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In Review: Innopocket Aluminum Case for The PalmOne Tungsten T3
Lance Wehrung | December 18, 2003
InnoPocket is known for their quality aluminum protective cases, and one of their newest additions for the palmOne Tungsten T3 is no exception. The case for the T3 surrounds the device for ultimate protection, while providing access to the device for normal use.
The case is made of light-weight, aircraft-grade, scratch-resistant, anodized aluminum to protect the T3 while a neoprene lining on the inside gently secures the T3. The actual dimensions are 113 mm x 84 mm x 22 mm (4.45 in x 3.31 in x 0.87 in), and it weighs in at 73 grams (2.58 ounces). While the case almost entirely encloses the device, there are cutouts allowing user-access to the stylus, SD/MMC expansion slot, IR port, headphone jack, voice memo button, microphone, and palmOne's universal connector. Of course, you will notice the hinged door for access to all the wonderful features the T3 has to offer. Let us look at the case in a little more detail, shall we?
On the front of the case, you will notice three small, oval cutouts near the top of the case. These holes allow sound to travel from the T3 even with the case closed. I would like to note that finish is unblemished with the addition of these holes attributing to the overall quality of the case. Besides the cutouts for the speaker, there is not much more to discuss on the front the case, except that the finish is uniform in color and texture over the entire surface.
On the right side of the case, you will notice the hinge for the door. This works very smoothly and does not make any noise while opening or closing the door.
On the left side of the case, you will notice the cutout for the headphone jack, microphone, and voice memo button. While it does give user very good access to the headphone jack and the microphone, access to the voice memo button is somewhat hindered by the design. In addition to the cutout, you will notice the plastic catch for the door. The tab on the door snaps over the plastic catch on the left side of the case to keep the door closed.
On the top of the case, you will notice the top of the door wraps the top of the T3 to provide added protection. It only partially wraps around the T3. With the door closed, this gives user access to the IR port, stylus, and SD/MMC expansion slot. With the door open, this also gives the T3 the ability to slide open and closed.
On the bottom of the case, you will notice the cutout for palmOne's universal connector. While allowing connections for a HotSync cable and/or charging cable, the cutout will not allow the use of the HotSync cradle without first removing the T3 from the case.
Now let's look on the inside. The first thing you will notice, besides the T3, is the two places available for extra SD/MMC memory cards on the inside of the door. The sticker labels indicate the proper way to insert the cards. Besides the memory holder, the inside of the door is lined with neoprene with the three oval cutouts for the T3's front speaker.
When you slide the T3 out of the case, you will notice the neoprene lining on the rest of the case. You will also notice two plastic nubs that are attached to strips of metal. These strips of metal are bent in such a fashion to push the plastic nubs into the slots on the back of the T3, which helps secure the T3 in place.
Lastly, there is the back of the case. Not much going on here, but it does have a place for a screw-in stud that is used in conjunction with the plastic belt clip.
Overall, it is a high quality case! It protects the T3 without adding a lot of weight or bulk. In addition, it gives you access to most everything you need without taking the T3 out of the case. Definitely a case worth considering for your loved one this Christmas.