Review of Seidio OBEX case for Note 3 - ULTIMATE protection!!! w/lots of pics!!!Tips


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  1. twister6

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    This is a Review of Seidio OBEX Combo case for Note 3. SEIDIO | OBEX Combo for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    Let me first start by saying HOW jealous I am this case was only developed in time for Note 3. It was always my dream to have an ULTIMATE protection case for my Note 2, but that dream came true for Note 3 users (and of course S3, S4, and probably S5 as well). The challenge of being able to have a fully certified IP68 case wasn't easy for Note phablet due to s-pen and other port covers, but here it is - finally resolved! I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but it's really not a hype. Nothing currently available for Note 3 will come even close to be 100% Waterproof (continuous submersion), Dust proof, Impact proof, Snow proof, Exceeding MIL-STD-810F standard, and IP68 Water and Dust tight certified - all that in a slim design. Here is more about this wonder case.

    Arrived in a nice packaging, once you take a tour of all of it's features listed outside of the box, you quickly realize that Seidio guys thought of every possible doomsday scenario. It can also give you a wrongful impression of some bulky over-sized brick to accommodate all that, though a sneak peak through the box display shows a slim profile of black and red design. Out of the box, the case by itself feels super lightweight at only 75g. It has an excellent grip and doesn't feel in your hand wider than a typical slim case. I have to note that my review is based on using a display model of Note 3, but it still gives you a very accurate assessment of the fitment. OBEX will completely seal your Note 3 from outside world. Every port, every button, every opening, and the display will be covered. At least right out of the box, it was a bit of a challenge to separate top and bottom of the case, but this is actually a good thing. You want to be sure that no matter what happens to this case, if you drop it or compress it - it will not come apart and the internal seal will keep any moisture from getting inside of it. As a matter of fact, it exceed MIL STD certification of up to 6ft drop. The material used in this case is high quality combination of PC and Thermoplastic Silicon Vulcanizate to protect it from any direct impact. The built in screen protect has 4H hardness rating and sealed to protect from any moisture. Internally, you have waterproof membranes to protect microphone and speakers without reduction of sound quality. Also, they used a special anti-reflection glass for camera lens protection so it doesn't interfere with a picture quality. Sealed power, volume up/down, and home buttons have a very nice tactile response. For a more commonly used S-pen and headphone jack covers, Seidio used an easier to access hard rubber flap, while for other top/bottom ports it was partitioned with a hard plastic flap with rubber stoppers. You can still get to your usb charging port, but you need to use your nail and apply a bit of force.

    Though I wasn't able to verify this because I only have a display model, Seidio guarantees in it's product description that case will not interfere with radio signals, bluetooth, or NFC - it's all plastic, so shouldn't be a problem. I also have a feeling that wireless charging shouldn't be a problem either. As an additional accessory, it also comes with a waterproof headphone adapter which screws right into the port. But in general, the case is fully functional for everyday use without any limitations of it's functionality. True, it's 2-piece design is not very easy to take apart and you will need to use both hands for that, but that's the whole intent of ultimate protection. In addition to the case, you also get a heavy duty holster with a belt clip, a typical design from their CONVERT series. OBEX can go into that holster face in and face out, and the spring loaded latch has a sliding lock to keep it secure. With face out, you can actually lean your Note 2 in landscape so you can use the holster/clip as a kickstand. The belt clip has a heavy duty durable spring, and it's actually removable to work with Seidio Quest Mounting system to attach to their car mount, bike mount, as well as armband mount.

    Overall, if you are looking for a maximum protection of your Note 3, to withstand any and every element of nature and still look cool while doing that - there is nothing else out there that can do a better job than Seidio OBEX case. Don't let the price scare you away, just visit Amazon where you can find this case at a much better deal. To come up with this level of protection for Note 3 was really a challenge that neither Defender nor LifeProof would even touch, but Seidio OBEX nailed it with flying colors!!! Highly recommend this one!!!

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  2. twister6

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    Btw, if anybody has experience using this case with their Note 3, please chime in to share with us.
  3. 44fred

    44fred Well-Known Member

    Would like to here first hand experience as well.
    I bought the Otterbox Armor for my Iphone when they hit the market. Very protective case but I couldn't here my callers voice because it sealed up the phone. Took it back to AT&T the next day.
    This case looks fantastic if I can here my callers voice.
  4. donas

    donas Well-Known Member

    I do not use this case, but a good friend does. He is very unhappy with the ability to hear callers as well as outgoing voice clarity....he sounds like he has his handover his mouth when he is talking. He has tried opening the bottom "cover" but it doesn't help enough. He is returning his case.

    On a positive note, the phone feels/looks great in the case.
  5. 44fred

    44fred Well-Known Member

    Well then. Another case that looks great but won't function.
    I guess if you used Bluetooth exclusively, it would be fine. For the rest of us, no go.
  6. Elokaynu

    Elokaynu New Member

    I have the case, just got it yesterday, the sound quality going out is fine, but the sound quality coming in isn't so great, my note 3 is rooted and trying to tweak viper to push more bass & treble
  7. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    This case looks like it's really good build quality, thanks for all the pictures Twister. :)

    You might of just convinced me to get one. :p
  8. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    I would get one for one purpose - just like I had a otter box whatever for my droid X.

    sports and other activites. it wouldn't be my daily case (love my UAG)

    but mountain bikings, hiking (maybe) boating, I would want something like that. also how many of us have, use a BT device. I have one - I do rarely use it - true. and I use speaker phone more often.

    but that's a minor inconvenience for the protection. especially if you are boating or mountain biking (or hell motorcycling). in fact I'd probably be running something BT anyway - or the headset wires.
  9. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Yeah exactly, I have been going canoeing a lot, and getting disposable cameras every time that are water proof has started to get on my nerves, plus the picture quality isn't that great.

    I would love to have those pictures on my phone instead, which is why I am considering buying this case.
  10. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    I keep seeing this other device that's essentially a sealed box with a lanyard around it.

    not sure if you can use the phone while in it - but it's a neat holder device - cheaper than this case and more secure. but again I think it's just a box.


    alternate thread hijack - panasonic makes a 14 or so MP point and shoot device that is ruggedized and has a gps chip for tagging pics etc. my buddy bought one a few years ago (so I'm sure the new model is improved a bit). it was awesome and water proof and used an sd card -

    just FYI.
  11. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Haha thanks for the suggestions Napalm :)

    I will definitely take them into consideration, and maybe find this "box" you are talking about!
  12. Napalm

    Napalm Well-Known Member

    do an amazon search for cases

    it should come up fairly quickly - you'll know it fron the pic. seems like a good idea for boating - right up until you need to use your phone Unless BT.
  13. joelstitch

    joelstitch Member

    Jut got this case yesterday. It feels great, seems like it keeps the phone very very well protected. So far the only problem I've experience is the microphone not getting my voice well. Every single phone call I made the other person had problems being able to hear me. Besides that I find the screen very responsive compared to their Galaxy S3 case (I used to own). I'll keep using it for a bit and update again.
  14. tankdog03

    tankdog03 New Member

    Its expensive, but worth every penny, I just wish it came with a holster and room for extended battery, then it would be a good seller.. I had one for my OG evo 4g and loved it... sumthing to think about

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