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I received a Blackberry case with my first Blackberry phone and initially I was fairly impressed with it. The case itself is black and is made from a strong leather which is obviously built to last. It's a pocket design and so the idea is that you slide your phone in and out of the pocket case as and when you need it. My phone was not for business use but for personal use and so I did think that the standard black case was a little boring when you compared it to that on offer for the iPhone. I don't know if there are other cases available, but I think you should get a choice of colours for the cases as we aren't all suits looking to be as professional as possible. I, for one, am a fan of neon pink!
The positive aspect of the case is that it is clearly designed to protect the phone when it is not being used by giving it somewhere safe and protected to be stored. It does mean that you can carry the phone in your bag or pocket and feel secure that the screen is not going to get damaged. In addition to this, because the case is a little hard, it also means that if you drop the phone on the floor when it's in the case then it is going to have some impact protection and I would imagine you're much less likely to damage your phone accidentally. When the phone is inside the pocket case it is not going to fall out and so you can be fairly certain that the phone will remain where it should be. It does also mean that if it's in your pocket you can't accidentally phone people (which is a common trick of mine at 4am!).
However, a negative of the case is that you actually have to take the phone in and out the case when you want to use it. For example, if someone calls you, you need to remove the phone from the case in order to see who's ringing you - and it would be just so much easier if you had a case where you could flip up the front and have a look. The phone does fit quite tightly inside the pocket case, and while it's not difficult to remove, it would be nicer if the design meant that the case remained on the phone when you wanted to use it - because obviously when you're using the phone the phone has no protection at all when using this case.
It does have an inbuilt mechanism where the phone goes into standby once it is put inside the case and therefore you preserve battery when the phone is not in use and this is a really nice touch that I did find was useful.
I have to admit that while this case is protective, I gave up using it after about 3 weeks just because it's not that practical and it's not very sexy. It's just not something I find particularly inspiring.
I often buy accessories for my Blackberry through Amazon.co.uk. RIM Blackberry sell their official products through the site and delivery and cost is very reasonable. This RIM Blackberry Leather Pocket is perfectly designed to hold my Blackberry 8520 and is made from a faux leather material. The Leather Pocket offers good protection against bumps and scratches for your precious Blackberry. My Blackberry 8520 has also survived a number of accidental drops from my pocket, so the case certainly does its job.
The leather Pocket is very smartly designed and finished, with the faux leather material and the Blackberry logo neatly stamped towards the foot of the case. The case has remained smart looking even though it has taken a few knocks, and it is standing up very well to the punishment. The case is finished to a high standard, with strong stitching and a size that holds my BB perfectly. As I use Amazon for a lot of online purchases I could find this case at a very reasonable price of under £4, and as you are buying from Blackberry you have the confidence of the brand behind you. When you slide your phone into the case it automatically goes into an energy saving mode, preserving battery life and giving the convenience of fewer charges. I think this feature is value for money in itself, and well worth buying the case for if you use your Blackberry a lot.
There is one design fault in my opinion. The cutaway at the top edge of the case is on the wrong side, as I cannot see the light flashing if there is a text or call waiting. If this was on the other side of the top edge then it would be ideal for checking for messages without having to remove the Blackberry from its holder.
Overall I am more than happy with both the quality and price of this official Blackberry product. I must knock one mark off for the design fault (IMO), but other than that there is nothing to fault for this price.
This case is black with a faux leather material which is quite thick. The thickness means that it should help reduce the risk of your dearly beloved blackberry being damaged if it is 'accidentally' dropped. My blackberry named Borris has survived many knocks and bumps thanks to this case. It's simply a very well made pouch.
The appearance of this case is very suitable for a business or formal environment due to the colour and look of material. This means it will fit with any outfit or social event and never go out of fashion and will always look smart. The case is very well made and very robust which should last longer than the life of the phone itself. As a tip don't buy this case in the phone shop as you will be paying a lot more than you would be doing if you look on the internet. I was offered this case for £20 when I bought my phone, yet ended up getting it for less than £5 on Amazon which proves it's always best to look around for different prices.
The case seems to be resistance to light scratches and still looks like new. My phone fits lovely and snug inside this case while at the same time it's tight enough that it won't slip out of its case. When you put the phone in the blackberry (most likely by using light sensors) will turn its screen off. This allows it to conserve energy and help the battery life last longer. Then when you remove the phone from the case the screen light pops back on. What i've noticed with the new OS for the blackberry is that when you do put it in the case and the screen goes off, then the phone is locked (if you have that feature as on) and then even if you bring it out of the case one second later it is still locked which can be annoying having to keep re entering your password in to the phone, especially if you are having a conversation by text with someone but want to keep it in its case while you are waiting for a reply.
Overall this case is very well made, smart and professional looking compared to a lot of other blackberry cases which can come of quite cheap and tacky.
Blackberries seem to be everywhere these days. We've come a long way since the relative few used to show off with their half-bricks.
I got my first Blackberry about 4 years ago and have had two upgrades since. On the first one I had, it started to show wear quite quickly. In the company, it was standard practice for managers to pass their handsets down to the Newbies and get a newer model for themselves. Awful, isn't it - never mind, I benefited from this policy so ordered up this leather pocket when I got an upgrade.
I love the smell of new leather, even on something as small and insignificant as this. The smell didn't last long but I loved the fact that it matched all my other black leather items which, when flaunted together, marked me out as a right show off.
Having seen all the scratches that can spoil the look and sometimes the operation of what is an expensive piece of kit after all, I made sure I made good use of the case and I have used it ever since. It is looking just a bit grubby now but has held up well for the last 2 years since I have had it.
It's got the RIM Blackberry logo on it. The stitching is still intact.
It was a really tight fit when I first got it, but with usage it is now just a snug fit. As well as keeping the Blackberry safe from scratches and any impact damage, I like the fact that it knows when my Blackberry is parked in its little case and turns off functions it doesn't need to save energy. Technology never ceases to amaze me.
Anyway, if your Blackberry is unprotected, I strongly urge you to get protected. If you shop around these cases can be picked up for just a few pounds.
You can get much more expensive ones, with personalisation etc, but this more basic version was designed for purpose and fulfils the function for which it was intended.
Top Marks from me.
With every purchase of a Blackberry, in my case the Blackberry Pearl you also receive a Blackberry carry case/ "pocket" to store and protect your phone from scratches, damage etc. The case is black, and made from quite a durable leather material and has the Blackberry logo stamped into the leather. As far as I am aware, this product is not available in any other colours or designs. I think this is a shame, as the one that is supplied, and the only one available for Blackberry phones, is quite boring and masculine in appearance. The design may suit businessmen/women who want their phones to appear smart and professional...however for teenagers and other users, it just seems a bit boring and over formal. I really do think there is a market for different skins and designs... so step to it Blackberry!
Nevertheless, I was pleased that the case was included with my new Blackberry, as all phones are prone to being dropped and scratched over time, especially the amount of use they get in their lifetime. For the first few weeks, I used this case non stop to protect my phone, and noticed when I placed my phone into the pocket an icon quickly flashed up on the screen to say it had been placed into the pocket. When you do place the Blackberry into the pocket, it is a very tight and secure fit, so no need to worry about it falling out again. As it is leather, I would say it is also fairly waterproof as well, certainly more waterproof than without a case. It would also be straightforward to clean with a wet wipe (not suitable for washing machines!) if you were to spill something on it, and wouldn't stain like a cotton phone pocket may.
As much as this product is a fantastic idea on Blackberry's part, especially considering how much Blackberry's cost, I soon found after a while it became slightly annoying taking the sleeve on and off in order to use my phone. Another problem I found, is the case makes the Blackberry a whole lot bulkier, meaning it's not ideal for putting in your pocket if you are not taking a bag out with you. It is for that reason that I haven't got a lot of use out of this as of late. I do regret this though because I have a couple of scratches on my screen, which wouldn't have happened if I had kept it in it's case!
On the plus side, if you happen to loose your protective pocket, they cost about £2-£5 on Amazon and other sites, which isn't too bad and is certainly affordable. However I would say that unless your phone is similar in dimensions to a Blackberry, I don't think this is suitable for other makes as it is quite tight and doesn't open that wide. It is definitely designed for the Blackberry Pearl only (although I have seen them made for the Blackberry curve also).
Overall, I think the Blackberry leather pocket is an excellent idea in theory, and certainly does offer protection against damage and scratches, and would certainly cushion the blow if the phone was dropped, as the leather appears sturdy and holds the phone in tightly. On the downside, the design of the pocket means it doesn't suit all target markets and actually looks quite plain and boring. It would be ideal for handbags or briefcases whereby items are likely to knock into the phone and press buttons, however could do with a bit of jazzing up on the whole. If this hadn't of been included when I bought the phone, I don't think I would have purchased this myself.
For most part of the day whilst at work my Blackberry sits firmly in my pocket....along with a whole host of other items. I am one of these people who as soon as I get something its shoved into my often crammed pockets regardless of what else is in there, to be sorted out later. After my phone got a few scrapes, scratches and was constantly needed cleaning after coming out of my pockets each day, I decided to seek a product to provide protection to my phone throughout the day.
After searching around on the net I decided to go for this RIM Blackberry Leather Pocket. The product is basically a leather pouch with a foam lining. Its made purely for protection and is unlike the products that the phone can be slipped into a used. This is a leather pocket and this your phone needs taken in and out of the pouch as and when required. The phone fits in perfectly giving you the feel that your phone is safe and secure in the pouch and when you remove it nothing else will have slipped in there and marked your screen. I certainly have had no issues so far with it and the days of coins, chewing gum papers and all sorts of other items scratching my phone whilst it lies in my pocket have long gone.
The leather is thick, well made and protective and the novelty comes with a device fitted inside that locks the Blackberry for you in case you have forgot. Ideal for people rushing about in the busy day when this is such an easy thing to overlook.
All in all I would recommend this case highly as not only is it cheap but it is stylish and does a great job in protecting the phone
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There isn't a great deal that can be said about this product, but what can be said is that it is really great. This case can be picked up for next to nothing if you look in the right places (I bought mine for 99p), however the typical retail price varies between £5-10.
For what the product is, I would say that £10 is a lot. Ultimately, this case is made for protection, and there are cheaper alternatives out there. Many are influenced by the Blackberry badge on the side, and assume that it is better and more appropriate than others. On some level, I would agree with this. The case is designed and shaped perfectly to fit a Blackberry (I own the 8520), so it really does feel as though your phone is held firmly and protected.
The material is also thick, and so the phone is very safe from damage. I never worry about my phone getting scratched or dented in my pocket, because this case really does protect it.
What really sets this case aside from others though is that it has a magnetic strip inside that sleeps the phone when it is placed in it. Although this can be done easily on the phone, many people tend to forget, so the case will do it and save a lot of battery life. The phone wakes when a call or message comes through, so there are no downsides of the sleep function.
Overall, this is a great little case. It is very cheap when bought in the right places, and protects the phone perfectly.