BlackBerry Case Review: RexRegina Winston Side Pouch Case for the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry 8800

By Kevin Hill on 15 Oct 2007 02:30 am EDT
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RexRegina Winston Side Pouch

Stylish Italian styling sets RexRegina apart
Last month, I reviewed a new side pouch by Smartphone Experts so I was eager to see how the RexRegina Winston side pouch stacked up.

The RexRegina Winston Side Pouch features a horizontal design for those who prefer belt clips and horizontal insertion of the BlackBerry. It is designed to protect your BlackBerry against scratches and dings and is small enough to fit into purses or bags too. But that isn’t why you’d pick a RexRegina case. The real reason for picking this side pouch is the leather styling. And at just $49.95 it's affordable as well as elegantly stylish and functional.

Opening the box
You know you are getting something a little special when the box arrives. Is it a Cuban cigar? Inside a soft cloth protects the new pouch and a little burst of the smell of leather greets your nose upon opening. RexRegina are creating a brand here and the little touches in presentation indicate they may spend this amount of effort on their products too.

RexRegina Winston Side Pouch for the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry 8800
RexRegina's Stylish Packaging

Styling
RexRegina uses quality Italian leathers to give their cases and side pouches an incredibly rich and distinguished style. Italian leathers are regarded as the best in the world and the RexRegina range feature great textured leathers that add a dash of sophistication to what is effectively a utilitarian accessory.

The company also spends considerable resources ensuring these cases look polished. The leathers are aniline dyed, which means they are colored all the way through and gives the leather a deep richness and depth of colour. They are certainly distinctive.

RexRegina Winston Side Pouch for the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry 8800
The Crocodile Skin Leather is an Elegant Touch

RexRegina Winston Side Pouch for the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry 8800
The RexRegina Winston fits both the BlackBerry 8800 and Curve

The leathers used by RexRegina are, according to the company, made using a natural vegetable tanning process where extracts from barks, wood, leaves and fruits are used to tan the leather. The leather is apparently a lot more resilient.

I’ve been trying it out for three weeks or so now. The leather looks supple and soft but the side pouch is quite rigid which protects the BlackBerry well. It has lost a little of that rigidity over the last week, although not to the extent that the pouch doesn't hold my Curve snuggly. It is also leather lined which makes for a durable finish. The leather is designed to wear a little and take on a worn patina without losing durability or function.

The pouch is closed with a metallic magnetic clip that holds the BlackBerry securely and prevents the device from moving around. As with the other side pouches I have tried, getting the BlackBerry in and out can be a little tricky, as it is very snug. That is OK, however, when you use it conjunction with a Bluetooth enabled headset. Your BlackBerry sits snuggly on your hip while you can still use the phone functions easily (thank you BlackBerry voice dialing!). The head phone jack is also easily accessible. 

RexRegina’s side pouch cases come in a couple of styles –  the original Stanton and the all-new Winston. The Stanton is for the older BlackBerry 7100 series phones, while the Winston accommodates both the BlackBerry Curve and  8800 series (yes, that means the 8300, 8310, 8320, 8800, 8820, and 8830 – what a mouthful - will all fit this case!).

To accommodate my Rogers 8300 Curve I tried the Winston, which featured the crocodile skin texture, although it also comes in black vegetable tanned leather, black pebble grain leather and black lizard embossed leather finishes.

Winston Vegetable Tanned Winston Pebble Grain
Winston Croc Emboss Winston Lizard Emboss

The 7100-designed Stanton also features Italian leather and comes in both 'Classic' and 'Nouveau' styling. While the Stanton Noveau series cases feature textured leather finishes similar to the Winston, the Stanton Classic cases are finished in a smooth leather that is available in brighter colors with cool names like 'London Bus Red' (I wonder when you order one of those if it takes forever and when it does arrive it arrives with five others behind it. A little joke for our London readers there.).

Stanton Classic

Wearing the device
The case does have a magnet that sends your BlackBerry into sleep mode, although it took me a couple of times to realize there is a wrong and right way of doing this. You can insert your device either screen in or out and wear the pouch on either hip just so long as you have the earphone port facing up. If you insert the wrong way, you are going to be making some very odd e-mails as the phone remains active.

RexRegina Winston
The Berry fits Snugly in the Pouch.
There's ample room for either a Curve or 8800

The rear clip is very rigid and clasps a belt firmly. The clip itself is integrated into the design of the case, so it won't break, disconnect or pop off, which ensures no accidental drops.

RexRegina Winston
The Rear Clip is Rigid and Well-Designed

I found the side pouch to be nice and light and it has such a thin profile I was unaware of it pretty quickly. Its small size also meant getting in and out of a car is a breeze with no fear it was going to be popped off my belt.

RexRegina Winston
The Pouch Fits Easily and Sits Comfortably on the Hip

Bottom Line
RexRegina designed these pouches to be elegant and stylish. If you invest in a great pair of shoes, an Italian leather case or an expensive purse, then you can accessorize with these stylish side pouches.

RexRegina Winston
Distinctive Style is the Big Selling Point

Functionally, they have everything you want in a side pouch – they are light weight, they hold your BlackBerry firmly and tightly and the back clip is tight and won't slip off at some inopportune moment. The sleep mode prevents any unwanted key strokes.
But the real reason for buying one of these is the chic factor. Kudos to RexRegina for taking a utilitarian accessory and really spending the effort and time to create something well-made and stylish. Customers have a variety of colors and, interestingly, textures with which to integrate the side pouch into their own personal style. 

Winston Review Summary:
RexRegina Winston Side Pouch Case
Ratings

Pros:

  • Finish. Extremely well made
  • Good Materials
  • Strong Clip
  • Tight Fit
  • Good Protection for a Side Pouch case
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to extract the BlackBerry quickly
  • Only available in Black (but the four finishes available are really nice!)

Buy Now:
Purchase the RexRegina Winston Side Pouch for the BlackBerry 8800/Curve:

Purchase the RexRegina Stanton Side Pouch for the BlackBerry 7100 Series:

7 comments

Kevin Palmer

Our thanks to Kevin Hill for his kind review of our Winston case. The one item that we would add to his review is that we have placed multiple magnets in the case so that a Blackberry can be placed into the case in any direction, and the Blackberry will be placed into power conservation mode.

TomsCruise

I have had the pouch for a few months now and love it. would have bought the side case had they had it. I may still do it anyway. I have the croc look and it does indeed increase the WOW factor. Love it.I rate it a 5+

Anonymous

Great buy! Have been searching the web for a horizontal pouch with battery saving technology and this is perfect. Being vertically challenged, the standard pouches limit my leg movements too much. This one fits well. I have the croc emboss and it goes well with any outfit, very stylish! I agree with the cons (though I like black and it does goes with any outfit) that the tight pouch makes it difficult to get the blackberry out. Mine is now a few weeks old but still very tight. On the other hand, it reflects the quality of the leather and other materials used.

Anonymous

You have got to be kidding or at least blinded by advertising interests.
No question this case is as good as many I've used, however what distiguishes this case from a discount department store model is simply the price. Perhaps at some point this product was truly fine but the current item appears to be mass produced from the all to common 3rd world labor houses. Truly dissapointing quality - edge detail, stitching and basic construction is at best average.
Quality should be a statement of excellence. This is a standard case with a 'quality price tag'

deeorbra

I ordered the beautiful case from the company, Rex Regina. It has now been 12 days and my "in stock" case is still processing. The company will not return an answer to any of the three e-mails I sent them. They have no phone number to call and ask about my order. I am unhappy. Their customer service stinks so far and in today's fast paced world, I should have had an "in stock" case last week. I am disappointed that they will not even contact me back with a measly e-mail. But I am sure I will have a different phone by the time this case quits processing.....

Hope it's worth it when I get it. The hassle hasn't been so far. And I hope I don't EVEN have to return it!

deeorbra

I have had an in-stock case "PROCESSING" since February 25, 2010. That was a month ago. I have e-mailed over and over and over again. They will not even acknowledge my e-mails! They have no phone number to call (that is the first indication that a company stinks and does not care about the customer...) so I am STUCK! This company STINKS!

deeorbra

I have had an in-stock case "PROCESSING" since February 25, 2010. That was a month ago. I have e-mailed over and over and over again. They will not even acknowledge my e-mails! They have no phone number to call (that is the first indication that a company stinks and does not care about the customer...) so I am STUCK! This company STINKS!