Treo Cases | A Treo 650 Case of Cases for all Cases
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A couple of months ago, someone emailed me asking what case I was currently using with my Treo 650 and if I could recommend one. Well, this question proved considerably more difficult and lengthy to answer than I had imagined but in the process I came to an important realisation. Namely, there is no ‘perfect’ case but instead there is one that is ideal for each particular situation.
Before I get started there are two personal preferences that I have to mention. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like cases with removable clips but have no problem with belt clips. Additionally, I prefer my Treo to be ‘naked’ and thus both form-fit and skin cases have proven of little appeal to me.
The Basic Cases
As you might recall, my favourite case for the Treo 600 was the Vaja iVolution and alongside this I used what I would term ‘basic’ cases which were my iPod case that had a belt clip and also the protective case that originally came with the Treo 600. I would switch between the cases depending on the occasion typically using the iPod one if I was out without a jacket and didn’t want to put the Treo in my pocket while the Treo 600 case I used if I needed added screen protection.
In the early days of getting my Treo 650 I continued to use both the iPod case and Treo 600 case (both below) while waiting for my new Vaja iVolution to arrive.
Another basic case that really appeals to me is the Nutshell one but the only thing that annoys me about it is that it doesn’t have a headset jack cut-out.
The Luxury Case
Actually, the Treo 650 Vaja iVolution ($100) below is less of a case per se than an elegant sleeve to protect your smartphone.
This case proved to have the same construction and leather quality of my previous one and in this respect it did not disappoint. However, in sharp contrast to the Treo 600 model, I found typing on the keyboard to be extremely cumbersome as the leather edges sit both too high and too close to the outer keys. This fact alone had the effect that this case has gathered dust as I kept looking for one that was practical and that I liked.
The Music Cases
Of course the Covertec pouch case ($35) (left below) and Seidio Shield Holster ($28)are not music cases per se but I have found both to be the single most practical ones for listening to music while on the go. Why? Because they both 1) allow easy and quick access (in and out) to my ‘naked’ Treo, 2) allow me to have the audio jack inserted at the bottom without any problem and 3) provide very good protection for my Treo while on the go.
I had been eyeing Covertec’s case for quite some time and I have not been disappointed at all as both the quality of the leather, detailing and build are superb. I got the black leather model (the black outside + orange inside color is very cool) but I’m also thinking about getting the brown one for the summer.
Seidio’s holster meanwhile is surprisingly easy to use and particularly fast getting the Treo in and out of it. The Treo sits face-in to protect the screen and it rests against a velvet surface lining so no worries about scratches. A small latch at the top (just above the camera) bends slightly backwards to release the phone – a very neat setup.
Overall, I’ve decided to use the elegant leather Covertec for outdoors while finding the plastic Seidio more practical for indoors when I want to listen to music at home or the office. [Note that here I’m using the Seidio retractable 2–1 headset – a practical solution with which you can both listen to your music and answer your calls instead of having to unplug the audio jack and pick up the phone.]
The Flip Cases
As I mentioned before, I’m no longer a fan of cases that don’t allow for access to my naked Treo. Having said this, I can objectively provide you with my thoughts on two models that I have.
The first is Noreve’s Tradition ($50) case which sports a good soft leather and inside velvet lining, a solid construction with a flip up that has two SD card pockets as well as a business/credit card pocket.
However, Noreve’s oval shaped keyboard cutout is odd and not very practical for typing or accessing the Home and Menu buttons. Also, the leather bulges up around the screen when it should ideally rest flat.
The other is Sena’s Magnetflipper case ($44) which has one of the most stunning and elegant leathers that I have come across – the full black shiny front face makes quite an impression and the sides are super thin. Also, as with Noreve’s, it also sports two SD card pockets but in contrast opens with the more practical flip down. Lastly, although the leather is still too close for comfort to the keyboard overall it proved to still be very usable.
However, Sena’s case is also not perfect with some minor details that let it down – particularly the latch button at the back which should be covered in leather instead of showing the button through. Additionally, although the magnetic flip is extremely practical I found myself concerned about the possible effects of holding a magnet (albeit a tiny one) to my brain…
The Funky Case
The foofpod fabric pouch ($28) is originally designed for the iPod and not our Treo but since both devices have nearly identical dimensions it fits perfectly.
Foofpods are handmade to special order in Australia by some nice Irish ladies (don’t ask) and the company had been on my radar for some time when a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to order my own.
I chose their Murasaki model made from premium Kimono polyester in super rich purple color and with a silver lining which I thought was just the right level of OTT that I needed for my Treo. What can I say, I love this pouch because it’s a completely unusual one and I typically use it to hold my Treo in a suit, jacket or coat pocket.
Other fun fabrics include faux fur, Irish Tweed, denim and corduroy and there’s bound to be at least one model that will appeal to the more extrovert Treonaut. My only wish is that the company would actually start making these for the Treo proper and add an opening for the headset jack at the bottom.
The Homemade Case
For this last case in the series, particular thanks must go to Brent who pointed out in a recent comment how he uses a simple ziplock bag to protect his Treo from dust and water at construction sites.
I tried this with two different ziplock bags. The first a standard one and the second which totally by coincidence proved to be part of the original packaging of the Foofpod (image below right) and worked like a charm since it’s the exact size of our Treo.
I had no difficulties making and receiving calls with either with people hearing me perfectly well (albeit mildly attenuated). Access to the keyboard and all function buttons was easy. The only thing is that the standard ziplock bag might be pierced more easily than the much more sturdy plastic used in Foofpod’s one (I don’t know what the material is called but it’s the same companies ship memory chips with).
While Brent uses this setup at a construction site, I’ve finally found the perfect solution for taking my Treo to the beach without the risk of getting sand or water on it (note that neither of these bags is totally watertight though). Finally, my only worry is whether my Treo might suffer for lack of oxygen…
So, you might wonder which of all these cases I’ll keep using daily. Well, I’ll definitely stick to the Covertec Pouch, Seidio Shield Holster and Foofpod which are great products that each add to the enjoyment of my Treo in different cases (no pun intended).
Treonauts are happy no matter what the case may be…