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SPE SliderCase Treo 700 Case Review

As regular Treonauts blog readers know full well by now there is nothing that gets me quite as excited as being able to see genuine innovation.  The latest product to fall under my innovation radar is the Smartphone Experts SliderCase pictured below.

Treo SliderCase

The SliderCase is a one piece acrylic case in which your Treo (700 models only for now but others will be coming soon) slides and rests firmly and comfortably thanks to an internal rubber grip which fully ensures that your Treo will not accidentally fall out – basically once your Treo is inside it won’t come out unless you want it to.

To help explain the SliderCase I’ll say that it is the closest thing that I have seen to a perfect acrylic copy of Vaja’s iVolution cases – also a one piece sliding case.  Those Treonauts that had previously liked all the benefits of the CrystalCase and ClearCase but had complained of the two-piece construction accidentally opening too frequently will be particularly delighted by this new one-piece design.

Like the Vaja, the SliderCase protects your Treo against accidental drops and scratches from regular usage while leaving all necessary buttons, connectors, camera, speakerphone and most importantly the keyboard are fully exposed and within easy reach. 

However, the SliderCase also adds another unique feature with a snap-on protective screen and keyboard cover (pictured below) – a protection which many Treonauts like but that you can equally do without since it is easily removable. 

With the cover on, your Treo will look like it has been completely encased in acrylic and both the front (above) and back (below) are flush and smooth.  The thickness of the case adds about 1.5mm to the front and back as well as about 3.0mm on each side.  The result is still a case that is significantly slimmer than most leather cases available for the Treo.

The current colour availability of the SliderCase includes (below) Clear, Glossy White (iPod-like) and soon also Rubberized Black.

Treo SliderCase

The SliderCase is without a doubt the very best designed acrylic case that I have used to date – one which answers most if not all of the complaints that previous models garnered while delivering a very cool set of unique innovations.

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Posted by Andrew on January 11, 2007 at 07:56 PM

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by Lindsey | Jan 12, 2007 12:03:25 AM

Does that hole in the back line up so that the camera can still be used with the case on? And any word on when a 680 case will be available?

Thanks so much for all the work you put into this blog - it has absolutely influenced and changed my smartphone experience!

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by Andrew | Jan 12, 2007 4:21:37 AM

Lindsey - thanks for the kind comment.

Yes, the hole in the back lines up perfectly with both the back speakerphone and camera with which you can take your pictures.

No word yet on the Treo 680 version of this case but I expect it not to be longer than a month at the most.

Cheers, A.

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by Barb | Jan 12, 2007 8:12:36 AM

Looks like a great case but will it work on a Treo that has a plastic film skin?? I put the BestSkins on my 700p and love that it's made it a little easier to hold on to and hopefully will protect it from some scratches.

Yesterday I ordered the SPE Safeguard Holster from you guys, guess I should have waited!! Now if only this new SliderCase had a beltclip option . . .

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by Mike | Jan 12, 2007 11:09:39 AM

Looks like a great case. Do you happen to know if it will fit into any of the holsters? ie:Seidio Skinned Shield Holster.

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by Lyn | Jan 12, 2007 12:02:37 PM

that looks fantastic! I wish that the front cover would snap on with an option to cover just the screen that you'd still have access to the keys, but still..... Looks like something I'll have to have. >sigh<

Lyn

"What separates us from the beasts is our ability to accessorize."

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by kmcx8 | Jan 12, 2007 2:01:19 PM

I don't see any reference to a belt/holster clip...hmmm?

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by Jeff Kline | Jan 12, 2007 7:55:52 PM

How does this case compare to the vaja case in thickness?

I am trying to decide if I want to wait that long to buy one for my 680.

Thanks

Jeff

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by Joey | Jan 12, 2007 9:38:38 PM

It looks like a greast case. Are they making one for the 650? Thanks!

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by Joey | Jan 12, 2007 9:51:57 PM

Are the rubber grips on the outside too for gripping the phone when talking?

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by Andrew | Jan 12, 2007 11:18:21 PM

Barb - I have not tested it but I believe that the invisibleSHIELD that you refer to - http://shop.treonauts.com/content/accessories/4-133--1040.htm - 'should' work with this case.

Mike - great question. Again I have not tested it yet but I don't believe that the case will fit into the Skinned Shield Holster.

kmcx8 - there are currently no plans for a belt clip but I guess that if there is sufficient interest/requests that one could easily be added.

Jeff - in my opinion the thickness of this case and the Vaja is nearly identical. Depending on your criteria, given the much higher price of the Vaja case you may want to wait. Additionally, there will be some very cool new colour releases for the Treo 680.

Joey - a Treo 650 version is coming out soon. The side rubber is not 'specifically' designed for grip but it certainly helps.

Cheers, A.

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by Joey | Jan 12, 2007 11:35:56 PM

Wow thanks for the quick reply! I have the Sena leather case w/o the beltclip. How is the thickness of the slidercase compared to the sena? Is the slidercase thin enough for me to carry in my pocket? Thanks for the guidance!

Joey

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by Yoursa Yankelopsis | Jan 14, 2007 3:42:29 AM

Andrew,

I am afraid you go out of business now Apple has new cool phone. does treo have future? I don't see how so. Forgive poor english and last time I spell your name not correctly.

Best,
Yoursa

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by BaDZeD | Jan 14, 2007 6:00:04 PM

iPhone isn out for half a year and is targeted at a competely different market. And, with it being a closed system it might as well be a feature phone. What do you mean by treo having no future?

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by KCDevil96 | Jan 15, 2007 6:09:35 PM

This case looks great, especially for those of us who put our Treo in our pockets.

When does the black rubberized option become available?

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by homewiz | Jan 17, 2007 7:50:28 AM

so i bought this case. my initial feedback: the snap on cover is worthless. you have to line up two very small holes on both sides. and once its on, its on. i suppose if you are going to throw it in a suitcase and want to pack it up thats fine.

the plastic is thick and solid feeling yet clear (my model was the clear one). cut outs are placed well. my main complaint on my last thin skinned was the keypad was hard to type on the edges. on this one, the keypad is nicely exposed so you can type Q, A, option.

also, very easy to get in and out. my last one had a clamshell design, and my little hinges eventually got snagged and broke. it sort of still held together but was definitely suboptimal.

summary: would buy again.
pros - nice solid material with nicely optimized cutouts
cons - it feels a slight bit too exposed on the front.

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by KCDevil96 | Jan 19, 2007 10:44:18 AM

When is the black rubberized one going to be available?

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by BMIC50 | Jan 20, 2007 7:43:47 PM

I cant wait till the rubberized version comes out! Looks as if this is going to replace the Seidio Crystal products...the solid design is what I need. I think its too thick on the sides to fit in my Seidio Skinned Holster, but maybe the Krussel Multidapt can rescue us...!

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