InnoPocket HP2215 iPaq Hard Case Review


Product Requirements:
HP 2215 Pocket PC

HP2215 owners looking for a non-leather
protective case for their new Pocket PC, will be happy to learn that the folks
at InnoPocket have released another
inexpensive aluminum hard case. The Metal Deluxe case for the HP2215 is similar
to their other hard case offerings, in that it almost totally encloses the PDA
for maximum protection from everyday abuse.

Made of anodized aircraft grade aluminum, this case has a bead blasted finish
that looks and feels great in your hand. Neoprene lining on the top, bottom and
sides of the case’s interior give the HP2215 a little cushion in the event of a

The case adds little to the overall size and weight of the PDA.

Size: 114 x 80 x 25mm
Weight: 63g

The HP2215 slides into the case from the top and is held there securely by the
neoprene and two metal clips that line up with the holes on the back of the PDA.
The fit isn’t extremely tight. I was able to shake the PDA out of the case with
some force.

While inserted, the front of the HP2215 is fully exposed for easy access to all
buttons and features including memory card slots, earphone jack, speaker, LEDs,
serial port and reset switch.

The case cover opens book style, but from left to right. This may feel backwards
to some people. Personally, it works great for me as I am a lefty. The cover has
one SD storage slot in the middle. As noted in other recent Innopocket Metal
case reviews, the SD card is inserted into the slot with its pins facing out.
This feels ‘wrong’ to me. Regardless, it is nice to have the storage for an
extra card.

The cover closes very securely, with a definite snap. A small plastic bar is
employed as the catch. The cover is actually a little difficult to open as the
case is smooth and somewhat hard to hold on to. Raised grips extrude on both
sides of the case to help facilitate opening it.

Like most PDAs, you can not sync them in their cradle while in a case. The Metal
Deluxe case is no different. Fortunately, there is a cutout for the sync port,
allowing you to use a cable for syncing and charging.

Innopocket is now offering an engraving service for an extra fee. For $9.00, you
can engrave up to 15 characters on the back of the case. As you can see, they
were kind enough to engrave my name on mine. Cases which take advantage of the
engraving Services are non-returnable and require 2 extra days before shipping.

The Innopocket Metal Deluxe case for the HP2215 is my new favorite case at the
moment. It’s made well, doesn’t cost a fortune, and protects my PDA from my
typical knocking around.

Price: $32.90

Good value for price

Slightly difficult to open
Have to remove to sync / charge with cradle


Product Information

  • Good value for price
  • Stylish
  • Slightly difficult to open
  • Have to remove to sync / charge with cradle
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  • Julie August 7, 2003, 10:15 pm

    Post your comments here on the Innopocket Aluminum PDA Case Reviews.

    Tungsten C Case

    Toshiba e740 Case

    Zire 71

    HP 2215

    HP 1910

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.[

  • cfifer August 8, 2003, 4:37 am

    Finally, a hard case for the C! Can you do some testing to see if the case interferes with the WiFi signal?

    Thanks for your great reviews, as always!

  • jimg72 August 8, 2003, 4:11 pm

    When I got my Innopocket I had to bend the cover slightly to even get the case to open it was sealed shut so tight. Also, the metal on the top left of the case is overlapping some. But for the money this is a great case. I can throw it in my pocket or my laptop bag and don’t have to worry about it getting damaged.

    Even though I like the Innopocket case, I think now that Vaja has an Ivolution for the T|C I’m going to move up to that. You may see my metal case on ebay soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pepe August 10, 2003, 10:17 pm

    I couldn’t put up with having to remove the PDA from the case to charge it. Synching isn’t a problem because I can do that over WiFi. Why don’t the case makers think about the cradle/charger issue? Or perhaps they do and have decided that it’s too difficult to get around and we just have to take the thing out every time. Now if Palm etc. made a charger like the one on my Panasonic shaver then that would be good. The shaver uses induction to charge the batteries so it just needs to fit into a coil with no plugs or connectors. Palm, are you listening?

  • Matt August 11, 2003, 1:37 am

    I returned the case for a serveral of reasons. One is using the thumboard is impossible to do while balancing the case in your hands. Two, the case is two slipper and would drop easily.Lastly I couldn’t us the 3-1 innopocket sync /charge/sd card cable I purchased. You need to the and the back of the TC open to use teh cable.


  • bcombee August 18, 2003, 7:04 pm

    Has anyone noticed any affect on the WiFi performance of the T|C when its in a metal case? I’d expect them to shield the antenna and reduce the range, but I don’t know how noticable that is.

  • The Reader September 2, 2003, 11:19 pm

    The title of the site should be

    “The Gageteer with tones of PDA Case Reviews”

  • Vangelus September 8, 2003, 2:43 am


    The way that the SD card pins are exposed when inserted into the case makes me ancy.

  • gizmo3x September 20, 2003, 4:28 am

    Two questions about the Innopocket Zire 71 case:

    When the SD card slots are full, do they touch the screen and run the risk of scratching it?

    Does the snug fitting case run the risk of scratching the finish on the Zire 71 when removed from the case?

    Yeah, I’m a little bit of a scratchphobe if you haven’t noticed.. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Nice review by the way!

  • Julie September 20, 2003, 2:48 pm

    Although I didn’t write the Zire 71 case review, I’m going to respond to this message. Innopocket styled their cases in such a way that the cover is usually bowed out. This allows the SD card / cards to NOT touch the screen whe the cover is closed.

    As for the cases scratching the PDA from repeated insertion and removal, that should also not be a problem as long as the neoprene lining is still in place. The lining is soft and spongy, and will not marr the finish on your PDA. <- At least it never has on any of my PDAs so far.

  • gizmo3x September 23, 2003, 9:34 am

    Thanks for the speedy reply Julie! I’m happy to hear there no scratch related risks with the case. Now, if only they could make a metal case that opened/closed like a flip cover… then I’d be in heaven. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • slk December 6, 2003, 4:41 am


    I had bought a Innopocket case for my e750 via web. Once I opened up my package, I was amazed on how attactive it looked.

    And surely felt solid once I opened it. I quickly put my PDA in it but once I got in, I discovered that it was tough to get it out!

    I played with it for an hour or two, finally I had found out a sure way to get it out for my e750 Innopocket case. Perhaps someone already knew this, but I could not find it anywhere in the web. So let me voice this out.

    The problem of not getting out, is the clips that lock the PDA, where there are 2 holds at the back of the e750. So I insert a screen protector, see attached image, so it helps to pass down at least one of the clips. And slightly push with a stylus toward the opening of the case at the bottom of the PDA and it will slide out easily. I have not tried it, but a credit card should work as well.

    Only now that I got my unit out and found the clips does stretch a little of the back of my PDA.

  • cobrakon December 8, 2003, 10:36 pm

    BUY THIS CASE!! :love: They DO protect your PDA as promised!

    I have a Zire 71 and purchased this cases bretheren from iConcepts which is the exact same case. I recently found out Innopocket, iConcepts, and Rhino Skin all have a version of this case.

    I does fit to the exact measurements of the PDA and the neoprene protects nicely. The SD are reverse because of the “short factor” of the contacts meeting with the metal casing. (Although they could have lined the interior so you can turn them around and actually SEE which cards are which. :rolleyes: )

    The case IS slippery and as a result, when I got out of my car this morning, it slipped from my hand as I was adjusting a small FedEx package I needed to send. I watched in horror as it flew from my hand tumbling sideways end-over-end towards the parking garage concrete. (complete with slow motion “N-o-o-o-o-o-oooooo..”:eek: ) WHAM!! as it landed on a corner and slid a bit. I nausiatedly reached for it expecting a case full of pieces when EUREKA!! Not a scratch!! Powered it up and it was perfect. Even better was the hardcase did not fly open on impact risking the screen!! WOW! I am very impressed with this case now and will purchase them for every PDA I ever own from now on!!

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