HP hx4700 / hx4705 Pocket PC
How many of you have noticed that there are several accessory companies that
are selling the same style leather PDA cases on their sites. It’s hard to know
which one to pick when they all look alike. The companies I’m referring to are
Brando and now Proporta. Some of you
might have been thinking that these were really all the same cases but just with
different company logos embossed on them. Nope, they are all totally different
Check it out, we recently reviewed the
PDAir HP hx4700 series iPAQ case and the
Brando HP hx4700 series iPAQ case. The PDAir case is 34.95 while the Brando
case is $32.00. They both look very similar, but when it is all said and done, I
think Brando cases are better designed and have slightly better materials /
quality. Brando’s are also $3 cheaper which doesn’t hurt.
Now we have the Proporta Alu-Leather HP hx4700 series iPAQ cases. They are
also made of smooth grained black leather with contrasting white stitching. Like
PDAir and Brando, these cases are also available in both flip style and book
style. You also have the choice of making both the book and flip style cases
into belt clip cases by way of a removable belt clip post and plastic clip. They
also use the same type of plastic clip to hold the PDA in the case and have a
removable screen protector insert.
So what sets the Proporta products apart from the other cases from PDAir and
Brando? It is really only one main thing… The heavy duty aluminum screen cover
insert. This insert definitely makes these cases more sturdy and it doesn’t hurt
that it adds a little bit of pizzazz when you open the cover and see the brushed
aluminum through the oval cutout.
I think that the Alu-Leather cases are more similar to the Brando cases than
the PDAirs because they seem to have the same style of molded SD card slots
inside the screen cover.
I only have 2 gripes about this case. The biggest gripe is that the flip case
I was sent is impossible to snap shut with the optional screen protector
installed. If you remove it, you can close the cover… barely. The magnets used
on the 2 Proporta cases that I was sent are not as strong as the Brando cases
that I have reviewed. My other gripe is that due to the flashy cutout in the
cover to show off the aluminum insert, you are left with no business card slots on either
of the book or flip style cases. The removable screen protector does have one
see through window pocket though.
Although the Proporta is a nice looking case, it’s hard to recommend it due
the problems I had with the cover not closing and the magnetic snaps not being
very strong. Brando is still #1 in my opinion.
Heavy duty screen protection insert
Removable belt clip post
Flip style is hard to snap closed
Magnetic snap not very strong