As a resident gamer at AP, I’ve been fortunate enough to cover mobile gaming for years, covering a plethora of products, the best games to controllers, and even the occasional portable streaming device. While the Analogue Pocket might not run Android, my lifelong love of all gaming laptops meant I had to buy one, so I was lucky enough to enter round two. sale, which is precisely how I got to review the elusive device earlier this year.
Well, seeing how much I covet the handheld, I knew I’d get a case eventually, but since the device is so rare, cases are hard to come by. Luckily Waterfield saw a hole in the market and produced several high quality analog pocket cases, pouches and bags, and they were kind enough to send me a few, so that’s exactly what I did and what this article is about. Let’s dig.
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What is Waterfield?
First, a little background. water field is a premium case and bag manufacturer based in San Francisco, and all of its products are made right here in America. It gives the company a lot of space to quickly create new designswhich is more than likely to have become one of the first manufacturers to offer a case for the Analogue Pocket (a pocket, in reality). It recently ramped up production where the company now offers three separate products to carry the gadget around, all in different sizes, two of which I had the chance to personally test in the past two months.
The Analog Pocket Pouch
The first is the Analog Pocket Pouch. This was Waterfield’s first case for the Game Boy lookalike, and it 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 few Game Boy games or a cable or two, however, with the analog pocket inside the sleeve, there won’t be much room left to fill that zippered pocket. .
The inside of the pouch is a soft plush material made of short fibers. Ideally, this provides protection when sliding the pocket in and out of the pouch so you don’t have to worry about scratching your screen on such a soft material. However, thanks to the magnetic closure, dust and debris can enter the pouch when you carry it in a larger bag, such as a backpack or suitcase. If debris such as sand or lint gets inside, small particles may stick to the soft fibers inside. It’s a small chance, but it’s definitely something to be aware of.
Currently, there are five color and material choices, ranging from red, green, blue, oilcloth, and nylon. I was sent the Forza Blue pouch, a dark blue color that goes well with the pouch’s black zipper and lanyard attachments.
It’s a stylish case that offers superb build quality, made of premium materials and sewn to perfect tolerances. It’s not a case that will fall apart quickly, that’s for sure, which means it will protect its contents quite well, as it’s also thick enough that you don’t have to worry about bumps when carrying around. the pouch in a larger bag. So, for a $50 price tag, you can’t really go wrong with the Analogue Pocket Pouch, because the prices only go up from here.
The CitySlicker Analog Pocket Case
Perhaps taking some lessons learned from the Analogue Pocket Pouch, the CitySlicker case forgoes the magnetic opening at the top and opts for a foldable flap. This flap is made of thick leather and attaches magnetically, while the rest of the case is nylon unless you choose to go with waxed canvas (my favorite also comes with a leather flap). This means you have the choice of a black flap, a white flap, a brown flap on a black nylon case, or a brown waxed canvas case that comes with a brown flap.
The main compartment offers material that approximates microfiber, where the fibers are packed more densely than what’s available in the analog pocket pouch, so retaining loose debris, if someone is around the flap, is much less of a concern for the Analog Pocket Cover.
You still get a built-in zipped pocket, just like the analog pocket pouch, and that pocket is located at the back, but its outer material is made of a flexible fabric, which means you can store a few games or cables from more compared to the analog pocket sleeve. You also get an extra compartment in the front under the flap, which can hold a game or two.
So the CitySlicker case offers a bit more storage than the Pocket Pouch analog while maintaining a similar footprint, which is probably why it’s slightly more expensive at $80. However, that price makes sense because the leather flap is a thick, meaty piece of quality hide.
For me, the CitySlicker is my go-to case for my analog pocket. Not only do I not have to worry about debris getting into the case, but thanks to the flap, the unit I received is waxed canvas, which just feels incredibly premium paired with this thick leather flap. Add premium stitching that feels incredibly sturdy, and the cost is well worth what you get.
Can these cases be used with anything else?
Absolutely. My love for handheld games goes far beyond the Analogue Pocket, so I’ve collected and built quite a few modified Game Boys over the past few years in my never-ending search for the perfect handheld. What I don’t have is a multitude of cases to store them. Here’s Waterfield with their Analogue Pocket cases, where I discovered that these products can indeed hold and protect classic Game Boys just as well as the device they were designed for. here, 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’re also perfect for carrying any Game Boy, be it the classic OG , a Game Boy Pocket, a Game Boy Color, or a GameBoy Advance. After all, the Analogue Pocket is the same size as the OG Game Boy, just slightly slimmer. So if you’re like me and have amassed a ridiculous collection of modded Game Boys and want a quality case to carry them around in, I can definitely recommend checking it out. Waterfield’s Analog Pocket Range. The build quality is superb, and thanks to a footprint that lends itself well to any Game Boy, 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 enjoy the Game Boy modding scene, if you’re looking for a new case, I can definitely recommend the CitySlicker case with the analog pocket pouch. Oh, and if you’re looking for something a little bigger to carry your devices and games on long trips, maybe the Analogue Pocket Pack is faster, because it can fit all your accessories, power cords, games and console. Although I don’t have one yet, my Game Boy collection continues to grow, so I’m sure I’ll pick one up soon enough.