Well, seeing how much I crave the handheld, I knew I would eventually get a case, but because the device is so rare, cases are hard to find. Thankfully Waterfield saw a hole in the market and produced several high quality cases, pouches and bags for the analog pocket, and they were kind enough to send some my way, so that’s exactly what I did and what this is all about item. We go down.
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What is Waterfield?
First, a little background. Waterfield is a high-end case and bag manufacturer based in San Francisco and all of its products are made here in America. This gives the company plenty of room to quickly create new designs, which is more than likely how it became one of the first manufacturers to offer a case for the Analogue Pocket (a case, in fact). It recently accelerated production where the company now offers three separate products to carry the gadget around, all varying in size, two of which I had the chance to personally test. in the past two months.
The analog pocket pocket
The first is the analog pocket pocket. This was Waterfield’s first case for the Game Boy lookalike and offers a smooth magnetic closure that keeps the latch closed when a device is inserted. There is a zippered pocket on one side that can hold a couple of Game Boy games or a cable or two, although, with the analog pocket inside the case, there won’t be much room to fill this zippered pocket. .
The inside of the case is a soft plush made with short fibers. Ideally, this offers protection when sliding the pocket in and out of the case so you don’t have to worry about scratching the screen on such a soft material. However, thanks to the magnetic closure, dust and debris can enter the case when carrying it in a larger bag, such as a backpack or suitcase. If debris such as sand or lint gets inside, it is possible for small particles to stick to the soft fibers inside. It’s a small chance, but it’s definitely something to be aware of.
Currently, there are five choices of colors and materials, ranging from red, green, blue, oilcloth and nylon. I was sent the Forza Blue case, a dark blue color that goes well with the case’s black zipper and lanyard attachments.
It is a stylish case that offers excellent build quality, made with premium materials and stitched to perfect tolerances. This isn’t a case that falls apart quickly, that’s for sure, which means it will protect its contents well enough, as it’s also thick enough that you don’t have to worry about dents as you carry the case in a larger bag. So, for a price of $ 50, you can’t really go wrong with the analog pocket pocket, as the prices only go up from here.
The CitySlicker case for analog pocket
Perhaps taking some lessons learned from the analog pocket pocket, the CitySlicker case forgoes the magnetic opening at the top and opts for a foldable flap. This flap is made from thick leather and attaches magnetically, while the rest of the case is nylon unless you choose to go with oilcloth (my favorite is also paired with a leather flap). This means you can choose from a black flap, a white flap, a brown flap on a black nylon case, or a brown oilcloth case that comes with a brown flap.
The main compartment offers a material that feels closer to microfiber, where the fibers are packed more densely than what is available in the analog pocket pocket, so retaining loose debris should anyone be around the flap is much less of a concern for the analog pocket pocket.
You still have a built-in zippered pocket, just like the analog pocket pocket, and this pocket is in the back, but its outer material is made of a flexible fabric, which means you can hold some extra games or cables compared to the analog pocket pocket. You also have an extra compartment in the front under the flap, which can hold a game or two.
So the CitySlicker case offers slightly more storage space than the analog pocket pocket while maintaining a similar footprint, which is why it is slightly more expensive at $ 80. However, this price makes sense as the leather flap is a piece of leather of quality, thick and meaty.
For me, CitySlicker is the ideal case for my analog pocket. Not only do I not have to worry about debris getting into the case, thanks to the flap, the unit I received is oilcloth, which just feels incredibly premium paired with that thick leather flap. Add high quality stitching that looks incredibly sturdy and the cost is worth what you get.
Can these cases be used with something else?
Absolutely. My love of handheld gaming extends far beyond the Pocket analog, so over the past few years I’ve collected and built quite a few modified Game Boys in my ongoing quest for the perfect handheld. What I don’t have is a slew of cases to store them in. Here comes Waterfield with its analog pocket cases, where I found that these products can truly hold and protect classic Game Boys just like the device they were designed to keep, the analog pocket.
Ultimately, you don’t need to own an analog pocket to buy one of Waterfield’s excellent analog pocket cases, as they are also perfect for carrying around any Game Boy, be it the classic OG, a Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance. After all, the Analogy Pocket is similar in size to the OG Game Boy, only slightly thinner. So if you’re anything like me and have amassed a ridiculous collection of modified Game Boys and would like a quality case to carry them around, I can definitely recommend checking out Waterfield’s Analogue Pocket line. Build quality is superb, and thanks to a footprint that lends itself well to all Game Boys, these cases are also versatile and can fit a range of similarly sized products.
All in all, whether you’re lucky enough to have scored an analog pocket or just enjoying the Game Boy modding scene, if you’re looking for a new case, I can definitely recommend the CitySlicker case along with the analog pocket case. Oh, and if you’re looking for something a little bigger to carry around with your devices and games for long journeys, maybe the Analog Pocket Pack is more your speed, as it can fit all your accessories, cables, power, games and consoles. While I don’t have one yet, my Game Boy collection continues to grow, so I have no doubt I’ll be getting one soon enough.