For the past few years I’ve mainly opted to go with a leather holster to carry around my BlackBerry device when out and about — I just preferred that as opposed to putting it in my pocket. I realize I may be in the minority with this, especially being female, but it just feels more convenient to use it sometimes. I’ll occasionally use a case but for the most part I’ll carry my phone around in the holster (although I do find the BlackBerry Z30 a bit to big to put into a holster). When the opportunity arose to try out the Story Napa Leather Holster belt case for the BlackBerry Z10 I thought I’d give it a try and see how much it would differ to a swivel holster that I normally use.
One obvious thing noticeable when I first used it was how much more space it takes up. In some ways I didn’t want to carry on using it but I thought I’d continue to give it a try and really put it through its paces. The case itself is made of hand-crafted genuine leather. The interior has a nice velvet-like finish and is soft and slightly padded to protect your device when inside. It has a magnetic flip to keep your device safely locked inside and the belt clip on the back is wrapped in leather. On the bottom there is a little opening to help you push out the device for when you need it. This particular case is for the BlackBerry Z10 and it fits in nice and snug, not too tight that it’s too difficult to pull it out. (A Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9982 also fits in very nicely inside).
Since I am used to the vertical swivel holster, it took a while for me to get used to taking the phone out swiftly. And sometimes it just felt awkward but that could just be me. The flip just felt to big that it kept wanting to close as I would try to pull out the device. I couldn’t do it in a swift motion. It’s also heavier than I’m used to. The holster itself is heavy and inserting a device into it makes it that much bulkier. Since there is no swivel clip it also sits closer to you so it doesn’t protrude as much, which is nicer.
The design and finish of the holster is nice. Something I can’t fault. It feels very durable. It also comes in a nice box. It definitely doesn’t feel cheap. It also has the a logo embossed in the front. The velvet interior is a nice touch and will protect the screen of the phone when inside.
The Story Napa Leather Holster probably isn’t something I would continue to use personally but for those who like a horizontal case, it’s one I would recommend. I like the build and the finish. It’s robust. However, there is no sleep magnetic on this case so that may be something to consider.
- Magnetic flip
- Strong, leather wrapped belt clip
- Soft velvet interior
- Slightly bulky
- No sleep magnet
The Bottom Line
If you’re are looking for a horizontal belt holster, the Story Napa Leather Holster is definitely one to consider, if you don’t mind the missing sleep magnet. It’s great quality, robust and looks like it would last long. I’m probably too used to a swivel holster now making it hard for me to continue to use it but with the quality and soft interior it is a case nicely crafted.