Hands on review by whsbuss
March 21, 2006
Price as reviewed: $29.99
Web Site: http://www.seidioonline.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=273
This new edition from Seidio adds to their line of PDA/Blackberry carrying solutions and accessories. The holster was shipped in a bubble-wrapped protective package via USPS.
The holster is made of impact-resistant, high quality plastic and features a 180-degree, click-lock swivel belt clip. This allows the holster to be worn in a vertical or horizontal position. The inside of the holster is felt lined so the 7130 screen will not be scratched (placed face in). There is a sleeper magnet built into the holster to provide the desired sleeper function renown by the Blackberry design.
A unique innovation is the spring-loaded, rubber tipped clip at the top of the holster. It provides easy access and removal of the 7130 while protecting it from scratches during normal usage. The spring allows the clip to raise up enough to slip the top of the 7130 into proper position, then lower into place to lock the 7130 firmly in the holster. There is a rubber skin at the underside of the top clip that prevents the 7130e from being scratched.
Another well engineered design of the holster is the swivel belt clip. When you open the clip you notice a metal ring that holds the clip in place. This is different from other manufacturers who use an all plastic design. Not only does this metal ring provide a secure fixture point, it also allowed for a very smooth, non-binding swivel operation.
The belt clip opens wide enough to affix the holster to even the thickest of belts. However, even with thinner belts, I found the holster would stay in place with little side movement. This is important when rotating the case from vertical to horizontal and back.
The open design of the case provided full access to the side controls. So battery charging, USB syncing and tethering can be performed without removing the 7130 from the holster. One important feature I found was the rear speaker is not covered like other cases/holsters. Ringtones and alert sounds were heard clearly even when wearing a jacket or coat.
Well designed and engineered, perfect fit, vertical/horizontal orientation, easy one hand operation, sleeper function.