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Flak Jacket iPAQ Review
By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 2002
 Version 1.00  Revised 3/27/2002

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Introduction

So you want to protect your iPAQ while you carry it around with you?  You also want to use the iPAQ in the case. Well the Flak Jacket for the iPAQ from Silicon Web Australia is a contender.  They now offer their cases in both cow or kangaroo leather shipped to the US.  The latest version uses the button based quick clips that most cell phones use. 

Features

The Flak Jacket includes a section for putting business cards or credit cards in with your iPAQ like a wallet.  Under the business/credit card inserts is a pocket which can be used for other cards or even your cash.  The front of the iPAQ is protected by the leather.  There are multiple versions of the Flak Jacket  for the PC Card sleeve, CompactFlash sleeve as well as the bare iPAQ.  This version is for the PC Card sleeve.  You will need to put velcro on the back of your iPAQ for it to be held in place. I suggest using the basic sleeve that originally shipped with the iPAQ 3600 series for this so you can take your iPAQ out and use it in another sleeve without interference.  The iPAQ 3800 basic plastic case would work as well however I suggest removing the clear cover.

The Finish

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the manufacturing of the Flak Jacket is excellent. The leather is all lined so you don't have to worry about scratching your iPAQ or seeing rough spots on the inside.  The stitching is tight and on all edges the leather is folded over for a smooth finish.  The Flak Jacket is made of black or brown cow hide leather or kangaroo skin. 


Open View - The left side is a cover between the cards and the iPAQ


PC Card sleeve shown with the clip attached

Back side with the clip attached
Notice it's smooth so there's nothing to catch the unit on.

Overall

I was impressed with the quality and features of the Flak Jacket. It's an excellent case if you want to use your iPAQ and carry around business cards or credit cards.  I really liked the finish - it's one of the best cases I've seen.  I've been using mine for the past month and it does protect my iPAQ when I wear it on my belt. You can purchase the Flak Jacket in black or tan at Silicon Web Australia for $79.95 AU (about $43.00 USD) or $69.95 AU without the belt clip plus shipping. 

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