Okay so Seidio may have made what I’d call my dream case(s) with the CONVERT Combo you almost get too much for a fair price. Easily one of the best protective case solutions I’ve EVER had for my BlackBerry.
The CONVERT Combo Solution is a brand new creation from the minds at Seidio. Taking their SURFACE Case, and placing the “Rugged Skin & Skeleton” over it. Next you put this 2-in-1 solution into their CONVERT Holster, now talk about protection!
CONVERT Combo Features & Includes
— SURFACE ™ case
° Soft touch hard case that easily slips into and out of a pocket or purse ° Precision cut-outs for access to the ports, camera, and volume buttons ° Sleek case can be used independently when you need less protection
— Rugged skin and skeleton
° Controls, ports and camera are covered for protection while remaining functional ° Shock-absorption with less bulk ° Protects vulnerable parts of device like corners and sides
— CONVERT ™ Holster
° Face-in design protects face of device ° Locks for security and swivels for convenience ° Comfortably clips to belts up to 2” wide ° Magnet in holster enables BlackBerry sleeper function
— Ultimate Screen Guard
° Precision-cut for each device ° Retains touch screen sensitivity and clarity ° Installed without use of adhesives
We all know which case and which company people think of when it comes to the “Ultimate protection.” Well now with companies like Seidio thinking outside-the-box with their true 2 cases in 1, not only does it protect, it opens up to a wider audience.
“True versatility emerges in the cutting-edge design of the Seidio CONVERT ™. An industry-first, the CONVERT ™ features two smartphone cases in one – a sleek case for everyday protection and a heavy-duty case for the demands of the outdoors or rugged professions.” - http://www.seidioonline.com
Kind of hard to snub. I actually found this case on my own. I was looking for some attractive but practical cases for the Torch 9850-9860 when this beauty dropped into my lap! So far the CONVERT Cases are for the Bold 9900-9930 series phones only so far. If you already own a SURFACE Case for your BlackBerry Bold 99xx then I’d recommend getting the CONVERT Add-on Kit here. You’ll save a little money and enjoy the same experience I’m going to share.
Day 1. The CONVERT Combo has arrived and I waste no time unpackaging it. Inside the large Seidio pack I find 6 pieces.
In-the-box: The CONVERT™ Combo includes the Ultimate Screen Guard, SURFACE™ case, a rugged skin and skeleton and the CONVERT™ Holster.
The case feels great in my big hands (CONVERT Add-on intact of course. The 2-in-1 rests on my pinky finger, right thumb is able to move up & down the side of my Bold. It’s very comfortable to press all side buttons, this time they’ve added more resistance between the convenience key and accidental key-presses. It does have a fair amount of weight to it. I suppose that makes sense considering the amount of protection. I can’t think of any rugged protective case without some weight. I really love the idea of being able to dismantle and just rock the cool lightweight SURFACE Case.
Luckily I got my ACTIVE Combo when it came with the SURFACE Holster too. The SURFACE Case obviously is compatible with the same Holster as that ACTIVE Case. Only the CONVERT Value Pack comes with this 2nd Holster. Keep that in mind.
Day 2: Now that I’m a bit more comfortable with the idea of actually rocking 2 cases, I’ve been pulling the rugged skin & skeleton of the CONVERT off more. I prefer to use a very protective case during inclement weather, but indoors I usually prefer to use something lightweight.
The SURFACE Case is a simple comfort. With a soft matte feel to it, full cutouts for access to buttons, ports and the speaker, I can’t find much to complain about. The matte black doesn’t stick finger prints to it like many of the slick style cases. Now I could go into it as a 4 part review, but I think the idea is your buying one product that transforms into another.
For the win I’ve been using this case much more than any other case since I received it less than two weeks ago. More time spent with the CONVERT built in full. I dig the water-resistant element when the case is firmly locked in the Holster. There’s even a fully closing flap to keep your camera and flash protected from the elements. All in all this is one of the coolest cases, bundles, 2-in-1 combo’s I’ve used. It’s cooler than expected.
The CONVERT Combo is priced at $49.95 and comes with everything listed in the features above. That does include their very awesome Ultimate Screen Guard! Your basically set with this deal. Pick up the CONVERT Value Pack and you get the extra SURFACE Holster, all together $69.95 for everything in that bundle. But now if you already own a SURFACE Case for your Bold 99xx then you can save a $20.00 and pick up the CONVERT Add-on Kit for only $29.95.
- Great value for the CONVERT Combo. $49.95 comes with 2 cases essentially, 1 Ultimate Screen Guard & the CONVERT Holster.
- Switch to the Seidio SURFACE Case on-the-fly, uncomplicated.
- Installation is a breeze. Not hard on the device nor is it tearing or wearing on any part of the 2 cases.
- With everything intact and your CONVERT inside the Holster, it is a heavy package.
- The CONVERT Combo is attracted to dust if you have a habit of placing the 2-in-1 in your pocket as opposed to the CONVERT Holster.