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Review: Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre 20

by Derek Kessler Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:29 am EDT

Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre

The Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre is a clean and stylish way to carry and protect your Pre. While similar in concept to Palm’s own Leather Side Case, the Orion sleeve executes more cleanly, not to mention being available in variety of colors.

Functionality

The Orion Sleeve Case externally appears to be a simple matter, just two pieces of leather stitched together to form a Pre-sized pocket. Indeed, that’s what it is, though the inside is coated in soft suede and a large leather pull-tab allows for easy retrieval of your phone once it is inside. Unlike the Palm Leather Side Case, Incipio’s sleeve uses a thick leather pull-tab that is anchored to the base of the case by an elastic band - the lifting is still done by an attached silk band.

Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre

The case adds about four millimeters of thickness to the phone, but by design it adds about twice that to the length and width of the Pre. When you slip the phone inside it causes the leather stitching around the edge to pucker. The effect is minimized after some use stretches the leather, but the bifurcated leather ridge around the edge does serve to provide cushioning in the event of a side impact.

Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre

Style

Aesthetically speaking, the Incipio Orion Sleeve Case is a simple matter. Each piece of leather is covered in a grid of tiny perforated dots that lessen the perceived size of the case. Overall, it’s nicely designed and echoes the simple lines of the Pre. The case reviewed here was a deep plum purple, the sleeve is also available in black, red, and pink.

Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre

Conclusion

Despite its simple design, the Incipio Orion Sleeve Case is both a stylish way to carry your Pre and an easy way to protect it when tossing it into a bag or briefcase. The large pull tab is worlds more functional than the frustrating affair on Palm’s own case, even though much of the sleeve echoes the design cues of Palm’s effort. The Orion Sleeve is an easy way to protect and carry your phone without adding too much weight or thickness.

The Incipio Orion Sleeve Case for Palm Pre is available in the PreCentral Store for $17.95, a savings of $2 (10%) off the $19.95 list price. It is available in black, red, pink, and purple. This case was provided for review by the PreCentral Store

Pros

Slim but still protective

Cons

Edges puckers when Pre inside