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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by WaitingForDI, May 30, 2010.

  1. WaitingForDI

    WaitingForDI Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have been using this Verizon case since I got the Incredible on the day of its release:


    It leaves the top and bottom of the phone unprotected, but covers the sides. Today I took the cover off and noticed that the bezel on the sides of the phone has a bunch of small "knicks". I then looked at the inside of the sides of the case and saw that it inevitably collected sand and dirt. Top and bottom of the phone, where the case does not cover the bezel, is flawless.

    I have been extremely careful keeping my phone clean, always blowing it off when I take it out of my pocket, and even going so far as to use my camera's bulb blower on it periodically.

    I think hard cases are more likely to cause trapped sand and dirt to scratch the bezel than soft cases, especially when you take the case off the phone.

    So, just wanted to throw this out there. Using a hard case to "protect" the phone kind of defeats the purpose if it's just going to scratch up the bezel. As I said, the top and bottom of the bezel where the case doesn't cover is flawless. This also applies to Seidio's case, which is extremely similar to the Verizon case above in rigidity and material. I had an Innocase II for my Blackberry Storm.

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  2. jtreadwell

    jtreadwell Newbie

    I have this case on my Droid. It scratches up some where it slides but its a trade off. What damage is done by the case is minimal compared to what would happen without it.
  3. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    i have been using this case without any issues like you describe for wuite a while now. i like the case alot and it has been great to hold me over til i get my Innocase II
  4. 310toLeft

    310toLeft Newbie

    I've been using the hard Body Glove case until I put an invisible shield and switch to a silicone case.

    I just don't want the bulk that comes with the BG case, but it's done a great job of protecting my phone, and I haven't noticed it doing any damage to the phone around the bezel or anything.
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  5. Todd M

    Todd M Android Enthusiast

    This case was not designed to be used in your pocket. It was designed to be used with the holster. I have the exact same one that you show here and I have none of the issues you have because I use the other part that comes with it, and what it was designed for. If you want total protection for use in a pocket, then you will need to get a case that will work with that. This one will not fit that bill.

    Pocket use is the single greatest issue of damages/dust/knicks/scratches/etc ad nauseum. Don't get me wrong, I am not denegrating anyone that does it, but you should expect stuff like this when using it in your pocket.

    Same here!
  6. Reddog80p

    Reddog80p Android Enthusiast

    I use the body glove hard case in my pocket. I dont have any scratches at all.
  7. K24Droid

    K24Droid Newbie

    I bought this case when I got my Incredible. 3 Days later, I was at work, the phone just fell out completely out of the holster, didn't touch it or anything. the phone dropped on the floor and cracked the entire screen. Thankfully I had insurance. I noticed that the clamps that hold the phone broke off. Immediately returned the holster. I guess keeping it in my pocket with a case is better.
  8. jjfitz0

    jjfitz0 Well-Known Member

    I had the same problem with the pictured case. It kept sliding halfway out of the holster without me touching it. It never fell out completely thank goodness, but I returned that case and ordered an Innocase instead.
  9. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    innocase case and holster are great as aways. Got mine today
  10. Sharondippity

    Sharondippity Dismember

    Me too, I love Seido case/holster combo. The Incredible is the third phone I've bought the combo for.
  11. wh1t3f34th3r

    wh1t3f34th3r Lurker

    My friend has the same case. So far so good. He is a mechanic/repo tech, so he puts his phone through its paces. I'd have to say you are better off WITH a case and small nicks, than no case at all and large nicks everywhere. Hoping this is helpful.
  12. eyecon82

    eyecon82 Well-Known Member

    putting some rubber tape on the 4 corners where there is no velvet helps with the squeakiness
  13. Heelfan71

    Heelfan71 Well-Known Member

    buying any cases from Verizon is a waste. They are all cheap and a rip off
  14. andermk

    andermk Member

    I don't agree with you . :D
  15. azide

    azide Newbie

    I was expecting the silicone case to be a mediocre temporary solution but quite honestly, that with a "full screen" protector provides nice and clean full surface area protection.

    Also, hard cases pop off when you drop them? Yeah no thanks. The silicone should prevents the bumps and bruises and won't pop off on impact ;)
  16. sgtmilstack

    sgtmilstack Member

    Depends on what you get. For my retired S1, the Shell/Holster combo proved to be very useful and not a waste.

    My Incredible has the glossy silicone case, coupled with the holster of the combo. It's working well so far.
  17. jasonb1985

    jasonb1985 Android Expert

    i think all hard or plastic cases are crap. they are all going go flying apart when your phone hits the floor so whats the point. a silicon case makes much more sense to me. silicon gives the phone a bit of shock absorption and won't go flying into multiple pieces in the event of impact.
  18. Piiman

    Piiman Android Expert

    Look under the case in 6 mos.:rolleyes:

    I've had a hard case on my old lg flip phone from day one (the Dinc is replacing it yeaaa) and the phone looks better with it on than off. It's has basically scratched the hell out of the phone. :( I do carry it in my pocket and it also had lots of ground in ...pocket stuff LOL. You know crap that's small enough to get under the cover and acts like sand paper.
  19. eyecon82

    eyecon82 Well-Known Member

    not Sieidio ones...that's why everybody likes them

    already dropped mine face down onto concrete from about 2-3 feet...case stayed on strong! the plastic is scuffed, but better than the screen being ruined
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  20. Crashumbc

    Crashumbc Android Expert

    I paid 12.35 for a silicon case with free over night shipping :)

    while this is a cheap price, I found the case to be of VERY high quality. perfect fit and cut out all match. the material also seems to be of good quality.

    So your half right :p
  21. Steven58


    When I went to vote in the primary today, my phone dropped on the tile floor. The gradient hard case came apart. Not a scratch on either. :) :)
  22. HTCIncredible

    HTCIncredible Member

    Every hard case I used on my Motorola Droid ended up scratching my phone up taking it on and off and such. So I then bought the soft cases...work a whole lot better. My Droid Incredible is well protected. I'd recommend not using a hard case for any cellular device period.
  23. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    i completely disagree seeing that i have had 3 seidio cases now on phones and none have scratched the phones at all.

    also they have never come apart either, they fit snug and lock
  24. eyecon82

    eyecon82 Well-Known Member

    i totally DISAGREE with you....i've used seidio hard cases for a long time and none of them ever ended up scratching the phone itself....im not sure what you're doing wrong.

    maybe you're buying the cheap seidio rip-offs?
  25. walechamp

    walechamp Newbie

    Guys, the hard case flying apart upon impact is not necessarily a bad thing. When the case flies apart like that, it's dissipating energy that would otherwise be directed to the internal components of the phone. If the case flies apart and the phone still works, it's better than a case that dissipates no energy and damages the phone.

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