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> Piel Frama Cases For Clamshells, the keyboard plastic cover
maslovsky
post Dec 5 2005, 05:20 AM
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Stephen, I think that Nutshell cases whould be a very good addition to your Zaurus product line. I think that the demand for a high-quality belt-clip leather case for clamshell models is very high and unfortunately Piel Frama doesn't produce one.
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post Dec 5 2005, 11:55 AM
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QUOTE(bluedevils @ Dec 2 2005, 06:22 PM)
This one. xgearblack

Thanks goes to Chero who pointed it out.  I had always liked the grinder gear basecamp, but they stopped making them when I first considered buying them.  Now they are back as extreme gear.
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slightly off topic, but here are some pictures of the grindergear case with the Zaurus. (the first are quite blurry, but it was dark when I took them)

The pictures

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bluedevils
post Dec 5 2005, 12:39 PM
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I received the extreme gear today. To be honest, it is bigger than I expected. It also has plenty of room for cards, keys and even a small cell phone. It is slightly smaller than my smallest fanny pack. This pouch is good for active zaurus users. I like it.

I am still eager to see what the piel frama will be like. I would rather carry the Z in a coat pocket (most of the time) and I think the piel will be better at it than the extreme gear.

BTW chero, that self portrait at 4245 makes you look younger than I imagined.
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post Dec 5 2005, 12:57 PM
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QUOTE(bluedevils @ Dec 5 2005, 09:39 PM)
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BTW chero, that self portrait at 4245 makes you look younger than I imagined.
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I wish I was that young.
It's my 8-year-old daughter, who noticed I was taking pictures, ....
I just forgot to leave that one out.

About the case:
It's not that small, but it's handy to carry the Z around and protects it quite good.
The piel and PDAir cases are made to use the zaurus in the case. I had a PDAir with my 860, but always more liked to use it without the case, it just feels better. Then I bought the grindergear cause I didn't feel save to carry a "naked" Z around.

It's just a matter of taste

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post Dec 5 2005, 06:48 PM
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Maslovsky,
Piel Frama doesn't make one yet but soon they may if we can get a good concept. I think its worth it to spend time on an idea of a case that everyone likes rather then one that a few like so this is why I wanted to see some ideas posted I am aware of other cases that other people make but they are all not flawless let create an idea that everyone likes so I can submit it.
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post Dec 5 2005, 11:33 PM
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well that just opens up a floodgate like the one where everyone lists all the gadgets they want in the future Zaurus.

Things I would like to see

- belt shuttle that holds the zaurus case when you don't have pockets
- no plastic cover over the keyboard, but held by clips
- fully covered when closed with a velcro flap to access headphones, cf and cancel/ok keys
- flap over the power port
- section for wallet to hold credit cards, money, id and cf cards (I figure most people keep one SD card in the Zaurus and don't need dedicated SD holders)
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post Dec 7 2005, 09:33 AM
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QUOTE(Streamline @ Dec 5 2005, 06:48 PM)
Maslovsky,
Piel Frama doesn't make one yet but soon they may if we can get a good concept. I think its worth it to spend time on an idea of a case that everyone likes rather then one that a few like so this is why I wanted to see some ideas posted I am aware of other cases that other people make but they are all not flawless let create an idea that everyone likes so I can submit it.
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Well, I thought about what I'd like to see in a case during my commute this morning.

The best idea I came up with was this: the case is in two parts -- one for the base of the unit, and one for the screen.

The case for the base unit is nothing new -- just a current case without the parts that cover the screen. [I really like the way the PDAir case locks onto the bottom of the C1000. I haven't held a Piel Frama case, but it looks like they've got things well covered, although I think I'd go without the plastic covering the keyboard.]

The part of the case for the screen is a sleeve the can slide on and off -- easily enough that it is not a pain to do, but with enough resistance that it doesn't come off accidentally. When it is on, the back part of the screen is protected by leather padding. The front part of the sleeve is plastic, and it can be designed to either cover the entire display and surrounding area (and act as a screen protector), or just cover the surrounding area. As I envision it, the plastic is thin enough that you can close the unit with the screen's case on, and also use it in mini-laptop mode this way. When you want to change to handheld mode, you need to slide the screen's case off [and clip it to the base unit's case so it doesn't get misplaced.]

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maslovsky
post Dec 7 2005, 09:39 AM
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QUOTE(Streamline @ Dec 6 2005, 05:48 AM)
Maslovsky,
Piel Frama doesn't make one yet but soon they may if we can get a good concept. I think its worth it to spend time on an idea of a case that everyone likes rather then one that a few like so this is why I wanted to see some ideas posted I am aware of other cases that other people make but they are all not flawless let create an idea that everyone likes so I can submit it.
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The Nutshell case is very good, especialy their belt clip - it's metal and it's very strong and holds the case very well. But I'd buy the same case form PielFrama, I more like their leather smile.gif
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post Dec 7 2005, 11:12 AM
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Vaja style cases, anyone ?

I really liked this style - which is for a laptop, but if it can be done for the Zaurus - excellent.
http://www.vajacases.com/images/notebook/s...o111in/main.jpg

Vaja's themselves are a bit expensive though.
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post Dec 31 2005, 09:44 PM
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well I received the piel case for the 3100 a couple of days ago and I'm here to give my first impressions. Warning, the pictures attached are not small.

The piel is pretty much what I was expecting, but I have never seen a zaurus in such a classy case and that includes the piel for the 6000.

This thing is thick! Part of that seems to be a padding in the outer shell that is not included in the 6000. Holding my credit cards, socket wifi and some cash, the piel resembles a hamburger. A big mac more specifically.

The meat of the deal is the plastic cover over the keyboard. The good news for me is that I like the feel of the keys with the cover over it. I also feel there is no problem with the way the Z closes on the plastic keyboard cover (the Z still clicks to an open/close). Before the case, I had some cookie crumbs get in the crack between keys. I wouldn't have that problem with the cover. The bad news is that the plastic *does* look like it is holding the leather walls together and I still have fears of the plastic ripping prematurely. It is a thick plastic and I'm unsure how it will hold out over time.

Do I keep it? Yes. Because it protects more surface than the pdair and I like the feel of the keyboard with the plastic cover. I will still be interested to see what piel's next generation (if there is one) will be like.
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post Jan 1 2006, 12:52 AM
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BlueDevils:
Thanks for the real pics of the case. you mentioned the piel for the 6000. Could you tell me what you think of that case and post some pics of similar quality to the piel for the C3100. Thanks
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bluedevils
post Jan 1 2006, 08:00 AM
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Sure. The 6000 case like I said before, is not padded as much as the 3100 case, but it does not add nearly as much bulk. I don't use the 6000 outside of my place so the 6000 case in the pictures are not stuffed with things.

There are some issues with the lower ports of the 6000. The stock power adapter does not fit, but I am told that I am the first one to complain and the peakcloudy adapter works fine. The serialio cable is obstructed by the leather, but a)piel might have fixed this already or b)you don't use a serialio cable, then this would be a non issue. I like the style and quality of the case.
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