I like the feel of BlackBerry devices naked, though occasionally I'll throw on a case because I'm a bit of a klutz and tend to drop my device at times. While a BlackBerry does survive drops it does get dents and scratches so I prefer to put on a case to avoid that. If I'm not using a case, however, I'll carry my BlackBerry device in a leather pouch or holster. I normally go for the official BlackBerry cases but if I come across another brand that looks pretty swish I'll check it out. This time around it's the Krusell Apollo Leather Pouch/Holster.

Krusell don't make their cases for specific devices. Rather, their cases fit a variety of devices of similar size. I picked up one that fits the BlackBerry Q10 although legacy BlackBerry devices such as the Torch line, Bold 97xx and 9900 will fit in it too. You could also use it for the BlackBerry Q5, although it is taller than the Q10 so it will stick out the top a bit more.

The Krusell Apollo Leather case can be a pouch or a holster. The case has a Multiadapt clip system. Krusell offers many different clips and mounts and with the Multiadapt clip system you can interchange these clips, when needed, if needed. The Krusell Apollo case comes with a 360 degree ratchet swivel belt clip. It's simple to snap on the clip and just as quick to slip it off, as long as you have something pointy to do so. The clip system does make the device stick out a bit further than the official BlackBerry leather holsters, though.

The BlackBerry Q10 slips into the pouch very snugly and there is a pull-up strap with a magnetic lock to keep it firmly in place. You can just pull the Q10 out but you can pull on the strap to help ease out the device from the case.

Krusell Apollo Leather Case with device

The Krusell Apollo case is made from high quality firm leather with white threading. The flap is made of nylon and the overall finish solid.

I've been using the Krusell Apollo case for the past week and I am liking it very much. The only downside is that it does not contain a sleep magnet like official BlackBerry cases have. If you don't mind that, it's a pretty case and can be used as pouch or holster.

The Good
  • Made from high quality firm leather
  • Offers good protection
  • Interchange clip system
  • Magnetic lock
The Bad
  • Does not come with a sleep magnet
  • Belt clip sticks out further than other holsters
The bottomline

If you're looking for an alternative to the BlackBerry leather pouch, the Krusell Apollo case could be for you. I prefer to use it as a pouch rather than as a holster, mainly due to the fact that it sticks out a bit further than the official BlackBerry one. The build quality is great, it definitely won't wear easily. The case is also universal so it can be used for different device but that would only benefit you if you have the current Q-devices.

The list price is $19.99 but you can currently buy the case for $4.99 from Amazon. Bargain if you ask me.

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