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HTC Desire Pull Case Review

Rob Farley takes a look at the HTC Desire pull case from MobileFun. It’s a basic, HTC branded slip case that retails for only £12.95.

The HTC desire pull case is black, it’s leather, and you put your phone in it! Features include an embossed HTC logo, a pull ribbon to allow for easy access to your phone and an all-important hole in the top to allow your phone to enter.

Around the back is a pull ribbon, which works exactly as you’d expect; slide your phone into the case, the ribbon retracts, pull on the ribbon and the phone magically rises from the case. One slight issue is that it rises exactly where the volume rocker switch is, so you invariably adjust the volume as you slip the phone from the case.

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When the phone is safely in the case you can’t control the device in any way aside from either a bluetooth headset or the awful HTC Desire earphones which come supplied with the phone. Calling the phone when it’s in the case doesn’t seem to muffle the sound significantly, so you should hear it and have plenty of time to extract it from the case and answer it.

The headphone socket is on the top of the HTC Desire, so you can still comfortably use headphones in conjunction with this case. Just make sure you’ve got a good playlist set up, as removing the phone from the case to change tracks can get tiresome.

Frankly, though as a man with pockets, I’m struggling to see how I would would personally use the HTC Desire Pull case. I think people who let their phone rattle around in a bag should definitely get one of these (not just women, as I do occasionally find it useful when dropping my HTC Desire into a back pack whilst cycling), but keeping a spare leather pocket in my pocket seems unnecessary to me. I accept I have to make sure I have nothing else in my ‘phone pocket’ so I don’t damage a caseless phone but I can deal with that!

Overall, it’s a back to basics, cheap and functional case that you can’t go too far wrong with. But with a screen protector and a pocket to hand you’re probably not going to need it. If, however, you’re dumping your phone in bag, it’s absolutely essential and you’re unlikely to need anything more than this £12.95 form fitting HTC Desire leather case.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010, Mobile Phones.