Accessories Review: PDair Black Leather Case for the Nokia N97 (Flip Type)

| August 19, 2009 | Reply

Today I received my Black  Nokia N97. Iit’s from mobilephonesdirect (ordered Monday) unlocked and unbranded ^_^.

It was free on a T-Mobile £35/m 18M contract with 700 minutes/unlimited text and apparently 3GB fair usage free internet (that’s what the T-Mob Rep said). I saw that I could have got more minutes from dialaphone except it’s Orange-locked/branded (i.e. slow/no firmware updates and stuck on orange). I was paying about £30 on sim-only so this was a pretty cheap deal for an unlocked/unbranded and decent tariff ‘flagship’ phone. No I’m not being paid to mention any of these sites.

Anyway, included with my N97 was a free (supposedly hand) made leather case, with additional belt clip. You can get these yourself from for 28USD (about 17GBP) or from for 19.53GBP.



  • Black DPair leather case with silvery/grey stitching
  • Belt clip attachments
  • Instructions


  • Good quality, soft leather case with silvery stitching
  • All areas of the N97 are immediately accessible (Except the back)
  • Protects the N97’s screen well – the flap bit is firm yet soft and smooth as not to scratch the screen. Held closed by the magnetic clip.
  • Holds the N97 firmly in place
  • You can use the N97 without having to remove the case, touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard
  • If you’re a belt-clip fan, you can connect a detachable one that’s really strong.
  • Makes it easier to set the N97 on it’s side (for taking group shots)

Cons –

  • Plastic that holds the N97 to the case makes all the keys of the keyboard flat making it more difficult to use.
  • Bulky – N97 goes from 17.2mm to about 25mm
  • Right side is not protected

Some pictures below:

case n972

case n97

It’s a nice case – not a major fan of these extremely formal looking cases myself. I’m sure there are many that are. I’d probably use it if it didn’t affect the keyboard. There are similar much cheaper (but maybe worse quality) flippy style cases on eBay where the N97 just clips into the case, but the keyboard is unaffected.


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