Boxwave is a well known company in the PDA market, providing cases and cable solutions for almost all types of portable devices. At some point, we all need a better case to protect our PDA, PSP, iPod devices. After looking over Boxwave's website, we decided that the "Crystal Clear Case" was definitely something worth reviewing. Boxwave kindly offered us a sample, specially designed for our Dell Axim x50V, so that we could review it and write our thoughts about it. Note that Boxwave supports almost all kinds of portable solutions, so your Crystal Clear Case may be different from the one reviewed here, depending on your device. First, lets have a look at the main advantages of the "Crystal Clear" series.
As Boxwave states: "...Active Case allows for easy viewing of your calendar and contacts while protecting your handheld through a stylish crystal-clear case..". The main features are:
Conveniently view your calendar and contacts through the crystal-clear protective shell
- Accessible opening provides quick access to button functions
- Solid construction protects your handheld
- Locks handheld securely into place
- Stylish crystal-clear design
- Custom contoured shaped to perfectly fit to the shape of your handheld
As we can see from the following picture, Boxwave supports almost any kind of portable device, including PDAs, iPods and of course, mobile phones...
2. Package - Installation
So, how does this device look? We have several photos to show you of what you can expect. First off, let's take a look at the retail package. As was expected, it was relatively small, the case came in a protective plastic shell,with a sticker identifying that this was for a "Dell Axim x50V". In addition, there are two mounting screws and a belt clip, for those who may need them.
After unpacking our Crystal Clear case and removing it from its protective plastic casing, we finally had our first, close up glimpse. The photos cannot portray it as it really is, but they should give you a good idea of what to expect.
The next step was to open the Crystal Clear case and try inserting our PDA.
The Dell Axim x50V fitted perfectly and installed without any problem. You won't need to use any force, it just slips into place.
After closing the case, we could see several interesting points. First of all, all necessary buttons/ports are freely accessible. This means that the specific accessory has been carefully designed to fit our PDA!
Looking at the below photos, from the top, we can see that the stylus is easily accessible, there are openings for the IR port and Audio jacks and also the SD card slot-in. The CF port is covered though, meaning that you won't be able to use it when the case is closed.
On the bottom, you have a choice of screwing in the screw for the belt clip.
Finally, the case can be flipped opened completely, giving you the freedom to work with your PDA, while still holding it in your palm.
Boxwave's Crystal Clear Case left us with good impressions. The retail package was complete, the case fitted perfectly on our PDA device (Dell Axim x50V), all the needed buttons/functions/jacks were accessible, even with the case closed. All this from a crystal clear hard plastic case, which as you have seen, looks very nice and helps protect your device from bumps and scratches.
After having spent several days with the case, we didn't have any major complains. Users with extended batteries may have some problems, since the case has no spare room at the back. Another issue is that, in order to use the Dell cradle, you have to remove the PDA from the case, since it won't fit with the case. Lastly, we were tempted to test how good a protection the case would offer when falling from a height of 1m (3'3"), with our PDA inside, but at the last minute we changed our mind. The retail price is around US$25.95(+shipping) directly from Boxwave's online store.
- 100% Crystal Clear!
- Fitted very well with our PDA
- Every portable device has its own Crystal Clear version
- Durable construction
- Low priced
- PDA has to be removed from case in order to charge the PDA in its cradle
- Extended battery users could have problems with fit, with the specific case...