While it is true that the 8700 OEM leather case covers the message LED, I'm much happier with it than with the 7100 Gizmoskin that I've been carrying for over a year.
This is mainly due to the solid construction of the OEM case. I didn't have any desire to replace the Gizmoskin before. However, I wouldn't convert to one now. The OEM case is kind of bulky but only because it is so solid and the leather is such good quality.
But the main issue that I have with the 7100 Gizmoskin is the rivet that connects the belt clip to the case. The OEM case has a solid "base plate" that the clip is connected to. The older Gizmoskin doesn't seem to have this solid underpinning. As a result, the belt clip not only spins around the rivet's axis as it is supposed to do but it can be flexed or "jiggled" along the rivet's axis. I'm always wondering when I'm going to get total mechanical failure. But more importantly, the fact that the case isn't tightly coupled to the clip means that vibrations from the ringer are attenuated as they are passed from the phone through the case to your body. With the Gizmoskin I missed so many calls that I had to change from "vibrate" to "vibrate + ring".
I don't know if the current Gizmoskins suffer from this same problem but I'm very happy with the OEM case and I have no desire to find out. In addition, the service from SmartPhoneDepot has been excellent. They got my shipping upgraded in the middle of the order process so that I'd have my new case in time for an overseas business trip. They're first on my list for BB accessories.
Finally, the stock case, as mentioned elsewhere, it a total piece of s*!t. When the retention tabs are not causing you to launch the BB as you extract it from the case, they're failing to hold it in when you bump against something. I almost lost the phone the first day that I had it. I consider a replacement case an essential upgrade. I would get it with or before the phone itself.
Originally Posted by yustonuser
Great review all - I am trying to decide between the Gizmoskin and the OEM leather and have had the Gizmoskin for my old 7100 for a year with no issue. I like the fact that I can leave it in the case on my desk overnight and see when I have new messages, missed a call, etc. It looks like the OWM case completely covers the BB, prohibiting that. Is this true or did I see something wrong? I wouldn;t think I am the only one that likes this feature. Any thoughts?