3 Cases for the Sony Clié TG50 by PDair
By Korey Marciniak, December 2003
PDAir offers a few different cases for Sony's TG50,
and in this review I'm going to look at three different case
options. I'll be looking at a black leather horizontal flip-type
case, a black leather vertical flip-type case, and a metal hard
First off is the horizontal flip-type, or book
type case. From the first time I opened the package I noticed
it was a quality product. The TG50 snapped into the case without
any issues, and it fit well. The style of the case is simple,
and uses a magnetic snap closure on the right to keep it securely
closed. Inside the case there are a few different pockets for
credit cards, business cards, and anything else you may need
to bring with you. Overall the case is solidly designed and executed.
It has a clean and understated look to it, and didn't stand out
from its surroundings as many of the gaudier cases do.
The second case I tested out is a vertical flip-type
case, and it shares a similar design to the horizontal flip-type
case; this comes as a blessing, since it means this case possesses
the same fit and quality as it's horizontal compatriot. The TG50
snaps in the same way, and uses the same magnetic snap closure
to keep it closed. The vertical flip-type case also has the same
pockets as the horizontal version. I also couldn't help but notice
that the magnetic snap closure actually seems to be on the wrong
side. That's a minor compared to the plusses of the quality,
style, and fit of the case, but it's important to note it nonetheless.
The third and last case tested is a metallic hard
case; It's a very different style from the soft cases, but still
retains the quality and fit as the others. Placing the TG50 inside
the hard case is a little more complex than the soft cases, and
requires removal of the flip cover. The case has all the necessary
slots to allow easy access to the TG50's buttons, and the look
of the case suits the styling of the TG50 perfectly. The cover
included looks almost identical to the TG50's original case sans
the logo on it.
Using the keyboard while in the case is difficult
at best, and it made me want to take the PDA out each time instead
of leaving it in the case. But that's a minor issue, and it is
hard to find a hard case that allows you to easily attach a keyboard.
Overall I was most impressed by the horizontal
flip-type case; it's style, fit, and quality made it easy to
use on a regular basis. The vertical flip-type is a nice alternative,
but it doesn't offer any major advantages so it's really up
to a personal aesthetics decision. The three cases all possess
attention to detail and solid build quality, but some minor
issues prevent them from being the perfect case solution.
Web Site: www.pdair.com
Leather Vertical Case