I bought the leather holster from Verizon because they were discounting it 25%, it was reasonably priced to start and the phone fits in it perfectly. I've looked at many holsters from the ones being hawked on the street to those at a leather goods store. The quality of the Verizon one is on the upper end. I prefer magnetic flaps for holsters. It can be set either vertical or horizontal but makes much more sense to me to use it horizontally. I've been using horizontal holsters for the last 10 years (treo, xv6700, touch pro and now droid x). Always goes back in unless I'm using it or at a desk. Never gotten a scratch on my phones (I use a screen protector also, the Steinheil Crystal this time) but did break the Touch Pro screen early on when I dropped it onto the corner of a table.