Review: Covertec Luxury Case for the BlackBerry Curve

By Gary Mazo on 2 Jun 2008 02:34 pm EDT
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Covertec Luxury Case for the BlackBerry Curve

Luxury Nappa leather case, specifically designed to fit your Smartphone Blackberry 8300 Curve

The Covertec Luxury Flip Leather Case for BlackBerry Curve 8330, Curve 8320, Curve 8310, or Curve 8300 is a trendy European designed flip-lid case that looks great and offers solid protection.

With the flip closed, the BlackBerry Curve 8330, Curve 8320, Curve 8310, or Curve 8300 is well protected against accidental drops and bumps. Release the magnetic latch to flip the lid open, and you now have full access to the Curve. On the inside of the flip there is storage for memory cards.

A sturdy swivel belt-clip is included with the case. If you prefer to carry the phone in your pocket, the belt-clip is completely removable.

Highlights

  • Luxury leather case, beige overstitching
  • Easy access to all functions
  • Convenient: 2 SD/micro SD card slots
  • Secure retractable strap with magnetic button
  • The case is made from high quality, full grain cowskin nappa leather, inner part in heavy duty synthetic material.
Covertec Luxury
What's in the Box!

Design
Covertec Luxury The Covertec is   a horizontal case that clips onto the belt (if you install the belt clip)and cradles the Curve.  The Case is a soft, padded leather.  My test unit was Brown with nice, tan stitching. 

The inside of the case is felt lined to protect the Curve.  The case secures with Covertec’s signature magnetic enclosure – one of the best in the industry. 

The Case is designed to be a very tight fitting case which “breaks in” to the shape of the Curve over time.  When I first took the case out it looked like it wouldn’t close with the Curve inside.  It did close, and in time broke in beautifully.  When you first put the Curve in the Case – be sure to “lock” your keyboard!

The bottom half of the Curve is sort of a leather “harness” with a strip of leather above the trackball and function keys. This isn’t my favorite design because the leather can impede movements upward on the trackball – but, overall – it wasn’t a big deal.

There is a MIcro SD card holder with this case. Actually, two cards can be stored in the little “flap” on the inside top cover of the case.

Fit and Finish
The Covertec case is beautifully made – like all Covertec cases I have seen in the past.  The leather is padded just enough to give the case the feel that it would protect the Curve.   

Covertec Luxury
Looks Good, Smells Great!

The stitching and the feel of the leather makes the Covertec case feel more like a “luxury” case.  It is beautiful to hold and smell.

Protection
The Covertec Luxury Case had a good amount of padding in the leather. There is also something firm (most likely cardboard) inside the leather to give it added protection.  Add to that the very secure magnetic enclosure and this is a good, protective case for the Curve. The sides are open – so if your Curve did take a tumble and fall on the side, damage could ensue.

Over all Conclusions
The Covertec Luxury Leather Case is a beautiful case.  It is a good value and is comfortable to wear.  Initially, it was a bit tricky to get the Curve inside.  One glaring omission in the design is there is no hole cut out at the bottom for the Microphone.  While it is easy to just poke a hole in there yourself – Covertec should have thought of this. The Covertec Luxury Leather  Case for the Curve can be found at the CrackBerry Shop for $39.95

Covertec Case Ratings Review Summary:
Covertec Luxury Flip Leather Case for the Curve
Ratings

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Beautiful Leather

Cons:

  • A little tight fitting
  • No hole for Microphone
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Reader comments

Review: Covertec Luxury Case for the BlackBerry Curve

12 Comments

I normally do not like the phone sitting upright on my hip. Did it bother you that it does not swivel sideways?

that's exactly what I was looking for... too bad shipping to germany costs as much as the item itself :(

Isn't anyone out there who shipps it to me for free ;)?

I want to complain that they only accept credit card payment and not Paypal Canada. This is kinda making BB users look so backward...

I enjoy reading the reviews on this site, and the site is one of my favorites, but i would like too see if any reviewers would actually give a product a bad review. I dont think ive ever seen anything rated under a 4. Not sure if that would happen, seeing how they sell the stuff they review. (ya i know the writers are independent but still) It would be like asking a used car dealer to give you a honest unbiased opinion on a car before you forked over the cash. Im not saying that the products reviewed are bad, and im sure the reviewers give an honest opinion, but it just seems like the items that are chosen for the reviews are cherry picked.

Hey TuxTech,

Good question. I see your concern here. I think if you look at most review sites on the web, you'll find a similar scenario. I'd say most of the reviews on CrackBerry.com seem to come in at around a 3.8 - 4.5 rating... exceptional products occassionally rank higher.

That's basically like saying most products get a B+, some get an A and a few get an A+. I think you'll find that's pretty spot on these days as most of the accessories on the market are GOOD. Example - even today's cheap Bluetooth headsets are a lot better than what was available a few years ago.

If the manufacturers put out pure crap, they wouldn't sell any products/be on the market for very long. Most of the accessories reviewed on the site are accessories that are available from the ShopCrackBerry store (and as you correctly put it are reviewed by independent reviewers). From a company standpoint, it only makes sense to carry good quality products as if you sell garbage you're going to face constant complaints/returns.

If you read through the reviews (not just look at ratings), you'll see that every review hits on an accessory's goods and bads pretty effectively (and if any points are ever missed they come out in the comments). Nothing is ever sugar coated. Take this review for example - the fact that there is a microphone port is missing. But in the end, most of the reviews "ratings" are going to come out in that B+ range.

Myself personally, I always take "ratings" with a grain of salt and also read a few different reviews when doing my research. That's part of the reason why the ratings are broken down into categories... as people make decisions based on what matters to them. Example - a case might look great (5.0) and be durable (5.0), but may be difficult to use (3.0). The overall grade may come out decent, but if you're looking for an easy to use case you'll know that's not one of the strong points.

As for cherry picking...nope... we just do a random assortment of everything we can get a hold of. With time everything should get reviewed.

Hope that helps!

I purchased a Covertec case last year for my Palm Treo 680. After 10 days, the clip failed. I contacted the seller who said that it wasn't a warranty item and I could get it fixed for $10.00.
I liked the case but don't like the quality, 'nuff said.

JH
chucked my treo for a Curve :)

Hi Kevin. thanks for the explanation. I do enjoy reading the reviews, but there is a evil part of me that wants to see a product bomb i guess :) Keep up the good work, enjoyed this weeks flackin podcast, and give me something negative for gods sake :)

I really like the look of this case, but I have two questions. The first is, does the flip panel get in the way when you're making calls? I use my Curve for phone calls as much as email. Do you just fold the panel back; is it inconvient. And, being a fairly new user, can I assume that the magnet puts the Curve to sleep?
Thanks!