A Smart and Stylish Option to the BlackBery Leather Holster
An epic battle rages on in the world of CrackBerry Users and Abusers; How do you Carry your BlackBerry?!? I’m one of many users to wield the mighty BlackBerry Leather Holster. Brandishing the BlackBerry name, it promises endurance, loyalty and a certain sense of exclusivity that we all feel (Whether you like to admit it or not).
Time and time again, I have tested numerous accessories. Though I have found some excellent carrying solutions, I can’t help but find myself drawn to BlackBerry branded cases. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that BlackBerry knows how to make a case. I’m always seen with my BlackBerry nestled into its holster, clipped to either my belt or pant pocket. Today friends, I find myself presented with another option. Shall I stray from a BlackBerry clipped to my pocket and actually have a BlackBerry slipped into my pocket? Introducing the BlackBerry Leather Side Pouch!!
A look into the pouch
The Leather Side Pouch has been designed for the 83XX and the 88XX series. It’s available in Black, Black w/ Tan, Red w/Tan and Brown w/ Tan and sells for $39.95 at ShopCrackBerry.com. My 8310s current home consists of the OEM Lambskin Leather holster (for the 88XX series) and a black skin. It has served me well, but it’s time to step out of my comfort zone.
The pouch has been partnered up with an optional leather wrist lanyard, adorned with the BlackBerry logo. The pouch also seems to be made of “sterner stuff”, as the leather has been wrapped around hard plastic for added protection. As with the holster, the pouch’s flap is equipped with a magnet to tuck the BlackBerry into its bed. I say bed because it also has the magnetic proximity sensor to help save the battery, save yourself from “misdialing” and support the In Holster and Out of Holster profiles.
The BlackBerry could face both inwards and outwards, but taking a closer look under the hood will make you rethink the BlackBerrys positioning. The pouch sports not one, but two holes on the “back wall”, giving the trackball a little wiggle room. Beyond that is a separate compartment, designed for carrying business cards or dolla dolla bills y’all.
DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT carry your credit or debit cards, or anything with magnetic strip components in that section, as it might erase data stored on the card (Though it would be nice if it would erase the amount owing!). I’ve heard nay’s and yay’s on this one, so just consider yourself forewarned. There is a warning label in the pouch to remind you of this as well.
My 8310 felt nice and secure in the pouch, I couldn’t shake it loose at all. For an added sense of comfort, the case is big enough to accommodate a skin. I would make sure you open the case wide enough before inserting your skinned Berry. The skin’s opening for the camera would sometimes get caught on the corner.
It took a while for me to get used to carrying my Berry in my pocket. I would find myself reaching for the left side of my hip and then feigning a stretch to cover my mistake. Having the Berry in my pocket wasn’t uncomfortable, it felt like a wallet more than anything else. My response time is slower, as I now have to pull it out of my pocket, then the pouch. I’ve tried simply carrying it, but I’d rather have both hands free.
I would have to say that the Leather Side Pouch is a strong alternative to my holster, but I’m still undecided as to which way I will go. The pouch does add more protection, but you have to carry it, pocket it or put it into your purse/man-bag. One major disadvantage is the lack of access to the LED indicator. Though if you suffer from a nasty case of BlackBerry Addiction, maybe not seeing your Berry's LED 24/7 is a step in the right direction. Lack of access to ports/covenience keys is another sacrifice made with this style of case design - perhaps RIM could include a couple of cutouts in a later version. I still recommend this as a powerful opponent in the war of carrying solutions.
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