Thursday, January 20, 2005

Metal cases and the winter-a new look at the problem

When the T5 was introduced, many users-me included-ranted about its plastic case. The people on the "dark" side couldn't understand our fears-PocketPC's usually don't ship in metal cases.
Most users like metal cases for two reasons:

  • Sturdyness
    While the IIIc had heat and stability problems with its plastic housings, the m5 and V series usually survive falling 30cm and more. Also, a metal case can stand higher temperarures then a plastic one.
  • Design
    Face it-metal housings usually look nicer then stock plastic ones. In addition, plastic has more of a cheap touch-something palm user's eyes are not glad to accept.

However-now come the weaknesses

  • Weight and Cost
    Well, usually a metal case is more expensive and heavier then a plastic case. While I do not have exact figures here, I have already touched and carried metal and plastic bars at my technical schools. And trust me, the metal bars were way heavier...
  • Icyness
    And here we have the main reason why I loath my T3 sometimes. In austria, things can get uncomfortably cold, down to more than -10 degrees centigrade. While a plastic housing does not really conduct warmth/coldness-the metal housing does. Oh boy, you can't imagine how my hands froze to the old m505 in Winter sometimes.

That was a quick lineup of pros and cons. However, now it is YOUR TURN. Visitor-what do you prefer? Metal or Plastic-the (anonymous) comment casts the vote!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either. I want a PDA case that feels solid. Plastic or metal - it makes no difference.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Frauenhofer said...

Doesn't matter what material they use for the case - the problem is the glass breaking. I've been a big fan of hard metal cases such as the Innopocket and Rhino hard cases (I recently bought a Brando hard case for my iPod as well). I've never had a problem with any of my handhelds when they fell in one of these cases.

(One run through the Palm Graveyard at PalmInfocenter will convince you if nothing else does!)

1:19 AM  
Blogger Tom Frauenhofer said...

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1:21 AM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

I'd like a case made out of the same material as the front half of the 3G iPod. It's plastic, but not the same plastic we've seen on PalmOne's devices.

Heat? Well, if the iPod can run a hard drive in there, surely a Palm could be encased in the same stuff.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi all,
I am, not mixing up here-this is a "poll"!
Thanks for "voting"!
Tam Hanna

7:08 PM  
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