Pilot Glove III Review

The Pilot Glove III case for the PalmPilot or IBM WorkPad is made by E&B Company. This is a leather ‘play-thru’ case that is available in brown or black.

The Pilot slides into the case from the bottom and is held in place with a Velcro tab. It’s a pretty snug fit, so removing the Pilot takes a bit of effort. You also have to remember to remove the stylus before you take the Pilot in and out of the case. One bad thing about this case is that the stylus that came with your Pilot will not work with this case. You will need to either have the Black Nail, or !Point type stylus. The case that I reviewed, had the stylus hole a bit off center so that inserting and removing the stylus was a little harder than it should have been.  You also must remove the Pilot to hotsync unless you use a hotsync cable or The Bridge.

The screen cover portion of the case is re-enforced with a hard insert. There is one business card slot in the cover. On the outside of the cover is the E&B logo. I don’t really like that they put this little metal badge on every one of their cases. I prefer a plain leather case and wish it could be removed without marring the leather.  A nice thing about the cover on this case is that it can be folded all the way behind the case for
easier use. The cover is like the cover on a reporters notepad. The cover is held closed with a strip of Velcro.

There is an opening on the left side of the case where you can access the contrast wheel. This is a nice touch that quite a few case makers overlook. The main buttons on the Pilot can all be accessed relatively easy. The leather and Velcro make that part of the case a little thicker than the rest so if you play games that use the buttons, it might be somewhat harder than playing with the Pilot out of the case.

This new version of the Glove case also incorporates E&B’s rubber power button. They added this in place of the small hole over the power switch. I’m not a real fan of this button. It usually takes me two pushes to get the Pilot to either turn on or off. This rubber version is a little easier to use than the harder plastic version that was in the first Slippit case that I reviewed.

The Glove III is a nice leather case. The stitching and leather quality are both first class. The case looks good, feels good, and is easy to use. I believe that this case could protect your Pilot very well from most bumps and short drops. The main annoyances of the case are that you need to use a different stylus with it, and the rubber power button. This case also adds a little to the weight and bulk of the Pilot. Other than that, this is a very nice case that most people would enjoy using with their PalmPilot or IBM WorkPad.

Price: $32.95

Pros:
Made very well.
Cover flips all the way behind the case.

Cons:
Cannot use the stock stylus with this case.
Must remove to HotSync unless using cable or The Bridge.

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