SPE SidePouch Treo Case Review
Given the fact that side pouches are the bestselling category of Treo cases, I was quite curious to review the new SPE SidePouch to determine whether it might prove to be a worthy alternative to the #1 SPE P6 Pouch Case (a model which over 67% of Treonauts choose as their favourite).
The first thing to note is that the SPE SidePouch offers a very thick, high-quality, genuine leather. This makes the entire case feel extremely solid but it also means that the overall thickness of the case is 41mm compared to 34mm for the P6 Pouch Case and 25mm for the new SPE UltraSlim Holster.
The SPE logo is also embossed on the front – something which I would have preferred either not to see at all or to have been discreetly put on the back so as to leave a completely smooth leather surface.
The overall design of the case is nearly identical to the P6 with a large opening at the bottom to “push” your Treo out with your fingers (pictured above) as well as two side openings. However, the side fit is just a little bit too tight which makes it that slightly more difficult to insert/remove your Treo compared to the P6 which leaves a few comfortable millimiters more.
The top magnetic flap is strong and sturdy but again not as good as the two magnets found on the P6. Additionally, whereas the P6 has a recessed front covered in ballistic nylon unto which the magnetic flap closes, this SidePouch has a smooth leather front which makes the case some 7mm thicker.
The interior of the SidePouch has a smooth felt lining and extra padding at the back provides further protection for your screen and keyboard.
The belt clip provides a strong hold but its width is less than half that found on the P6 which makes it that little bit less stable on your waist.
Finally, the SidePouch is also available in five different colours from black, tan, beige, brown and red.
Overall, there is no doubt that the SidePouch offers superior leather, a very good design as well as great value but for me its thickness, smaller belt clip, tight fit and smaller magnetic flap mean that I still very much consider the P6 Pouch Case to be the better option. Having said this, if you’re looking for a side case in a colour other than black then this SidePouch will make an excellent choice.
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