Back in October, BlackBerry took Beta Zone in a different direction when it offered an accessory as a beta product, where we usually find apps. The beta program was aimed at BlackBerry Z30 owners and it was for a Carbonite Pocket Case, very similar to the leather pouch and micro fiber pouch. There has been a few people who managed to get into the beta to try it out. I did and we would have had this video for you a lot earlier, however, my pouch took a bit of a detour and only recently arrived. Better late than never, I guess.
As mentioned, it takes the form of a pouch or sleeve and is made of hard plastic that has a matte finish on it. The front of the case is textured very similarly to the battery door of the the BlackBerry Z10 and has the BlackBerry name and logo embossed on the bottom right, while the back of the pouch is a more smooth matt finish that isn't slippery. The inside of the pouch is lined with soft micro fiber like material to protect the screen and back of you device. And like all of BlackBerry's pouches and holsters, there is a sleep magnet too.
The case on the whole, while light, feels chunky when your Z30 is inside and is not very pocket friendly if you're a female, at least not a jeans pocket. Since I've been wearing hoodies during the winter, carrying it in my hoodie pocket isn't so bad. The device is easy to slip in and out but not so much that your beloved Z30 could slip and and fall if you held it upside down. It's a lot easier to slip your Z30 out of the Carbonite Pocket than the Z30 Leather Pouch.
I have been using it since it arrived about a week ago and I am enjoying it very much. I had been using the Z30 Leather Pouch recenlty and prefer the Carbonite Pocket due to the ease of being able to remove my Z30 from it. I don't really have any complaints other than sometimes there's a creaking sound but it's not loud and that's me nitpicking.
There's no word on if and when this accessory will be released to the masses. It may stay the way it is or change slightly. We'll certainly keep you posted when we hear anything. For now, you can check out the video above for a quick hands-on with the Carbonite Pocket Case.