E&B Kyocera Case Review

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Product Requirements:
Kyocera 6035 Smartphone

UPDATED 11/08/01: All updates will appear in RED

How many Kyocera Smartphone owners out
there really like their PDA/phone, but don’t like that it didn’t come
with any kind of holster or clip? Well it looks like the E&B Company
may have been thinking along those same lines…

The Copilot
reminds me of the cases that used to come with Ray Ban sunglasses (they
might still, for all I know). 

Made of  smooth black Nappa Cowhide, the Copilot also has matching black stitching around all of its edges. A
discreet E&B metal logo-tag is the case’s only decoration. I like the simple and professional style that
the Copilot exudes. 


As you can see, there is an integrated belt-loop on the back of the Copilot.
This loop accepts up to a 1.5" (3.8cm) belt. What I like about this loop is
that it will lay flat if you don’t want to use it. You can throw this case into
a bag, and there won’t be a metal nub sticking out – hitting other items. I also
like that it probably is the type of loop that offers the most security when it
is installed on a belt – there is little chance of your Kyocera coming off your
belt – unless it is ripped off!

What I don’t like as much about this method is that you have to undo your
belt to get it on and off. This is a minor inconvenience, and just me being

Below, you can see that the flap that holds your Kyocera in the Copilot is
secured with a magnetic snap. This method seems to work very well, and since
there is no room in this case to carry credit cards or other ID that might have
a magnetic strip, there should be no compatibility concerns.

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There are some nice touches to the Copilot, one is that the antenna side is
cut so that you can still see the LED light blinking, letting you know if you
have a call (when the ringer is turned off).

The opposite end of the Copilot is cut so that you can attach your charging
cord while the Kyocera is in the case. This should be handy when you are in the
car, commuting.

There is a hole in the middle of the bottom of the case: I presume so that
you can use a single finger to push the Kyocera up and out of the Copilot

This is the only area about the Copilot that I would have changed, had I
designed it. If E&B could have possibly moved the hole just a little bit
more towards the bottom of the phone, they could have still achieved the
"up and out" finger-motion, but also – you could have attached the
hands-free head-jack to the phone. That is the only thing keeping this case from
being perfect in my opinion. 

11/08/01 UPDATE: E&B has responded! They have added a
hole for the jack, so that you can now use the Kyocera in "hands-free" mode.

Since the Kyocera has built in, rather accurate voice-recognition, you would
almost never need to remove the phone from the case – except when you wanted to
use the Palm PDA features.

I would recommend that when you are storing the Kyocera in the case, you keep
it in "key-guard" mode. It is very easy to bump into the hard keys on the
flip-cover as you insert or extract your phone from the case. 

As far as fit, when the Copilot is worn, it is surprisingly
comfortable. Measuring 6" (15cm) long x 3" (7.6cm) tall x 1.75"
(4.4cm) thick, at it’s widest points, I found that when this case was on my
belt, it offered no resistance when I was sitting, driving, or

The Copilot stays tucked out of the way, and quite secure. This is not a case
that you will be constantly worried about hitting on everything, or worse yet –
falling off your belt.

Price:  $37.95

Complete protection for your Smartphone
Case looks professional and is very well made
Can charge phone while in case
Can use hands-free headset with phone, while in case


Must remove phone from case to use, unless with
"hands-free" headset


Product Information

Manufacturer:EB Cases

10 thoughts on “E&B Kyocera Case Review”

  1. Gadgeteer Comment Policy - Please read before commenting
  2. But its not just with PPC’s lately… Its the entire Internet, too. We seem to be going thru a interesting interim period where there is a serious lull in excitement.

    Am I wrong..?

  3. No, you’re not wrong. I totally agree with you. Everything is just soooooooo :bored: :bored: :bored:

  4. PDA’s have moved from revolutionary to evolutionary. The moves from black and white, to grey scale, to color were huge. The move from reflective TFT to transflective is not.

    The latest changes, adding cameras, mp3 playback, thumbpads, are integration of existing technology, not new technology.

    Although I religiously read the PDA websites (this one’s the best BTW), I’ve only owned a Casio A-10, and Palm IIIe, which I still use.

    I hope in 2004, Pocket PC will introduce VGA out via the cradle, allowing a PDA to completely replace the beige box for word processings, email, contacts, and internet surfing.

  5. There really hasn’t been much in the way of excitement for about a year now.

    Basically since the Dot-Com Bust things have gotten less interesting. Companies are ‘playing it safe’ and not being too extreme in anything they do.

    Internet content has gone from extensive to slim…Unless you are willing to shell out for every pay site to get the full news, and that number is multiplying. I await the day when I will need to buy a subscription to read my local paper online.

    Everything is stagnant right now. PDAs are getting faster, but nothing is ‘Gotta Have’, not even software is a must-have anymore.

    And being an avid PC and console gamer isn’t even interesting with the loads of substandard movie tie-in games being rushed out the doors recently. 🙁

  6. Totally agree.

    There is hardly any difference between today’s model and 6 months ago, except the price. I have no reason to upgrade, and nothing is all that exciting with them anymore. Just another tool now. 😮

  7. My last major purchase (PPC) was a Casio EM-500. Only now am I going to by the Ipaq 2210 but that’s simply to get more memory, faster processor, Nevo, and use a wireless card. That will be revolutionary to me.

    Aside for this, however, I just haven’t seen anything that mind blowing in the last two years. Perhaps that’s the way it should be. Besides, I can’t afford anymore toys!!

  8. Now that all the general PDA’s are pretty much the same, it would be nice to see some specialist PDAs.

    I think Palm had the right idea, if not timing and implementation, with their Cladia Shiffer and Michael Jordan PDAs.

    How about a tie-up with an automotive company, so you could get a PDA in exactly the same color as your car, and the in-car PDA cradle could fold into the dashboard? Cool.

    You could even unlock your car with you PDA in an emergency.

  9. My old Palm V has a broken button, and I still haven’t found a good enough reason to upgrade to a newer PDA. After I got my iPod, 1.5 years ago, I realized that a stand alone PDA was a dead product, and this is coming from someone who’s bought about 10 different Palm OS PDAs (most as gifts).

    As I see it, PDA technology will become incorporated into another device, either your cell phone or your MP3 player, and the standalone class as a whole will dissappear.

  10. I can certainly see that if you want just the basic PIM functions. My PDA has become an extension of my brain. I need to have my Word and Excel at all times. Tablets look nice but they are still way out of my price range. I think we still have a few years of the PDA left….maybe more!

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