We received our first SmaterCase almost 18 months ago. Well, they’re back with a new unit that’s a twist on their classic universal hard case. This time they’ve included a universal clip so the case may be worn on the hip.
I’m not going to beat around the bush. This case is large, 4 wide x 5 7/8 long x 1 deep. The size does have a purpose though, as it supports almost any PDA. Opened, the case has a clip for a small pad of paper on the left side and a Velcro attachment on the right for the PDA. The entire inside is wrapped in a soft velvety material that gives the case a finished and professional look.
One thing you’ll quickly learn about Smarter is they like to use unique materials to wrap their cases. Beyond the standard leather options, they also have wool, cammo, animal prints and more. If you can’t find a case to fit your personality, well then, you are one eccentric PDA user. My test unit is nice black leather which is soft and seems of very high quality. I applied a few pressure tests to the case to see how it would hold up and all went well.
The case closes with a snap closure around the back, where the clip is. The snap feels secure; I never had to worry about the case flopping open while in use. The belt clip is a very strong unit that is riveted to the case body and also reinforced with glue.
There’s little doubt the case is sturdy, as the leather outer wraps around a steal body. While Smarter does not declare the case to be shock proof, I think we can assume a moderate drop onto even a hard surface would not be a problem for this case.
Almost everyone needs a case to protect their PDA. As a result, there are as many different case styles as users for them. Smarter has done an admirable job of taking a very strong hard case, incorporating a nice design and this time adding a belt clip. The end result is a strong case that can accommodate almost any PDA. There’s no doubt it’s large. However, if you’re interested in something like this, size isn’t as important to you as top-notch protection. And if you want unbeatable protection with a clip, this may be a great option for you.
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