As far as BlackBerry Passport is concerned, BlackBerry has released a meagre amount of accessories for it and the roll out has been really slow. Well, the latest accessories up their sleeves is the Leather Swivel Holster. Similar to the previous generation holsters, this is no different. Nonetheless, now here’s the holster, where’s the pouch?
Well, with the holster costing an official amount of US$149.99, is this case even worth that money? To find out, lohikaarme over at CrackBerry has bought it to put together a series of pretty photos for us to see and judge for ourselves.
There is a magnet in the rim of the flap so when it closes, it lines up perfectly with the rest of the case. There is no flap overlay. I have some pictures of trying to get the passport in the holster with the hard shell. This cannot be done. It fits with some stretching in that it clears the opening but you cannot possible push this in or take it out with the rubber backing of the hard shell. Ultimately you will destroy the holster too.
The holster is well stitched and has nicely grained leather throughout. I have a picture of it side by side with the fold over case. The leather and stitching is totally different.
Also the holster is lined with a stiff canvas like material. it is soft enough to the touch where I do not believe any harm will come to the passport but it is stiff and probably ensures the shape of the holster will stay intact throughout the life of the holster. It also most likely will provide some impact protection.
The holster does not enclose any of the 4 corners of the passport. As can be seen in the pictures the top and bottom edge are cover but the vertical edge only has 50% of the device covered.
The swivel clip on the back of the holster is the same standard clip BlackBerry uses on all the holsters. The clip cannot come off but swivels 360 degrees.
In contrast with the Q10 leather holster:
I compared the passport holster to the q10 holster because I own both. I notice now that the gray canvas material of the passport one is the same as in the q10. That being said, the passport one has thicker and thinner parts made to contour the passport instead of being flat like for the q10. (for example the camera cut outs).
The leather even seems better quality than the q10 and the craftsmanship for how the flap closes and lines up is really nice. The holster works very well for what it is intended to do: hang the phone from your hip. If you want a decent holster just put out for this and be done with it. It might be a little over priced but I also put out 100% for the phone so whats the difference.
That said, thanks once again to lohikaarme over at CrackBerry, but before it ends, here are some (loads of) photos below.
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