november 18, 1999
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I have yet to find a PDA case that suits everybody, and the ShockSuit PalmPilot case from RhinoSkin is no exception. For starters, people appear to be divided over the case's stylings. I think it looks better than most cases (although I still prefer the Incase), but others haven't been quite as kind towards it.
Most importantly, the ShockSuit allows for convienent access to the Palm through the flip-up cover, held in place when closed by velco. I found this to be a much more effective solution than the zippered Incase. On the downside, it is not easy to remove the Palm from the case. One way around this is to use a HotSync cable through the provided hole in the bottom of the case.
The stylus is held in place by two clips on the side of the case, which gives you quick and easy access. However, there's a good chance you'll lose a stylus because of this, so you may want to consider bringing a spare.
The ShockSuit also has a belt-clip that can be clipped on and off of the case itself, which can be a little tricky at times but works most of the time. Everyone making a case with a belt-clip should take this approach.
One thing I would have liked to see is a space for business/credit cards. I've found this to be a very useful feature on the Incase and missed it when using the ShockSuit.
Everything considered, the minor problems of the ShockSuit are not significant enough to prevent me from recommending it. If the style suits you, the ShockSuit is a great choice.
The PalmVelope and PalmVelope XL from TWare Solutions are essentially the same case for different sized PDAs. The former fits the Palm series and other similarly sized devices, while the XL fits larger PDAs from Casio, Philips and HP, among others, it'll even hold a Gameboy Color.
The big selling point of both cases is that they're play-through. Which means you do not have to remove the PDA, or open the case at all, to use it. As you can see on the right, the screen and buttons are accessible though a clear plastic. Now this sounds like a good idea, but in use I found it difficult to see the screen, especially when there was light reflecting off the plastic.
On the upside, both cases are available in more colors than an iMac, and TWare will put your company logo on them if you wish.
I would have actually preferred to have the same case without the clear plastic. The velcro flap makes it very easy to remove the PDA, there's a pocket on the inside for business cards, and it's well made. But as it is, I recommend you try one out before buying.
Other PDA Cases
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