Oops, I did it again. I'm starting to realize the weekend (specifically Friday/Saturday nights that I choose to go "out on the town") is a dangerous time for my BlackBerry. On this occasion, I was taking in the once-a-year festivities offered up via the 2008 Mens Canadian Curling Championship. I was at the Brier Patch (Trooper was playing - they can still Rock Hard!) when I walked out of a restroom, BlackBerry worn on front pocket in a holster, and accidentally hip-checked a concrete pillar.
The picture above sums up the damage. The BlackBerry itself survived but the same can't be said about its battery cover. I already have a replacement battery cover on order ($10.95) and I'll be back to 100% soon enough, but the event has made me realize two things: 1. the need for protective body skins/shields that still allow me to use my holster of choice but provide scratch resistance and 2. if I'm going into surroundings where there's a good chance my BlackBerry will take a severe beating, change up to an EXTREMELY protective case.
I love the speed of BlackBerry access offered by holsters - current favorites for my Curve are the Seidio Holster and Mobi Products Holster (half the cost of the Seidio holster and it works great). But in the case of walking into a concrete pillar the Mobi Products Holster provided no protection to the battery cover. It's a great holster for everyday use, but for debaucherous evenings an invisible skin used in conjunction is a must. Although, just to be on the safe side, I think next weekend I will be using my OtterBox. :-)