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Jason Dunn
03-07-2002, 12:44 AM
<span><b>Wrap Your Jornada in Style</b></span><br /><i>One of the new releases from Vaja will make your Jornada Pocket PC very happy!</i><br /><br />Vaja cases are unlike any other on the market—their stylish design, gorgeous materials, and strong attention to detail make them very popular among Pocket PC owners. The Vaja 864 case is a fantastic addition to any accessory collection for any Jornada owner.<br /><br /><span><b>Device Requirements</b></span><br />This case will work with the Jornada 525, 545, or 548 Pocket PCs with their covers removed.<br /><br /><span><b>In Brief</b></span><br />This is the most stylish Jornada case on the Pocket PC market to date. The Vaja 864 case will protect your Jornada and look good doing it!<br /><br /><span><b>Where to Buy</b></span><br />The Vaja 864 case can be purchased online from Vaja for U.S.$74.90 to U.S.$84.90 depending on the type of leather chosen.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/reviewimages/jornadavaja1.jpg" /><br /><i>Figure 1: The Vaja 864 Jornada case.</i><br /><br /><span><b>Materials Matter</b></span><br />The quality of the Vaja case is truly unmatched. I've seen leather cases from other manufacturers, and while the craftsmanship in all of them has been solid, the materials that Vaja uses truly set these cases apart. When you order the case you have six options for leather—the review unit I have is Vaja 864 in Green Grain leather (Figure 1). At the time of this writing, three of the leather choices were sold out. The stitching on the case is a light tan, and has a nice contrast with the rust-colored leather. The stitching is clean and tight against the leather.<br /><br /><span><b>Custom Designed in Every Way</b></span><br />One of the things I like most about all Vaja cases is how well they are designed for their particular Pocket PC. Rather than a generic "sleeve" design that would work with all models for Pocket PC, Vaja has taken a different tact: they create cases that are completely customized to the device. With the Jornada case, they've cut away the leather in the right spots to allow easy access to the record button and microphone, jog dial, reset button on the back, and the headphone jack on the top.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/reviewimages/jornadavaja2.jpg" /><br /><i>Figure 2: Three card slots and a headphone jack hole.</i><br /><br />Because the case is designed for a Jornada without the front cover, Vaja has added a front slot for the stylus. Opening the case, you find three slots for cards (Figure 2) and a deep slot in the top lid for storing cash or small papers. The power button is exposed for easy access when the case is open, and there are holes cut away for the speaker as well. The four quick-start buttons have no leather around them, giving you easy access for launching applications or playing games (Figure 3).<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/reviewimages/jornadavaja3.jpg" /><br /><i>Figure 3: The front buttons are exposed for quick access.</i><br /><br /><b><span>Dimensions</span></b><br />The Vaja case adds slight bulk to the Jornada, but because the leather is thin, it doesn't make the case bulky. The Jornada in the case is 3 inches wide, 5.25 inches long, and 0.8 inches in depth. This case model includes a belt clip, making it easy to snap on and carry with you. The belt clip is quite sturdy, and rotates 360 degrees easily. The case is very lightweight, and even with the belt clip, only adds a small amount of weight to the Jornada.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/reviewimages/jornadavaja4.jpg" /><br /><i>Figure 4: The rotating belt clip.</i><br /><br /><span><b>Gotchas</b></span><br />There's no slot cutaway for access to the CompactFlash card slot. So if you want to swap cards, you'll need to open the case. More serious though is inability to accept CompactFlash cards with antennas like the <a href="http://www.enfora.com">Enfora Pocket Spider</a>. You can only use CompactFlash cards that are flush against the top of the Pocket PC.<br /><br />The only other downside, if you can call it one, is the cost. The case is more expensive than other leather cases on the market, but I consider it well worth the cost considering the superb manufacturing. If you're willing to spend a little more money, you'll get a lot more case.<br /><br /><b><span>Conclusion</span></b><br />If you've read this far, you'll already know what I think of this case. The incredible construction and attention to detail make this a case that will easily outlive the life of your Pocket PC. I've had a Vaja case for my iPAQ for over a year, and it has worn extremely well. If you want to carry your Jornada Pocket PC around in style, this Vaja case is your best option.