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Seidio Holster For Treo 680/750 Review

Following the launch of the Smartphone Experts Treo SafeGuard Holster last month (see my review) Seidio has now also introduced two new holsters specifically designed for the Treo 680 and Treo 750.

Seidio Treo 680 Holster

The Seidio Treo 680 Holster (above right) and Treo 750 Holster both offer an attractive and slim design which provides a perfect fit for your new Treo.

Particularly appealing is the fully rubberized paint body (Seidio’s first) which provides a very comfortable tactile feel in your hands.  The screen-facing interior however (above right) retains previous models’ felt lining which I dislike because I found it to be a magnet for dust and dirt over time – I would have much preferred to have a 100% rubberized body instead.

I continue to like the small and strong 7–positions rotating belt clip which allows you to comfortably wear the holster by your side.

Additionally, the top center hold & release latch (above left) which is also fully rubberized has an extra protective thin rubber band (first introduced with the Seidio Shield2 Holster for the Treo 650) which helps to ensure that the top of your smartphone does not get scratched through repeated use.  On the flip side however it unfortunately obstructs quick and easy access to the top mute slider switch.

Finally, like all other holsters it provides unobstructed access to the bottom connectors which among others makes it a particularly attractive proposition for those Treonauts using corded headsets for calls or listening to music while on the go.

Overall, the new Seidio holsters for the Treo 680 and Treo 750 are both extremely well built and I particularly like the rubberized feel as well as the relatively small body which provides a very good fit.

Having said this, specifically because many past Treo holsters have had the unfortunate habit of scratching (sometimes badly) Treonauts’ smartphones after monts of regular use, I would still more highly recommend the SPE SafeGuard Holster (pictured above right) as I believe that it offers superior scratch protection thanks to its fully rubber-lined interior and latch design.

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Posted by Andrew on January 22, 2007 at 07:00 AM

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by landoncube | Jan 22, 2007 10:25:48 AM

I have never found a case that works for me. I really dislike the way a case on the belt interferes with clothing. Look at the picture in the article. The case shoves the sweater way up.

Here's my idea: My 750 is so small now that I think I could wear it on my wrist! With the screen at the traditional watch position and the keyboard on the forearm, it would be a great place to check caller ID, time, and calendar notifications.

Until then, I will just throw the thing on my desk and put it in my pocket when I'm on the go...

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by ScottyB | Jan 22, 2007 12:00:04 PM

Landoncube, I'm with you in the case/clothing interference issue. After much research and ordering and returning many cases for my 680, I'm going to give the FlexiSkin w/ belt clip from Boxwave a try. They recently redesigned this skin case with a belt clip and removable flip-up screen cover. Since the case is so thin, I figure it shouldn't add much bulk underneath the shirt at belt height. I've already purchased this skin without a belt clip, which I would recommend for you at the least for protection in and out of the pocket, even if you don't do the belt clip.

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by SJ | Jan 23, 2007 5:59:21 PM

I wish someone would make a case for the Treo just like the holster for the BlackBerry. I don't like the Blackberry, but the holster is really neat. You can take your phone out and put it back in with one hand and it doesn't damage the phone either. I currently have a treo 680 and use a Silicone Case along with the Palm Leather Side case.

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by Robert | Jan 23, 2007 7:00:31 PM

I have a Treo 750 and just bought the new Rubberized case plus the holster from Seidio. It's a very slim case and look professional.

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by Bg | Jan 23, 2007 7:54:31 PM

I have already received, tested this case for the Treo 680. It has a MAJOR problem.

When pressure is applied laterally to either top corner the phone pops right out of the case. It did this once when I was seated in a car, and I did not realize that the phone left the case until I was out of the car and felt for my phone. If this had happened when returning the rental car or on a plane, I might have lost the phone.

The second time this happened I was outside walking and my arm must have brushed the same upper corner area of the phone in the holster as previously descibed. The phone popped out of the holster and hit the ground. So now my new phone is beat up on the corners of the phone.

This holster fails in that the lower portions of the holster that wrap around the lower pard of the phone are rubbery (as described above in article above). They are not just rubber-coated, but actually rubbery, and too rubbery to securely hold the phone.

So, when slight pressure is applied laterally to the top of the phone, the wrap-arounds at the bottom give way and the phone ejects from the hoster.

I hope this helps someone avoid this unpleasant situation.

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by Sven Ehlert | Jan 24, 2007 5:10:01 AM

And besides, you look one will look incedibly stupid waring such a thing ... Remeber the 90is when you could see a lot of people wearing full-enclosure belt holsters for their newly bought Nokia phones? They'd never use it, just wearing it to show of. And everybody around them giggling "Scotty, beam me up" - Let the old times start again! All praise belt holsters!

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by David Gross | Jan 25, 2007 3:04:08 PM

I would be afrait that my Treo would fall off. I also would not want the camera lense to be unprotected.

I also think that it would be hard to find a case for this phone, I use a clip on leather case with screen out. I tried wearing on belt, was nice but clip broke..;o) I wear it clipped to pants pocket and move it towards front so screen does not get banged. When I go out, I put the phone in my pocket.
There are more important issues than cases, I am still trying to get used to the phone and Palm OS.

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by Kristofer Faur | Jan 26, 2007 9:16:47 PM

Despite the users comments to the contrary, I would have to say this is the best holster I have ever owned. I recently had my Treo 680 fall out of the PALM case/holster onto the sidewalk. Thankfully it received nothing more than a few scratches, but this would have never happened with the Seido holster.

It is as close to a Blackberry holster as you can get. Very easy to get in and out with one hand, and despite the fact that it doesn't turn off automatically (like the BB's), it does prevent accidental button pushing (unlike the Palm holster).

I can not say enough about this holster, especially with the new rubberized paint. Well worth the money!

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