Mobile and PDA: Proporta Alu-Leather Case (Nokia N95 8GB)

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Mobile and PDA: Proporta Alu-Leather Case (N95 8GB) Where the Alu-Crystal gives a more rugged style to the phone, the Alu-Leather case from Proporta gives a much more stylish effect to the Nokia N95 8GB, with a flip down cover.

The case is made from high quality leather, which is handstitched around alumium plates to give a very strong, yet stylish, case.

The case is well designed to allow a secure grip on the phone within the case, but easy access to all of the buttons required for the full functionality of the phone and it seems slightly easier to access ports than with the Alu-Crystal case.  Also due to the well designed cutouts, the camera function is not affected in the least.

The only drawback (if any) with the design is the slightly limited protection to the side of the phone, which is protected by the two clasps that anchor the phone in place, although I cannot see how this could be improved without reducing the visual design of the case.

The clasp that holds the case closed is also well designed, it is very strong and did not come apart within my pocket when I was testing the case, and will also tie the flap back when the phone is required to be open for a long time (such as in a car when used as a navigation tool).

All in all, I was again very impressed with the case and with the added lifetime warranty on all of their products they are an obcvious choice when it comes to protecting your PDA or mobile phone.

If you are interested in purchasing this case it currently retails for £26.95.

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Amazon: Proporta Flip Type Alu-Leather Case For Nokia n95 8GB Series

Mobile and PDA: Proporta Alu-Crystal Case (Nokia N95 8GB)

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Mobile and PDA: Proporta Alu-Crystal Case (N95 8GB)

The Alu-Crystal Case for the Nokia N95 8GB provides very strong impact and shock protection for  what is an expensive investment.

The base of the case is made of aircraft grade aluminium and the screen/upper of the case is made from polycarbonate plastic (as used for safety eyeware).  The combination of these materials allows for a relatively lightweight and compact case with the highest protection for the phone, the only exposed part of the phone is the top, and even this is protected by a polycarbonate overhang (see pictures)

The cutouts in the case are well thought out allowing easy access to the controls, and the slider has free movement in both directions.  The screen protection does not have a deleterious effect on the the visibility of the screen.

The case adds between 2-5mm of extra volume in all dimensions, however due to the overall dimensions of the original phone, this really does not make a difference to useability.

In testing, the case was "borrowed" by an interested toddler, and even after various hair rasing moments, the phone and case were wrestled free scratch and damage free - a good sign to me that the case is well constructed!!

All in all, I would recommend the case to those who want the ultimate in protection for their phone.  The case for the Nokia N95 8GB is available direct from Proporta for £14.95 or if you own the original Nokia N95 this can also be purchased from Proporta (50% discount off Proporta Alu-Crystal Case (Nokia N95) with promotion code N95USERS)

Mobile and PDA: Martin Fields Overlay Plus

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With the appearance of phones with larger screens and increasingly high defintion cameras appearing on the market, the need to protect the exposed regions of the screen and the lenses of the cameras is becoming increasingly important. Not only are scratches unsightly, scratches to the screen can make text difficult to read and scratches to camera lenses make the purpose of the high definition camera pointless.  Obviously the drawback of just using screen protectors is that if you drop your phone it is only the screen and camera lenses that are protected, whereas with a full case there is protection for the whole phone.

Martin Fields Overlay Plus screen protectors are highly recommended by many end users on various forums and I decided to test the screen protector for myself, having recently purchased an Nokia N95 8GB, which although nicely designed, has a large screen and an easily damaged Carl Zeiss lens(The kit for the N95 includes protection for the main screen, the cameras and the camera flash).

Martin Fields Overlay Plus First things first, the screen protector for the N95 retails for around £7 (Available from expansys UK), which is not a large expenditure for the protection of such a valuable item.  Unlike some cheaper screen protectors, the packaging is of good quality and actually includes instructions (including cleaning, reuse and application) and links to videos of the aforementioned.

The screen protector itself has good adhesive properties to the screen, there is no slippage at all and the material appears to be very tough (it does not deform easily).  When applied, there is no obvious difference to the thickness of the screen and it is indeed difficult to tell whether there is actually a screen protector installed, enhanced due to the precision fit of the screen protector to the screen (0.2mm thickness).  The same can be said for all of the camera lenses protectors.

The reflection on the screen from ambient lighting conditions is reduced by the screen protector making text easier to read in high light conditions, and the protector also blocks 99% UV light (The UV filters reduce the strain on your eyes by blocking 99% of ultraviolet rays radiated from the LCD screen.)

The addition of the protector to the camera lens does not appear to affect the quality of the image (see above image). As can be seen from the image to the left, the lens protector does not really affect the quality of the camera significantly.

All in all I would recommend the Martin Fields Overlay Plus screen protector for its small impact  on the overall appearance of the phone and functions but strong protection for the screen and camera, and also for the small price tag for something that can be reused over and over with relative ease.