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06-04-2004, 07:21 AM
Since they're destined to be collector's items, it looks like a hard case for the TH55 is a must...
"The new Sony TH55 aluminium case has been beautifully designed to
provide maximum protection in style. Made from 100% aircraft-grade
anodised aluminium, this case has been custom made to perfectly match
the contours of the Palm device. A thin layer of neoprene lines the case
to add further protection and prevent scratching.
Individual cutouts provide the user with easy access to all the Sony
TH55's features without sacrificing protection or usability. The TH55
aluminium case cutouts provide easy access to the Memory Stick slot, the
Jog Dial and stylus."
Yup. I ordered mine from Global Source (http://www.glblsrc.com).
06-06-2004, 12:43 PM
hi.. wat i dont understand is that i heard a lot of bad reviews about the TH55 metal case by innopocket. it seems that the cutouts makes the jog dial nearly unusable :(
thats why i am very concerned indeed. BUt I also noticed that Proporta is also offering its own metal case. Are there any difference between these two? Does Proporta's cutouts better than Innopockets?
please do advice thanks :)
06-06-2004, 01:46 PM
From the pic on Proporta's website, it sure looks like the Innopocket case. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say they are the same. Just go to the appropriate websites (innopocket.com and proporta.com) and compare the pics.
06-06-2004, 04:40 PM
just by looking the pics didnt really show that much :( I happened to enquire about the metal casings last time when i wanted to get a Zire hard case from them. I asked them whats the difference between Innopocket ones and Proporta. They replied me by saying " we work closely with Innopocket in producing metal casings etc.." does that mean that Innopocket is the one that actually make the casings while proporta just stamp their brand/logo on the finished item? :P
Anyone actually got one from Proporta before? :D
06-06-2004, 05:21 PM
just by looking the pics didnt really show that much :(
Really? I think it's obvious. The catch on the front cover, the openings and rubber grips on the left side are all the same on both models.
I happened to enquire about the metal casings last time when i wanted to get a Zire hard case from them. I asked them whats the difference between Innopocket ones and Proporta. They replied me by saying " we work closely with Innopocket in producing metal casings etc.." does that mean that Innopocket is the one that actually make the casings while proporta just stamp their brand/logo on the finished item? :P
Sounds to me like that's their way of not admitting it's the same. There would be some cost involved in making a case slightly different just for one supplier. I'm sure they don't want to let you know this just in case you can get it cheaper somewhere else.
It's not uncommon for a distributor to sell their own version of the same item. The book case & belt clip case sold by Global Source are re-branded Brando cases.
06-06-2004, 05:25 PM
Having recently bought the TH55 metal case from proporta (and having been a previous proporta and also innopocket metal case fan), I thought I'd say a few things. ;)
The TH55 case -> it makes the slinky, uber-thin TH55 look like a brick. I'm not sure how it manages this, as measurements don't seem to compare. The large hinge at the top, I think, is the problem. Why it couldn't be a side-opening case... They're much nicer. Everytime I slide the TH55 in or out, it switches it off/on. I am worried about long term damage; to an already damage-prone button (from other forum messages). The sound in the case works well though - I think it kind of amplifies it (I don't understand how it could butl it does with mine. Perhaps I have a special case :p ).
I find using the jogdial very hard - I have to sort of jam my finger in. I didn't think my fingers were that big either.
I would even go out onto a limb - currently I'm using the metal case as a carry case in my bag (from which, things have been known to not emerge). That's all I find it good for.
I never have bought the same case from both firms - they always seem to be similar to me ;) It's the special offers that they do from time to time that usually makes a decision who I buy it from. This time, the fact that I got a free neophrene case from Proporta made the difference.
What do you folk think?
Yes, the jog dial is very hard to use with the metal case. You cannot scroll more than one page at a time because you are only able to touch the jog dial with your tip of your finger tip.
And yes, the innopocket case is sold by proporta. It's the same case. Brando and Global Source sell the same case too.
One more thing... the sliver of metal that runs between the headphone jack and the capture button is almost useless. The side of the case was bent too much in so I tried to bend it out a little and that part of the case buckled and bent completely out. My jaw dropped when that happened. I bent it back up straight but now there is a crease in that part of the metal. I'm glad it didn't snap. And yes, it makes my TH55 look like a brick. I've ordered a vaja and am anxiously awaiting it. My Innopocket metal case for my TungstenT was the best but this one for the TH55 leaves a lot to be desired...
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