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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.

CaseiPod CaseTreo600

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.

CaseVaja650 CaseVaja650Back

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.]

CaseCovertecMusic CaseSeidioMusic

CaseCovertec CaseSeidio

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…

CaseNoreve CaseSena

CaseNoreveOpen CaseSenaOpen

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.

FoofPod01 FoofPod02

FoofPod03 FoofPod04

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…

CaseZiplockNormal CaseZiplockStrong

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).

Treo 650 Vaja iVolution ($100)
Covertec pouch case ($35)
Seidio Shield Holster ($28)
Noreve’s Tradition ($50)
Sena’s Magnetflipper ($44)
foofpod ($28)

Treonauts are happy no matter what the case may be… Treonautstar4

Posted by Andrew on May 17, 2005 at 11:37 AM

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by Stef | May 29, 2006 3:50:28 AM


I have the treo 650 through cingular. I hated the selection of cases (2)from cingular. I found one that I loved a model from verizon which was a flip top. The snap on the bottom was annoying, however the case had three slots which I used for my metro card, credit card, and ID. I broke the belt clip in the back. Verizon is no longer selling this particular model and I haven't been able to find a suitable replacement.
Most of the models that I have reviewed only have one slot for generic cards. I need something with at least three generic card slots and a belt clip. I personally don't have a need to carry extra memory cards. The extra memory card that I have in my phone fits my needs. With the extra generic slots, often I don't need to bring a separate wallet. I am able to walk out with just my keyes and my cell phone case . Any suggestions?


by Muhammad | Jun 30, 2006 4:34:51 PM

Hello I was wondering if you all had any suggestions for active sports cases. I Jog with my treo and mostly it just goes in my pocket but I would like to keep it on my arm or something. Preferably with audio plug access as I use PocketTunes to jam to while I'm running.


by mike L | Sep 23, 2006 9:17:11 PM

I have a treo 650 with a palm leather case. I too prefer the treo naked. I am looking for a more outdoorsy case that will cushion and protect my 650 from the elements. I am looking at the Timbuk2. Any suggestions? mike

by Shanaz | Nov 8, 2006 9:18:30 PM

Does anybody know how I can find a case that covers my treo 700w keyboard. I need the plastic to cover my keyboard so that I can type better due to nails. It doesn't matter the cost.



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by Frank | Jan 9, 2007 11:57:21 AM

I purchased TWO sena cases for my son and my 650 Treo's. BOTH had failures in the belt clip post on the case, causing the post to detach from the case. We sent them back almost two months ago and Sena has not even answered our letter about the defective manufacturing!

by Danny | Feb 26, 2007 1:10:55 AM

I second the post against buying Sena case. The product isn't bad just that customer service is non-existant. The belt-clip gave way on mine and they haven't replied to my email sent months ago.

by Kent | Apr 11, 2007 6:44:07 PM

Just another comment on the Sena cases. I have also gone through two of them. I loved the look and they were very functional for me. However the belt clip gave way on both and so I am also done with them. It's sad as while they worked they were the best cases I had seen. now I am in case limbo...

by Beau Bennett | Apr 11, 2007 8:55:07 PM

Ouch! I'll personally take the blame for the belt clips, since my company made them. Just FYI, the belt clips we sold to SENA just didn't have the strength we like to use on NON-subsidized equipment. In my world, there are basically two types of belt clips: Cellular (cheap) and really good. Cellular clips are cheap because no one wants to pay anything to protect a free device. (ie. free cell phones) However, we found that people with UN-subsidized equipment (iPods, PDA's and GPS) want stronger belt clips, and that makes sense to us. We sold SENA a light-duty belt clip originally. Now, we've had to essentially completely redesign our Hinge-Pin Bantam Clip for more strength. The transition from a light-duty clip to a heavy duty clip is difficult and this transition has taken almost eight months.

I would like to send each of you one of our newly reinforced, and much stronger belt clips for your inspection and review. We think SENA did a good thing working with us - SENA customers can choose three different belt clips and four different car mounts, all compatible with SENA cases - all less than $10 too.

Like SENA, we take pride in making a serious and worthy product. I hope we can rebuild some of that trust for those of you who really like SENA products and want a better belt clip and more belt clip options.

We are hereby extending our offer of replacement Bantam belt clips (or Ultra Clips) to all SENA customers, regardless of when they purchased their case.

Hope this helps, SENA makes great cases and it seems we may have let some of you down. For that we are sorry.


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Manufacturing Better Wireless Accessories Since 1996

by Rikky | Apr 29, 2007 2:29:12 PM

I am amazed not to find Krusell case in your list. You must include this beautiful case, designed for superb protection and accessibility. I feel it is one of the best designed cases for my Treo 650. Moreover, there are different models to suit different tastes. Personally, I use the Krusell Handit Multidapt Case with flip top (price varies from $18.99 - $29.99 - its cheapest on Ebay and Vendio).
Well, the Krusell case has excellent leather construction, with pockets for keeping SD cards. The screen is protected by a flip top. They also have designs without it, which you may like, but I want to protect the screen from any damage.
The keyboard is protected by a plastic covering built into the front of the case. Typing remains pretty easy, and there are no smudges on the keyboard anymore. Moreover, customised cutouts are given at all the right places, for accessing everything - including the handsfree, sync/charge cable, volume button, and speaker. The camera is accesible by a simple flip off mechanism.
Moreover, I find that their multidapt clip system is excellent for keeping it on my belt, along with a host of options for travelling. I did not find such options with many other well known brands, so it was indeed a deal breaker for me. So, I bought a separate adapter for the car and one for my bicycle(!), to carry it while traveling. So, now, I can use the Treo without changing the case or the clip at the back. Pretty nice, eh! Their multidapt system is put into their cell-phone cases too, so compatibility across the board is excellent, which makes it really sweet. If you happen to somehow break the clip (it requires a large force), its easy to replace the clip with a new one (unlike my belkin case for tungsten T).
All in all, an extremely multifunctional, sturdy and elegant looking leather case line, with excellent options for travelling. How did I come to know about it? Well, I had previously used a Krusell case for my Sony-Ericsson T610, Tungsten T (the Belkin case for Tungsten T was no good), and then for my Palm T3. I went ahead and bought one for my Treo 650. This way, my accessories were compatible too. And I gifted one to my brother too and he likes it a lot :-)
Highly recommended from a user, am not working for any company.

by ChabrellIgaN | Apr 1, 2009 9:33:03 PM

Zdraste! Vot takoi vot u vas horoshiy sait. Spasibki.

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