Sony CLIÉ TG50
PDAir Leather Face Cover for TG50
I like leather. Sure, it might not be the most PC (politically correct)
preference ever, but there is just something about the feel of leather in my
hands that makes old Mikey smile. So, when I saw that
Brando was offering leather replacement
covers for the TG50, I made the aforementioned facial expression as I popped out
the credit card…
Is there anything wrong with the metallic plastic cover that ships with the
TG? No. The PDair cover is just something
new…an accessory to distinguish me from the other fifteen TG50 owners out there.
The cover is available in three different styles/colors; smooth black, litchi
black, or litchi brown. I had to go with the brown… Man, was I disappointed.
The envelope from Hong Kong arrived, and I quickly ran to my office and
ripped it open. The stock cover was ripped from my CLIÉ and its new leather
shield was installed. My first thought was that it looked a little crooked.
Indeed, the cover is a little too large to fit the device, and waggles from side
to side – fitting properly on one side of the PDA, and overhanging the other.
Also, the locking mechanism featured on the TG50 stock cover was not present
on this item, allowing the cover to open and close at the whim of gravity. Two
little nubs that insert into the PDA accomplish attachment of the cover. This
fact is odd in that the other cover offering from PDAir (featured below)
utilizes the hardware from the stock cover to retain the fit and operation of
On the plus side, I did like the quality of the leather, but it really is the
only high point of this accessory.
Price: $15.00 From
Cover Does Not Fit Properly
Does Not “Lock” In Positions – Flops
PDAir Clear Face Cover for TG50
Ah…the TG50 – the Saab of the Sony Palm Universe. I love that little guy, but
for a quick check of ToDo’s or the time, the seconds wasted in the opening of
the cover could be much better used scanning over PDA news sites…if only there
were a better way…
Sure, I could just remove the Sony hard cover, but knowing me they way that I
do – it would just be a bad idea (the last screen I broke was on my
and I intend for it to be my last…). A clear cover would be great, but a full
cover would be limited in its usefulness – a person can not live by jog/back
Brando answered all of my hopes with the PDAir Clear Screen Cover.
“Twelve bucks for a little piece of transparent plastic?!?” Yeah, you heard
The first hurdle of this item is a piece of minor, outpatient surgery to the
Sony cover. You know those satisfying little “clicks” as the cover opens and
closes? Well, we need to remove the “clickers” for this new cover to work. The
procedure is not terribly difficult, just be sure to exactly mimic the
orientation of the clickers from the old cover to new (I spent 15 minutes
cussing, thinking that I had loused everything up before I realized that they
were in 90 degrees off).
Once attached properly, this clear cover is a dream come true. Quick checking
of items is a breeze, and I no longer felt the urge to say “beam me up,”
whenever turning the device on.
Viewing of the screen is about 90% with the cover closed (I occasionally have
trouble reading journal entries when in my Stowaway) and can be wiped clean with
any old piece of cloth – try that on your PDA screen (Kidding! I don’t need any
more law suits on my hands!).
Some forum posts here and there refer to fears of scratching of the plastic,
but I have had no problems in this sense after a month of Mikey combat
Okay, there is a problem with this cover, and it is a doozie…
The icons to denote the buttons are somewhat distorted by the curve of the
case. Yeah, big deal. I remapped the buttons ages ago, and it is barely even
To put it bluntly, I like the clear cover as much as I dislike the leather
one (for those of you who skipped down, look above for previously mentioned
rant). If you have a TG50, you need this cover (had I not already ranted in this
review I would get into one of those “this PDA should have shipped with this”
kind of things, but I know my limit…).
Get one, you will not be disappointed.
Price: $12.00 From Brando
See-thru screen protection
Full use of buttons when closed
App Button Icons Distorted