Couldn't really comment on the clip coming apart. Only tried wearing the holster once, and immediately knew I will not wear it anymore. I can confirm that the phone can only sit on the holster facing the inside. I knew this this morning when I thought I was so smart when I thought I can clip the holster to my car dock so I don't have to take the case off.... And when I tried it, I knew it wasn't going to work. I couldn't really compare the protection level with the Active case. But with the hard outer shell protecting the corners and side of the phone, as well as the soft inner shell offering some shock absorption properties, I can imagine that it would be on par with the Active case, protection wise. Now if someone with the active combo case can test if this case fits the active holster, that would be great.