I have to admit that I was feeling very skeptical upon opening and getting the first feel of Fortte’s Glove Fit Leather Treo 650 Case. It was not at all like the shock-proof cases for Treos that I was used to wielding (I have a Tough Skin and a Clear Case that I regularly switch between). And so the Fortte case was a different experience for me.
The first noticeable effect was that this case made my Treo look more like a phone than a really big PDA. If there is one thing that is unavoidable with the other cases I own, it was simply the fact that they made my smartphone much larger than the large phone that it already is.
But with the look of my Treo out of the way, it wasn’t long before the Fortte case pushed its way to the top of my case rotation, and taught me a bit more about how mobile I really am.
In daily use the Fortte case did very well. I found it very easy to access nearly all the functions of my Treo while it was in the case. The only issues where when trying to beam or use my Palm Universal Wireless keyboard (the IR port was covered), and trying to remove my SD card (that slot was also covered).
Other than that, I found it quite successful at protecting of my Treo from splash-like water elements. And the sleekness of the case caught the eye of many people who had seen me with a Treo before, but dismissed it as just too large.
The front of the case is covered with a clear plastic cover, giving you use of the keyboard and touch-screen (if needed).
The leather used is quite grippy but generally does not suffer from “leather-sweat” as some cases can when in hot or humid conditions Still, I did find that on the more humid days here in the DC Metro area that keeping the case on did make for some sticky typing, but in those times I just unzipped and removed the case.
Removing the case was a one-handed affair during many a car ride, and so that, too, is a good thing.
The belt clip was also very secure in holding my Treo on my waist, reminding me of my Tough Skin case in how secure that it was. I haven’t dropped my Treo while in this case, and part of that is because of how grippy it is, but also because I am careful as the case does not offer any shock protection that I can tell.
Overall, this is a very good case, and one that I would recommend to any of you who feel that your Treo “feels” too large and you want a case that will give you a slimmer profile.