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Old 07-07-2005, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I waited and waited and waited for this to come out. I understand that there were delays, that's fine. I ordered my case (blue) on the 5th and had it 3 day air shipped since I am about to go on vacation. Speck was very quick in shipping (I ordered late afternoon Eastern time and they shipped the same day). I got the case today (A day early, for a change from UPS).

While waiting for the case to become available, I got myself a Speck case for my new 60GB ipod, in order to save it from the beatings I gave my old 10GB ipod. The ipod case is BEEFY. It's great, very little of the ipod is left open to damage. While bulky, it's very well made and I'm happy with it.

Back on topic. The 7100t case is decently well made. Thinner by far than the ipod case, but then again, it's for a device that requires much more hands on interaction. The blackberry goes into the case much easier than trying to wrangle the ipod into it's new home.

The grip is very nice, it makes the bb very easy to hold the screen protector is clear (for now) and it is hard to tell that it's a nice thick piece of plastic protecting your screen from certain damage. The back is very well protected. Fit is another story. Yes, it fits well at the top. The back speaker cutout is RIGHT ON, and of all buttons to protect, they left the power button covered (still easy to press when you really want to).The sides are very open (they could have left a lot less of an opening on either side for scroll/back and USB/headset). The scroll side leaves a large portion of the corner open and vunerable to drops. I'd say there's about 1/4" extra border around on each side that could be much better protected. As I said, the screen protector is nice. The Call/*T*/End buttons are protected well, but that protection makes it much harder to hit 1,2,3 without accedentally hitting call or end. The bottom of the case leaves the microphone area nice and clear, but again, they left a lot of extra room below the buttons for damage that could have very easily been fixed with a tiny bit of extra rubber, . Going back to the screen protector, the right side fits in 100% but the lower left corner seems to have some fitment issues.

The holster is pretty nice, clip swivels 360* and it seems to hold the blackberry firmly in place. It is easy to holster, etc. The largest problem I see with the holster is this: in order to utilize the wonderful "auto lock" feature of the magnet, you have to place the blackberry in back first, leaving the entire keyboard (and extra unprotected area) exposed to every day beatings. It's too bad that the well protected back is the safe side inside the holster.

I'll try to get pictures tomorrow if I can.

anyway,

pros:
- For where it covers, it offers great protection
- Holster is nice and easy to use
- great grip
- nice strong 360* swivel
- great alternative to leather and the other options
- speaker sound not muffled)
- better than nothing

cons:
- Fitment around screen
- lack of protection at bottom of keyboard and side ports/buttons
- 1,2,3 buttons hard to hit
- auto off only if you put blackberry in back first, leaving keyboard exposed
- price

my rating: 6.5/10
If you are looking for the all out protection you get with one of the Speck ipod cases, keep looking. As far as a case, it will do. I'm not thrilled with it, but it's still one of the best options for the 7100 series blackberry.

Worth $34.95 + $9 shipping, no. I'd say this case would be much better priced at ~$20 as it is now. If they fixed some of the problems with it, it might be worth the price.

Sorry if this first review of the case is scathing, but these were just things I've noticed.
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To me, the biggest issue is whether it can still "slip into" a pocket. Some folks say that the Speck is too "sticky", others say that its not really an issue. If you were never going to use the clip and wanted to use your pants pockets, is a speck case the right option, in your opinion?

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I just tried it, yes, it's a bit too "sticky." It goes in, but does take a bit of work.

Again, I'm going to compare this to their ipod case... the ipod case WILL NOT go in your pocket ;) It has a strong will of its own to prevent you from putting it in your pocket ;) . The bb case is easier.
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Ok, thanks for the info! Very helpful.
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Glad to know I'm not the only one disappointed with this case. The first 2 cases they sent me included no magnet! They are sending a new holster this time.

Main thing I hate about it is the way it fits around the screen. I've tried 2 so I am sure its not a defective one.I paid about $54 shipped overnight for it and well if I could take it back I would.
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yeah, the screen fitment is pretty bad. I tried adjusting it and flipping the screen over, it's a bit worse now.

If I could, I don't know if I'd send it back, because I need SOMETHING... but if something better comes along, I'll gladly ditch this thing.
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yeah, the screen fitment is pretty bad. I tried adjusting it and flipping the screen over, it's a bit worse now.

If I could, I don't know if I'd send it back, because I need SOMETHING... but if something better comes along, I'll gladly ditch this thing.

Yeah its a pretty bad case. BUT I have to admit the 2 people that work there that I talked with are VERY nice. So at least CS is good.
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Ok, update, I was getting used to the screen protector being "eh", the fitment being less than average, but this new "feature that's popped up in the last week...

Every time the belt clip swivels now, it squeeks really loudly. People at my office thought I was into torturing mice. I tried oiling it but it's still squeeking really loudly.

The magnet also fell out and I had to glue it back in. I am going to e-mail Speck tomorrow to see if I can get a replacement.
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hmm I think yall talked me outa getting one :P
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Amy from speck relied to the 7520 cases and they are going to fix the holster issue with the 7520s but didnt say anything about screen protector
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Update: After removing the screen protector, I've noticed that it's done a pretty good job of damaging my screen. The whole center of my screen is deeply scuffed up where the plastic protector was rubbing against it.

The protector is actually shaped like a convex lens, so the center of it is pressing against our screens. I HOPE this can polish out. Until I figure out a way around it, The Skin tight case is going in a drawer.
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Update: After removing the screen protector, I've noticed that it's done a pretty good job of damaging my screen. The whole center of my screen is deeply scuffed up where the plastic protector was rubbing against it.
That is quite the design flaw... I was thinking of getting one for my 7100, but not now. I'll have to wait for something else!
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Ok kids,

I was at the airport today and finally saw the Skintight for the 7100T in person. Well, I just could not resist and took one to the counter to buy it. They went to open the package for me (no knives allowed on the safe side of security) and the magnet fell out of the holster. Ok, just a fluke and they grabbed another....oops same problem. After they grabbed #3 and .....you guessed it...it's magnet fell out, I decided that it was a sign from the Blackberry Buddah that I was not supposed to buy this. Anyone else have this issue or was I the only one who had the pleasure???
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That really bites I wouldnt have went for number three at all
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Ok kids,

I was at the airport today and finally saw the Skintight for the 7100T in person. Well, I just could not resist and took one to the counter to buy it. They went to open the package for me (no knives allowed on the safe side of security) and the magnet fell out of the holster. Ok, just a fluke and they grabbed another....oops same problem. After they grabbed #3 and .....you guessed it...it's magnet fell out, I decided that it was a sign from the Blackberry Buddah that I was not supposed to buy this. Anyone else have this issue or was I the only one who had the pleasure???
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you are not alone...magnet fell out of mine too...nothing that a little bit of crazy glue didn't fix though. and regardless of whether the in/out of holster functionality works - about 50% of the time since i crazy-glued the magnet back in - for me the case is GREAT. the first week was a little tough getting a feel for how the phone fits into the holster without spending ages clipping it in there but now it is UNBELIEVABLE. Only complaint I can muster up at this point is the fact that the little plastic screen protector is getting a lot more scratched up than the actual screen is...we'll see how long it takes before the screen turns from a transparent piece of plastic to something that does not belong protecting by screen...
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I used liquid nails on my magnet. Sorta a moot point though because I refuse to use this case anymore. I might ghetto rig something at some point to get the auto keyboard lock feature, but for now I'd rather take my chances with my naked blackberry in my pocket...
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