HP iPAQ 2200
I think it’s a known fact that Vaja I-Volution
PDA cases are just plain sexy. In the everyday ho-hum of the typical black
leather case, the I-Volution raises the bar of style and substance. Available in
32 (yes, I really said 32!) color combinations, the I-Volution Aptus for the
HP2215 line of cases is
all about customization. If you want your case with a belt clip, it’s not a
problem. Want it without a belt clip? Hey, it’s up to you. Want your name embossed on it? Go for
it. Want it with a Push Push system encapsulated SD slot? Say what? More about
Vaja’s latest option in a minute…
I-Volution cases differ from standard cases in two major ways. For one, the
leather is molded to the shape of the PDA for which it is designed. And the
other main difference is that you see no stitching or raw leather edges on these
cases. These characteristics give the I-Volution line the look and feel of a
true luxury product. Well, that and the fact that at over $100, you’d
better be getting something a step above the norm.
I was sent the Caterina Black with Caterina Latte interior case. As always,
the first thing that struck me when I opened the box, was the strong scent of
leather. There’s just something about these cases that make you want to
constantly hold them up to your nose like a moron. Yummy! Touch is the second
sense that kicks in as you first handle the case. Caterina leather is fine
grained, blemish free and smooth to the touch.
There are no zippers or snaps on the I-Volution. The case is all leather
except for the metal Vaja emblem at the bottom cover, and the stainless steel
mesh window covering the speaker on the back.
The case opens like a clamshell instead of like a book. The iPAQ slides into
the lower half of the case, where it is held securely with the Antislide
Shark Closure. At least that’s what Vaja calls it. I call it a molded
leather shell that the iPAQ can slide into without falling out. While in the
case, the entire front of the PDA is exposed. Nothing gets in the way of using
the buttons or display. While the cover is open, you have easy access to the CF
and SD slots, as well as the earphone jack and stylus. When closed, you can
still access the earphone jack and stylus if need be. Actually, only the
earphone jack and stylus area are exposed while the case is closed.
As mentioned above, the I-Volution does not employ zippers or snaps. So, how
does the cover stay closed? The bottom edge has a molded lip which snaps over
the sync port. It works very well and stays securely closed.
On the inside of the cover, you have your choice of a regular molded SD slot,
or for an extra $6, you can go with a Push Push system slot. What is it? It’s an
actual spring loaded slot for your SD card. It works like your PDA, where you
press the SD card in to eject it. I think it’s an extremely cool touch and well
worth the extra $6, if only for the nifty factor.
Bottom line, I love this case. With its rigid design, it keeps its shape,
looks terrific and slips in and out of a pocket with ease. The only cons are
mainly the price, inability to sync with cradle, and the fact that the reset
hole isn’t accessible. Price will be the deal breaker for most, but if you can
afford this case, it’s a beauty!
Price: $109.90 and higher depending on options
Cool SD storage slot
Reset switch not accessible
Can’t sync while in the case