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Old 03-07-2006, 09:20 AM   #41 (permalink)
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It's a tough call.

You can't go wrong with either.

I've been using the OEM RIM exclusively since I got it. Perhaps that says something.
That's the one I was leaning towards. Thanks for the detailed review.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:56 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Thanks lgreenberg. I like the way the flap closes on the OEM case. Also, I didn't want the belt clip, so I had to dremel off the button on the back of my Fortte case.
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Thanks lgreenberg. I like the way the flap closes on the OEM case. Also, I didn't want the belt clip, so I had to dremel off the button on the back of my Fortte case.
Fortte does make a case w/o the button on the back.
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Okay, all this case talk got the best of my. I just ordered the RIM OEM case from rcg (smartphonedepot)!! I opted for the slow-boat shipping, since I'm waiting for the TMO 8700g. Can't wait to get rockin'.
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Fortte does make a case w/o the button on the back.
Are you sure about this? You can remove the belt clip, but the button that the clip "clips" to is still there. I do not see that sort of option available.
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Are you sure about this? You can remove the belt clip, but the button that the clip "clips" to is still there. I do not see that sort of option available.
Here are links to the pages where you choose clip vs no clip. I just ordered a custom case from them, so I remembered seeing it.

http://www.fortte.com/scr/showproduc...pe=0&language=

http://www.fortte.com/scr/showproduc...pe=0&language=

However, this does not appear to be an option on the vertical or horizonal case.
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But it doesn't look like the vertical pouch is available with the no clip option.
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I think I'd like the Fortte with a fixed slim clip. Instead, I'm going for the OEM leather holster as I think it's closest to what I'm looking for. I was considering the cases with the front flap but they seem a bit awkward. Guess I'll see as there's Vaja classic without a clip on its way for the better half...
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i just received the case..but i have a stupid q, it seems that the bb can be positioned inside the case facing the inside as well as the outside. Is there any "right" way that it's supposed to be?
The "sleep" function works both ways
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i just received the case..but i have a stupid q, it seems that the bb can be positioned inside the case facing the inside as well as the outside. Is there any "right" way that it's supposed to be?
Yes there is!! Be sure not to put it in backwards!!
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But it doesn't look like the vertical pouch is available with the no clip option.
Update...I think the new Fortte Vertical STi will be available sans clip in a few weeks. Better to confirm directly with Fortte though.
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Update...I think the new Fortte Vertical STi will be available sans clip in a few weeks. Better to confirm directly with Fortte though.
We weren't talking about Fortte..................
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i just received the case..but i have a stupid q, it seems that the bb can be positioned inside the case facing the inside as well as the outside. Is there any "right" way that it's supposed to be?
The "sleep" function works both ways
Either way is fine.

I prefer, as most do, to place it in screen facing in so that when you pull it out you're looking directly at the screen without having to turn it around.
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Either way is fine.

I prefer, as most do, to place it in screen facing in so that when you pull it out you're looking directly at the screen without having to turn it around.
thanks, that's what I thought..
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I just got mine and like it but it needs to have a cutout for the speaker. I could barely hear the phone ring before and the vibrating and short time frame to answer from Cingular are deterrents to being productive.
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We weren't talking about Fortte..................
Sorry, too quick on the keys this morning.
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I just got mine and like it but it needs to have a cutout for the speaker. I could barely hear the phone ring before and the vibrating and short time frame to answer from Cingular are deterrents to being productive.
There is a tip around here somewhere about how to change the ring time on Cingular. I think you can set it to ring up to 30 seconds.
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I beleive if you call Cingular customer service they can change the amount of time your phone rings before it goes onto voicemail.

Also have you done the Zen upgrade to your 8700x? This greatly increases the volume of the phone's ringer.
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I just got mine and like it but it needs to have a cutout for the speaker. I could barely hear the phone ring before and the vibrating and short time frame to answer from Cingular are deterrents to being productive.
If you don't want to call cingular cs and be on hold 30 minutes or so, there's a way you can increase the number of rings before it goes to voicemail....
http://blackberryforums.com/showthre...t=number+rings

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RIM Blackberry 8700c Leather Holster with Belt Clip

Hands on review by lgreenberg
March 3rd, 2006

Price as reviewed: $21.96

Has any one accessory been more anticipated than the OEM leather case from RIM? I think not. In all seriousness my case arrived today, overnight, from Smart Phone Depot. I wanted to get the pictures and comments up as quickly as possible so forgive the shortness of this review. I'll add more to it as I use the case.




This case is a vertical pouch style case with belt clip. The belt clip is the exact same thing that's on the back the OEM plastic holster (the one that comes with the device.) As most of you are aware it does ratchet.




The case is made of black, soft leather. It does have elastic sides. One thing I'm disappointed about is the sides. Much of the sides of the device are left exposed. There is no leather at all on the sides of the case. Only the elastic pieces.





The case uses a magnetic closure but the magnets are sewn inside the leather so they are not visible. It's very easy to close the case. Unlike the Fortee, where you have to check to make sure the flap's magnet has hit and locked into the sweet spot on the case the OEM case's magnet catches every time. The case is lined with velour.



The case has a sleeper magnet built in and the device can be placed into the case screen in or out. The magnet works either way.

Once on your belt the case does stick out a bit.




I'm actually a little disappointed in that. Here's a comparison to the Fortte vertical pouch. They stick out about the same.




The case seems very heavy to me. It's definitely heavier and longer than the Fortte case. Must be because of the thicker leather the RIM case uses. The RIM case feels larger to me as well. The device does go in and out of the case a little easier.

All in all it's a very nice case. The belt clip is great. It's good that it has the sleeper magnet. The device fits in perfectly.

My only real complaints are the exposed sides, and the overall weight/bulkiness. The way the device fits in the case, how securely it both closes and stays on the belt make it an excellent choice.

Pros: OEM, sleeper magnet, ratcheting belt clip.

Cons: Bulky, Not 100% protection.
I'm liking it. I would suggest putting a skin on the Blackberry (I order some on eBay and may end up selling them). I am ticked though, that the store will not sell to Canada (considered International) - so much for good neighbors

Does anyone know of a reseller who will sell in Canada or is based here? Thanks folks.
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