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Don’t forget about the old school case makers!

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Are you from the old days of the Pocket PC? Do names like Vaja, Sena, Covertec, Krussel, and Piel Frama ring a bell?

It seems these days that newer case makers are getting put front and center in the carrier’s stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and other outlets. The only case maker I consider old school that has been killing it in retail stores is Otterbox. I remember reviewing a couple of their 1st offerings. Good times. Newer case companies like Speck have made their way into retail stores and are easy impulse buys. Do people still buy cases online?

I was checking out an old favorite, Cases.com tonight and saw the names I remember so well. Many of the same makers I mentioned above. My favorites all time are Vaja, Sena Cases, and Piel Frama. The distinct smell of their leather cases was one of the sweetest smells you could smell. Cases.com carries many of these old school brands, but they also carry the newer players too.

Back in the Aximsite days, we had a custom Dell Axim X50/1 case made by Sena. We sold tons of them.

Do you remember how expensive Vaja cases were? Well they are still that expensive, but if you’ve ever used one, you know it was well worth it.

Look at this $220.00 Vaja iPad 2 case. Expensive, yes. Beautiful, yes. Worth it, yes. This is just an example, but you get what you pay for. You pay for Vaja, you pay for luxurious, soft leather with excellent craftsmanship.

I have  soft spot in my heart for the old case makers I came to love back in the PocketPC days.

Do you still order cases from a particular company you love from back in the day or do you grab whatever you can find at a retail store?

Chris is a former Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone. Chris works for AT&T, but his thoughts and opinions are his own and that he does not represent AT&T in any capacity online. ChrisLeckness.com

8 Comments

  1. Josh Smith

    11/17/2011 at 7:38 pm

    I’m still jealous of my friend’s Piel Frama, I just don’t think I can cut my wallet down to size for their iPhone wallet case. 

    • Chris Leckness

      11/17/2011 at 7:40 pm

      Piel Frama makes some awesome cases. Have you ever held a Vaja case?

  2. Brandon

    11/17/2011 at 7:47 pm

    Firm believer in OtterBox, BodyGuardz and mophie. If I buy, it’s typically from these three for the past couple years.

    • Chris Leckness

      11/17/2011 at 7:49 pm

      Is this the Brandon I think it is? Based on the iPhone heavy case maker choices, I say yes. :) Heya… I agree with Otterbox for sure. Although, I hate the extra bulk, there is no denying the protection provided. I am not that familiar with Bodyguardz though. 

    • Xavier Lanier

      11/17/2011 at 8:09 pm

      I’m fully onboard the OtterBox train. With the iPhone 4S I’ve downgraded from the Defender series due to thickness, but the thinner ones are still much more protective than anything else offered by most retailers. 

  3. John Barone

    11/17/2011 at 8:47 pm

    I had Krussel cases for my Treos, but my for my Backflip I’ve gone with just a Zagg screen shield.  The flip design doesn’t lend itself well to cases.  I haven’t decided what to do if/when I get a new phone.  I may just leave it naked, especially if the screen is gorilla glass.

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