I got a chance to try out some of SENA’s cases these past two weeks and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. The cases are made with high quality materials and seem to be nicely designed. I will follow up this review with the other two cases we received. I will start with the one that I enjoyed the most.
The SENA vertical pouch is all in all a great case. There are a few flaws that kept it out of the top ratings but I truly enjoyed using this case. The same case is also available for most of the other current BlackBerry models. Read the full review with pictures after the jump:
The pouch we demo-ed is brown but the case comes in 6 other colors including alligator skin. The brown leather was very high quality and felt nice to the touch. The case comes in a gorgeous nice packaging with a nice felt pouch. My wife uses the pouch for her jewelry now.
The outside of the case is embossed with SENA
The inside of the case is nicely padded which is a pro and a con. It actually cleans your screen when you put your 8300 inside. The downside is that it makes it a little harder to get your device out of the case. As I used the case the padding formed to the 8300 and now it is less of an issue.
The back of the case has a ratcheting clip covered with leather. The clip was not the strongest I have used but it got the job done. I did find that it slipped off my belt if I tried pulling out the 8300 too quickly.
As you can see below the 8300 fits snug into the case
The case sadly does not have cutouts on the side for the charger and volume buttons but it does leave enough clearance to have headphones plugged in.
As you can see the case is stitched with the leather facing in so that adds a little bit of bulk on each side of the case. As you can see in the pictures above SENA decided to cut out the corners of the case. This is mainly to make the phone easier to slip into the case. I personally would rather there be a cutout in the middle to help you push the phone out of the case. It would also protect the corners in case I dropped the phone in the case.
- Nice brown leather
- Ratcheting clip
- Nice padding inside
- No access to USB port
- Clip could be stronger
While not the best case I have ever used the SENA case is a very strong contender. The colored leather is high quality and did not flex or crack. The case was very well built and the price is decent for such a case.