Products & Reviews
B650 Book Case
Thu Jan 13, 2005 - 6:24 PM EST - By
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Overview At first I was a bit miffed. The Treo 650 doesnt ship with a case. Not a slip case, not even a zip lock baggie. Nothing. Since the days of the Pilot 1000 (yeah that was me with a whopping 128K RAM roughly 1/8th of a megabyte) there has always been a little something to slip over the unit. I looked at the notorious PPC 6601 and even it has a case, albeit with a price point $30 higher.
I was looking for certain functions. Most importantly I wanted a case that when closed covered the screen. That immediately ruled out any of the skin type cases. The other thing that was important was access to ports. I didnt know if I needed access to all of the buttons and rockers and so on, so I started comparison shopping.
I was delighted when I found out about the B650 Book Case. At $29.95, the B650 is on the lower end of the price scale. The Treo 650 slides into the case from the top and sits in snugly. With the flip cover open, there is full access to the screen, keyboard, all ports on the bottom, switches, and side buttons. There isnt any sort of plastic protector over the keyboard or screen, a huge plus though Ive always used a screen protector since digging some nice gouges into that first Pilot screen.
On the inside of the B650 flip cover is a small slot for an additional memory card and theoretically a place for a few business cards Well, I could hardly get three business cards in there, and they kept bending on me. I stuck a pen in to try to stretch things out a bit, yet Im not impressed. This is actually a feature of the case I would find very useful because lets face it, it is easier to hand over a business card rather than beaming over information.
There is also a stylus slot on the inside spine of the case, though I cannot figure out how or why one would use it. The stylus is easily accessible with the case open or closed. Furthermore, when you place the stylus in the slot, the case wont close correctly. Perhaps someone will enlighten me.
What is very cool, and unexpected, is that you can use the phone with the case closed. Though you have to open it to answer it, you can close it right up again. There is a little cutout for the mic, and of course the receiver is exposed. Its a little odd resting the leather case against your ear, but it works. You can also fold the cover around the back of the unit or use an earpiece.
I really like the construction of the case. Its soft leather with simple black stitching. The flip cover itself seems very tough and should protect the screen well in case of a fall or other impact. The magnetic closure on the back is quite solid and shouldnt open unexpectedly. The case has no beltclip, which is one of the reasons I like it. I can comfortably slip it in any pocket, and with the strength of the flip cover, have even carried it in a front pocket with no worries. Why someone would clip a 600-dollar piece of electronics to their belt is beyond me.
One problem Ive found is that when you plug the connector into the bottom of the device, the Treo slides up out of the case. This is because the case does not have any sort of snap over closure on the top, so the Treo can slide out of the top given the proper pressure. The pressure of attaching the cord and the Treo sliding is more of an annoyance than anything else. Maybe I just have to remember to put my finger over the top while connecting. Since the Treo never needs to be taken out of the case, a stronger locking/securing mechanism to hold the Treo in place would be nice. Next Page: Conclusion >>