PreThinking Store


« Flash 10 Mobile Beta coming to the Palm Pre this October | Main | App Catalog: 817,000+ downloads as of June 20th »

Use Protection: Cheap Gesture Area covering cases (Use protection, just not with these)

I bought one of those cheap cases on eBay before the official launch, just so that I can get a feel of how small tiny the puppy is. Since I have it in-hand, why not do a quick pros/cons on it right?

Pros: You're forced to use the 'center button', the very first time.

Cons: If it feels cheap, it's cheap: Cheap plastic, design flaw -- covers the gesture area, keyboard unusable (literally... You can't slide out the keyboard).

Don't buy.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (14)


google how to cut carbon fiber.

looks thin enough you might be able to melt it with a heated knife. (never tried this on anything other than plastic.)

good luck!

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrian

that isnt carbon fiber

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandy

Funny! I almost bought one of those, yesterdan and then just decided on a skin.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I put a plastic case like this (a clear Crystal Case) on my Treo 650 years ago to protect it. Instead, all it did was trap dust and tiny dirt particles against the phone. Then, since it could move ever so slightly, those bits of dirt pitted and scratched the heck out of the phone. What incredible protection! The back of my phone and the silver bezel around the screen now look like the surface of the Moon.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiesel Donkey

Invisishield from Zagg?

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKumail

wow, what a terrible case!

Ugh I hate carbon fiber.. owning a lot of real carbon fiber, it makes me sick to see it. Could you even use the phone at all without the gesture area? How do you do the "back" gesture?

Plus the inability to open the keyboard, wow. How did they mold these without at least a shell of a palm pre in hand? I could understand missing the gesture area since it wouldn't be obvious on a mockup/shell but the keyboard? ha

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkansei


To do the back gesture, you pry off the case, do the gesture -- and snap it back on.

June 22, 2009 | Registered CommenterPreThinking

the released a more updated version of the pre case on ebay the other day, doesn't cover the gesture area.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlacey

Could have been worse, they could have just sent you some shrink wrap and a heat gun. Actually that might have been better.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

I can't believe anyone would buy this

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternimit7

Now THAT is hilarious. That is a case FAIL if there ever was one.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I bought 3 different rubberized ones. I like the color but makes the phone useless to what it is design to do. If you have to get one, there are brands out there that will not cover the gesture area which is more efficient.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShou5

Hey Guys chk this video this supports gesture feature....

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM Kzort

I WAS going to buy one from the Sprint store when I bought my Pre.. but realized that the keypad wouldn't open. And that one wad JUST for the Pre!! FROM the Pre people!!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeinca

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.