I love my Classic. Love at first sight.
I love the ergonomic fit to my hand, I love the premium looks and feel. I love how it easily slips into any pocket without me feeling like I was a kangaroo with a heavy awkward baby in my pouch. The first time I picked it up it felt like an extension to my hand. This is the device that makes me feel insecure if I DON’T have it in my hand.
The first time I dropped it or scuffed it I know I would be heartbroken, so I was torn between using it beautifully naked, or compromising it’s natural beauty by putting it in a case.
Then I told myself, “You are a heavy mobile user, you are going to drop it. You know that” and I mentally reviewed the many many times I had dropped my beloved Torch 9810, including dropping it from a fifteen foot landing onto hard asphalt face down first the first day I got it. I picked it up holding my breath to find that it had only some scuffs. I thought about the times I had left it on top of my car, drove off and then found that it had flown off of the roof onto pavement, with all the added impact caused by the centrifugal force. Yep, it survived those with only having to put the battery back in and popping the back on. My Torch is beat up but still functional.
So after a week of enjoying the naked feel of my Classic, I woke up and said to myself “What, are you crazy? Get a case”. I don’t want this beautiful device to even have a scratch.
Since my Z30 was really too awkward of a shape and size to feel comfortable in my pocket I got a cheap plastic holster (less than dollars) that served my purposes well, so I looked for the same for the Classic. I found the Seido and had heard good reviews about the PassPort case, so thought I would give it a try, even though it seemed pricy at $50.
It arrived today and I like it. A lot. Primarily, because it doesn’t look like a cheap plastic holster and suits the premium design of the Classic. The case part hugs the device securely and puts a nice looking protective frame around the edges. It clips into the holster easily without resistance or protest and gives you a reassuring click to tell you that it is secure. as far as losing the naked feel, I prefer that the case makes the device a bit thicker and easier to hold on to. It fits in the holster either right side up or upside down.
It has a nice satiny flat black finish that feels a bit rubbery, though slick and not too grippy. It feels nice. It comes in two pieces that fit together so it is extremely easy to put the case on and remove it from the device.
This is nice because it doesn’t rely on friction to keep the case on, meaning less pressure on the device that may scratch the finish, also it is easy to clean out dirt that might become trapped, which is also a hazard to the device surface. There are no retention clips or anything that can damage the device.
As I was learning to clip it onto the holster, I accidentally dropped it onto the asphalt from hip height. after a few bounces it landed face down. Thank goodness the case was on it because I could see where I would have had scuffed corners by the dirt and micro gravel on the case. Wiped right off, good as new, the protective frame did it’s job.
Some people don’t like holsters because of the geek or old man factor. So I took pics in various configurations so that you can make your own judgements on that.
I like holsters because it assures that your device is separate from your car keys and doesn’t get filled with pocket lint. It makes it readily accessible when it rings and easier to replace when done using the device, than if you had to fish it out of your pocket.
But I could possibly look like a geek, who cares. I’m proud to show off my Classic, especially in a premium looking shell like this.
Doesn’t show off the BlackBerry logo, may be important to some.
Finish could be a tad too slippery, which means there is not a sure grip, but less so than when it is naked, so to me it’s a win, it feels and looks nice.
Overall rating 5 stars!