InnoPocket Smart Cover-review

Product Requirements:
Device:
Handspring Visor, Visor Deluxe and Visor Platinum

Let’s face it. The stock plastic cover that comes with the Handspring PDAs is just not
for everyone. I don’t like the fact that it is loose when not in use. And it has a host of
other problems.

But if a loose screen cover bugs you, check out the Smart Cover from
InnoPocket. This ice colored,
plastic wrap around, screen cover fits snugly on the Visor, DX, and Platinum, (but not the
Prism), the flip cover will not come off!

 

 

The flip lid neatly snaps into place when you need to cover the screen, and opens
completely swinging to the back side when in use. (The double hinged lid is very similar
in design to the flip lid of the Palm M100 and FlipCover from Design Ovation.) Since the Smart
Cover
completely wraps around the Visor, it “latches” to itself to
secure the lid when closed.

 

Lid flipped to back of PDA

Close-up of hinge configuration

 

The packaging for the Smart Cover has a cardboard mock
Visor inside the unit and it gives the appearance that one could see what is on the screen
while the lid is closed. But no matter what font I set my Visor to, I was not able to read
the screen. The mock PDA is right up against the lid, while in reality, the Visor’s screen
is about 0.10 inches away from the lid when closed. This really isn’t a big deal since it
is very easy to open and close the lid. But I just wanted to mention it in case someone
thought that they would be able to see through it.

 

Rear view of the Smart Cover with PDA

There are always trade-offs when getting any accessory, like a case,
cover, or stylus. And the Smart Cover is no exception. For example, I am
writing this review on my Visor using the Stowaway keyboard, while the Smart Cover
is laying on the desk instead of being on my Visor. The reason for this is that the cover
wraps around the Visor blocking the use of the HotSync port. (So it has to be removed to
HotSync as well).The Smart Cover also covers the expansion slot area,
so if you need to use a Springboard Module, you have to install it before you put the
cover on. This isn’t a problem, unless your Springboard Module is one of the oversized
modules. Only the modules that are the smaller standard shape will fit under the Smart
Cover
.
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Overall, I like the Smart Cover. Although it has to be removed for
anything that requires access to the HotSync port or the expansion slot, it’s thin snug
design makes it attractive. It adds almost nothing to the weight and size of the Visor,
and folding the cover completely back makes it comfortable while in use.

Price:
$20 (US)

Pros:
Small and lightweight
Cover flips all the way around
Easy to remove

Cons:
HotSync port blocked
Can’t use Springboard modules that are oversized

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Product Information

Price:$20.00
Manufacturer:Innopocket
Pros:
  • Small and lightweight
  • Cover flips all the way around
  • Easy to remove
Cons:
  • HotSync port blocked
  • Can't use Springboard modules that are oversized
6 comments… add one
  • Julie April 11, 2003, 4:09 am

    Post your comments here on the Neuros MP3 Digital Audio Computer Review.

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/neuros-review.html

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • jeff@friedman.com April 11, 2003, 2:06 pm

    128mb Version Size (with backpack): 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.3″ (10.9 x 6.3 x 3.3cm), Weight: 5.8oz. (164 g)
    20gb Version Size (with backpack): 5.3 x 3.1 x 1.3″ (13.4 x 7.8 x 3.3cm), Weight: 5.8oz. (266 g)

    This reminds me a bit of the old NY Planitarium, where scales
    showed you your weight on different planets. So is the 20gb
    version 62% heavier (266 g vs 163 g) or the same (5.8 oz, or
    164 earth grams)?

    Jeff

  • Julie April 11, 2003, 3:44 pm

    Heh, typo… the 20gb is 9.4 oz.

  • Matt_Helm April 13, 2003, 1:58 am

    Hey Julie, you forgot to say something about the future support for the new Ogg Vorbis music format.

    I think this is VERY important. I don’t think ANY other music player has announced support for this format!

  • Julie April 13, 2003, 3:11 am

    True…

    Also, it looks like they are really looking into adding the VCR type functions to record radio shows.

  • Ben S April 22, 2003, 9:29 pm

    I don’t get one thing: why the two piece construction, if it has to be “docked” in order to function?

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