If there’s one item that’s a must-have when you buy a phone, it’s a case. Unfortunately, finding one you like isn’t always an easy task. This is more true if you’re trying to find one leaning more toward device protection over looks. Seidio has stepped in with their ACTIVE series case and made the protection options much more appealing. I’ve had this case for about a week now to get plenty of daily driver mileage in. Honestly, it’s hard to find many complaints at all.
The ACTIVE case is two parts: a rubber inside layer to absorb shock and a hard plastic exoskeleton for added protection in more sensitive device areas. The overall thickness for the two layers is about 2.2 mm. Despite the extra thickness, it’s not weight down severely or hard to carry it around in your pocket.
Cases like this aren’t known to maintain a phone’s slim profile. One thing that is a welcome change compared to many similar cases is they cut out much of the added bulk. Seidio keeps everything flush along the sides for all the buttons instead of them bulging out through the plastic shell. It may seem minor, but it was always an inconvenience to me when apply the outer shell to have to stretch and wedge the button molds through cuts in the plastic shell. It made putting the case on more time consuming and frustrating to make sure it all snapped on, then lined up into place. With the ACTIVE case, the plastic shell does not overlap the buttons. Installation is much easier because of this.
Grip on this one is real good. The plastic shell on the sides is minimal, leaving a well designed groove pattern with the rubber shell. The case is very comfortable to carry regularly and felt really natural. Cuts for the buttons as mentioned earlier stay flush and don’t stick out, but are still easy to blindly find and press.
The charger and headphone ports are left open on the bottom. Normally protection cases have pull-back tabs to get access to them and close to prevent dust. Not having them was nice. Most times they were more of an annoyance to me, before they tore off from daily us or I cut them off. Seidio also cut around the headphone jack wide enough to fit most audio cables. Many cases I’ve owned I had to remove when I get in my car simply because I couldn’t plug in the audio cable for my stereo.
The kickstand is a nice addition to this one. Phone are used more than ever as portable media devices with apps like Netflix and HBO Go, so being able to stand it up in landscape mode just adds to the functionality of the device.
On a side note to those who have extended batteries. This case is designed to fit the OEM extended battery (2000mAh/2100mAh). There is a slight lift at the camera lens due to the battery, but the case fits perfectly onto the phone. If you’re using Seidio’s 3800mAh battery, you’ll need this case instead.
Since I got this one in, it’s quickly become my regular case replacing my old gel skin. Seidio has done a good job in maintaining a maximum level of protection for the phone, but keeping it very user friendly. This is one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, and have had numerous people already asking me where to buy it while I was trying it out.
You can pick up the case directly from Seidio here for $34.95.