Book Type Case
The PDair leather book type case is a fine
quality black leather case designed to resemble a leather,
paper organizer, or folio-case. The case is not available
with a belt clip. The case sells for about $32.00. The price
puts this case in the middle to upper-end on the price scale
for available X3i cases.
First impression: I did not think
that I would use a case with a folio-design. As with belt-clips,
it might be right for some, but just not for me. As noted
above, I prefer to carry my PDA in a jacket pocket, so a
slim form is preferred.
However, I must admit that when I got this
case and began to handle it and use it, I was pretty impressed!
While the type is still not my favorite, this is a really
Design comments and features: The
case is well constructed of soft black leather, with good
attractive white stitching. The feel is a lot like the Piel
The Axim is held securely by clips in the case
that resemble the pair of overhanging edges on the DSI aluminum
case. Unlike the aluminum cases, these clips are covered
in leather to protect the X3i's case and to match the rest
of the PDair's leather.
The entire face of the PPC is exposed for easy
access. Like the DSI and the Rhinoskin, the front cover of
the PDair case swings open from left to right, as though
you were opening a book cover backwards. It also latches
closed firmly with a magnetic, snap closure. (This was pretty
cool, as it looked just like a typical snap closure, but
a magnetic pull of exposed metal helps to pull and keep the
The case doesn't have any cut-outs, but all
of the buttons and switches on the front, top, bottom, and
sides are exposed when the case cover is opened.
I was disappointed to find that the PDair didn't
have a cutout on the back of the case for the speaker or
the reset button. I can't imagine it would have been very
difficult to add those to the design, but for whatever reason,
The Dell-supplied sync connector connects easily
since the entire bottom of the X3i is exposed.
The front cover has generously sized slots
for at least three credit cards and two SD cards. There is
no reason to be concerned about the credit or SD cards scratching
the Axim's screen if you choose to use the case with the
supplied removable ID holder. The two-sided insert has a
cloth side on the screen-side, and a see-through window on
the other side to expose your credentials.
In addition, there is a perfectly sized pocket
to carry another stylus if you wanted.
When the X3i is in the case, the top of the
antenna is partially exposed. It sticks out about 1/8 of
an inch above the top of the case. So, while an upside down
drop might spell doom for your antenna, that's probably true
of all of the cases reviewed in this article.
The PDair does not claim to offer the most
protection of all available X3i cases, but if used with common
sense and care, I am confident that it would provide decent
It's funny, the impression
I had of this case was that it was like any number of other “generic” PDA
cases that happened to fit the Axim X3i. But, it's so much
better than that. This case is great—if you like this
For what it's worth, it was my wife's favorite
case of all of the ones I reviewed here, and, it's even growing
Final thoughts: If you like a folio-style
PDA case, don't hesitate to order this one. Soft leather,
quality manufacturing, and classic good looks make this one
of my favorite X3i cases.
Quality: 9. Beautiful, soft, leather, and sharp
Functionality: 7. Well-designed for a side-opening
case, except for lack of speaker and
reset button cut-out.
Style: 8.5. Simple and handsome.
Value: 8. A fair price for a fine case.
Overall: 8.5. It must be good, my wife and
I both like it!