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Speck SkinTight Treo Case Review

Skin cases continue to be one of the most popular Treo cases in our Treo Accessory Shop and Speck’s ToughSkin for the Treo 650 (see Need a Rough Treo? Get a ToughSkin) and new SkinTight for the Treo 700 (image below) are both without a doubt the best built and designed available.

The new SkinTight (currently for the Treo 700w and soon also for the Treo 700p) is even better than the previous model with fully covered side buttons and improved response on the navigation buttons.  It feels as robust as Speck’s bestselling ToughSkin and much nicer than standard skins.  The removable protective flip-screen (above) now also closes much more tightly.

Additionally, the SkinTight comes bundled with its own great looking and high quality holster that benefits from a low profile rotating belt clip.  My only complaint is that Speck have decided to change the holster grip from one at the top center to two on the sides (above right) which I found a little more tedious for quickly releasing my Treo. 

Additionally, Speck have also made this a ‘forward’ holster (with the Treo screen facing outwards) instead of inwards which I prefer with my favourite Seidio Shield Holster for example as it is much easier to quickly answer calls this way.  Actually, Seidio’s Skinned Shield Holster perfectly fits the SkinTight but adds $29.95 to the equation.

Overall the SkinTight is in my opinion by far the best skin case available for the Treo 700 – I only wish that the holster would be slightly more comfortable to use. 

Treonauts always have the most comfort and protection

Posted by Andrew on April 18, 2006 at 10:51 AM

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by Dave | Apr 18, 2006 11:33:24 AM

I purchased the last generation SkinTight for my 650 and was very disappointed. I only used it for about two months. The skin is thick and adds undesirable size to the unit. The rubber is also very tacky (in touch, not in style) and doesn't slide in/out of pockets or other cloth storage areas easily (in case you want to ditch the holster temporaily). The plastic screen was flimsy and got scratched very quickly, and it never stayed shut very well.

Looks like this model has made some improvements, but I still wouldn't recommend it if the above issues are a concern for you. I've switched to a leather side-holder and keep my Treo naked. I like that much better.

by Doug Boehme | Apr 18, 2006 12:35:01 PM

Be careful of the Seidio Skinned Shield Holster for the Treo. I have one for my 650 and taking the phone in and out of the holder bumps the SIM card slot causing the phone to shut off. I still haven't found anything better than the Vaja case personally.

Also, I experienced the same issues as above so I finally removed the clear plastic window. It turns out that the skin doesn't line up evenly on both side of the phone and without the clear plastic window, it becomes uneven quicly. Lastly, the rubber is so thick that button feel is very difficult and the 5 way is hard to operate. The holster and rubber skin are now stored away because I can't bring myself to throw them out.

by Jan | Apr 18, 2006 3:09:24 PM

I bought the Skintight for my 700w and I noticed on long phone conversations (10 min. o longer)that the phone itself gets quite warm, but inside the skintight case it gets rather "hot", and I was actually worried that I might be damaging the phone. This is not a professional assessment, and I am actually interested in feedback on this.

by Doug Boehme | Apr 18, 2006 3:21:16 PM

I noticed that my Treo 650 was warmer than usual when using the Skintight case but not the sort of heat I'd be concerned about. I wonder if the heat coming from the 700 is more than the 650? I don't know what the thermal threshold is for failure for the components in the 700 but I think it's safe to assume that heat like that is not safe.

by Patlin | Apr 18, 2006 6:08:54 PM

It looks like this case doesn't allow access to the SD card. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned in the review, as it would seem to be important.

by Andrew | Apr 18, 2006 7:13:40 PM

Patlin - the case has full access to the top SD card and also to the bottom for HotSync.

Cheers, A.

by Patlin | Apr 19, 2006 10:00:06 AM

Really? That's much more interesting then. Is the picture here http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/4-54--613-2.htm incorrect? The top view seems to have only teeny tiny cuttouts for the stylus and the ringer switch, doesn't look like an SD card would fit through.

by Andrew | Apr 19, 2006 10:26:40 AM

Patlin - Ooops, my bad... I confused this with another case... You're absolutely right the case does NOT have an opening for the SD Card which IS rather annoying for people like me who use 10 different SD cards... Having said this, I reckon that most Treonauts do not use more than one.

Cheers, A.

by jose | Apr 20, 2006 3:07:55 PM

I bought this similar case


which has opening for the SD card...

by Clark | Apr 22, 2006 11:52:32 AM

I got the Seidio convenience kit: back cover with reset hole, matching skin case, skinned holster. Loved it until the holster clip broke under only moderate stress (very weak design with only two thin connections). Worse, I can't get Seidio to even respond to my inquiries after two calls, email with pictures and order #, despite their "they'll get back to you in 1-2 business days" (now 3 weeks).

by Spencer | Apr 28, 2006 10:00:38 PM

I have had the clear skin and the grip skin. No openings for the IR, or the SD slot. Which is a good thing in the case of the SD slot, since taking the case in and out of the holster constantly ejected the card, and if a slot was there, damage to or loss of the card could have occured.

I cut an IR hole in the clear case, but haven't bothered yet with the grip case. Both seem to retain heat, and both have a problem with the buttons lining up. If you keep the window on, it stretches the buttons to a point where they mostly work.

In the pictures here, it looks like the company has re-designed the upper retention to have two side clips and not single clip that ejects the card. This would solve my major complaint, but when I was at a local store, all I saw were the top clip models.

I am thinking that for the price, getting some of that grippy rubber stuff you dip your tools into might work better. Or I might take one of the cases, slice and glue it, so that the back is still removeable.

Oh, shoot, just cut to the chase: If you get a deal on one, and can guarantee the double top clips, it might be worth it. Otherwise, try an aluminum case, or that new clear plastic one.

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