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Ruggedizing the BlackBerry

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January 24, 2007

January 25, 2007 You want the convenience and functionality of the Blackberry but you’re a klutz and/or you work in a very hostile or rainy outdoor environment – there’s now a simple solution that we quite like. The OtterBox 1930 and 1931 cases are designed to ruggedize BlackBerry handsets while allowing water-resistant access to keypad, scroll wheel, escape button, power button, mute button and programmable side button, all through the case. A rigid screen cover protects the LCD from scratches and drop damage with a rigid screen cover and Donaldson acoustic membrane vents allow sound transmission while keeping the case sealed.

The OtterBox 1930 fits the BlackBerry 8700 Series and the OtterBox 1931 model fits the BlackBerry 7200 Series handsets. Constructed of a polycarbonate/ABS shell for maximum strength and durability, the cases provide grip and drop protection with an innovative rubber overmolding.

“We have already seen an interest in the cases from B2B customers, but even more so from military customers,” explains Brian Thomas, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Many of our customers are working in environments that can be harmful to their device and data. The OtterBox cases designed for BlackBerry are an ideal solution for protecting technology investments."

“The BlackBerry platform supports a multitude of applications in a wide range of vertical markets and these ruggedized cases from OtterBox are a real benefit for many field employees that are working within harsher environmental conditions,” said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion.

Molded rubber inside the cases cradles the BlackBerry handset and an innovative o-ring seals it from exposure. Otter’s recently designed compound (lockable) latch provides easy opening and secure closing.

Optional accessories include a standard swivel belt clip and a refurbish kit.

“As President of the American Concrete Institute as well as President of a major commercial General Contracting organization, I find the OtterBox a perfect case for my BlackBerry handset needs. It is compact, sleek and professional looking as well as durable and user friendly,” explains Thomas D. Verti, President at Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. and The American Concrete Institute. “From board rooms to construction sites, it provides easy access for all my communication functions and usage, while rugged enough to protect my BlackBerry handset from common dirt, bump and drop hazards prevalent on construction sites.”

Both the 1930 and 1931 have a MIL-STD 810F rating for drop and shock and an IP54 rating for heavy rain and dust intrusion. Cases available in black with grey rubber.

Dimensions for the OtterBox 1930 are 4.85 in [123 mm] long by 3.36 in [85 mm] wide and 1.46 in [37 mm] thick (not including latch) or 1.73 in [44 mm] thick (including latch). Case weighs 0.5 lb [.23 kg].

The OtterBox 1931 measures 4.85 in [123 mm] long by 3.60 in [85 mm] wide and 1.54 in [37 mm] thick (not including latch) or 1.80 in [44 mm] thick (including latch). Case weighs 0.5 lb [.23 kg].

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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