Otter Armor

by PocketGoddess on March 11, 2002

Otter Armor for your Handheld Device

In case you aren’t familiar with Otter products, they make the famous crush-proof, waterproof, floating cases for all sorts of gear, from cell phones to handheld computers to anything else you can think of. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they’re great for protecting all of your stuff. But what if you actually want to USE your stuff while it’s in the protective case? That’s where Otter Armor comes in. This new line of products is made to the exacting specifications of their previous cases, with one big difference– cutouts that allow you to use your device while it’s in the case, while still maintaining a high level of protection and remaining waterproof to boot.

I took their Palm m505 version for a spin and found it to be a rugged and durable case that lived up to almost all of my expectations. The interior of the case had plenty of foam padding, so I wasn’t worried about my Palm rattling around or getting scratched. And the front panel cutout worked exactly as promised– I was easily able to use my stylus to access information on my Palm. And when I was done with the stylus, it fit into the well-designed rubber stylus holder on the outside of the case, since of course you don’t want to have to open the case in order to get it out. The hard buttons on the front worked flawlessly too, though I wasn’t able to use the power button of my 505 to turn it on– that button was underneath the protective part of the case. I also liked the hand strap a lot- it allows me to slip my hand around the back of the case and easily maintain my grip so I don’t have to worry about dropping the case. It is made out of neoprene with a Velcro adjustment feature.

If you need ultimate protection for your handheld device, check out Otter Armor. They have models available for a wide variety of devices, including Palm, HandSpring, Sony, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, and Casio. Several colors to choose from too, and if you pick yellow you’ll probably be able to find it in the dark! It’s a bit pricy at $49.95, but if you need the highest level of protection for your handheld it will definitely be worth it. You can purchase online at the Otter web site.

PocketGoddess rating for Otter Armor: 4.5 out of 5

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