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Old February 7th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Matty Mo's Reviews: Seidio Innocase Surface Case & Ultimate Screen Guard

I want to start this review by asking the reader’s a question, and that question is “Why change a good thing?”
The answer to this question is, “You don’t!”
And for this simple reason alone, is why I choose Seidio. Whenever I am in the market for a new smart phone or toy (i.e. Tablet) accessory, I go nowhere else besides Seidio. I have been purchasing their products for about 3 years now with total allegiance because their products are nothing but quality craftsmanship.

Today I will be reviewing the Seidio Innocase Surface and Seidio Ultimate Screen Guard, for the Evo Shift 4G for the Sprint Network. I would first like to state right out the gate, that a phone like this that has a slide out keyboard such as the Palm Pre or Samsung Epic 4G are always harder to find cases for that actually fit, provide protection, don’t interfere with the sliding mechanism and don’t add a considerable thickness to the phone, to just name a few.
When I unpackaged the Innocase, and felt the suede like material the case is made out of, I knew I was in love. The top part of the phone snapped on with no problems, unlike some have had, next I applied the bottom part, which just as easily snapped on the phone. One thing that I look out for with new case on a slider is the thickness the case has added. And I must say, that this case does not add any real thickness the phone. It’s like adding a really thin shell to the phone, now the thinness of the case doesn’t compromise the protection the case gives to the phone, just holding it in my hand, I know that my phone is safe. All the cut outs are precisely where they are suppose to be, giving the user easy access to all the ports. The clips, which hold the case in place on the phone, run smoothly and flush with it as well. I know one problem people have with cases like these have, is that the clips will apply a pressure in between the top and bottom portion to make the keyboard more loose if the clips are not in the right place, I can say with assurance that the Innocase doesn’t give your phone this feel. When the phone is shut everything feels perfect, no protrusions or flaws.
Now although the phone’s keyboard does and will loosen over time, the case does provide some type of protection against it. It makes the keyboard feel sturdy and stiff, like it is brand new. Now not only does the case provide protection from the keyboard loosening, it also provides protection for one of the most important features of the phone, the camera. The cut outs on the back of the case for the camera has a lip around it that hides the camera inside of it, I think about a kangaroo in a pouch.
The Spring Clip Holster that comes with the Seidio Innocase Surface is something new that I never used before due to the price. But having a little extra cash to spring for it this time, I splurged. It’s nice to be able to have access to the phone without having to take it in and out of your pocket. It has a suede-lining inside the clip holster so when you place the phone screen inward into the clip it’s protected by it. When the clip, shuts and you hear that click, you know that phone is in there to stay. But just as easy it clips in, your able to unclip just as fast. As well as the clip itself, now although it does turn direction it has a nice sturdy feel, it doesn’t have a spin-a-wheel effect.

Now I have tried every type of screen protector under the sun, Zagg, Skinomi, Sprint OEM screen guards and many others and I can honestly say that none meet the standard that Seidio sets. When you apply the Ultimate Screen Guard (which you can apply with ease, compared to other protectors such as Zagg or Bodyguardz), you don’t need any type of spray it is applied dry with the use of a card that Seidio provides which also comes with a lint free cloth to wipe your phone first with. After the Screen Guard is applied you can barely notice there is anything on it. Many of my coworkers who I showed, couldn’t tell that there was one on it at all. Now one thing that I hate about most screen protectors is the feel it gives when you touch it. Some give it a sticky feel that is not smooth to your touch, and that is where Seidio wins me over. The 3M thicknesses that Seidio uses on the Screen Guards provide the user with a feel of glass. It’s as though you’re not touching a screen protector but the glass of the screen itself.

When I buy products like these, I get reassurance why I buy Seidio. I give this Seidio Innocase Surface and Seidio Ultimate Screen Guards a 10/10. I will keep my relationship going with Seidio for now, or until I receive a product that I don’t like, which means I probably will be with this company for life.

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thanks for the review. i was looking for a case and i think i'm going to give this one a shot.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 05:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for your thanks and feedback, if you like my review you can push the Thanks button within the first comment and it would be much appreciated and i guess you are more then welcome to leave comments saying whether you enjoyed or not... my ego can always use the help!!!

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Well to begin they are overpriced way overpriced. I paid $50 for the combo which includes the surface and holster. When you hold it on the side where case is locked if you press it with even slightly pressure it creaks. However the holster is perfect and with surface its good overall coverage. I just think $50 is to much for freaking shell. Also they do sell Innocase battery and screen protector as both been tested over the years and failed compared to the competitors.

I myself would have to go with Mugen Power when it comes to stock size battery and for screen protector anything but Zigg's InvisibleSHEILD as it took me 5sec to put hole in it :P so much for them to claim it was virtually indestructible lol I didn't want to send it back as it would be hard to explain during RMA that why it has hole in the middle LOL what a waste of $30 that was.A lot of company make decent screen protectors now as you just have to know which to get as you can get clear glass or anti glare mostly like Vikuiti's DQC-160 type which is IMHO best.
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So I have read that with this case (and the other ones currently available), that you cannot see the 2 lights for caps lock and function lock when using the slide out keyboard. Think it would be a problem to use file or dremil tool to remove a bit of the case to allow the lights to be seen?
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Honestly if you are skilled with a file i would be all over that in a heart beat. with this case, it doesn't cover the lights as much as the other cases i have tried it actually shows like half of the lights.
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So I have read that with this case (and the other ones currently available), that you cannot see the 2 lights for caps lock and function lock when using the slide out keyboard. Think it would be a problem to use file or dremil tool to remove a bit of the case to allow the lights to be seen?

I don't know how it is with the black case, but I purchased the dark blue. And when either led is lit up, you can actually see it through the case. It illuminates through the plastic and you can still see it.
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