Compaq iPAQ series Pocket PC
The worst thing about getting a new PDA is waiting for cases to start coming
out for it. Vaja, currently one of my favorite PDA
case makers, have just come out with an iPAQ specific screen cover. Notice
that I said cover and not case. The iFLIP cover is just that, a leather
flip cover. And as such, it’s main function is to protect the PDA screen. So
don’t rely on this cover to protect the PDA from a fall onto a hard surface. The
iFLIP is available in a belt clip or non-belt clip version.
The iFLIP attaches to the back of the basic style pack, Compact
Flash expansion pack or PC Card expansion pack via a very strong adhesive.
It is not made for attaching directly to your bare iPAQ. I doubt if you’d really
want to stick the iFLIP to your bare iPAQ anyway… if you decided to later
remove it, I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t take quite a bit of paint along
with it. It should also be noted that this cover also will not work with the Silver
Slider (modified CF expansion sleeve).
I tested the iFLIP with my basic expansion pack and it fit just fine. A nice
feature of the iFLIP is the double snaps. They allow you to use the cover with
the different sized expansion packs. The screen cover is held closed with a
leather strap that wraps around the bottom of the PDA and snaps onto one of the
two snaps on the back of the cover. The snaps feel pretty sturdy so I don’t
think the cover would come open accidentally.
The screen cover has a ABS stiffener in it that helps protect the screen from
bumps. On the inside of the cover there are 2 card slots. There is also an cut
out for the earphone jack.
The belt clip version uses the same plastic clip over the belt type clip that
Vaja’s other cases use. I find that this clip works great for me.
The iFLIP is made well, looks stylish, is easy to use and serves its intended
purpose. That said, I personally wouldn’t buy it… I don’t like the idea of
sticking it to my style pack. I just don’t like adhesives… This cover also
doesn’t offer enough protect to be worth the $50+ price tag. For that price, I
think you should get a full leather case and not just a cover. It should be
noted that a basic design cover is also available for a lower price. The
difference is with the stainless steel V design on the screen cover. The basic
design does not have this. In my opinion even the basic design is over priced.
If you don’t mind adhesive, and the price, this cover might be for you. But at
this time, I think I’ll pass…
Price: $54.90 with belt clip / $52.90 without belt
clip (limited edition), $39.90 with belt clip / $37.90 without belt clip (basic
Can fit the either Basic, CF or PC card style packs
Doesn’t protect the entire PDA