Treo 680 Case Of Cases: Review Part 6
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Following my Treo 680 Accessories Guide last week, as promised here is the next part which specifically addresses the issue of Treo 680 cases [Please note that most of the cases below also fit the Treo 650 and Treo 700p|w].
Preparing for this review I first looked at the current Top 25 Bestselling Treo 680 Cases (select ‘Treo 680’ from the top left pull-down menu + click on ‘Cases’) and then gathered all of my existing favourite Treo 650/700p cases and tested them for compatibility with both my new Treo 680 Unlocked and Cingular Treo 680. Below is a list of the ones that I found to best fit the Treo 680.
Horizontal Pouch Cases
As always, this type of cases appear to top the charts and I will therefore start here.
Smartphone Experts P6 Pouch Case ($19.95)
The bestselling case for the Treo 650 and 700 series now also becomes #1 for the Treo 680. The slim high quality leather, solid construction, strong double magnets at the front, great value price as well as extremely positive user opinions will undoubtedly help to keep it there for some time.
Smartphone Experts P7 Pouch Case ($19.95)
Following the lead of its younger incarnation, the P7 Pouch Case has almost identical hallmarks to those that made the P6 such a bestselling case. The two main differences are that the P7 features a cream leather interior whereas the P6’s is fabric and also that instead of the two magnets found at the front flap of the P6 there is only one on the P7.
Body Glove Rhythm Universal ($19.95)
This is a case that I personally really like and which I reviewed recently.
As I mentioned then, the Body Glove Rhythm Pouch is made almost entirely of a high-quality smooth rubber providing a very comfortable fit for my Treo and the front flap is held in place by a large and strong magnet. I particularly like the fact that the Body Glove Rhythm benefits from a very low profile both across the entire case but also particularly with a very narrow fixed rotating belt clip.
Additionally, if you would like to consider more Pouch Case options I can recommend the high leather quality of the RexRegina Stanton Classic Case ($54.95), the E&B Company Copilot Case ($34.95) which is the only horizontal case with a belt loop and no belt clip as well as the Milante Fit Case ($19.95) that benefits from a very thin leather profile.
New Smartphone Experts S680 Slim Case ($19.95)
Almost as popular as the Pouch cases are Skin Cases and the newly released S680 Slim Case is no exception to the rule. Custom shaped to the Treo 680 the S680 provides all the right openings for the keyboard, SD bay, speakers and camera at the back. The S680 Skin Case is available in two models – with belt clip or without – as well as four colours – Frosted Clear, Lady Pink, Executive Grey and Future Blue. Both models also include a convenient hand strap.
Although many people had stated that the existing Treo holsters would not work with the Treo 680 I discovered to my delight that both the Seidio Shield 2 Holster and Helix Holster both fit the Treo 680 very well (I found the Helix to provide a snugger fit though).
Seidio Shield 2 Holster ($29.95)
The Seidio Shield Holster range has been the bestselling Treo holster for some time and now it can also be used with the Treo 680 even though it does not provide quite a ‘perfect’ fit. As always, the ultra slim clip is great and the large top center release lever provides for easy access. Overall however I would more highly recommend this holster to Treonauts who already own one and direct new Treo 680 owners to the Helix holster below.
Helix Holster ($19.95)
The rubber-coated Helix Holster not only provides very good protection for your Treo 680 but as I’ve also now discovered is a solid and perfect fit for it – albeit minimally too tight on the sides. Also, since the SD slot has been moved to the side, you no longer have to worry that the Helix’ top release lever might accidentally eject your SD card.
Please note that in both cases I expect a new completely custom-fit Treo 680 holster to be release at some point in the future but probably not within the next two months. Therefore, if you need a Treo 680 holster today my recommendation will be to get the Helix Holster.
Much like the normal holster, I also discovered that the Seidio Skinned Shield Holster ($29.95) can be used in combination with your Treo 680 and the new Smartphone Experts S680 Slim Case in exactly the same way that this had been previously done.
The fit is good but not perfect. However it is currently the only skinned holster solution available.
An increasingly popular case category are Pocket Pouches and the four models below are both my favourites and bestselling ones. These cases do not have a belt clip and are designed to fit primarily in your pocket, jacket, bag or briefcase.
As its name suggests, the SPE UltraSlim Leather Pocket Pouch (above left) is both the slimmest and lightest case yet produced for the Treo – it’s also the one that I use daily. It feature as high quality leather construction combined with a thin but hard inner plastic shell. There have been some complaints that it does not provide a ‘tight’ fit for the Treo but I have found that in order to remove your smartphone one-handed it is actually best not to have this – the flipside is that if you turn this case upside down your Treo will obviously fall out. A custom Treo 680 model is expected within the next two months.
The RexRegina Harrison Nouveau case (above right) is a similar high quality leather pouch case. It’s not as thin as the previous one – thus more bulk – but it does hold your Treo 680 extremely tightly which will be good or bad depending on how quickly you want to remove your smartphone and whether you’ll be using one or two hands.
The foofpod Fabric Pouch ($19.95) shown here on the right is one of the more ‘funky’ cases to have been released for the Treo and although I have now upgraded to its closest leather version (the SPE UltraSlim above) I still find it to be an extremely good and fun protective pocket case for your Treo. Also, now that the Treo 680 is so much slimmer and lighter it makes it that much easier to slide this pouch in your pocket.
Vertical Pouches (With Clip)
The vertical version of the bestselling SPE P6 case, the VP7 (above left) offers the same type of high quality leather construction and perfect fit for your Treo 680. At the same time, the Nutshell case which I had previously found too tight for the Treo 650 and 700p now appears to be just right for my new Treo 680.
There are still too few custom made cases for the Treo 680. I expect many to be released in the coming months but at least this review will help to show you those existing ones that will already fit well.
Treonauts are always chasing a case…