made out of aluminum, the truth is the material is not pure aluminum - it's some sort of alloy. Over time, various alloys have been developed to enhance certain characteristics, and some of these alloys are associated with airframe manufacturing, hence the term. Whether or not these cases use these alloys and deserve the term is a completely different matter.


ggarza @ 9/24/2001 4:43:31 PM #
How, in fact, does the m500 fit into the InnoPocket hard case? Is it clipped into place or is it snuggled into position with a tight hold? I ask this because I just purchased the Franklin Covey hard case for my m500, and it can literally fall right out of the case if you're not too careful!


RE: Security
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/24/2001 6:17:29 PM #
OH wow. Somebody do a comparison between all these cases...


RE: Security
palmist500 @ 9/25/2001 8:01:12 AM #
Yeah, cool :D

"May the Palm be with You"
Rhinoskin/Franklin Covey Comparison!
seansmith @ 9/25/2001 8:42:56 AM #
I can review the new Rhinoskin and the Franklin Covey hardcases for the m505 (sorry, I don't have a reason to buy the Innogear anymore). I am also a proud owner of the previous Rhinoskin Palm V Molded Hardcase as well.

Quick rundown:
* The Franklin Covey is slightly less thick than the Rhinoskin (no more than .25").
* They have approximately the same dimensions otherwise.
* The Rhinoskin has a bit of neoprene cushioning inside of it where the FC case has a bit of plastic/rubber that is awfully thin.
* The FC case has a spring latch where the Rhinoskin has a hard latch that now is positioned on the inside of the case, rather than on the outside like the V/Vx hard case used to be.
* The RS has no internal pockets (if RS is reading, please consider an SD pocket ) but the FC has one for a very small amount of business cards.
* The FC conforms slightly better to the curves of the m505, but RS is apparently going to replace their current line of V/Vx cases with this case, as it has a set of silo adjustments that come with it to allow someone to put a V/Vx in the case (remember the left hand silo on an m505 is smaller than the standard silo) or put the m505 in for a left handed person. Good idea, Rhinoskin!

My take on the cases:
Rhinoskin all the way. It feels much less flimsy than the Franklin Covey case (it is a bit heavier). The FC case almost feels like plastic. Plus, I don't know how many times I dropped my V/Vx in the old Rhinoskin case, so I trust this one a bit more.

I had been waiting for Rhinoskin to release this case, but had gotten tired of waiting and ordered the FC about a week before Rhinoskin came out with theirs. So, I decided to compare and send one back. I'm definitely glad that Rhinoskin made their case. I doubt that I would have been happy with the Franklin Covey one.

Forgot . . . ScribblePDA
seansmith @ 9/25/2001 8:56:17 AM #
Oh, BTW, I had one of the ScribblePDA m505 cases too. It was nice, but it was way too big for me. I like to carry my cases in my back jeans pocket, and this one was way too big to place in my back pocket (or sit on for that matter). It is approximately .5" larger than the Rhinoskin, but it offered great protection, had an integrated SD slot for storing unused SD cards, and had a sliding clasp on the side to keep it closed. However, ScribblePDA gave no thought to left-handed users and didn't include some way to mount it backwards (or the correct way for those who are left-handed ). However, it is nice for the fact you could change the colors and mount it on your belt (something I don't like doing -- I already have a cell phone there) with that removable clip.

My review/comment on the rhinoskin
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/25/2001 9:49:59 AM #
I just received rhinoskin m505 hardcase. a bit upset why they had to include the Vx with it. i mean Vx already has a lot of accessories. i had to run candle on the silo so that itll slide easily in the case. I wish they placed an anti-slip rubber at the bottom back so that it wont slip on tables and wont make a metallic Spat! whenever you forget to carefully and slowly place on the table. and also.. space inside is really enough for them to place a slot for SD cards,but they didnt, and its causing it to shake inside the case (youll hear it when youre walking).

the hindge egde is sharp too..but can easily be polished. i like the way it locks tho. i might buy chamelion stylus for Vx since it has enough space for it inside and wont fall out. i settled the m505 in the center of the case so that it wont have much impact when it falls vertically. i have no prob with additional high on top..but they couldve really made it flatter (or thicker neoprene)

i think this case is worth $30 and not $50. if it hadnt for the "Free" clipack it would have really been a total ripoff. but im pretty much secure with my m505 now. just wished it didnt cost that much considering that people who have bought this already have bought the first batch of cases (palms slim leather case). total value of my palm is now $700, other people my be more.

I'm probably 70% satisfied with this comparing to the 30% on the slim leather case i used to have.

For those who already have the innopocket, can you make more reviews and maybe comparison for it?

RE: Security
For the one im replying to: When you said youve dropped your Vx with the rhinohardcase a few times. How far was it to the ground? and was it carpet,wood or concrete?

Scribble PDA
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/25/2001 6:30:18 PM #
I have the scribble pda case as well and I like it a lot but have the same feelings as Sean does. Its kinda too big.

That said, I bet it is even more protective than the aluminum hard cases talked about here but... it is too big for comphortable pocket cary.

I am going to get one of these other hard cases soon. I guess I will wait untill the Titanium one comes out as well as a few other manufacturers to produce thiers before I decide.

There is a better flip type on the way

tritan @ 9/24/2001 8:12:33 PM #
Kensington is releasing a new hard case for the Vx and M500 series shortly so hold on to you hats. This new case opens like the III series like a flip lid.

Got one

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/10/2001 11:58:36 AM #
I just got one a few days ago. There are a lot of pros to this case. Firstly, it is much smaller than the Franklin Covey (which I tried) and the Rhinoskin (which a friend of mine has). It fits tightly, is thin but still rigid enough to provide decent protection for my m505. This is definately the best hard case I have seen so far for the m50x, but there is a down side. The case seems to scratch very easily. My black paint has scratches in a few areas after only a few days of use. Perhapse I am a bit rough on it (which is why I needed a decent hard case) but the finish really should be a bit tougher in my opinion. I am considering getting the "Titanium" version on their website when it becomes available, but I will probably wait for someone else to review it first, since InnoPocket does not have a very amiable return policy. At least they don't charge for shipping, which would get pricy coming from Hong Kong as they do. This case is a bargin at $30.

RE: Got one
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/20/2001 1:45:02 PM #
Got one of each of the Rhinoskin and the Kesington. Was going to get one of the Chameleons, too, but after reading the comments here, it sounded like it would never meet my primary requirements: fit in my hip pocket, and handle me sitting on it (I'm 6'2" 185 lbs). That being said, the Kensington couldn't hang, which disappointed me because I MUCH prefer the flip-top design (PLEASE read this, Rhinoskin). The K was bendable, whereas the Rhinoskin was light, stiff, and strong. Choice was very clear.

InnoPocket m500 case

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/20/2002 5:12:33 PM #
I've seen quite a few reviews of the InnoPocket case, and other cases, but no one mentions whether you can hear the M500's beep clearly from whithin any of the cases!

I'd appreciate an ansnwer on this, particularly for the Innopocket case.

Thank you.




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