Innopocket O2-XDA II Metal Deluxe Case Review


Product Requirements:
O2-XDA II, Qtek 2020, Orange M100

How does one reconcile a technolust for the top gadgets (often the most fragile and expensive) with an active lifestyle in rugged conditions?  Innopocket hopes to provide the answer to this thorny question.  I tend to embody the worst of the two in the above dilemma.  I didn’t tell Gadgeteer Julie the entire story when I proffered my skills for the review of this case.  I’m the kind of guy that likes the best and latest tech toys and am currently writing this review from my work in the field in Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa. 

I am in love with my amazing Qtek 2020 (exactly the same unit as the O2-XDA II) but know that it is just a matter of time working in this environment that I will drop it and kill it.  Just a few days ago it fell out of my ill fitting leather belt case onto a muddy country road, just inches from a puddle. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to review this case.

The InnoPocket Metal Deluxe Case came in simple packaging but for once of the kind you can actually open without a chainsaw.

The case is made of a brushed anodized aluminum with a neoprene lining to help protect against bumps and scratches.  It looks and feels great although I did manage to scuff it in the first five minutes of using it.  These should be the kind of marks that add character rather than disfigure but only time will tell.

My device slid down into the case easily and is held snugly in place by the neoprene lining.  You’ll note in the first photo that the lining was slightly misaligned on the model I received but to no effect either aesthetically or functionally once my PDA was in place. One problem is that the neoprene lining catches on the volume slider on the side upon insertion and removal of the device.  Not only will this change your volume and ringer settings if the device is on but I was concerned it could actually break off the button if done with too much force.

A nice feature is the dual storage slots for SD memory cards. They fit snugly but are easily accessed.  On the other hand I don’t understand why the slots are made so that the card must have contacts facing out.  Seems more vulnerable and anything you have written on the label side of the card can’t be seen.

The case closes well and it is obviously a sturdy reliable hinge and latch system that should hold up over time.  The anodized aluminum case makes your protected device feel tough and cool although it does add 75g to the weight of an already heavy telephone.  This is important because this device is truly a telephone in a super PDA skin and needs to be usable as a telephone.  More on that later.

As can be seen in the photos the case has cutouts for most of the main features.  The front has cutouts for the speaker/earpiece, microphone, joy pad and  the phone answer and end call buttons.  Should the phone ring it is possible to poke the tip of your finger down into the cutout to answer a call but not without some effort.  Unfortunately the most important oversight of this case is the fact that it is for a telephone.  With the cover closed even if you can reach into the cutout to answer a call you won’t be able to see who is calling since there is no window to show caller information.  I will most likely be taking my Dremel to it to be adding my own small plastic window. 

Given that, with the cover closed, once you manage to answer a call there is no problem hearing the caller through the cutouts or with them hearing you.  And bonus, no more smudgy face prints on your nice PDA screen.

The bottom has cutouts for  reset hole, headphone jack and charger/sync port.  It is possible to use a USB sync/charge cable while in the case but the device must be removed from the case if you use a docking cradle.

The top of the case is open giving easy access to power button, SD card slot, IR port and stylus.  It needs this access but this means that the device is not protected from water and dust at one of its most vulnerable places.  Can’t have it all I suppose.

On the left side is a cutout for voice recorder, volume control slider and camera buttons.  These buttons are closer to the surface of the case than those on the front of the unit and are thus, more easily accessible.

The back has a cutout for the camera lens, the car antenna jack and the connection for the post clip system. The post/clip system feels very reliable and tough with a  removable steel post that screws into the back of the case in case you don’t need it.  I am a bit concerned that this post could come loose and fall off.

Overall the construction and feel of this case is top quality and definitely leaves you with the feeling that your PDA is better protected.  The main drawback of the case is that it is not so convenient for telephone use which is a specific but important problem relating to this O2-XDA II PDA.  This is a telephone and answering calls with the case closed is not easy or desirable since it is not possible to see caller information.  You can open the case and answer the call with the door hanging open by your chin which may make it look like you are pressing  your face against a waffle iron.  On the other hand, use of the unit in its protected belt clip case with a hands free Bluetooth device may be a good option for some.  You still will not see caller information but your device will still be safely stored and you will be able to answer calls and walk about.

If you intend to primarily use this device as a PDA then the Innopocket Metal Deluxe case is an almost perfect case both aesthetically and security wise.

Despite certain reservations I intend to continue using the Innopocket case for my PDA/Telephone in order to protect my investment, valuable data and peace of mind.


Price: $34.90


Quality construction and cool look
Great protection for your PDA
Two storage slots for SD cards


Phone buttons difficult to reach through front cutouts
Impossible to see caller information with cover closed


Product Information

  • Quality construction and cool look
  • Great protection for your PDA
  • Two storage slots for SD cards
  • Phone buttons difficult to reach through front cutouts
  • Impossible to see caller information with cover closed
Posted in: Windows Phone, Wireless
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  • Julie May 28, 2004, 5:36 pm

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  • wbishop June 15, 2004, 8:04 pm


    I got one for my Clie TH-55 and there is an opening for every function. Now if I drop it I won’t cry quite so much, and I am a confirmed klutz so I know I will drop it.

    What it does not do:
    1. It will probably not protect your PDA if it is run over by a car. It might not protect it if you sit on it, but then again it might depending on your weight, the surface underneath the case, the nature of the PDA… in other words, for crush protection, YMMV.
    2. It is not waterproof.
    3. You cannot put this model in the cradle inside the case, although you can plug the charge/sync connector in from the cable that comes with the TH-55. In other words, you have to take the PDA out of the case to sync or charge it on the cradle, but you can sync or charge it in the case with the charge/sync cable.

    With these caveats in mind, this is an excellent product at an excellent price point, IMHO. If you think you will drop your PDA some day, this is really good cheap insurance- I’d rate it up there with screen protectors for cheap insurance. 🙂

  • Mr Flibble June 23, 2004, 9:29 pm

    Julie, I’m going to assume your fingers a wee bit finer then mine are. I also purchased this case and would like to share a few additional thoughts …

    1. It was damn near impossible to press the onhook and offhook buttons with the case closed.

    2. The navigation pad was also difficult to use with the case closed.

    3. The PDA surface is about 5mm below the surface of the case. This is why the buttons are so difficult to access hopwever the on and off hook area is far two small.

    4. With the case closed you can not attach your 2.5mm head phones without putting considerable pressure on the rubber grommet for the head phone jack to stretch clear of the clase.

    5. Leave the lid open and check the signal level. Now close the lid, leave it a minute. Open and check the signal level. The case causes a decrease in signal reception of more the 50% in my location. I assume this isn’t a Innopocket design issue but an issue with any phone edition PDA.

    So, I would recommend leaving your cash in your pocket as this case will cause you to miss calls and when reception is OK maybe you might be lucky enough to press that onhook button in time …

  • Julie June 23, 2004, 10:40 pm

    This wasn’t my review. Hopefully the author will repsond to your comments.

  • matex July 9, 2004, 11:42 am

    Mr Flibble

    I think you make some good points here. I addressed the issue of poking your fingers into the holes to answer calls. I’m neither hamfisted not dainty and can do so with some effort.
    The same goes for the D-pad although I haven’t tried it for gaming.
    Sorry about the headphone jack. This was not thoroughly tested as I am hooked up via bluetooth.
    As for signal strength, I have not found this to be an issue but others may want to consider it if they are in poor coverage areas.
    After a month of use I can still say that for protecting your PDA this is a nice unit but for telephone usability it has some shortcomings.

    Mark Troy

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