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Noreve leather case for HTC Touch Pro

Today I will be reviewing the beautiful Noreve leather case for the HTC Touch Pro. As always, when I buy a new phone I have to get a new case for it, I just don’t feel right if I don’t. Call me weird. I have bought and tried many leather cases for a multitude of mobile devices and time after time again, I find myself coming back to Noreve.

Who is Noreve you might ask? They are an exceptional company that makes custom leather cases and accessories for all kinds of electronics and hand held devices. They are based out of St. Tropez, France and make one exceptional product. In this review I will be discussing the the leather case they make for the HTC Touch Pro and the metal belt clip system they make for their cases.

NOTE: The case comes with a standard plastic swivel clip, the metal clip system is NOT included with the leather case, you must purchase it separately. Believe me, its well worth it as you will see in this review.

Leather Case for HTC Touch Pro

When my case arrived in the mail I was so excited, I owned other Noreve cases in the past and I knew I was in for a real treat. The first thing you will notice when you open the plastic packaging and open the box that contains the case, is this wonderful smell of leather, not cheap leather, high quality leather. You know what that smell is if you ever bought a fine leather wallet or accessory. When you go to the Noreve website, and select this case to purchase, you are given the option of there different leather collections to choose from: Perpetual, Ambition, and Exceptional. Below are brief descriptions of these collections.

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This is the basic leather you can choose for your case. There are a wide range of colors to choose from.

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This is a more durable choice. The leather has a pebble texture.

From Noreve website:

This pebble grained leather of great quality is known for its durability, due to a polymer film containing pigments. This surface coating allows an enhanced resistance to scratches and discoloration.

It is recommended for intensive use. It is resistant to weathering.

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This is the luxury choice. This is leather is sueded for a soft and supple feel.

From Noreve website:

Special oils give the leather its unique extra smooth and weathered finish. Dark vintage, Sandy vintage, Passion vintage & Jean vintage are timeless colors. Their touch and smell are truly luxurious.

True to this unique process, it is important to understand the finished product. The Exceptional vintage is not your normal leather case. We start with exceptional suede…soft to the feel. Colors are combined to form the unique offerings and then the leather is treated in a way to distress the suede giving an old worn look, hence why it is called vintage. The finished product crafts a different look every time. You should expect natural scratches within the leather, markings that look like water spots, and shades of darks and lights throughout.

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What comes with the case.

My leather choice was the Ambition Chestnut. I choose this leather type because I needed a durable case and I wanted the leather to stand up to some abuse and resist scratching.  I have used the case for a week now and I have bumped and scraped it on a few things and as you can see from the review pictures, it looks brand new. The quality of the leather is excellent it feels great to the touch and looks great. The workmanship on this case is top notch. There was no loose stitching or hanging treads that I have come across on other cases I have used. When using the phone the case does not hinder it at all, simply fold the top flap around to the back. If you carry this case in your pocket, then you will be pleased to know that this case adds very little bulk to your phone, which is a plus when pocket space is at a premium. The clasps that hold the phone in the case are leather wrapped and will not scratch your device. When I got my case, they were a little loose, so I bent them forward and it held my phone tight and it was hard to shake the device out of the case. The styling is top notch, its fashionable but not gaudy. It looks good on your belt and gives a professional look. Its small foot print makes it harder for it to get in the way of day to day tasks, which is what I like the most about this case.  There are cut outs for all the buttons and ports for the HTC Touch Pro. The device fits like a glove and holds it securely. Noreve also included two pockets for storing additional microSD cards, a handy feature if you like to store programs on one card and pictures on another.

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Inside view.

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Outside view. NOTE: that the metal stub on this picture is for the Metal Belt Clip system and is NOT included with the case. The swivel gear is included with the case to use with the standard plastic swivel clip.

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Bottom view.

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Back view.

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Open view with HTC Touch Pro aka AT&T Fuze.

Packaged with the case is a small flat head screw driver, the swivel gear, and the attachment plug. To use the swivel clip, simply remove the plug, screw in the swivel gear and slip it on the clip. Noreve’s basic swivel clip is of good quality, but on my last case it broke mainly because I use my case everyday and it gets banged around. Also included, is a plug that will plug the mount hole if you decide not to use the case with a clip. The design of this case is awesome, just look how it holds your phone.

Noreve Metal Belt Clip System:

Because I use my case heavily, I opted for the metal clip system that they offered and its worth its weight in gold. The metal clip is solid, it has some heft to it. It feels like it could take a lot of punishment. Its a simple system that uses a solid metal post that slips into a a solid metal clip, simply rotate it 90 degrees and it locks in place. The combination of this sturdy clip and the tougher leather choice should make this a great system that will keep my phone protected and will last a long time.

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The metal clip.

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What came in the package, sans the case and device.

In conclusion, if your looking for a great case for your HTC Touch Pro or any other mobile device; then make sure you give Noreve a good look. Their custom cases are high quality and custom made. The addition of the metal clip system will make this great case even better. But this system won’t come cheep, the case is $51.00 and the metal clip system is $17.92 for a total of $68.92. Its not the cheapest option out there but I believe for the quality and workmanship you get and the added benefit of the metal clip, you are defiantly getting your moneys worth.

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After using the Voyager Pro exclusively for about a week now, I can safely say that this is the best bluetooth headset I have used hands down. I can’t find anything wrong with it! The battery life is great, its pretty close to the rated talk time. However I do have just one quirk, but its more my fault than the headsets. The mic screen grabs my facial hair when there is stubble. I can’t really blame the headset for this, I should keep up on my shaving. I have noticed that once my facial hair grows out it doesn’t grab the hair anymore which is a good thing.

I have to admit that I have used several bluetooth headsets in my day and every one of them always had a few issues, but this one is different. As it stands right now, I can’t find anything that bothers me about this headset.

Just in case your interested, the specs for the Voyager Pro are below:

Engineered for Sound Quality

Reflecting Plantronics’ nearly half a century of obsession with achieving headset perfection, the Voyager PRO represents the epitome of Bluetooth headset technology and design. No other headset has the combination of two noise-canceling mics on a boom to best capture your voice, three layers of WindSmart technology to outsmart the wind, and an adaptive 20-band equalizer tuned to maintain rich, balanced audio at comfortable listening volumes despite the noise around you.

Voyager PRO works great in the car

Wherever you are calling from, your voice sounds clear and natural.

The advanced AudioIQ² the advanced AudioIQ² noise-canceling technology in the Voyager PRO, with its finely tuned adaptive 20-band equalizer, makes you sound like you’re in the same room as your caller, not miles apart. To achieve this, AudioIQ² makes use of two microphones–one that’s focused on your speech and the other that picks out distracting background sounds, such as road hum and construction noise–then compares data from the two mics and eliminates the unwanted sounds, leaving your unique voice free to be heard clearly and naturally, as it was meant to be.

The dual microphones are also stacked with three layers of WindSmart technology–stainless steel mic screens, acoustic fabrics, and an electronic filter in the mic circuitry–that aggressively block intrusive wind noise. The adjustable boom, which allows you to wear the headset on either ear, positions the mics where they can best capture your voice, further enhancing the sound quality. So regardless of whether it’s the din of traffic or the whipping wind that you’re up against, the Voyager PRO will ensure that you and your caller will be heard clearly and sound natural.

Stainless steel screen on microphone

Stainless steel screens, acoustic fabrics, and an electronic filter block wind noise.

Extremely Comfortable, Durable Design

The Plantronics engineers involved in the design of the Voyager PRO were arguably a bit obsessive. After all, in designing the Voyager PRO, they conducted no less than two dozen rounds of intensive human-comfort tests, a relentless study of skin sensitivity, and repeated drop-tests.

Comfortable, flexible design

A soft, flexible design keeps the headset comfortable.

The result of this obsession is a soft and flexible, extremely comfortable headset that is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of today’s mobile professional.

QuickPair and Multipoint Technologies: Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use

Thanks to Plantronics’ QuickPair technology, setting up the headset is quick and intuitive. The Voyager PRO supports Bluetooth 2.1 and EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), making it compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices, including phones, PDAs, and laptop computers.

Supports Bluetooth

The headset also features Plantronics’ multipoint technology, which lets you pair and answer calls on two different Bluetooth devices. This means you can quickly and easily connect the headset to two phones, such as a Smartphone and a personal phone, or a phone and a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a laptop that you use to make Internet calls. Just choose the combination that best complements your workflow and pair both devices with your headset.

Extended Talk Time

The Voyager PRO includes a fast-charging, long-lasting battery that provides up to six hours of continuous talk time and five days of standby time on a single charge. Convenient voice prompts even alert you to battery and mute status.

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Up for review for today is the new Plantronics Voyager Pro. I have owned many of Plantronics Bluetooth headsets and I have to say this one by far is my favorite. I previously owned a Voyager 510 and I liked it very much. The sound quality was good and it always kept a connection with my phone unlike other bluetooth headsets I have owned. But with all things, there were some quirks with the 510 that irked me a bit. For one, the power button was very small and hard to press with my fat fingers. Two, the headset had a tendency to fall out of my ear if I turned my head left or right to much, which really annoyed me.

The short comings of the Voyager 510 seem to have been addressed in the Voyager Pro. The power button is larger and easier for me to press, it doesn’t want to fall out of my ear when I turn my head left or right, and it just looks a lot better. As for comfort, I barely even know its there, it fits comfortable on my ear, and I wear glasses mind you, and I don’t have any discomfort after wearing it here for the last 3 hours. The sound quality is excellent, just as I would expect from a Plantronics product. The Pro, in my opinion, defiantly had a better sound quality than the 510 and that is saying a lot considering the 510 had very good sound quality. The pro introduces a new microphone technology, AudioIQ Noise Canceling that uses two mics for better sound reception. The boom features WindSmart screens to shield the mics from wind noise.

I decided to do a test with the Voyager Pro, I tested it against the Voyager 510 and the 520. I called several people and during the call I changed headsets starting with the Voyager Pro, then the 510 and finally the 520. From my end of the conversation the Pro and the 520 had the better sound and was loud and clear and not muffled. The 510 had very good sound quality its just that the Pro and 520 were better. Out of all the people I called, which was 10, 8 of them said my voice sounded the best, was clearer and less muffled with the Pro compared to the 510 and the 520. To me, that’s is significant normally I get 50/50 between the 510 and the 520 when performing this test but it was apparent that the Pro won hands down. The quality of the Voyager Pro is superb. It just feels nice in your hands. It feels solid and seems to be constructed well. Its light weight, far lighter than the 510 but heavier than the 520.

Weight Comparison:

Voyager 510: 0.7oz
Voyager Pro: 0.6oz
Voyager 520: 0.6oz

Cost Comparison (from http://www.plantronics.com):

Voyager 510: $99.95 (can be found cheaper)
Voyager Pro: $99.95 (can be found cheaper)
Voyager 520: $99.95 (can be found cheaper)

Even though the Pro weighted the same as the 520, it still felt lighter to me, go figure. What I really like about the Pro is its styling, it screams professional and it looks great with my HTC Fuze! Yeah yeah I know its not that important but I am throwing it out there. Most people don’t like ugly bluetooth headsets. I also like how the buttons are laid out on the Pro. The volume buttons are easy to access when the device is on my ear and, the “connect button” on the boom is easy to find and it doesn’t require me to push too hard to answer it. To be honest, I love this headset. It works great for me and even though its bigger than most other bluetooth headsets, it sure does the job well and in the end that’s all that matters.

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What came in the box, sans HTC Fuze 🙂

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Comparison of the Voyager Pro and Voyager 510

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Front of the headset.

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Back of the headset.

Do you own a Plantronics Voyager class headset? Do you own the new Pro? If so chime in I’d love to hear your thoughts.