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    What can I do for a case until someone makes the one I want?

    The Samsung i700 included "man purse" case is something that really isn't ideally suited for a phone. What most people want is a tightly fitting flip top case that stays on all the time, or some kind of holster. Here are a few ideas to hold you until you have choices from the case industry...

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    OK guys... being a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone user for 9 months, I find the i700 case completely unusable. But, I am totally afraid to use the phone without a case. If you are a holster fan, most of the XDA designed holsters should work fine. I'm not that trusting and prefer to have it in a case all the time, which means I need a flip top case. I think I have a solution until we see cases from EB Cases, Vaja, Covertec, etc. I spoke to Covertec today and they won't have their i700 case ready until around the end of June. I can't wait that long.

    So, I started looking at the i700 case... thinking of taking it to a shoe shop and having it converted to a flip top case... but one problem with the i700 case is that the plastic holder inside the case adds unneccesary bulk. I want it to be the same size as my T-Mobile was. So, I tried the EB Slipper... no good... it covers all the buttons and is really not doable. Then I remember the T-Mobile case that I never used... it had these little magnets on it that everyone warned would scratch the phone, so I never used it. You can remove the magnets in about 3 seconds with a knife blade by just bending them out and they fall off. But, most T-Mobile users abandoned that case immediately because there are so much nicer ones out there. I never imagined I'd come back to it and think it was the holy grail...... until I saw the i700 case.

    The i700 case was designed by someone that didn't realize this was a phone. For a PDA only, its a pretty nice case... very nice. For a phone, its unusable in my opinion. The flap gets in your way constantly. You can see the screen if you close it and talk. If you use the phone with your left hand, then the flap is directly in your face. And on, and on. It's terrible and really ruins the experience. Plus it doesn't have a belt clip.

    So, I took out the old T-Mobile case and found that it nearly works on the i700 with minimal problems. After you remove the magnets, you'll discover that there is blockage of the buttons on the left and right sides. Other than that, its usable. You also find that it needs to be stretched a little bit at the top to get it to lay flat. Leather does stretch, so I expect with a little more work, it will lay totally flat with no problem. In the pictures, you'll see that I had to trim a spot for the buttons on the left and right. It also partially blocks the buttons on the front, but not to the point of causing them to be hit unknowingly.

    Another caution... this case leaves the bottom two corners stiking out and vulnerable to a fall. It did so with the T-Mobile phone as well, but not as much because they are rounded off more. The camera knob is also hanging out a little. So, you don't want to drop it with this case... but as you can see in my pictures of the T-Mobile, dropping is a bad idea anyway... case or not.

    The T-Mobile case does have a belt clip, although its not the easiest to use. I would bet that there is a pretty hefty supply of these cases laying unused in the T-Mobile users' homes. So, if anyone is interested, I'll try to rally some donations on the HTC Pocket PC Phone forum.

    I will be using it this way and report back if it works in practice as good as I expect. If we all walk around with T-Mobile logos on our Verizon phones, maybe they'll get on the stick and produce a real pdaPhone case!

    Here is a comparison of a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition in an EB Slipper, and the i700 in the T-Mobile's modified case...

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-xda.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-xda-open.jpg">

    Here are more pictures of the modified T-Mobile case and i700...

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-closed.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-left.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-right.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-right-closed.jpg">

    The removable belt clip. When you remove the clip, the nipple is on the clip so that the case will lie completely flat...
    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-back.jpg">

    Here are the cuts I had to make...
    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-cut-left.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-xdacase-cut-right.jpg">

    This is the case that ships with the i700...
    <img src="images/review-i700-case-open.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-case-closed.jpg">

    <img src="images/review-i700-case-open-empty.jpg">

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    One of our users who wishes to remain anonymous has created a holster out of the included "man purse" that came with the i700. I'll warn you that this guy is pretty handy with creating something out of nothing, so this may not be for everyone. Read this and let me know if this is something that you'd like to have. If so, my hope would be that one of the following would happen... A) the author will create a step by step plan for how to build it, B) the author will make them for people at a price, C) some vendor will pick up on the idea and make them to sell. Here is the dialog I had with the mystery user...


    from mystery user... Mike I made a holster using the stinking case samsung gave us with the i700. The picture showing the hole in the back is to change songs when listenning to mp3's. It looks and feels really nice in person. It also has access to ALL the needed ports. I don't know if I will do this for those that MIGHT be interested but who knows. Remember this is a proto, it still needs work on the back but for my use I will leave it for a few weeks, than I will make it look really nice on the back. The belt clip is glued on with really strong stuff I have PLUS it has a screw and nut to make it 100 percent safe.

    ...

    BTW, the i700 is there till you want it out, it will not come out on it's own. Pulling it out takes 2 minutes to get use to taking it out with one hand.

    ...

    What do you think?
    reply from me... Good idea, I had been thinking of that myself. One thought though, why did you mount it backwards. The phone goes in the other way without the extra cutting. With a WriteShield in place, that would be an impressive looking belt appliance, and you wouldn't need the hole for MP3s.

    If you don't mind, I'll post the pictures and try to explain what you did. I think I have the jist of it. You just had to trim the plastic back so the phone would go in backwards, correct?

    That is a "stinking case" they gave us. Can't believe they spent that much money making such a worthless case. It probably wasn't cheap to make, compared to say an EB Slipper.

    Mike
    from mystery user... Writeshields cannot protect the screen if it were to get poked with something. What I don't know but in my experience people will freak in the idea of having the front facing out. With it backwards even if a child comes with a pen and tries to poke it the screen will be safe. And one last thing, having it the normal way would be a PAIN for me to take out.

    I did have to cut the plastic to make it fit, but I also had to ADD more plastic on top because it was to short. It's not a finish product and not that easy to do as it seems to be... believe me. Those silver circles on the back are the fastners that hold the leather to the plastic holster. I was able to use them but had to make my own holes. The plastic I use to fill the top gap so as to cover the screen and have room for the belt clip is from a Compaq CF sleeve.

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    I'm VERY VERY VERY VERY HAPPY with mine. Wish I thought of it 2 days ago.
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    Generic XDA Case for i700

    I found a generic XDA case from the T-Mobile store down the street for my i700. It works OK, and I even managed to stuff my wallet contents into it.

    I couldn't show the i700 IN the case, because I used it to snap the pix!



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    I700 Belt Holster

    Just found this. Haven't seen one yet, but looks promising
    http://www.tuff-as-nuts.com/samsung_SPH-i700_SmartPhone.html

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    NEW CASE DESIGNED FOR i700

    It looks like our friends at EB Cases have come through. They are taking pre-orders for a case (with or without a clip) SPECIFICALLY designed for the i700. Go to their web site, it's there, I saw it today!

    http://www.ebcases.com

    Take care,

    Greg

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    Yep, there is a thread going on about this HERE. The cases are still a few weeks out, and we will be posting a review here before they ship. So if you want to know the details, just hang on a little bit longer.
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    Lightbulb Perfect leather case!

    I wanted to share with all i700 owners that I found a perfectly fitting leather case for my i700. It is the Covertec O2 XDA case

    I checked the dimensions of the O2 XDA before buying the case, and they looked close enough to the i700 so I decided to risk the $40 and take the plunge. It turned out to be well worth the $$. If you didn't know better, you would have thought the case was made specifically for the i700! The cutouts are all in the right places:

    * All buttons are accessible - including front panel and both sides
    * Stylus is perfectly exposed for removal
    * Data port is accessible and can be plugged into the car charger or USB cable (sorry, can't fit into USB cradle w/ case attached, but I don't think we'll get that with even a custom made case)
    * Microphone is fully exposed
    * Top flap clears antenna perfectly
    * Camera knob is not hindered and camera view is not obstructed even with a full rotation
    * Fits with both standard and extended battery (although extended does make it a tight fit - still latches shut and works fine though)

    Only drawbacks are that there are no holster options (doesn't matter to me, but I know it does to others), and the reset button is not exposed.

    I still wish someone would make a hardshell for the i700, but in the meantime, this will do for now!!!

    Sorry I don't have any pictures but my other digital camera is not working - the mfr site provided gives you a good image of how it looks with the XDA.


    Good luck!
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    $9 case - at target

    I just spent about 40 minutes at Target and found 2 usable cases -- like others were saying a belt clip is essential...
    Like 60% of Americans -- I am a fat a**, and if a phone is on my belt, my gut has a space conflict -- hence, I like a horizontally mounted case -- this one -- "palmer" is good -- It is like 10 lbs. of sh*t in a 5 pound bag, but works well, and is very handy. I took bolt cutters, and took off the obtrusive latch mechanism... I love it cause it mounts horizontally on a belt loop...

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    Convertec Now has i700 case

    Check out convertec they now have an i700 case

    http://www.mobileplanet.com/private/...sp?unit=S.I700

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    Convergent what's the info on the T-Moblie case?

    Tell me what's the model or ordering info on the T-Mobile case that you recommend/use?

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    vajacases.com has a nice i700 case...

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    There's another option out there. Take a browse in the eBay category under consumer electronics -> PDA/handheld PC -> accessories and search for "i700". The case that offers the most protection is the Krusell C3H: this one has a flap that covers the face. There's another version, the C3C, that has an open front: screen damage waiting to happen. I purchased one of these and it works fine. The swivel belt clip is a bit cheap, and the case doesn't like to accept the phone with the extended battery without a fair amount of pushing and squeezing. Still, I can recommend this case.

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    i700 Case

    I use a Convertec and am higly satisfied. Have used 4 others with significantly less success. Works well, 40 bucks, i'm happy.

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    Case Logic

    I found a very inexpensive Pocket PC type case made by CaseLogic at Circuit City for about $12. It is a black leather case (top loading is the bad part), but it has a strap you can use as a belt loop. I'm not a handy guy so this worked for me short term, until someone makes something better. I'll look into the T-Mobile case though.

    Pete

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