By Nerino Petro at 28 June, 2007, 10:53 am
For attorneys on the go, keeping in touch with our offices and clients is critical and we rely heavily on our Treo or Blackberry devices. My Treo shows the scars of being dropped and abused (and its predecessor was dropped in a lake), and I don't think there is a worse feeling than to watch it bounce across the floor because it fell out of its case or was knocked off my desk. I tried a variety of cases and holders and I'm still in search of the perfect case and belt clip. While researching information for a current article for another publication, I came across Otter Box and its product line: Otter Box makes a number of rugged cases and storage boxes for electronic devices including PDA’s, Smart Phones and iPods, as well as cases for general use.
According to Otter Box, their Treo case "…completely seals device from the elements while providing access to keypad, touch screen, volume and program buttons, saving customers hundreds from having to replace or repair damaged devices." I've watched their demonstration video and it seems they put quite a bit of thought in their case design as it allows use of the phone, all keys on the keyboard as well as recharging and synchronization without removing the Treo from the case.
At $129, these cases are definitely not inexpensive, but if they save your device from damage or destruction it might be a very small price to pay for the peace of mind. If anyone is currently using one of these cases, I'd love to hear about it.