Palm Tungsten | T
Update 7/11/03 – See below for details in red.
In the past, I have become incredibly spoiled by the offerings from
Proporta. This company creates some of the
finest aluminum PDA cases available today; they are form fitting, good-looking
and very protective.
Some of you may have noticed that for the longest time, I didn’t have a TT
case listed on my diary page. Well, it wasn’t for lack of looking…and now I
have the case I have been waiting for: the Proporta
Executed as a book-style in a satin titanium finish, the Proporta manages to
cover almost every surface of the Tungsten in neoprene lined armor. But before I
start talking about the inside, let’s talk about the outside…
On the lower right of the front flip-cover, is a raised Proporta symbol. This
bit of branding is unobtrusive and looks great. The side rear has the "proporta.com"
address printed in white.
The flip-cover is held in place with a friction clasp, which seems very
secure and should not open unintentionally.
There are cutouts for the voice-recorder / head-phone jack area, the
sync/charging area, and the top of the PDA.
When the flip-cover is closed, its curved upper area covers the edge of the
TT to the power button.
When opened, the cover falls to the right, like an opened book. The cover
does not fold to the rear of the PDA, which works fine for me but may bother
others. The hinge holding the slip-cover appears to be sturdy and should
withstand years of use. As I mentioned previously, the interior of the Proporta
is lined in soft neoprene. This not only cushions your TT from fall, but also
protects it from scratches.
version of this case now includes 2 SD card slots in case cover. SD cards slide
in easily, but are oriented ‘face’ down. This seems strange as the card
connectors are exposed. It is nice to be able to carry as many as 3 SD cards
with you at one time though.
You insert the TT by sliding it into the holster portion of the Proporta. The
aluminum wraps around the bottom of the PDA and helps to hold it in securely. Of
note are the two aluminum clips on the inside rear of the case. These fit into
the two clips on the back of the bottom half of the TT, holding the case
securely when you slide the top portion of the TT out to access the graffiti
One thing that I am "iffy" about regarding this case, is that you have to
practically remove the TT before you can perform a soft-reset. Since the holster
and the clips hold the bottom of the TT so securely, it can be a bit of a pain
to slide the PDA in and out. I am constantly loading and removing software from
my Tungsten, so this is a bigger problem for me than it might be for others.
One other thing that might be a con for many users is that you can’t sync the
TT with the cradle while it is in the case. I am using a
BoxWave miniSync to sync and charge, so
this is not a problem for me.
The Proporta is officially my favorite Tungsten case. I have mentioned before
how much I have always loved small things that have a nice weight to them, and
the TT ensconced in this case easily fills the bill. I don’t want to make you
think that the Proporta turns the TT into an even heavier little stone though,
so here are some size comparisons for you to check out…
|Naked Tungsten (w/PDA
|4.0" (10.2cm)||2.9" (7.5cm)||0.6" (1.5cm)||5.7 ounces (163g)|
|Tungsten in Proporta (w/PDA Panache stylus)||4.1" (10.5cm)||3.3" (8.4cm) at clasp||0.9" (2.2cm)||7.9 ounces (225g)|
When the TT is inside the Proporta, I have no reservations about sticking the
combo in my rear jeans pocket – the case is that small, and that tough. If you
are looking for a very protective yet good-looking case, you should definitely
check out the Proporta.
Ultimate protection in an attractive package
Price is reasonable
Can not use cradle to hot-sync/charge the TT while it is in case
No easy access to reset button while TT is in case