Before beginning this review, we must clarify that the definition for the small, medium and large phones has changed since the launch of the Galaxy Note. Those that were considered large are now medium.

We received an Overboard Waterproof case, courtesy of MobileFun iPad Accessories. Let us begin.

The case comes nicely packed and looks nice and shiny in the first go. Though Overboard has mentioned the case to be for small phones, We deem a device like the N8 not to fit the category. Rather, we term it as a medium sized device.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

Upon opening, the contents of the package include the case, a hook, a lanyard. And No, the phone does not come inside the package Smile with tongue out

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The case is made up of waterproof material that feels soft yet strong. We had to open these locks to get a look inside the case.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The phone can be slid through once the locks are open. These locks act a sealing barrier once the phone is inside.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

Once securely locked, nothing can enter or exit the case save light Smile with tongue out

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

The case did not prove to be any hindrance while operating the phone. The phone responded as snappily as it did outside the case.

Overboard have made sure that the phone’s camera is not missed out. While the front has a larger transparent are to operate the phone to it’s fullest, the rear of the case makes sure that the camera is not covered.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

A sample of the camera functioning inside the case

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

You can use the hook and and the lanyard to secure the phone while you are on the move.

 Review–Overboard Waterproof case for Medium sized devices

In my opinion, the case is one of the best in it’s class. It can keep you phone safe from water damage. We definitely recommend this case if you device is small to medium in size. But if you have a Galaxy Note, then this case is not a choice as the Note would not fit in.

In the box-
1 XO skin
Tiny spritzer bottle of application solution
Squeegee

Application-
Application was pretty easy. The skin applies similarly to window tint- you wash your hands & your battery cover, then hose it down with the solution, coating your fingers as well to prevent fingerprints. The solution stays wet for a while, allowing you to reposition the skin till you get it perfect. Despite this, I still managed to get it a bit off-kilter, but it turned out okay.
 XO Skin for Sprint Touch Pro 2   review

The screen protector side was a bit trickier, you have to be very careful when spraying on the solution to avoid getting into your phone. I just held the bottle close to my screen & spritzed very carefully. There were some bubbles and cloudiness after applying it, but they all cured out within a day or 2.
 XO Skin for Sprint Touch Pro 2   review

Wear-
This skin held up pretty darn well. The morning after putting it on, I picked it up and was surprised to see a mark on the back of it. After a little while it was gone though. These skins have sort of a stretchy, rubbery texture, allowing for gouge marks to smooth themselves out. After a month of use, the only sign of wear was a small bubble on the back side.
 XO Skin for Sprint Touch Pro 2   review

BUT- that was most likely a result of my application, I think I overstretched it a bit in some spots. The screen protector part was great- it added a bit of grippiness to the screen and was totally scratch resistant. I had no peeling edges, no shrinkage, and no fuzz accumulation at the edges.

Summary-
Overall, this is a pretty worthy option for a skin-type protector. One thing that I did not like about it was that it only came with a battery door cover & a screen protector. I thought maybe I overlooked the bezel cover, so I checked the box again but sure enough- no bezel guard was included. I thought this was a serious design oversight. As we all know, whenever we drop our phones, the first part to get scuffed up is always the front bezel. So I would strongly suggest to XO that they start including a bezel guard as well. Also, I must note that these are NOT reusable. Once it’s set, you can’t take it off without stretching it out & ruining it.

Get one for your phone at www.xoskins.com.

Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 can be considered a casemakers worst nightmare: its entire front moves flushly, which makes attaching the case to the device extremely diffiicult. Fortte is known for shining in areas where other manufacturers struggle – can their case stack up?

Fortte’s case ships in a small box – my mailman refused to drop it in my mailbox, forcing me to hit the road to the post office:
0a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

The case itself is in a sleek blister, and arrived undamaged:
1a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

I hate belt clips – Fortte honoured my wish and left it out:
2a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

Getting the phone into the case is somewhat awkward. Try to push the handles under the screen, pull them over the keyboard and push them into the buttons at the back.
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This process takes a few seconds, but pays: the keyboard is not obstructed, and the device sits firmly in its case:
4a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

The front of the case is plain:
5a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

A quick look at the back reveals two things: the camera cut-out (which happens to help keep the lens clean) and the lack of a belt clip dock which could scratch other handsets:
6a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

Even though the headphone jack looks somewhat covered in this shot, plugging in various headsets was no issue:
7a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

The same has to be said about the MiniUSB port:
8a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

Camera and volume buttons are not obstructed either:
9a Fortte Book case for XPERIA X1   review

As already stated in the past: this case can be had in almost 100 different color shades. The full list can be had here

In the end, Fortte’s book-style case probably is the best case on the market. Protectivity is excellent, and don’t get me started on the (somewhat pricey) color options. Its only weakness is the awkward removal process: if your handset crashes often, better look elsewhere…

Proporta’s aluminum-leather cases have served me extremely well in the past. Unfortunately, the company recently underwent a re-branding process…can their stuff still stack up?

Large white envelopes have signaled the arrival of Proporta-branded goods in the past (shipping via UK)…these can be delivered to letter boxes and generally work well. The individual blisters were redesigned completely – they can now be folded open:
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Proportas standard-issue belt clip still ships with every case (and goes straight to the trash at this reviewer’s):
2a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for XPERIA X1   the review

Getting the phone into the case is easy. The device must be slid into the rails while closed; the clamps then grab the keyboard part of the machine:
3a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for XPERIA X1   the review

Opening and closing the case works with minimal obtrusion…if the protective foils have been removed from the back of the screen assembly:
4a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for XPERIA X1   the review

The XPERIA X1 remains pretty usable while in the case – typing is as comfortable as it gets on an x1:
5a Proporta Aluminum Leather case for XPERIA X1   the review

A cutout in the back allows the camera to be used while the phone is in the case. As usual (for Proporta), all other important parts of the phone can be accessed from the outside even when the case is closed:
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Finally, here is a bunch of shots showing the X1 in its case:
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In the end, I have to say that Proporta’s solution to the XPERIA problem is about as unannoying as it gets. If you need a leather case, get this one…you will not regret your choice. The price of 30GBP may sound a bit steep, but is humane compared to what other manufacturers charge…

Last week, I received the Proporta Alu-Leather Case for the Dell Axim x51v. When I unwrapped it, I noticed the high-grade quality and finish. In fact, the black case looks very stylish and fits very the Axim very well. I ordered the case in flip type, which means it can be opened by flipping the cover like you open a clam-shell phone.
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In the inside of the Proporta Alu-Leathercase, you will find two storage card holders where SD-cards fits perfectly into.
Speicherkartenhalter Proporta Alu Leather Case for Dell Axim x51v   the review

At the side of the main part of the case are two rigid holders where the Dell Axim x51v/x51/x50v/x50 fits perfectly: the PocketPc won’t move once inserted. The clasp is magnetic, so you don’t have to worry that it will unintended opened.
Verschluss Proporta Alu Leather Case for Dell Axim x51v   the review

You may notice that the upper part of the case is very rigid. This is the “unique Proporta Aluminium “Screen Saver” System” which prevents the Pocket PC to get damaged if you drop it.
Aluteil Proporta Alu Leather Case for Dell Axim x51v   the review

Compared to the original Dell nylon case, it is a little more thick and long but looks much better. See the pictures below!
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When you order the case, it will come with the standard Proporta belt clip. Now lets come to the only negative thing I noticed about this case. If you want to listen to music and plug in your headphones, the Axim won’t fit into the case, because there isn’t enough space between the top of the Axim and the case.

All in all, if you are owner of a bluetooth headset or if you don’t use your Axim to listen to music, this is a good-looking and high quality case. It costs 35$ at Proporta’s web site

PRO

  • good design and quality
  • holders for two SD cards
  • very effective screen protection
  • includes a belt clip
  • magnetic clasp
  • lifetime warranty

CONTRA

  • PPC doesn’t fit in the case with headphones plugged in

Finally, I want to show you how your Pocket PC will look like if you don’t use a protection (I dropped mine several times, so I’m very happy now to have a good protection):
Axim kaputt Proporta Alu Leather Case for Dell Axim x51v   the review

Proporta has a long history of providing all kinds of hardware accessories for all kinds of mobile devices ranging from laptops to digital cameras – PDA’s, smartphones and mobile phones included! Propora’s aluminium-leather cases always were among my favorites for mobile devices…let’s see if their case for the rx1900/h4100 can stack up!

Proporta’s products ship in big white envelopes with standard mail from Great Britain. The envelopes get beaten up a bit sometimes, but the contents always arrived in mint condition so far:
0a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

The case itself ships in Proporta’s standard blister. The case contains a belt clip to protect it from getting pressed together in the shipping process. I never liked belt clips though…so treat this as “for-reference-only”:
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Inserting the ipaq is simple – lay the case on a flat surface and slide the ipaq in from the top. The clamps hold the ipaq very firm – once the ipaq is in, it probably won’t move one bit. Don’t attempt to push the ipaq in from the bottom(or push it “through” the case)…as these ipaqs get thicker from bottom to top, you could damage both clamps and ipaq:
2a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

Here are a few pictures of the ipaq in its case – the case offers space for two SD cards and a bit of paper. Closing the clamp takes a bit of practice at first, but once you grasp the concept behind it, you’re set to go:
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Proporta’s leather cases have always allows you to flip the lid to the back. This really simplifies using the ipaq – and wasn’t omitted from this case:
4a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

The SD slot, stylus dock and headphone jack are accessible from the top of the case., Getting to the stylus can be a bit tricky at times…you need to bend the back of the case a bit:
5a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

The sync port at the bottom can be accessed, too:
6a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

When the case is open, the clamps to not obstruct the reset button or the recording knob of the loaner h4150. Audio playback doesn’t get distorted either:
7a Proporta ipaq rx1900/h4100 aluminium leather case   the review

Overall, if you need a case for your h4100 or rx1900, this case should satisfy you. While it may not protect your ipaq from getting its sides scratched by coins in your pocket, Proporta’s aluminium-leather case offers excellent protection from pressure, drops and most other every-day scratches. Its every-day usability(flip-back lid) makes this case type my personal favorite for all of my mobile devices – the price of 35$ is more than justified!

When I originally purchased the HP ipaq rx4240, almost no accessories were available for it. Since our sister site TamsPalm has worked together with Proporta for a long time, they were asked first – and provided a sample of their Alu-Leather Case (HP iPAQ rx4000 Series) – Book Type.

Proporta´s products ship via standard mail from England – I received literally dozens of packages from them over the years and never had any trouble:
0a The Proporta Alu Leather Case   Book Type for HP ipaq 4240

The case itself comes packed in a nice blister:
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The iPAQ is sled into the case from the side – you can fit the iPAQ in both sides. The clamps slide onto the machine without any pressure or force, but still hold the rx4240 firmly.
2a The Proporta Alu Leather Case   Book Type for HP ipaq 4240

Sliding the iPAQ into the case with the button area pointing at the top makes the clamp cover the SD slot, but leaves all other buttons untouched. The screen orientation prefs make landscape mode usable this way, too:
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Sliding the ipaq in the other way blocks access to the reset button, but provides the usual ‘left side flip’ scenario:
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The bottom and the top of the handheld always are exposed. Getting to the stylus can be a bit tricky, but sliding the iPAQ up a bit usually helps.
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Proporta really did a great job with the case’s lid. You can fit in a credit card and up to two SD cards – this helps you avoid memory card loss and keeps your pockets clean and tidy!
6a The Proporta Alu Leather Case   Book Type for HP ipaq 4240

In everyday use, the case is very comfortable and doesn’t get into your way. The clamp and the lid closure mechanics work well, and the handheld gets protected well, too. Since the lid can be pushed behind the unit, the handheld can still be held comfortably.
7a The Proporta Alu Leather Case   Book Type for HP ipaq 4240 7b The Proporta Alu Leather Case   Book Type for HP ipaq 4240

Overall, Proporta did it once again. Their Alu-Leather Case case looks great, works well and doesn’t get into your way at all. If you can live with the covered-up reset button and the exposed sides, this case will fully satisfy you(if you like leather cases). The price of $34.95 is justified!

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