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Old 08-19-2009, 05:40 PM   #406
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Keep your new Pocket PRO in its case when you are moving (such as falling down stairs or jumping out of airplanes or jumping off cliffs or even just walking). IF we find it obvious that the screen is cracked due to abuse... you may just have voided your warranty. IF you want to roughhouse with a Pocket PRO... invest in a "Rhino Skin" aluminum case that clips to your belt!

This is a serious request that all buying the Pocket PRO realize that they still need to provide care. I can't do you any good if you send it for repair with a broken screen and we note ANY evidence of abuse. YOU have to guard that device well.

Thank you, Harry, for the warning!!
In all seriousness, do you have any suggestions for a "ruggedized" case for the pocket pro? Something aluminum like the Rhino Skin would be ideal for my usage, but those cases seem to be pretty specific to certain devices. Would any of them fit the pocket pro? Or is there another case you could suggest?

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:41 PM   #407
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The USB mini-b connector is extremely common, and I'd wager everyone here has at least a half dozen. Only thing is, some companies cut corners and have it so they only hook up the data portion, and not the power, but still a big chunk will still work for charging.
FOr some reason I've seen that some devices will think they are connected to a computer even though they are connected only to a power supply. And since most of them cannot be used while connected to the computer, that makes them unusable....luckily it appears the pro is not affected by this.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:54 PM   #408
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Oh goody! The USB standard is not really standard.

Personally, I think that if you have a miniUSB connector, ANY miniUSB should work, not one that is specifically created or rated or toned down. After all, to me, that's what "standard" means.
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Oh goody! The USB standard is not really standard.

Personally, I think that if you have a miniUSB connector, ANY miniUSB should work, not one that is specifically created or rated or toned down. After all, to me, that's what "standard" means.
Generally the USB standard is designed for a computer interface and supplying a small amount of power to an attached device. It was never designed to be for charging devices, after all who would buy a computer to charge a cell phone.

However, as we all know standard things get used in non-standard ways. While USB isn't designed to output more than 100 mA to a device and later modified to 500 mA many devices with USB connectors on them need more than that. In addition the standard didn't provide for charging a device and using it independently from the computer it is plugged into. However, customer needs and desires have modified the use way beyond the standard and manufacturers are going with the flow. I guess you want to pay more for an additional non-standard connector to charge your device.

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Old 08-19-2009, 06:09 PM   #410
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I know. I just feel like griping today for some reason. Probly cause I can't go out and enjoy the rainstorm. I'm stuck here doing floorplan schedules, power/lighting elevations, and redesigns.

YUCKIE! I wanna go out and relax in a chair, listen to the rain while I relax with a nice pipe!
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I know. I just feel like griping today for some reason.
And a good job your doing of it too!
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IF you want to roughhouse with a Pocket PRO... invest in a "Rhino Skin" aluminum case that clips to your belt!
I've never looked at Rhino Skin cases before (or even heard of them), although I did a quick Google after reading your note. Since I pre-ordered my Pocket Pro, I've been thinking I'd like to find some type of case that I could clip to my belt to make it easier to carry the thing with me, since I don't generally wear a shirt or jacket with large pockets.

QUESTION: Is there a particular model Rhino Skin aluminum case that you know will fit the 5" EZ-Reader Pocket Pro?

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Old 08-19-2009, 06:39 PM   #413
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Generally the USB standard is designed for a computer interface and supplying a small amount of power to an attached device. It was never designed to be for charging devices, after all who would buy a computer to charge a cell phone.

However, as we all know standard things get used in non-standard ways. While USB isn't designed to output more than 100 mA to a device and later modified to 500 mA many devices with USB connectors on them need more than that. In addition the standard didn't provide for charging a device and using it independently from the computer it is plugged into. However, customer needs and desires have modified the use way beyond the standard and manufacturers are going with the flow. I guess you want to pay more for an additional non-standard connector to charge your device.
Yeah, I have a Bluetooth GPS receiver for use with my N800 and my computers that charges via USB. It comes with a car charger that outputs 1100mA, and it makes a difference apparently for the GPS unit. It has a label on the side of the charger, that clearly states that.

Also, just because there is a standard, doesn't mean it has to be implemented.

As far as the being useless while connected via USB, well, that has nothing to do with the standard. Most of those do that for data protection reasons. they don't want the device to be using a file, and the computer edit it (thus causing a crash), or something like that. My N800 locks out the SD cards from being used if I plugged in via USB, for that reason.
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And a good job your doing of it too!
Yes! :bowler's piston arm:

Also, I sent an email to Rhino Skin asking about Astak cases. I'll post the reply when I get it.
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I have several devices I'd like a rhinoskin for, but they apparently don't make stuff for nokia, sony, etc
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In all seriousness, do you have any suggestions for a "ruggedized" case for the pocket pro? Something aluminum like the Rhino Skin would be ideal for my usage, but those cases seem to be pretty specific to certain devices. Would any of them fit the pocket pro? Or is there another case you could suggest?

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Dear Dragon_Well:

Please wait until you get the Pocket PRO and try the case that comes with it. It is crush-resistant and has a magnetic clasp. They did not scimp on it and it will look great and do a wonderful job of protecting unless you stand on it or treat it horribly. I realize that most "included cases" are often pretty lousy. This is NOT!!

I will try to go to Rhino Skin and see if they have a generic case that would work. We are also working on our own custom cases.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:38 PM   #417
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Yes! :bowler's piston arm:

Also, I sent an email to Rhino Skin asking about Astak cases. I'll post the reply when I get it.
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Let me know what you find out!! I appreciate it!
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I know. I just feel like griping today for some reason. Probly cause I can't go out and enjoy the rainstorm. I'm stuck here doing floorplan schedules, power/lighting elevations, and redesigns.

YUCKIE! I wanna go out and relax in a chair, listen to the rain while I relax with a nice pipe!
Dear Griffonwing:

If you do not mind 3/4 inch, I have a 9 inch long galvenized pipe that you could relax with! It is nice and behaves very well! It will accept rain and you should have no problems!
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Oh goody! The USB standard is not really standard.

Personally, I think that if you have a miniUSB connector, ANY miniUSB should work, not one that is specifically created or rated or toned down. After all, to me, that's what "standard" means.
The wonderful thing about standards is there are so many to choose from.
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Thanks. I already have a couple of charges from other devices, including a car charger, so I should be set.

Robert,
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Dear SDRebel:

I want mine also. All I have are 6 that we pulled out from black ones and put into the colored plastic halves and tyried to reassemble. They look good and work alright... but they are not fit to own.

I am waiting for my Slate Blue to arrive just like you are (although I am begining to fall under the spell of the Metallic Purple). I have twenty reviewers and five retailers that want eval samples... and we are all waiting. I got offered $300 for a Pocket PRO today from a reviewer who wants to buy it and get out the first story... and I do not have any to sell.

Do like I do... post crazy notes to Griffonwing.
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