01-22-2005, 12:06 AM   #1

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Review: Rhino-skin case for 6315

The case provided with the 6315 is good but has a few flaws that become apparent after you start to use it routinely. The most annoying flaw is that it takes too long to fumble the phone out of its case if it is not on my belt. This problem is compounded by the fact I cannot wear the case comfortably while driving in my car. The case also doesn’t stop the unit from button-bouncing after an incoming call or message un-sleeps the PDA. All of these problems led me on a quest for a better case. I decided an everyday case should be my first purchase. I wanted a case that protected the unit, had easy access to all ports and buttons, allowed me to see the screen in normal mode, and used a belt clip swivel for comfort. After looking around, I decided to try the Rhino-Skin case. I ordered it on Monday and received it Friday. I promptly recieved reciepts and shipping notifications via email. No problems so far. The case looks good and fits my 6315 extremely well. The neoprene liner grips the unit snugly. The PDA won’t slip out even if the cover is open. The clamshell case connects across the bottom with a double-hinge design that allows the front of the case to fold up behind everything. The hinges are integral with the case panels and have a firm feel. The front panel has a clear insert that matches the size of the screen. I am not certain how scratch resistant it will be, and it is not a replaceble component. However, a $35 case is a lot less painful to replace than an LCD screen. So far I have found only two flaws, one of which may be fixable with a small redesign. The first problem is the connector at the bottom is covered up when the case is closed. I am not certain that the bottom panel could be altered to allow a charger connection without weakening it too much, but it would be a nice feature. The second issue I have is that the buttons are now recessed quite a ways under the cover when it is closed. While this does protect from having your pocket call your mother without your knowledge, it also makes it difficult for somebody like me with blunt fingers to hit the buttons quickly. I can reach the ultra-critical ANSWER and HANG-UP buttons without a problem so this is not a killer issue. On the good side, all of the buttons and ports except for the charger port are accessable with the case closed.

The swivel and post clip is correctly positioned to hang comfortably and snaps in and out smoothly with one hand. The brushed Aluminium finish looks good and feels very durable, but I think I will be getting a leather case for when I have to wear something other than sneakers but this will be my workhorse case for a while.

 
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Great comment!! I will add this as a link to my Rhino Skin case review “How Tough Is Your Skin?”. If you have not read it, you can find it here:

I use mine virtually everyday and have found them to be totally reliable in terms of protection.

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01-24-2005, 08:12 AM   #3

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Oh man I am gutted!! Just went ot their website to order one for my rx3715 and found that they don’t ship to the UK Anyone know where I can find a similar case that will?

Peter

 
01-24-2005, 06:28 PM   #4

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Hi, great review, it is really helpful especially when I am thinking of getting one as well. Could you help me out further with these two questions? 1st can you elaborate more on the reception when the phone is in the case? Because I have read at some forums that aluminum cases cut the reception. Another question is regarding the access to the device when it is in it’s case? Can you access the touchscreen while it is in the case or do you have to open the top lid? What about a sync cable or the keyboard?

Thanks for your input.

 
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Peter, have any friends in the locations that they will ship too? Have it shipped to your friend and then have the friend ship it to you. Might be a little more expensive, but if it is the case that you want it would be worth it.

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01-24-2005, 11:09 PM   #6

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Originally Posted by evo8

Hi, great review, it is really helpful especially when I am thinking of getting one as well. Could you help me out further with these two questions? 1st can you elaborate more on the reception when the phone is in the case? Because I have read at some forums that aluminum cases cut the reception. Another question is regarding the access to the device when it is in it’s case? Can you access the touchscreen while it is in the case or do you have to open the top lid? What about a sync cable or the keyboard?

Thanks for your input.

The antenna sticks out through a cutout in the top. I haven’t noticed any reception problems with WiFi, Bluetooth, or Phone/GSM. You have to open the case to get to the USB/Charger connector in the base of the PDA. I commented that I would like to see a cutout for a charger, but it may not be possible without fatally weakening the case. You can see the screen but not touch it when the case is closed. The lid flips down and behind the unit using a bottom hinge so it is really not much in the way.

Keyboard is definitely out with this case. I don’t use it much so that isn’t a real issue for me.

 
01-25-2005, 03:47 AM   #7

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Unfortunately I don’t have anyone in the US or Canada that I could get to do that. I did have a reply from Saunders about international shipping though and they gave me a contact for their European distributor. They mainly sell the clipboards and formholders but I have e-mailed them enquiring about the cases too so I’ll post here if I get a reply in case there are any others on here in the same situation. Cheers

Peter

 
01-25-2005, 12:17 PM   #8

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Originally Posted by Craftsman

The antenna sticks out through a cutout in the top. I haven’t noticed any reception problems with WiFi, Bluetooth, or Phone/GSM. You have to open the case to get to the USB/Charger connector in the base of the PDA. I commented that I would like to see a cutout for a charger, but it may not be possible without fatally weakening the case. You can see the screen but not touch it when the case is closed. The lid flips down and behind the unit using a bottom hinge so it is really not much in the way.

Keyboard is definitely out with this case. I don’t use it much so that isn’t a real issue for me.

Thanks for your help, as long as the reception is not an issue I am going to get it.

 
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