PDAir sent me a couple of cases to try for on the T-Mobile G1. The first one is by far, my most favorite case I’ve yet tried with my G1. The leather flip case I received from PDAir even smells great; maybe not Vaja great, but it doesn’t come with a Vaja price tag, either!
The case is similar in design to the Boxwave Designo Leather Sleeve which I’ve also reviewed, but it has one distinct difference: it has a screen cover.
The cover feels like it has a stiff cardboard insert, which provides plenty of protection for the screen. The strap has magnetic studs which help keep the case securely shut; I didn’t have issues with the case coming open when on my belt.
The belt clip was solid, but did not feel as secure as the one included with the Boxwave case, however it did keep everything in place when it was on my belt.
The PDair case allows the G1 to be used with the keyboard open. I just was kind of stuck with where to put the screen cover when using it; sometimes I kept it open, other times I flipped it behind.
All of the openings were adequate for my use. The only problem I had was that part of the case protruded slightly into the bottom screen bezel. Sometimes I would catch this when closing the keyboard. It’s not a big enough problem to stop using the PDair as my daily case right, however.
The PDAir leather case for the Tmobile G1 is $28.00 from PDAir.com.
What I liked: The screen cover and belt clip.
What needs improvement: No side protection at all.
PDAir also sent me a skin for the G1. This skin is similar in design to the Boxwave FlexiSkin, in that it only provides protection for the bottom half of the device.
I like using these type cases in the car the most, because they help the device stay put if it’s placed on the dash or in a console tray.
One cool feature that I liked was how you can see the buttons on the bottom cluster through the case when they are activated.
Of the two skins I have checked out so far, this one is also my favorite, but with that said – it’s just not the type of case I like to use.
This Silicone case is only $10.00 at PDAir.com.
What I liked: The grippy feeling it gave the back of the case.
What needs improvement: Absolutely NO protection for the screen or the bezel.