Fortte 8700x Glove Fit Leather Case
Hands on review by lgreenberg
June 16, 2006
Price as reviewed: $24.99 Fortte
never seems to rest. All theyxxx8217;ve done since the Blackberry 8700x was released is come up with seven different case designs and six different belt clip options. Not a bad line up if I do say so myself.
Recently Fortte sent me their latest release for the 8700 series Blackberry. The Glove Fit Leather Case. So letxxx8217;s have a look.
The case comes in the traditional Fortte retail box.
The case is made of a thin, black leather. The thinness of the leather is what allows it to stretch over the device. This makes for a very tight fit. I like the fit a lot. It means the Blackberry wonxxx8217;t move around in the case.
Want to stand out from everyone elses plain old black case? Fortte also has a "custom" option where you can have this case made in a variety of colors.
How about "Brandy Blue"
or maybe "Charm Pink"
The case also contains a clear plastic front, which does cover the screen and the keyboard.
Typing through the plastic screen might take a little getting used to. But since the fit of the case is so tight it doesnxxx8217;t seem to be much of an issue.
The version I was sent contains no belt clip at all. This made the most sense to me. I think this case is best for someone who likes to carry their Blackberry in their pocket or purse, so why have a belt clip.
However, for those of you who like to carry your Blackberry on your belt Fortte offers the case with several belt clip options. Fixed Clip Swivel Clip Belt Loop Ratchet Clip Heavy Duty Clip
The case has cut outs for the speaker, track wheel, side key, audio jack and charging port.
For those of you who rely on the LED there is also a cut out around it so itxxx8217;s not obstructed.
The case does not have a sleeper magnet.
I personally think this is a great case. When and if I go back to the 8700 (Ixxx8217;ve been using the 7130c lately) Ixxx8217;d probably use this case on a daily basis since I like to carry my Blackberry in my pocket.
My only complaint it the zipper pull-tab which kind of hangs of the side of the case. I complained about the same thing with the Krusell case for my Treo 650.
This case gets my highest rating. 5 out of 5 Blackberries. If you like to carry your Blackberry in itxxx8217;s slimmest form but still want some sort of protection, than this might be the perfect case for you.
Those of you worried about a loss in battery life because of the missing sleeper magnet, worry not. I recently started carrying both my 8700 and 7130 in my pocket naked and havenxxx8217;t noticed any sort of difference in daily battery life from when I used to carry a case that had the built in magnet. Pros:
Very slim, built in screen protector. Cons: