OtterBox Rugged Treo 700 Case Review
The first comment that you’re likely to get when you show the new Treo 700 OtterBox Rugged Case to someone will be something like “Wow! That case sure looks like it means business!” – it most certainly does.
The patented OtterBox Rugged case is without a doubt the single most robust Treo case that you’re likely to come across – it’s dustproof and splashproof (not for underwater use though) and provides both drop and crush protection (I can basically stand on the case without fear of damaging my Treo).
This OtterBox feels like an over-engineered military-grade case with a thick – roughly 5mm – shell, rubber seals and shock absorbers, oversize closing latch and overall ‘extreme’ design.
The surprising thing though is seeing just how relatively small the OtterBox case is particularly when compared to the previous OtterBox 1900 model which is over an inch thicker on the sides – this one feels almost ‘pocketable’ and feels comfortable in one hand.
A thick acrylic flip protective screen cover (above left) is further enhanced by OtterBox’ “screen membrane” – a thin plastic film which protects your Treo screen area from dust, dirt and liquids while providing you full access to the touchscreen. Additionally, a bottom rubber plug opens to reveal full access to your headset jack and connectors – albeit I would have preferred to have an opening for the headset that did not require lifting the plug.
The top cap (above left) is fixed and does not allow SD card access but you can separately purchase another cap for use with a barcode reader. Another improvement in this OtterBox case is the addition of a full protective keyboard which works almost as well as typing on the Treo keyboard directly. The only thing here is that the green Call Answer and red Call End buttons have been mapped to the Treo 700w|wx and therefore a little confusing for a Treo 700p user like me.
The left side of the OtterBox provides easy access to your Treo 700’s side control buttons while the other provides a sturdy stylus holder.
Evidently the OtterBox Rugged Case will appeal to an extremely limited number of Treonauts who have particular needs for use in the field or a warehouse for example. However, those few Treonauts that do have a need for the level of protection that the OtterBox uniquely provides will not only seek it out but also be willing to pay handsomely for it. This is probably why this case is also one of the most expensive ones that you can buy priced at $129.95 – with the belt clip alone (not included but sold separately) is $19.95.
Treonauts are always the most rugged…