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Looking for a different leather case that isn’t like other cases out on the market? Want to stand out from the crowd? Then look no further than Speck Products TechStyle Leather Case for Treo. Its great looks will definitely turn heads with its interesting and sleek design.
Unlike a lot of other cases, the TechStyle case comes with not only a belt clip holster but it’s also wrapped in leather. If you like plaid, you’ll love this case as the inside of both the case and the holster clip has a plaid pattern interior lining. The design of the holster clip is also something that sets it apart from many others.
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The package contains the main leather case which covers and protects the Treo device and a leather wrapped belt clip holster. As mentioned both the case and the holster has a plaid lining which may appeal to those who love plaid.
Overall description of case
The main case has a full length transparent plastic covering which protects and covers the Treo’s screen as well as the hardware and keyboard buttons. There is a snap tab closure that wraps over the top of the case and over to the top of the back. There are cutouts on the side for the side and volume buttons, at the back for the camera, mirror and internal speaker, at the bottom for the connectors and headphone jacks, and full access to the top.
The belt holster clip is wrapped with leather, including the non-removable belt clip. It is very stiff, rigid and extremely strong so there is no worry that the clip will allow the Treo to fall out once inserted in the holster. The belt clip is a fixed clip that is not held by springs but it is rigid enough to retains its shape.
To carry the case in its holster, simply turn the device front and case facing to the back (facing the plaid lining of the holster) and slip into the holster. Clip the holster onto your belt or pants, etc.
Although it is designed for the device and case to be facing to the back, you can hold it facing out. The front of the holster may press down on the keys and screen.
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Here are more details of the case (taken from Speck Products website):
* made of premium leather
* soft, plaid interior lining
* swivel holster (belt clip)
* secure snap closure
Insert Treo 680, 750, or 755p into case and secure top with the snap. Insert phone and case into the swivel holster if desired. Enjoy the compliments you get on your beautiful new case!
* Length: 1.75 inches
* Width: 2.75 inches
* Height: 5.0 inches
* Weight: 6.4 oz.
* Colors: Brown
* SKUS: T680-BRN-CLS
* What type of leather is used?
Our TechStyle Classic cases are crafted with premium, soft leather. The interior lining is a soft & stylish plaid print material.
* Will it fit on my phone?
The TechStyle Classic fits the Treo 680, Treo 750, and Treo 755p smartphones. Sorry, it will not fit on other Treo phones!
* Can I use all the features of my Treo without removing the case?
Yes- there are cutouts (holes) for all features and buttons including the camera. Soft plastic screen protector allows you to use the touch-through features of your phone.
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Here are my observations:
Innovative and different design
The design of Speck Products’ TechStyle Leather Case is quite innovative and different. The special added touch of a plaid lining definitely makes it stand out!
The holster is amazingly stiff and rigid and I have no question that it will do well at protecting and keeping the Treo fitted inside. I have however, found that you may need to pull back the front of the holster in order to fit the Treo or, you may cause unnecessary friction when inserting the Treo in the holster. Also, since the leather is glued to the holster, I would suggest care when inserting and removing the case from the holster.
Stiff leather case
The case can be quite stiff and hard but as with many leather cases, you will notice it will soften over time. You may originally experience a bit of difficulty inserting and removing the Treo from the case as it is quite a tight fit.
Plastic covering hinders screen taps
The full plastic covering over both the screen and the hardware and keyboard keys may be nice to have at first but I have personally found it a hindrance after a while. First, by having the plastic covering the entire front area, the plastic is quite removed and above the screen area so when tapping on the edges of the screen that a much harder tap must be made in order for the screen to detect the tap. This also creates a temporary depression in the plastic, which does go away after a while. I would prefer that the screen area not have the plastic covering so that there is unobstructed access to the screen. I also do not think it is necessary to protect the hardware and keyboard keys, especially with a plastic covering.
Lack of card slot cutout
As someone who tends to swap out the miniSD card a lot since I tend to use the miniSD Wi-Fi card to access the internet, it is very important for me to have access the to card slot on the side. Having the card slot inaccessable due to a lack of a cutout is a huge disadvantage for me.
Aside from those observations, this case is quite good as it is quite a unique design and will definitely raise some eyebrows and turn some heads.
Speck Products TechStyle Leather Case for Treo is quite a very uniquely designed leather case that you can’t find anywhere else. Its good looks with the special plaid lining will definitely raise a few eyebrows and turn some heads as there is nothing else out on the market like it. Aside from its stiff holster and full length plastic covering which may somewhat hinder the screen taps, the case is very functional and stylish. Why not check it out for yourself or better yet, win one here!
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Here’s another Palm Discovery contest giveaway coming your way. Again, I’d like to thank Jennifer and Speck Products for providing the product sample. This provides me with the opportunity to not only do a review and also give it away to one lucky Palm Discovery reader. So everyone wins! Without the support of the suppliers, and Palm Discovery readers, this giveaway could simply not be possible. Thanks, everyone!
I will be giving away a TechStyle Leather Case for Treo from Speck Products. The usual contest rules and details apply but here it is so that everyone is familiar with it. The deadline for this giveaway is: Monday Nov 17th, 2008 Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time) which means Sunday Nov 16th 11:59pm is the last possible moment you can enter. But you aren’t going to wait until the last minute, are you?
1 – One entry per person. To make it fair for everyone, no duplicate entries will be accepted and if a contestant has been found to be in breach of this, all his entries will be disqualified.
2 – The contest is available to everyone all over the world (because I hate being excluded from many great contests that only applies to US residents or anywhere else). Palm Discovery will NOT be responsible or held liable for any fees, loss, damages that may occur with the prize or its acceptance. That means I will not be responsible for lost mail, or if your local country or authorities impose any fees, duties on it or refuse to release it to you for whatever reason.
3 – Prizes will be awarded as drawn. Absolutely no substitutions allowed. All decisions are final.
4 – Palm Discovery will randomly draw a winner (or winners if applicable) from all eligible entries received before the contest deadline.
Palm Discovery will announce and email the winner sometime on Monday, Nov 17th, 2008. The winner must respond before 11:59pm PST on Wednesday Nov 19th. Please ensure that you submit a valid email address and that you will be checking it periodically. There have been many winners in the past who did not reply back and forfeited his prize.
Palm Discovery does not spam nor sell your email address for any reason. Should the drawn winner not respond to claim his prize within the time alloted, Palm Discovery will consider the winner to have forfeit his claim and re-draw another winner.
5 – To be eligible, entries must be received on or by the indicated deadline. No exceptions! So enter early to avoid missing the deadline due to technology delays, outages, etc. Don’t wait until the last minute.
6 – TO ENTER IN THE CONTEST, simply submit a comment to this posting (this posting only. Comments left in other postings or elsewhere will NOT enter you in the contest). Please indicate that the comment is for entering in the contest or else I may mistakenly take it as a regular comment and you won’t be entered. You will get 1 entry into the contest by leaving a contest entry comment.
- Or, you can also drop a quick Explorer Profile (see below for a sample format) (a brief “about me and my PDA/samrtphone device” with your name or alias, and something about your PDA/smartphone device and what you find great about it) and send it via the CONTACT FORM. You will get 4 additional entries (5 in all) if you submit an Explorer Profile.
Explorer Profile (Here’s a sample format.) You can set it in any format you like as long as it’s about you and your PDA device so feel free to add or remove questions.
Your name: .
Your alias on Brighthand (or other forums):
Your favourite PDA apps:
What you like/dislike about your PDA device:
How the PDA device has changed your life (or how it helps you) in any way:
What do you mainly use your PDA for:
Etc. Anything else you wish to share:
- Or, you can also submit a short story starring your PDA device about something that has happened to you that involved your Palm or PDA device and how it has saved you or helped you. (eg. Your PDA saved the day since you saved your presentation on the SD card, etc)
- Or submit general PDA tips that you think or have discovered that you think can help or benefit other Palm Discovery readers. (eg. voice memo app used as an alarm reminder, etc).
All these similar user experience submissions mentioned in #6 will be given 5 contest entries. If you have submitted an Explorer Profile previously and wish to be entered in the contest, please indicate so in the comments and you will also be given 5 entries. This allows me to award the prize to those who wish to win it.
7 – Palm Discovery reserves the right to make any changes to the contest, its rules and prizes including its cancelation at any time (although it’s highly unlikely I will do so).
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