I also wondered why the 8900 top sticks so far out of the OEM pouch. My guess: so you can get headphones in and a lanyard in and still get it in the case. Actually I was pleasantly surprised at the leather quality of the included case. I expected a POS. That's why I ordered a blue one from RIM (not here yet). That cost me $38 including shipping. I've had Seidio rubberized cases, they cost a lot and mainly protect from scratches. At least the new on comes apart at the bottom instead of clipping halves together 9they break a lot). Plus you can use an OEM dock too. They look good though.