anyone who’s become a serious handheld user has noted a number
of wonderful things about those fascinating little digi-boxes:
their convenience, versatility, and profound impact on their personal
productivity. Unfortunately, one big liability is usually quickly
evident—their delicacy. Making them fast, capacious, and flexible
apparently doesn’t leave a lot of technical capital left over
for making them rugged. One thoughtless drop, even from as little
as four or five feet, will often just quickly convert your Palm
or iPaq from a mobile warrior into a $600 paperweight. But how
can a palmtop student or administrator possibly take advantage
of the benefits of today’s handheld computing benefits and still
ensure their continued existence and functioning without breaking
down their capital?
A truly unique product, Otter Products’ Armor 3600 PDA case manages
to do the impossible. It creates a superlatively ruggedized hard-shell
case designed to absorb maximum impact, while still allowing the
user complete access to their mobile device’s functions. Measuring
approximately 8”x 6” x 4”, the 3600 provides a high resiliency,
shock absorbing outer shell which, when opened holds virtually
all major handhelds in Velcro restraints. The latter hold the
unit centered on a plastic screen on which the PDA’s touch screen
can be manipulated for in-case use. Just about anything you can
do out of the case can be accomplished while secure fastened within
a 3” layer of foam, especially with an optional through-box power
pod accessory which allows an encased handheld to be powered with
an AC adapter cord. Other accessories include a variety of lanyards
and belt clips, and other helpful sundries.
Although the 3600 is a little on the bulky side, considering the
fact that, according to industry statistics, over 80% of all accidents
result in the purchase of a new PDA, $99.95 on this product can
save not only money, but countless hours of replacing data and
documents. For more information, log onto the manufacturer’s site
Update, Inc., P.O. Box 20005, New York, NY 10001.
Tel: (212) 481-5519. Fax: (212) 481-3919.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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