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    Hands on review: 8700c Fortte Open Face PDA Case

    Fortte 8700c Open Face PDA Case

    Hands on review by lgreenberg

    March 27th, 2006

    Price as reviewed: $29.99

    By now most of us are familiar with the Fortte line up of Blackberry cases. They make some of the nicest Blackberry cases on the market (in this reviewer's opinion.) I recently obtained their Open Face PDA Case for the Blackberry 8700 and of course had to review it. :smile:

    This case is made from ultra-high quality black leather. It's a play-thru type case, meaning you don't have to remove the Blackberry from the case to use it. There is no screen protection on the case. The screen is fully exposed. I would definitely suggest investing in a screen protector if you plan on using this case. The screen does sit recessed a little in the case which should help protect it a little.

    The case comes like all the other Fortte cases in a small box.



    The case is protected by plastic wrap.





    I was sent the belt clip version of the case. It should be noted that this case is available either without or without Fortte's two-piece swivel belt clip.



    The leather used on this case is very stiff. I managed to get my 8700 into the case with both Egrips and the Best Skins Ever installed on the device. It wasn't easy but the fit was good. Getting the device back out wasn't too bad either. I imagine it would have been easier to do if I had removed both the Egrips and the Skins.

    I'm personally bothered by the little Fortte tag on the side of the case. My finger seems to hit it when using the track wheel.





    The case has all the necessary cut outs so all the buttons are fully accessible. Although I do have to say it makes using the trackwheel a little harder only because when in the case it's slightly recessed. Not a big deal but worth pointing out.









    The case uses two snaps on the back to keep it closed around the Blackberry.



    There is also a cut out for the speaker so alerts/ringtones are not muffled.



    Like the other Fortte cases this one does stick out a bit on one's belt.





    One thing I should mention. As most of you know there is currently no 8700 specific cradle available. I own the 72xx series cradle and with this case installed the device fits perfectly in the cradle. When I place the 8700 into my cradle naked it's prone to fall out. Nothing holds or locks it in. The leather of the Fortte case creates enough hold that it prevents the device from falling out. Bonus feature.

    Pros: Fits perfect in cradle, has all necessary cut outs, high quality leather, available with our without belt clip, play-thru.

    Cons: No screen protection. Free swivel belt clip.
    Last edited by lgreenberg; 03-27-2006 at 01:50 PM.
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    what about in holster profile, have you noticed a lose in battery life at all?

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    I haven't used it long enough to comment on that yet.

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    what is the diameter of the knob for the belt clip? I have a stick on clip on the back of my 8700c (attached on the battery door) that i use to hang my 8700 from a holder affixed to my rear view mirror while driving. I'd like to be able to use this case with that holder.
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    I honestly don't have a clue.

    I'd e-mail Fortte and aske them.

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    I thought you had one? and could measure it. I'll check with Forte. Thanks.

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    I do have one but I'm not sure how I'd measure it. In mm?

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    either mm or frac of an inch. the little knob looks like it is pretty small. I am afraid it would fall out of the holder I have mounted on my rear view mirror.

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    Hope this does it for you.

    Looks like it's 1/2" wide.


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    Yup, that is great, I believe that will do it for me. I'll order one today.

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    Finally got my case ordered. I hope it arrives before I leave for a trip on Thursday evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlGalgano
    Yup, that is great, I believe that will do it for me. I'll order one today.
    I was wondering the same thing today and tried to call Fortte. They had no idea, so can you tell me, did it fit your dash mounted piece?

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