Monaco Aluminum case pictures

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    I was looking for more info on the Monaco aluminum cases. I didn't find the details I was looking for so I bought one thru Ebay. Here are some pictures for you guys.

    I have always liked Halliburton cases. I have a brief case and some others. This was similar and I wanted something to protect the phone.

    The case is available in black and silver. Here is a tip; get the silver. A lesson learned from my aluminum brief case. If (and when) scratched, the scratch is invisible on the silver case. Stands out like a sore thumb on the black one.

    The fit and finish is well done. The phone is held securely by friction. Retained by the shape and the thin lining material.

    Corner protection is fair based on the close fit of the aluminum to the phone case. Denting the case in a drop would push against the phone possibly damaging it. However it would probably take a hard fall to do this. No, I am not willing to experiment on my phone.

    The belt hook attachment post screws into the case back. It has a threaded reinforcing plate that the plastic post with an internal metal screw threads into.

    The belt hook is well made with a positive lock. It snaps into position with a positive report. A release catch must be pressed to release it. The hook and catch mechanism appear well made.

    Bob
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    More Monaco case pictures

    Here are additional pictures with the phone installed.
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    And the last set of pictures

    These show the openings for the USB, power switch, etc. On the last picture, the cutout at the bottom is where you can push the phone out of the case to remove it.

    I hope that this helps you to make a decision if this is the right one for you.

    Bob
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    Thanks for posting this case. I have been looking for a hard case for awhile now. I read most of the case review threads and decided on a metal case after seeing the flimsy looking amzers and the seidio cases which are hit or miss depending on which week you buy one.

    This thing looks sturdy and I really wanted something close to the otterbox cases which aren't in production for the droid.

    Do you find the bottom row of touch icons hard to use because of the case thickness? I'm wondering how thick the thing is compared some others.

    Nice pictures, really helpful.
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    The thickness of the aluminum material is .95 mm or .038 in. There is no liner under the case housing lid at the bottom. There is a little gap between the touch surface and the housing on the sides and top where the liner is. So to answer your question, There is little intereferance of the case to the bottom row of buttons.

    I hope these pictures clarify that.

    Bob
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    Thanks alot!
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    There isn't a hole for the noise canceling mic - so you'll have to drill one.
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    great posts rleonard.. looks bomb-proof ;) and i love you sig. it is SO very true..
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    thanks for posting this, until reading your post and seeing the pictures i did not even know this case existed.

    i really like how compared to the snap on cases this case is easily removable(i use the multimedia dock every night) and looks to provide the same or better protection than the common snap on cases.

    just paid for mine, hopefully it will come in by the end of the week.:)
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    i actually kind of like that case. i like how its one piece and two pieces (if you see what im saying)
    how much did u get it for?
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    I like it, but my Droid would sink with that thing if dropped in water. FAIL. :icon_ devil:
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    If you dropped it in water, what difference would it make? lol... Do you need a life vest case or something? The phone is still going to be useless when it gets wet, most likely.
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    Well I didn't realize I'd have to drill the thing, it's out for me then. I find it amazing how difficult it is to find something as simple as a case which works well with this phone with all it's popularity.

    Maybe I'll email Seidio and see if their cases finally fit. This is really beginning to be an annoyance of sorts.
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    I like the look of the case, but does anyone know if the metal cases interfer with the phone reception? I had one of these for a phone a few years ago and it really messed up the signal.
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    its not that hard to drill a hole...:)
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    Still liking the case?
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    I had a bad experience with the Monaco aluminum case when I purchased it for my blackberry. It was a good idea in theory, but to make a long story short I go into three major flaws I found with it.
    1. I had it for the Storm and you could not use the touch screen through the screen protector, you had to open the door regardless. Did not say that on the website.
    2. The latch that held the door closed was never really secure. My Storm fell out about 3 times in the two days that I tried to use it. Once was real bad because the case was on my belt and I bumped into my desk, which opened the latch and send my storm sliding across the room on a wood floor.
    3. When I wanted to return the case after only two days. They initially refused to give me my money back. After explaining to them why I was returning it, they said they can only give me some of my money back. I think at the time it was 49.99 and they gave me 19.99 back and I had to pay for the return shipping. I'm not the fighting with customer service type so I guess I just got screwed with that, but just thought I'd give a fair warning.
    It was about a year ago, maybe a little over, so maybe they improved their product and CS by now.
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    Yep, I wonder about that as well. It's called the Faraday effect, and is the exact reason why Motorola had to design the Droid with the distinctive chin at the bottom, so the antenna isn't completely surrounded by the aluminum housing.
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    I have one of these ordered, sorry to hear about the flaws and experience. If this thing isn;t very strong, I'll return it or just scrap it, but maybe it'll be better in terms of the latch staying closed.

    I find it annoying that people can't find a good metal or highly protective case for this thing, either they are cheap plastic snap ons or ill fitting rubber etc.

    I also have a leather top case on order to use when I'm not at work. as long as this case can save the phone from hard drops and stay closed I'm fine.
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