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Old November 2nd, 2012, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow [Review][+PICS]Seidio's ACTIVE Case with Multi-Purpose Cover

I've been an Android fan for quite some time now. I followed the release of the G1 (and wanted one) but at the time felt the iPhone was a better product. That quickly changed and I've been a faithful Android user since. I found these forums when looking for cases for my CDMA HTC Hero. The case in question was a Seidio case. I finally joined so that I could see the pictures for the review. I purchased the product and was very happy with it. Since then I've made it a point to do a detailed review whenever I get accessories for my new Android phone errrr.... device.

That being said... here is my review of the
Seidio Active Case with Multi-Purpose Cover for the Nexus 7.




Packaging:
No need to dwell on this one. Package arrived with no issues. I opened the Fed-Ex box and found the case secure within a plastic packaging. No annoying sealed edges to cut or deal with.

What's included:
Inside the box are a few items:
A silicone flexible "inner" piece
A soft-touch hard "outer/skeleton" piece
A soft-touch hard Multi-Purpose Cover
There are also instructions for those who have a difficult time with these kinds of things

Instructions:
There are instructions (as is normal with Seidio products) in the shape of the device. The directions fit inside the case in an attempt to replicate the product. No special tools or triple jointed body parts needed!

Next there are also instruction stickers attached to the soft-touch hard "outer" shell and the Multi-Purpose Cover. Personally I saw these as overkill but you never know when someone may need it or can't figure it out. Fortunately these additional directions are just pictures. These secondary directions are pretty well stuck on there and are not made to peel off (in case anyone wants to know). They frankly annoyed me for the first day. Now I don't even notice them.

Quality:
A+!!! Seidio nailed it with this one! Everything lines up great. Headphone jack, speaker, microphone(s) and charging port all have ample clearance. The power buttons and volume keys also line up perfectly with the physical keys that say hidden underneath the case.






Silicone Flexible Inner Piece:
A+ As mentioned above, EVERYTHING lines up perfect. Nothing to note here. Easy as pie to put on. Easy as pie to take off.

Soft-Touch Hard Outer Shell:
A+ A lot of reviews refer to this piece as the Skeleton as it is what gives the case it's strength. To be honest, that makes a lot of sense. This piece is what makes the case useful and sets it apart from the standard case.

This Outer Shell/Skeleton is a hard plastic that features Seidio's signature soft touch. It's not slick at all. This shell literally "clips" right onto the the silicone piece and is a TIGHT fit. It's not easy to remove (at all) so you don't have to worry about it falling off. It's there and it's on there TIGHT!

When you order a different color case, this is the piece that varies, the inner silicone and multi-purpose cover will remain the same.

***As is, Seidio sells JUST the combination mentioned above but they also sell a combination that includes the Multi-Purpose Cover (mentioned below)***

Multi-Purpose Cover:
A- Let me start by saying this. I have the book-style cover on my kindle. It's great for books and if that's your preference. Personally, I wasn't about to put one on my Nexus 7. Personal preference.

That being said, the idea behind this Multi-Purpose Cover is what sold me and it, mostly, does the same things that all those popular iProduct and Nexus/Kindle cases do. In my opinion, this blows them out of the water. Here is why: every case I've seen has a landscape (and occasionally portrait) option. Each of those cases usually can sit at 2 or 3 angles. If you don't want the front cover of the book-style your only option is to take it out of the case or use the funky-elastic straps to snag the front of the Nexus and hold in it place. I refused to do this because I feel that this looks TERRIBLE!

Enter the Multi-Purpose Cover! There are indents on the corners of the Outer Shell/Skeleton that line up in all directions with the cover. Basically it clips on and stays on (for as long as you want it to) whenever you want to store the cover on the front or back of the device. I was easily able to pick up the case and shake it around with the Nexus attached without fear of it falling.



If you want it on the back of the case, you can put it on. If you don't want it on the back of the case, you can take it off. If you are transporting the Nexus, you can put it on. If you aren't and are just using it around the house, you can take it off. There is plenty of room between the cover and the screen of the Nexus 7 when in place over the screen to help prevent damage to our fragile toys.

If you want to use it as a stand, you can! There is a piece built into the cover that folds out and acts as a stand. Not only that, but there are 10 angles you can choose from to use the cover as a stand. I must say that this piece feels a bit clumsy and I am curious to see how this holds up long term.









When using the cover as a stand there are long rubber feet that help prevent the the stand from sliding across a desk or table.



I only have two dislikes about the cover which is what gives the cover itself a A- rating. First, when in landscape mode it feels like there is a bit of wiggle (front and back) where the Nexus sits in the stand. It doesn't seem to affect anything but it's worth noting. That being said, it didn't stop me from using it. It works great when working on projects in bed, etc. Second, there isn't a viable option to use the stand in portrait mode (if I ever wanted to) as the Nexus 7 would only be resting on one tab of the cover. I feel that this is an oversight that could have been corrected with perhaps a longer middle tab. Perhaps it'll be worked on in future versions. Either way, as long as you know these two things going in, you'll be happy.



It's also worth noting that having the Cover on the Nexus 7 does not seem to effect the sound quality of music/video.

Overall:
A In my opinion this is the best product I've ever seen Seidio produce. It's simple and to the point. It protects our beloved Nexus and looks good doing so. It withstands the pressures that the day to day activities can throw at it.

We've all seen the horror stories of the glass on the Nexus 7 breaking too easily. This was one of my MAIN reasons for wanting a case for it. I can confidently say that this case has alleviated those concerns. I've had the Nexus in the outer pockets of my luggage and in my gym bag and have put them through their standard uses and the case (and more importantly the Nexus) have come out completely unscathed!


Is it worth $34 bucks ($44 with the cover) when an ebay case can be had for 1/4 to 1/2 the price? I would most definitely say YES!

Want one? You can find them at Seidio's website by clicking HERE!


If anyone has any questions about the case or would like additional photos, be sure to let me know.

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This is my case! Thanks for the review :-)
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Side shot that shows the size of the cover on the device (and more importantly the amount of space between the screen and the cover.

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Thank you for the review! I was just looking at this case, and was needing to see an opinion on it!
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I have this case and I concur with everything the OP said. I got the all black version and couldn't be happier. This case combined with a screen protector and I am much more confident that my N7 can survive the real world.
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Kelmar:
I don't like most of the "folio" cases, so this is one type I'm looking seriously at, so thank you for the review.

Are you using a screen protector with this? Or do you think it really won't be necessary? All the anecdotes about screen cracks under surprising circumstances is getting me a bit paranoid, I admit.
So I'm on the fence about a screen protector in addition to the case -- esp since I've never put one on before.
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I don't like most of the "folio" cases, so this is one type I'm looking seriously at, so thank you for the review.

Are you using a screen protector with this? Or do you think it really won't be necessary? All the anecdotes about screen cracks under surprising circumstances is getting me a bit paranoid, I admit.
So I'm on the fence about a screen protector in addition to the case -- esp since I've never put one on before.
You're welcome!

I'm personally not using a screen protector but that's strictly because I know when/where I use my N7. If I was throwing it in a pocket or bag I probably would have one strictly for piece of mind. That being said... no issues so far!
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Great review, they're not available over here though
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Yes, definitely! I can't do it this month (at least not until the 28th), we get paid early in December and it makes January waaay too long.
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Yes, definitely! I can't do it this month (at least not until the 28th), we get paid early in December and it makes January waaay too long.
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Let me know and we'll work on getting shipping semantics figured out. I know you aren't going to cause problems.
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Default Review of Seidio ACTIVE w/Multi-Purpose Cover - lots of pics!!!

This is a review of Seidio ACTIVE Case with Multi-Purpose Cover for Nexus 7 - SEIDIO | ACTIVE Case for Google Nexus 7

I've been a huge fan of Seidio products, and have tested and reviewed most of their Note 2 cases. Their product always stands apart because of the high quality of material, perfect fitment, piece of mind you get knowing your gadget is protected, and... signature lint magnet of silicone shell So being familiar with their line of phone cases, I was curious how will it carry over to my Nexus 7 tablet. No surprise here - this case is Top Notch and Multi-Purpose Cover takes it to another level!!!

Let's first start with a case itself. This is a signature dual layer ACTIVE design with shock absorbent inner silicone shell and outer skeleton made out of high impact polymer that provides additional corner and side protection. The inner shell by itself has a very nice tight fit with a wrap around reinforced bumper which is surprisingly wide enough and will nicely cover the edges of screen protector (if you have one). It also has rugged side grips that will be exposed even after external skeleton shell is attached. All the port cutouts are precise and aligned perfectly. Power and Volume up/down buttons are covered, easy to press, and have perfect tactile feedback. The fitting of inner and outer shelves is like a glove. Outer shell has a very smooth rubbery finish - a signature Seidio coating. The tablet with a case feels very solid in your hand, great grip and absolutely non-slippery. Also, relatively lightweight.

So, if we are talking about Sedio case, where is the signature magnetic kickstand? This function is brilliantly implemented as part of Multi-Purpose Cover. For anybody considering getting ACTIVE case without it, do yourself a favor and get this cover, its a MUST have!!! First of all it serves as a cover for the top of the case. Very nice tight fitting cover to protect your screen. It latches on securely, thanks to 4 dimples (one on each corner) and 4 bumps (matching on inner corners of the cover) that interconnect together. No need to worry about cover scratching your screen since inner stand part has a felt lining. Once you remove the cover, you can attach it to the back of the case, through the same interconnected dimple/bump - another great idea so you don't loose your cover when its open. And to top it all - the inner part of the cover lifts up to turn into kickstand with 10 adjustable angles. In a kickstand position you can place your tablet in either portrait or landscape - very sturdy and secure. The cover itself on outside has 2 rubbery non-slip pads that will grip to any surface, thus protecting your case/stand from sliding.

Honestly, I can't even think of one negative, except for lint magnet which as I mentioned before became a signature thing with Seidio lol!!! Its a very versatile case which gives your Nexus 7 tablet a great rugged protection for indoors and outdoors. Definitely a must have!!!

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Great reviews. Just got one of these with the cover - love it! I have the similar case with belt clip for my Galaxy S3 so I knew what to expect. It has a perfect fit with exact alignment with all of the controls - very, very well made.
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Great reviews. Just got one of these with the cover - love it! I have the similar case with belt clip for my Galaxy S3 so I knew what to expect. It has a perfect fit with exact alignment with all of the controls - very, very well made.
Agreed, I'm very impressed with mine. Seidio said they'd ship over here but it would cost me £70 for the case and shipping. I picked up a blue one on ebay for half that, I'm delighted.

Also managed to score one for my Nexus 4 too.
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I bought this case during the Christmas sale and it is great for all the reasons stated above. I wish the bottom of the case was stickier so it wouldn't move as much on surfaces. I have a trident aegis for my nook color and feel confident whenever I put it down that it won't move.

Oh well, otherwise I'm very happy with the Seidio.
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I avoided these reviews because I thought I nailed my case decision but now that I read them, I'm tempted. I like the idea of having a decent case which works in both portrait and landscape (according to 1 of 2 reviewers).

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