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SPE W7 Treo Workout Case Review

Until recently one of the very few instances where you could find me without my Treo was during my daily morning run.

I simply couldn’t find a good armband or waistband case that would fit my Treo comfortably and just holding it in my hand did not prove to be an adequate solution because my palm would get sweaty and soak my Treo…

Now thanks to the new Smartphone Experts W7 Workout Case I have at last found just the right solution to hold my Treo during these morning runs while enjoying listening to my music with Pocket Tunes Deluxe and at the same time have the benefit of carrying a smartphone with me at all times (you never know when you’ll need it most…).

The W7 Workout Case is built from various materials such as neoprene (for soft protection), rubber (for a firm grip on the sides) and a synthetic fabric to deliver a very sporty and elegant looking case.

The velcro armband is fixed at the back of the W7 Workout Case to ensure that your Treo is secured firmly and that it doesn’t start moving sideways or slip from your arm.  Additionally, a full opening for the bottom connectors allows you to plug a stereo headset to listen to your music and even hold a conversation (with the Retractable 2in1 Earbuds pictured here which includes a microphone) while you exercise.

Treonauts never go anywhere without their beloved

Posted by Andrew on November 2, 2006 at 01:15 AM

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by What's in a name? | Nov 2, 2006 8:23:04 AM

I don't know Andrew. . .

I would love to take my Treo running as well. My problem with this is that it is obviously much larger than other mp3 players available for running. I don't own a separate mp3 player currently, however I have been considering purchasing one specifically for running (I would love to try the new Nike/Ipod combo, despite not being a big fan of Ipod's).

That being said, in that second picture you provide, the strap does not look too sturdy as it connects to the treo pouch area. How exactly is the strap and holster connected? Does the Smartphone Experts give any guarantees regarding your treo should the holster fail in some way and you end up watching your treo fall in sloooow mooootiooon to the ground? Yes, I'm asking this question with a straight face - seriously doubt it, but never hurts to ask!

by Jim Jackson | Nov 2, 2006 9:44:57 AM

I tried mine once and the plastic strap piece (the "O" piece the velcro strap fits through) snapped in half! I plan on shipping it back for either a new one or a refund.

by Mike Hardy | Nov 2, 2006 10:09:04 AM

I've always been under the impression that the treo had the same rough dimensions as a hard-drive based iPod, and the exercise cases for iPods would work for the the treo?

If that's the case, the iPod jogging cases are a lot better than this one...it might pay for the treonauts store to check that and stock them

by Albert | Nov 2, 2006 11:57:15 AM

I use an ipod case and after cutting a hole for the antenna, it works well for gym based activities. However, it does not work well for running. The player (Treo in this case) is attached by loop to the armband and there is too much instability and jouncing around if I am moving about too much. Very much like this offering. I would like to see an armbad holder that fits the treo that keeps everything tight against the arm, including the top and bottom.

by Andrew | Nov 2, 2006 1:02:38 PM

Mike - yes, I have tried a few iPod cases and they can fit my Treo OK but unfortunately there are typically no cutouts to access the audio jack which I need for my music.

Jim - I have absolutely no idea how your "O" piece managed to break... I tried to forcefully break mine and couldn't... Naturally however, if you purchased it from our shop you will be able to receive a refund or exchange it.

Cheers, A.

by Jacques Strap | Nov 2, 2006 11:14:17 PM

Wow; that thing must look odd bouncing up and down. Probably just as enticing as my belly flopping in the wind.

by JS | Nov 3, 2006 10:09:19 AM

I think you need to learn to take a break from your cell phone, man. Honestly, you can't do without a phone for what, 30-60 minutes?

For me the new, aluminum iPod Nano is the perfect exercise machine. I use it with the brilliant Nike+ device for runs, and without for long bike rides. Incredibly thing, durable aluminum case. Best holder, IMHO, is the JamBand, a terrycloth wrist band with a clear plastic play-through surface in front: http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ipod/review/herchmer-jamband-sport-wristband-for-ipod-nano-and-shuffle/

Of course, if you're willing to do without the Nike+ coolness, then there's probably no reason to even muck with a screen, and you can get one of the matchbook-sized new aluminum ipod shuffles for $79, and you don't even need a case.

And in the interest of full disclosure: I do NOT work for Apple -- though I am a stockholder, a Mac user, and a hugely satisfied iPod owner (fugitive from the Vaio and iRiver worlds).

by Will | Nov 4, 2006 4:20:39 PM

Wow, talk about needing an MP3 player. This is a bit too much, don't you think?

by brad | Feb 28, 2007 8:37:22 PM

I received this about a week ago. Overall it is a good product.
-almost entirely covers the treo (running in Portland is a wee bit wet- nice to protect the treo)
-the clear vinyl still allows for the keys and screen to work
-the arm band keeps the treo in place when moving around
-it is only a little bigger than the treo

-armband is stitched in place- ie the way it comes the armband always stays in place. I cut this off and it still stays in place well
-there are no cut outs for anything besides the bottom earbud and palm connector and on the top for the stylus and sd card. So you cannot take a picture with it on, I melted a hole (it is neoprene) for the mic, and the speaker is covered.

I have bought a silicon case and cut two slits in the back and have made it into a running case too. Works almost as well and cost about 5 bucks.


by Bill | Feb 6, 2009 2:26:20 PM

So, has this case been tested with the 800W?

Why is nobody making a truly rugged arm band sports case for the 800W? I'm using a blue tooth stereo headset for music and any calls that come in during, so I could care less about holes in the case for the mic & camera, etc... All I'm asking for is that it have a clear face, be very sell made, resist soaking up sweat, and keep the Treo safely attached to my arm with no bounce or twist. Something like the Aquapac Waterproof PRO Sports Case, only it doesn't need to be water proof, so getting the phone in and out of it could be easier. Seems to be a high demand item, but nobody is making them!!! Why not? I need one right now.

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