The Otterbox 1900 is a hard case for your PDA. It features
a number of fully sealed and waterproof access points allowing
you to fully control your PDA whilst at the same time protecting
it from water, dust etc.
There is a solid plastic cover providing
visibility of and access to the touch screen. This hinged
cover allows you to operate the touch screen which is further
protected by a clear flexible membrane.
The various sections of the case are closed by using pressure
clamps which tighten the casing components against rubber
gaskets forming a water tight seal. These seals are replaceable
should the need arise. These pressure clamps can also be screwed in place to ensure total case integrity.
One of the problems of both the original Otterbox Armor
and the Otterbox 3600 was the method of securing the PDA
in the case. Well Otter have solved that problem with a very
elegant solution. The PDA is held tightly against the clear
membrane using an elasticated velcro strap. This means that
any sized PDA can be used easily without having to mess about
with different foam packing, or having an expandable foam
pushing on the screen membrane when the case is in storage.
One thing to be careful of though is not to pull the strap out to try and put the PDA in. If the strap comes out then you will need to unscrew the case to put it back. (Guess who did that then?)
Once the PDA has been strapped in the back simply slides onto
the main case and the clips lock and seal it inside. Your PDA
is now fully protected from the elements.
The top of the case is also removable. I found this useful
on a couple of occasions, particularly with the iPAQ 4700 to
remove the stylus when I had forgotten to take it out before
putting the PDA in the Otterbox. This works on the same principle
with pressure clamps and rubber seals.
In the top of the case there is also a rubber bung. This is
extremely usefully for some PDAs as they can be turned on and
off just by removing the bung and poking the power button with
the stylus. PDAs such as the iPAQ 2210 can be switched on an
off from the front so don't need this feature.
There are a number of "Pod Kits" which replace the top part of the Otterbox 1900 this allows the use of CF or SD devices of varying sizes.
Switching to the opposite end of the case there is a large
rubber bung. This gives access to the bottom of the PDA without
removing it from the case. Very useful for the iPAQ 4700 as
that is where the soft reset button is located. There is a special serial pod kit for this end which can be used with iPAQ devices to provide external power and a serial data connector.
On the back of the case are the mounting points for the various
straps and mounts available for the case. The standard strap
is an elasticated hand strap. This can ge used in two ways:
The most comfortable is with the strap over the back of the
hand with the case held in the palm. This is fine for most
walking but is not too convenient when you start scrambling
or require both hands for stability. In this case ( )
the case can be slipped over the wrist and can either face inwards
or outwards suiting your personal preferences. This is not as
comfortable but works well when needed.
Other mounting options include neck straps, and a special
bike mount made by RAM.