Piel Frama Leather Wallet Case for 8700 Series Price:
65 Euros ($83.96 USD, Worldwide Shipping INCLUDED) URL: www.pielframa.com Review:
This is a Piel Frama leather wallet style case for the 8700 series. The leather is soft and smooth, and available in these four colors:
For some reason I thought the case was going to be bigger than it is, maybe it's just the way it looked to me on the website. But in reality it is quite small - not in a bad way, actually I was pleased. I thought it was going to be very large and maybe cause problems with women's purses, but it is just the right size I think. It's large enough to hold the BB securely, plus spaces for credit cards, photos, ID, and money among its 5 interior pockets. It closes with a leather strap with no snap or magnet on it, and it holds securely.
When the BB is in the case all the buttons and ports are easiily accessible - but the speakerphone on the back does not have a cutout for it, so ringtones and alarms will be a little muffled. But, this case isn't really phone-user-friendly. It is more designed for the woman using the BlackBerry as a PDA/Data device, and not a phone. As we all know, many people do this, and use a separate phone for calls, so this would be perfect for that type of use, just turn up the volume on your alarms. As melissap968 mentioned in a post below, this would also be ideal for people who primarily use BT headsets to talk on the phone instead of holding the BB to their head. The keyboard is easy to use as well - the design of the case does not make it more difficult to thumb-type.
Look at the fourth pic below and you can see there is a sleeper magnet placed in the inside flap, located perfectly to put the BB to sleep when closed. The padding in the exterior portions of the case is quite thick, more so than normal flip style cases, offering extra protection for the device.
As to be expected, the craftsmanship of the entire case is exemplary, as it is a Piel Frama product. Overall I am very impressed with the case, and I'm sure any of you ladies out there, or you fellas looking for something like this, would be very happy with this one. Click to enlarge: Rating:
I give this case 5 out of 5 Berries. Conclusion:
This case is very well made, of very fine leather, and has an ample amount of pockets and padding to make it a perfect solution for the person looking for a PDA/Data device carry solution with extra space. Pros:
Excellent craftsmanship, very unique (don't know of any others like it), plenty of pockets inside, buttons/ports all accessible, sleeper magnet. Cons:
No speakerphone cutout, expensive.