Thanks to Covertec, yesterday I've received my cellular horizontal case to be reviewed here.
If you don't know Covertec so far, they offer a wide range of accessories from PDA, Smartphone and other mobile device cases to cables and styluses.
I've asked for a leather case for the PPCW.Net i-Mate because the original case which comes with the HTC Tanagers isn't that bad - for an original accessory - but it's artificial leather only and doesn't looks that nice like real leather cases.
In the leisure time I'm often not using cases for my phones or Pocket PCs but while traveling or wearing a suit I prefer to have my Smartphone stored in a belt case. It looks better and you know where to put it in. So especially if you wear a suite, the original case might be not good enough for you and therefore alternatives are welcome.
The Covertec cellular horizontal case is a luxury leather double tone case (overstitching beige color) with a hidden magnetic loop closure - not like the original attached one and includes a fixed standard belt clip. It's available in three color combinations: black, black/orange and tan.
It is delivered in a noble package so even unpacking it is a pleasure.
The case itself is made of solid leather and feels well in your hand as well it looks noble.
It is bi-color - depending on the version you take - and had enough room for a HTC Canary as well as for the HTC Tanager which is slightly larger and fitting isn't that tight like the original cases. So taking the phone out of the case is easier. Another advantage is the hidden magnetic loop closure because you can not scratch your phone on it while taking it out or putting it in and closing the flap is easier too because it is already fixed in the moment you've closed it.
Below you can see the differences between the original HTC case and Covertec's leather case. Because the Covertec case is made of genuine leather it's looks more solid while the overall size of both cases is more or less the same.
Wearing and using the Covertec case for and with the Smartphone is a real pleasure. First of all it's solid and unlike the original case it's genuine leather. Second it looks better, specially in conjunction with suits and third it will outwear the original case. What I miss a little bit is a slot or two to store additional SD cards like they have included it into their PDA cases. But maybe it's a natural process for everybody (including me) to understand that also a cell phone can hold memory cards and therefore this detail becomes required for cell phone accessories too. Also - like with the original case - the Smartphone doesn't fit into the case if the camera is attached.
The case is available for around 29,90 Euro form Covertec's site and they offer a lot ob regional sub-sites for many countries. Unfortunately the US site hasn't the "SPV" case on sale today; even if the HTC Tanager is available in the US and Canada through PPCW.Net so I'm not sure how to order it from there. For Europe and especially for the "Orange countries" it's available and definitely worth to check out.
If you don't have a Smartphone today but other mobiles devices like Pocket PCs/Palms or even the Apple iPOD or a Subnotebook you should visit Covertec as they have cases for a lot of these devices too!
Cheers ~ Arne
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