Proporta Leather Case Hardware Review

Proporta Leather Case Hardware Review

Jul 12, 2013

Full disclosure: I tend to like Proporta products.

They have been in the smartphone accessories game for a long time; Old-school Palm PDA fans like myself will most likely recognize the name. The company adjusted well to the smartphone boon, and thus, I did look forward to reviewing some of its latest offerings.

The review package was humble enough, but didn’t look worse for the wear considering the lengthy trip it took to get Stateside. Inside the small package was the Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather Case for the HTC ONE X. Big bonus, because when it comes to leather cases, I much prefer over the top flip cases, as they allow the phone to be used while still in the case.2013-07-11 13.16.39

The case came in black leather, with a striped velvety interior on the base and a light tan leather on the interior of the flip case. On the inside of the base are two plastic harnesses that hold the firm in place. Towards the ends of the leather lase, a magnetic clasp and receptacle match perfectly. I would have loved an optional clip, but nerd habits die hard.

The protective feature of the case is what makes it more than just a pretty piece. It has a protective metal sheet that fits seamlessly into the stitching of the top; it provides invaluable protection for those all-important yet vulnerable screens we all like to look at. The camera cut-out fit perfectly, and all the ports are accessible.

The case does feel sturdily made, while retaining an elegant look. In actual trials, it was a very snug fit; there won’t be any shaking the case off in error. The case added a minimum of bulk, and felt firm yet forgiving.

I would have love a clip; yes, it’s geeky, but it worked well slipped in my pocket. In any case, the option exists with other Proporta cases.

There is such a wide variety of cases, so much so that it is probably easier to find a smartphone that does not have a corresponding custom case.

This case is available at the Proporta website for (at the time of publication of this review) for $39.95.

Theme Thursday – Steampunk Rusted

Theme Thursday – Steampunk Rusted

Sep 29, 2011

This week’s theme is Steampunk Rusted, an attractive theme for all the steampunk enthusiasts out there.

To say the steampunk crowd are an eclectic bunch would be an understatement. Not content to exist solely in our modern era, they don’t quite dwell in the past, either. Instead, they invent a new era that melds the old with the new, creating an alternate timeline — a history that never was.

As such, the steampunk aesthetic represents a fashion, a taste for objects that eschew modern design while maintaining modern function. Featured heavily are modified clothing and gadgetry designed to look as though the Victorian period never ended and here we are today. Fond as steampunk enthusiasts are of customizing objects, it makes perfect sense that any easily modifiable entity will be made to resemble that imagery — an Android device running ADW Launcher, for example.

ADW Launcher, the customizable home replacement utility for Android, can easily undergo drastic changes in design and function simply by selecting a new theme and applying it. Taking the idea further, you can mix and match themes, designing a wholly new theme just by editing objects and settings to your desire. It’s no wonder there are several steampunk designs in existence on the the Android Market.

Featuring a grunged up interface, laced with corrosion and signs of wear, the metallic and glass elements mixed with mechanical accoutrements in the backgrounds (notice the gears on the wallpaper in one of the screenshots, below) lend themselves to the steampunk aesthetic in many attractive ways. The icons are similarly fitting, resembling small buttons with crystal caps and brass fittings.

If you like the look of Steampunk Rusted, you can take it even further with several additions, such as this Steampunk Clock widget and this Steampunk Gears live wallpaper. Steampunk Rusted also features compatibility with several other launchers, especially Panda Home.

Steampunk Rusted is available on the Android Market for US$1.29.