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Treo Case | Cellet Elite Treo Holster Review

Until now my favourite Treo holster (and undisputed bestselling Treo case in our Treo Accessory Shop) has been the Seidio Shield Holster.  However that was before having had the opportunity to experience the superb new Cellet “Elite” RH7 Rubberized Treo Holster.

What distinguishes the Cellet “Elite” Treo holster is its meticulous design attention to every detail which delivers one of the smartest new accessories for our Treo in quite some time.  The Elite Treo holster is constructed with PC grade plastic and then coated with smooth black rubber (exactly the same as that used by Palm on the Black Tie Edition Treo 650) to ensure that your Treo will not scratch and also to provide a much more refined look.

A closer inspection of the Cellet Elite Treo holster also reveals four other innovative design elements.  For starters, instead of the tipical large top ‘lip’ which holds your Treo into place the Elite holster ingeniously distinguishes itself with the introduction of a new system that uses the tiny groove next to your SD card to securely clip your Treo (image above left) – however please note that with your Treo 700 you will need to press it against the holster until you hear a ‘click’ indicating that the clip has latched to the groove.  The second design innovation is the fact that the Elite holster has been form-moulded with the exact front shape of the Treo to provide a perfect fit throughout (image above right) with the added benefit that the mould around the antenna is designed to prevent your SD card from accidentally ejecting by covering a corner of it.

Next is the important design, high quality and low profile of the swivel clip (image above left) which on the one hand rotates 180 degrees to allow your Treo to be worn either vertically or horizontally (images below) and on the other is also covered in rubber so as not to scratch your belt.  Finally, the lower holding portion of the Elite holster (image above right) provides both easy access for charging and synching and is designed to ensure that your Treo will not fall out once you have released the top latch (the only drawback from this is unfortunately that it impedes the use of corded headsets and hybrid headsets which is a real shame considering the otherwise phenomenal amount of smart design effort that has evidently been put in).

Leaving aside my disappointment regarding the corded headset issue (which I hope will be resolved in a future version), overall the Cellet “Elite” RH7 Rubberized Treo Holster is impressive and I am particularly delighted to see this much attention to detail and innovation (so often lacking elsewhere) for a Treo accessory.  Considering that the Cellet Elite costs the same as competing holsters there is no doubt in my mind which one I will choose – it’s an absolutely terrific holster which I wholeheartedly recommend.

Treonauts are always looking for innovators

Posted by Andrew on July 25, 2006 at 09:44 AM

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by Jay | Jul 25, 2006 9:57:41 AM

I have this holster as well. It is fantastic.

by Kelly | Jul 25, 2006 11:17:34 AM

I was planning to buy the Seidio Shield holster until I came across this review. The Cellet Elite looks great, but being that the Cellet Elite it's coated with rubber, is there a problem with lint or dirt sticking to it?? Thanks!
- Kelly

by RichC | Jul 25, 2006 12:29:02 PM

Great review as always Andrew. I purchased the Seido shield holster on your review and found it superior to the others I have used. Unfortunately for me I've gone back to the 'empty' pocket (nothing else goes in my left front pocket ... ever!) since I have twice jolted my 2 month old Treo 700p to the floor. (it doesn't take much to snag the snub antenna)

Before I purchase this new one, I'm going to have to see a few more reviews and perhaps play with one before I trust the latching. (Thought: - in the old Nextel IDEN days I used a hair bungy to help hold the phone in the holster - haven't gone that route with my Treo just yet.)

by Andrew | Jul 25, 2006 12:50:19 PM

Kelly - unlike other all-rubber cases there is no noticeable problem with either lint or dirt sticking to this holster.

Cheers, A.

by Fred | Jul 25, 2006 12:53:01 PM

Wondering a couple of things:
Why can't this be used with a headset/hands free? Assuming the connector is rotated right, can't it stay connected when the Treo is taken out of the holster?
Why won't this work for the 600? You say it's only for the 650 and 700.

by Andrew | Jul 25, 2006 1:03:03 PM

Fred - it cannot be used with the Treo 600 because the Elite holster form-fits the shape of the 650 and 700 which is significantly different to that of the 600.

Cheers, A.

by Chris | Jul 25, 2006 2:38:00 PM

Does anyone know if Cellet is planning on making one of these holsters that compliments the CrystalCase (i.e. similar to Seidio’s Skinned Shield Holster). Thanks.

by dbs | Jul 25, 2006 2:52:10 PM

I originally had the Seidio shield, and later got the Seidio 'skinned' shield, so I could keep my 650 in some form of rubberized protection even when not on my belt. The 650 case is too slippery by itself, and with the Seidio, you have tot ake it out of it's protective shield to use it. A perfect time to drop it.

I had hoped the skinned holster would help, and it has to a certain extend, but none of these holsters provide a way to prevent the Treo from popping out if it snags on something. Why Seidio hasn't included a snap strap of some sort just boggles the mind.

I ended up using a rubber band around the outside to hold it in place after one particular incident where the phone popped out of the holster and I didn't notice it gone until 20 minutes later. (See http://www.flickr.com/photos/planet-geek/149012688/ for a picture)

I prefer the holsters for easy access and small impact / size. I still feel they haven't gotten it right.

by treofrog | Jul 25, 2006 7:05:58 PM

I wonder how the verizon holster works? I was going to buy the thing this saturday when I pay the bill.

by Angel | Jul 26, 2006 8:52:11 AM

I was wondering does this Holster allow you to use it along with the BestSkinEver. I currently have that on my phone and am looking for a holster that is made well and sturdy like the RH7 to go along with it

by Mr. Peabody | Jul 26, 2006 9:17:10 AM

Rich C.,

Finally, someone who shares the "Left Pocket Only" preference! I've had a Palm product exclusive to my left pocket since 1999! Pavlovian-like pants-pocket sensors detect if I'm missing my Treo -- or my wallet....

by Jnetty | Jul 26, 2006 4:54:31 PM

I kind of scare of such holsters. I have a pouch similar to the P6 sold here. A friend just got the Sedio holster similar to the one on here but accepts Treo's with a gel skin on. Anyways someone bumped into him and the phone came out and hit the ground and messed up the keyboard on the treo. scary...

by SK | Jul 26, 2006 10:57:48 PM

Andrew, Does this case create scratch on Treo? I use the original version of Sedio holster, lots of scratch. I just got a replacment of my Treo650 with no scratch on it. I don't want to get a scratch back. Thanks.

by Andrew | Jul 27, 2006 6:56:33 AM

SK - Both the rubberized covering and design of the clip are specifically designed so as to protect your Treo from scratches.

Cheers, A.

by Jay | Jul 27, 2006 10:09:29 PM

I just found this holster at a Verizon wireless store. From the pictures and description, I'm pretty sure this is the exact same holster, just branded with the Verizon Wireless logo on the back (where the Cellet logo is in the picture). I've only had it for just a bit, but I like the fit.

by SK- | Jul 28, 2006 3:16:25 AM

Thanks Andrew, but the "clip latch" in Seidio First version create scratch on my Treo. So just want to double check. Does this one safe and no scratch at "Clip latched" area????

by SK- | Jul 31, 2006 5:27:19 AM

I still wait for your answer Andrew. Thanks.

by Ernest Aguilar | Aug 1, 2006 5:48:21 PM

I have one and very unhappy with it, specially the first time it spit the phone out into the street as I was getting into the car. I love it but can't trust it....

by Zack Ervin | Aug 1, 2006 7:09:39 PM

Anyone know if there is a skin+pouch combo that works but isnt to bulky. For me I would liek to have the accessibility for headsets and such of a pouch, but the protection against droppage and scratches of the skins. Anyone using a combo of sorts?

by Brad Wilson | Aug 3, 2006 12:28:27 PM

I as well thought this case would be "The One" untill, it fell apart on me. The tab that holds the phone secure, broke off after four weeks, rendering the case useless as it would no longer hold the phone securely. So be careful with this one, you could potentially lose your companion.

by Steve | Aug 4, 2006 2:24:42 AM

You mentioned that this hinders the use of headsets. How so?


by Ken Moore | Aug 7, 2006 4:37:20 PM

I must comment on this particular product. I used if for four days. The packaging was great. The profile was low (excellent for feeling the vibrate in a quite meeting room). Even the feel of the rubberized plastic was great to the touch. However, the belt hook dug into my waste (too high with sharp corners) and belt clip broke in half on the fouth day! It broke right about where the two "l"'s meet in the word Cellet in the photo above. Too bad, since I really liked the design concept. After reading numerous reviews and trying several holsters, I found the best holster for me is a small but elastic cell phone holster that came with my [expensive] Victorinox Swiss Army travel briefcase. Durable fabric, decently padded, metal belt clip, small magnetic wrap-over snap, etc. Someone could really do a good service by marketing this one to treonauts.
I would also like to take this opportunity to share that I took over a month of researching and talking to many people in airports and stores in trying to decide what SmartPhone to buy. Finally took the plunge in purchasing a Treo 700p. It was an excellent choice for many reasons! I could write a three page review of the great features. This Palm veteran is happy.
Thanks so much for this website. Fantastic!

by John H | Aug 7, 2006 6:29:15 PM

I have the verizon version of this case. I love it except for the fact that the phone can popout. A couple of times I've leaned up against a counter/book case which was exactly the same height as the clip and out popped the treo! Fortunately I was on a carpetted floor so my treo survived.

Maybe I'm a klutz but I can't take the stress anymore. I shudder to think if I'd been over a concrete floor!

For peace of mind, I'm afraid I need to find a holster with a flap. :-(

by Adubble | Aug 10, 2006 12:32:40 PM

What a great time for me to discover this site! For those interested, this holster looks great, but do not be deceived. I have had the Treo 700p for a little over four weeks and have gone through two of the holsters already! As mentioned earlier, the holster has been prone to spitting my phone out on several occassions, including one that resulted in damage to the battery cover, which I had to have replaced. I think I was able to overscome this by just making ABSOLUTELY SURE that the phone 'clicked' into place in the holster. Despite overcoming this obstacle, my second holster broke again last nite at the hinge clip area as described previously. My first holster broke in the same place. I found this site, while searching for other alternatives to this holster. As I said before the holster looks great, and will hold on to your phone with a little extra care, but I would question the level of quality for a holster that seems to have a life expectancy of ~2-3 weeks. For my next holster I am considering one of the silicone 'skin' models with a rotating 360-degree belt clip, to protect the phone in case of a drop from damage or scratching.

by richard | Aug 14, 2006 3:34:09 PM

Can you use this with a skin??

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