[Review] PDair Alu Case for Nokia E71

A few days ago I received Alu Case for Nokia E71 from PDair.com, so as soon as possible I’m sharing my impressions with you!

The case looks fine, it’s solid, made of well finished metal, with special neoprene lining inside, to prevent phone from scratching, or moving inside the case. It fits the phone almost perfectly and it has holes for all ports, or side buttons plus a plastic glass covering phone screen. The phone’s function keys and QWERTY keyboard are not covered of course. The only functional issue which I have noticed is the access to top function keys as the case’s edge makes it little uncomfortable to reach those keys with you thumb.

You can use the case as it comes or make it wearable on your belt. You can use a special belt clip and mount it with a screw, which you can attach to the case.  The mount mechanism works fine, the clip is holding belt well, it’s possible to rotate the phone around the mount, and to remove only if you press special button.

Unfortunately, the case is made of aluminum and as several-day-long test proved that the phone is loosing two or three bars of its signal indicator because the metal covering is screening network’s radio waves. It happens for both 2G and 3G modes. As a result it was difficult or even impossible to make or receive phone calls in places with poor network coverage. It also has huge impact on GPS functionality, as satellite signal is much weaker than mobile network waves. The conclusion is that the case will for sure make your phone safer but it can also make calling less comfortable. Moreover, the case screening feature probably increases phone’s power consumption and shortens battery life.

Please check Alu Case photo review on flickr in here.


6 Responses to “[Review] PDair Alu Case for Nokia E71”

  1. 1 SE123 August 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Boy thats one ugly case.

  2. 2 Vishal Damniwala August 30, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Personally i don’t like alu cases..and yeah they r ugly

  3. 3 EdC in DC September 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I had a PDAir alu-case for a cingular 8125 a couple of years ago and I found that it interfered with the reception and coverage to the point of being UNACCEPTABLE! Also, it added a substantial amount of bulk to the overall weight.

    I recently purchased an e71 silicone skin and screen protector from eBay and am very pleased.

    I wish that Vajacases would come out with a case for the e71.

  4. 4 MyE71 September 9, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    2 weeks with my E71 and wow the cases are pretty horrible. I found that the iPhone pouch cases fit the E71 perfectly. I bought a SENA leather case and while not perfect it is easier and less ugly. http://www.senacases.com/Brands/Apple-iPhone-Cases/ULTRASLIM-POUCH

    I really wanted the Louis Vuitton new case that is black and grey checkers. At US$ 240 it was a stretch. The pouch idea isn’t the greatest but the cases that let you see and use the phone are just hideous.

  5. 5 FREDDY October 1, 2008 at 3:05 am

    i think the alu case is very not fashionable case, can nokia get improve?

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