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    So just to make sure I'm happy with the case I choose, wanting to test out every single case available for the 600, I went out today and picked up a Handspring Side Loading Case. Here are my thoughts.

    This case is almost perfect. The only thing I don't like about it is the clip. It's not a swivel nor is is super sturdy. The Nut-Shell case doesn't come with a swivel clip either but it's made from steel and is very strong and plenty long. There is no way the Nut-Shell case is going to fall from your belt. With the Handspring Case I'm not so sure.

    In any event, the case is made from soft black leather. It is open at the top except for the leather flap which has a snap closure. The sides of the case are a nylon/mess material. The belt clip on the back does feel stiff and is leather lined as well. I just feel it's a little too short. It might barely fit over a wide belt. I'll have to test it out for a bit to see how confident I am while wearing it.

    The Treo only fits into the case one way (that is if you want the one cut out to line up properly) and that's with the screen facing in towards the clip. The only cut out on this case is one for the headset. The charging port is completely covered. This isn't an issue for me anymore as I also picked up a cradle today so I'll have to remove the Treo from any case I use in order to charge it.

    The phone fits into the case perfectly. That's certainly one bonus. It fits the best out of all the pouch style cases I've tried. You don't have to force the phone in and it is removed quite easily. However, it is tight enough that the phone won't fall out. I gently shook the case with the phone inside and the flap open, upside down and the phone didn't move.

    One little akward note. It is a little odd to remove the phone from the case while it's on your belt. Most cases of this style I have seen have an opening on the button where you can stick your finger to pop the phone up while wearing the case. This case is completely closed on the bottom. The only way I've found to remove the phone with one hand, while wearing it, is to grasp the antenna and pull the phone out. Not the best way in my opinion.

    This case is pretty thick. So it does stick out from your belt a bit. Certainly more than the Nut-Shell but not as much as the Krusell or Handspring form fitting cases.

    Picture Time.

    Front of case:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/Front.JPG

    Back of case:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/Back.JPG

    Side with headset cut out:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/6127384.JPG

    Side with antenna:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/Antenna.JPG

    Top:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/8102289.JPG

    Front with phone:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/6933395.JPG

    I hope you all are enjoying my quest for the perfect Treo 600 case. I am expecting delivery of a Piel Frama case tomorrow (providing we don't get snowed in) so I'll write something up about that soon.
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    I've used the Treo side-case exclusively for a while now. Some counter-points:

    The belt clip has never let me down. It's very tight "spring" and hasn't come lose or really even moved from my belt. I use it mostly with a belt that is too wide to fit under the indent, but it never wavers from its steady hold...

    I discovered this by accident the other day: the mesh sides are not sewn to the front/back of the case at the bottom. This allows you to put the Treo into the case ANTENNA FIRST (which then pushes the flap out) facing either way.

    Also, my friends case doesn't have the headset jack hole like mine does. But that hole is annoying because you can't remove (or place) the phone in the case without unplugging the headset... I actually just sat down now to trim off the top part of that hole (to make it a U instead of an O) - I'll re-sew the edges later.

    Oh, there is one other thing I don't like. When I put the phone in the "normal" (?) way, when taking it out, the inner button tends to smack the screen.
    Last edited by dune; 01/27/2004 at 01:49 PM.
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    dune, great point about the bottom of the sides. I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it. Not sure if the phone is meant to go in this way, but it does work.
  4. #4  
    Originally posted by lgreenberg
    dune, great point about the bottom of the sides. I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it. Not sure if the phone is meant to go in this way, but it does work.
    I can't see why else they would do that - I only discovered it on accident. And the two other Treo geeks with me had never noticed it before either!
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    Ok, crappy picture, but here goes:

    http://hackerdad.textamerica.com/?r=342649

    I just cut the top part of the headset jack hole and trimmed the edges by slight melting with a lighter (Great trick to tame errant threads on your clothes). Now I can take the phone in and out of the case without disconnecting the headset.
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    A question about this case: Are the sides of the case padded, or just a single layer of leather? I'm thinking that, whatever case I end up buying, I'm going to try to drill some very small holes over the speaker area to make the ring easier to hear.
    Bob Meyer
    I'm out of my mind. But feel free to leave a message.
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    meyerweb

    Not sure which sides you're referring to but:

    The front and back are leather on the outside, slight pading in the middle and then a nylon lining.

    The sides are mess/nylon.
  8. #8  
    Originally posted by lgreenberg
    So just to make sure I'm happy with the case I choose, wanting to test out every single case available for the 600, I went out today and picked up a Handspring Side Loading Case. Here are my thoughts.....
    lgreenberg, Thanks for the review and pictures! Much appreciated.

    If TMobile ever releases the T600 to consumers on their network, I'll buy one and then get this case for it.
  9. #9  
    Originally posted by dune
    ....I discovered this by accident the other day: the mesh sides are not sewn to the front/back of the case at the bottom. This allows you to put the Treo into the case ANTENNA FIRST (which then pushes the flap out) facing either way......
    dune, I'm just not following what you mean here. Could you post a picture of the phone in the case in this way?

    Thanks.
  10.    #10  
    Originally posted by scheumanrj

    dune, I'm just not following what you mean here. Could you post a picture of the phone in the case in this way?

    Thanks.
    I think he's referring to this:

    Case, with no phone (excuse my hand, but it was the best way to show it):
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/DSC00149.JPG

    Case with phone:
    http://mercury.walagata.com/w/lgreenberg/DSC00150.JPG
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    Originally posted by scheumanrj

    dune, I'm just not following what you mean here. Could you post a picture of the phone in the case in this way?
    Exactlyl what lgreenberg showed. The "flaps" are on both sides, so the phone will go in either way.
  12. #12  
    Originally posted by meyerweb
    A question about this case: Are the sides of the case padded, or just a single layer of leather? I'm thinking that, whatever case I end up buying, I'm going to try to drill some very small holes over the speaker area to make the ring easier to hear.
    Like lg said, the main parts of the case (front and back of phone) are padded - leather outside, nylon inside... It IS difficult to hear the phone ring. However, drilling (cutting) holes is likely to be messy because of the three (?) layers of material. A better (though more difficult) solution would be to cut out a square/circle over the speaker and sew in a mesh (or something else that's "porous") patch in it's place.

    Now, the speaker is near the camera, so maybe you could make a larger hole and take sneaky pictures from the hip. (Of course there's no way to trigger the camera while it's in the case, so...)
  13. #13  
    Originally posted by dune

    Like lg said, the main parts of the case (front and back of phone) are padded - leather outside, nylon inside... It IS difficult to hear the phone ring. However, drilling (cutting) holes is likely to be messy because of the three (?) layers of material. A better (though more difficult) solution would be to cut out a square/circle over the speaker and sew in a mesh (or something else that's "porous") patch in it's place.
    See this post, I already did it and I would HIGHLY recommend it....

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/tc...0&pagenumber=1

    The second page also shows my headset mod. Also highly recommended.
  14. #14  
    Originally posted by lgreenberg
    dune, great point about the bottom of the sides. I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it. Not sure if the phone is meant to go in this way, but it does work.
    Didn't know that either. The Treo is actually quite secure this way but it's hard to retrieve.

    By the way, I have egrips on mine and it is not a problem with this case at all.
    Ed
    Visor Deluxe, Prism, Visorphone, Treo 270, Treo 600, Treo 650, and am eagerly waiting for the next generation Treo...but wait...is that the iPhone????

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