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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, Second Edition by David Pogue

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Carrying Cases

For many aficionados, replacing the carrying case that comes with the PalmPilot is the first order of business. The Palm III’s flip cover helps protect the screen, but won’t do you much good if you drop the device on a kitchen floor; the Palm V’s leatherette front flap makes the palmtop susceptible to inadvertent turn-ons in your pocket; and the Palm VII’s case is too tight a sleeve, and one more thing to lose.

Fortunately, the world’s carrying-case manufacturers are huge PalmPilot fans. You could dedicate an entire web site just to reviews and photos of the array of PalmPilot carrying cases on the market today.

In fact, one person has (http://www.fredlet.com). For several years running, her personal quest has been to examine, photograph, and review every PalmPilot carrying case in existence. For a summary of all of the available cases and their specs, and links to their makers’ web sites, visithttp://www.fredlet.com/pilot/cases/table.htm.

What you quickly find out, however, is that most cases come in one of the following designs:

Slip-In

Imagine a pocket without pants. The Pilot and PalmPilot lines included a slip-in case; you push the PalmPilot itself into a sheath as though it’s a sword. The downside is that the case isn’t attached to the PalmPilot itself, making it one more thing you might lose.

Flip-up

These cases are hinged at the top. To see your PalmPilot’s screen, you lift the front cover upward and fold it back, as though it’s a legal pad. (See Figure 2.5 ...

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