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Old 06-04-2006, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I plan on always keeping a 8700c in my pocket and never using a holster/belt-loop etc..

What is the best case that protects both the screen and keypad while adding the least bulk and adding the least hassle if the the phone needs to be used frequently.
Sena or Krussel flip cases or something else?
I thought of getting just a skin, but those don't protect the keypad at all.
I know you can lock the keypad, but I think the keybad could still get damaged or at least collect a lot of dust and lint under the keys if left uncovered in a pants pocket.
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Old 06-04-2006, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe something like this would work well for you.
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The cheapest solution is to remove the clip from the Launcher (the OEM holster) and use that. That's how I carry the 8700 around my home. It has the sleep magnet and protects the keyboard and screen. Mind you, I still haven't come up with a way to cover the hole where the clip used to be but leaving it open isn't really a problem.
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To cover the small hole, I actually removed clip and super glued the disk back into the hole. To further protect screen, I used an old palm screen protector and place it in the inside.

Since I did this, I actually ordered a forte case w/o clip to use in pocket as well for a more professional look when traveling for work.
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I use the Fortte STi custome made without the belt hook. Just call them and they will do it for you
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How did you guys remove the clip from the OEM holster?
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How did you guys remove the clip from the OEM holster?
Actually , the first two times it came off by accident when I was sitting down in a car. Any leverage will do it. Just grab it and pull it away from the case. It won't break; it's a snap system. You can pull it off and then snap it back together if you want.
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How does that protect the keyboard?
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Ummm, Fortte has a new case out now, glove fit.
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Ummm, Fortte has a new case out now, glove fit.
Great point, and probably the best option.

I'll be reviewing it soon.

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I have been carrying my 8700 in my pocket with the BEST SKINS EVER product. I covers everything (I don't know why you need to cover the keyboard) and works great. However, I am carful not to put keys or change in the same pocket.
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I have been carrying my 8700 in my pocket with the BEST SKINS EVER product. I covers everything (I don't know why you need to cover the keyboard) and works great. However, I am carful not to put keys or change in the same pocket.
Lint bewteen the keys could be an issue. Also (and I think this will be a problem with pocketing the Fortte Glove Fit case too), you must burn the battery out rapidly by constantly activating the backlight. To avoid that you need the sleeper magnet. Even keyboard protection won't do it if you are rubbing against the trackwheel.
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I have been carrying my 8700 in my pocket with the BEST SKINS EVER product. I covers everything (I don't know why you need to cover the keyboard) and works great. However, I am carful not to put keys or change in the same pocket.
To protect they keys fom getting dirt and lint under them.
Also, if I'm in a hurry and jam the Blackberry into my front jeans pocket and then quickly sit down, I'm concerned about squashing my keypad buttons.
With a cover over the keypad, the keypad will not get crushed or a key held down.
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I have been using a new sleeve from Gizmoskin. It is flat but has a thin leather strip with a snap if I want to put it on a belt. Works great in the pocket.

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Good point.... wish there was an end all solution about putting it in your pocket. I wish there was a key sequence you could enter that locked the BB as if it was in the holster, same key sequence takes it out of holster mode.
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I use the Lock Keypad feature when I put my BB in it's case.
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Good point.... wish there was an end all solution about putting it in your pocket. I wish there was a key sequence you could enter that locked the BB as if it was in the holster, same key sequence takes it out of holster mode.
Agreed.

For me it's the feature I'd like to see added more than anything. Even if someone has to write an application to do it.

It was done for the Treo (called Treo Guard.)

If I could somehow turn off my Blackberry's screen with a key press and not have it come back on until I pressed another key sequence I'd never carry a case again.

This is why I almost always carried my Treo caseless.

As it stands now I fear serious battery loss if I were to carry it naked in my pocket since the screen would be turning on constantly from the trackwheel being moved. Truth be told I honestly don't know how bad the battery loss would really be carrying it this way. I've been meaning to test it out for a day too see. Maybe tomorrow will be the day.
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This is an interesting read...

I use various cases/holsters VERY little. I almost exclusively put my 8700c in my pocket. I don't use anything fancy. I just lock the keyboard and slip it in my pocket. No case, no holster, no fancy solution.

Granted, I don't put anything else in that pocket EXCEPT for my BB. I use my other pocket for keys/change, etc. I don't have lint or scratch issues, and I wear jeans, mostly.
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So Pizzle can you comment on how your battery reacts on the days you carry it caseless versus the days you carry it in the case?

I don't think the dust, lint etc. is a concern. Often I'll find dust/lint all over my device when it's been in a case, so what's the difference? The key is simply to carry your Blackberry and only your Blackberry alone in the pocket of choice.
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