Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Give To Me Your Leather... Piel Frama Case for Loox N560 Reviewed
Posted by Doug Raeburn in "HARDWARE" @ 08:00 AM
Since I’m a big fan of their designs, it’s unfortunate that Fujitsu-Siemens doesn’t market its Pocket PCs in North America. One downside of the comparatively limited availability of these units is that fewer vendors offer accessories for the Loox models than for iPAQs, for example. Fortunately, even though the choices are somewhat limited, there’s still a reasonable selection of accessories for the Loox from major manufacturers.
In the category of premium cases, of the best known manufacturers, only Piel Frama supports the most current Loox models. Vaja supports only a couple of discontinued models. I ordered what they call a “high quality PDA case in cowhide” from the Piel Frama website.
The Piel Frama Experience
Considering that it came from overseas, three days was a very reasonable timeframe. When I opened the package, I was left with a very positive first impression. The case was wrapped in tissue paper inside a high quality box, similar to the packaging of expensive wallets.
Figure 1: You have to feel it and smell the leather to get the full experience, but here it is... please note that you can click on the graphics with the blue magnifying glass icon to see a larger version.
As you might expect given the premium price, Piel Frama stresses their top quality leather and handcrafted construction. And the appearance and feel of the case prove out these claims, with supple leather and obvious attention to detail.
Figure 2: Lots of useful storage in the inside cover.
The front cover is very stiff to provide protection for the PDA’s screen. The cover fastens with a snap. Although I prefer the magnetic clasp that came on a similar Piel Frama case for my Loox 720, the snap closure seems to work well. The cover provides slots for carrying SD cards and credit cards.
Figure 3: Access to the side controls.
Figure 4: More cutouts on the bottom.
There are cutouts for all controls and connectors on the left side and bottom (the N560 has no controls on the right side). This includes the recorder, the IR port, the reset button and the cradle cable connecter. The back of the case is padded on the inside to provide additional protection.