In a movie, a cell phone will ring thirty times before the beset heroine finds and answers it, dangling there on the side of that cliff. Not so, out here in the real world. How many ringie-dingies will you wait? More to the point, how many rings before your carriers voice mail answers for you?
At a newspaper I worked at, the editors circulated a memo (they do that) insisting that phones be answered before the third ring. Naturally the memo didnt apply to them. I still jump when I hear a phone ringing, and I just have to answer it as soon as possible. For one thing, callers wont wait more than a few rings any more. Its a patience thing. Lack of it. Worse, theyll land in the dreaded voice mail never to be heard from again. So I like holsters, to keep my Treo at the ready, answerable on the second ring or even sooner.
Smartphone Experts SafeGuard Holster consists of a one-piece back made of flexible, rubber-like material and reinforced with a plastic plate. The thick rubber lining doesnt have a lot of give, but it bends enough to make the catch on top work without springs and hinges. No moving parts, excellent. Its not what youd call "soft," either, but it has a light touch that doesnt seem abrasive and probably wont scratch the Treos finish.
The king of belt clips takes up a major chunk of the holsters back. Its huge, its grippy, but its too open, and its not flexible like the rest of the product. It ends up not actually gripping anything, just surrounding it, and it doesnt have the locking "barb" that Seidios entry sports. I find it comfortable and reliable when lopped over my pants waistband.
Then there are the detents. Like SPEs clip does a 180, not a 360 you probably dont want your Treo hanging upside down. It has detents every 15 degrees, but theyre none to strong. In fact, I pronounce them somewhat weak, considering the jostling my Treo gets while Im roaming around in the world. This is tolerable, but not altogether desirable. The detents ought to be stronger, so it takes much more twisting to overcome them to the next position.
A reader reports that the detents on his Seidio holster let go completely within six months, and now his Treo just swivels with the breeze. So far, Smartphone Experts detents have held their own with me, but Id much rather they started off stronger, right out of the pale green box.
Ive previously reviewed Seidios Spring Clip Swivel Holster for Treo 700p, 700w|wx, 650, 600 one of the companys several entries in this field. The Seidio unit occasionally causes the Treos SD card to eject notwithstanding the manufacturers claims to the contrary. Fortunately, I have not had that problem with Smartphone Experts SafeGuard. Its top catch is much narrower, and offset to the side opposite the Treos antenna (except antenna-less models 750 and 680), so the cards less likely to be touched when removing the phone from the holster, or returning it to the holsters protective clutches, a much wiser arrangement. Cool.
One thing you give up with holsters is the extra protection you get from surrounding the whole Treo with soft stuff -- leather, foam, cloth, or whathaveyou. Smartphone Experts SafeGuard Holster is no exception. Like Seidios Spring Clip Swivel model, it protects the Treos screen, leaving the back open to whatever Nature (or the Flying Object Gremlins) dish out.
Forget water, other than a mild drizzle, and keep in mind that the back of the Treo stays exposed, including the camera lens. The recessed touch screen doesnt touch anything, and it faces inward, so itll be fine.
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