Fresh on the heels of my last Samsung Galaxy S4 accessory review, I’m back again to share my thoughts about the Seidio ACTIVE Combo. I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, simply because I’m not a huge fan. I appreciate Seidio sending it out for review purposes, but with such a long list of competition sitting on my review desk at the moment, there’s just not much that draws me to this case — perhaps you’ll disagree.
The Seidio ACTIVE with Metal Kickstand Combo includes a case and a holster. The case itself is made up of two interlocking layers: one polymer layer and an exterior skeleton used for providing protection at impact points. It has a raised edge to help prevent your screen from getting damaged when face down. It also has a magnetic metal kickstand (which is the only thing I really like about it.)
The ACTIVE does feature button covers, which you may or may not know are a pet peeve of mine (unless they actually work without making it difficult to press the buttons). The volume buttons on this case aren’t too hard to press, but the power button does require a bit more pressure. This is a turnoff for me because I press the power button more than any other on my phone, besides maybe the home button.
The case’s charging and speaker port, camera and flash, and IR blaster are all accessible via cutouts in the polymer layer, but the headphone jack isn’t easily accessible. You can plug in headphones or an auxiliary cable, but it takes a good amount of pressure that I’m not comfortable with applying to my device on a regular basis. It seems like the case is just a bit thicker than it should be by the headphone jack, and since I use that jack every day, that’s pretty much a deal-breaker for me.
As far as feel is concerned, the phone does sit pretty nicely in your palm when wearing the ACTIVE case. The polymer lining has grooves for your fingers and thumbs on both sides, catering to both lefties and righties, so you can definitely get a good grip on your phone with this case on. Unfortunately, the materials make the case feel pretty cheap — there’s just something about the outer skeleton that I’m not digging.
What I Like
Finger grooves on both sides of case
Does not interfere with NFC
What I Dislike
Case feels cheap
Button covers suck
Hard to plug cable into headphone jack
Final Rating: 2.5/5
I have a hard time suggesting this case when, simply put, there are better options out there. Especially taking the $54.95 price tag it comes with from Seidio’s website into consideration. If you absolutely must, get one from Amazon for only $31.50 (at the time of this post).