1. TLD1's Avatar
    After having the opportunity to test and review Seidios first accessory for the new BlackBerry 8300 Curve, the rubberized belt-clip holster for the unskinned/uncased 8300...and finding it to be a high-quality and top performing piece of equipment to hold the device...I was really looking forward to my chance to review their second offering.


    The Rubberized Hard Case & Holster Combo For BlackBerry 8300 Curve


    I had tried Seidios similar product combination on two of my previous smartphone/PDA devices (Palm Treo 680 & BlackBerry 8800) and had been totally impressed by the fit and finish of the cases, and the way they did follow the shape of the devices they were designed for. These cases are only about 1mm in thickness...so they add almost nothing to the size or thickness of the device.

    I have to say, that my satisfaction with Seidio's products for my other phones carried over in a big way to this new combination for the BlackBerry 8300 Curve.

    When I opened the box, I found the same very conservative packaging that I always associate with Seidio. The case and holster came in a nondescript brown box, with each item in its own almost-generic plastic bag. I have read some people complain of this...but I see it as a way to keep costs lower. Flash costs...and it translates to a higher costs to the consumer. The simplistic packaging makes sense to me, and it shows that Seidio is letting the product do the talking instead.

    Fitting the two pieces of the case together was easy, and by following the simple instructions included, it snapped in place without a hitch. The case fits closely to the Curves shape, and does not add much thickness to it's svelte size. I personally like this case much more than the OEM silicone skin because the Seido case is "grippy" without being "grabby"...if that makes any sense at all.

    The holster is a very impressive piece of work. My biggest complaint (and one that I brought up to Seidio, after my Treo popped out of it's holster and got some scratches) with their "beta" holsters for the skinned/cased phones was that the top clip was not strong enough to hold the cased phone FIRMLY in place, and let it slip out with any strong bump or hit. I am pleased to report that the clip on this holster is super strong, and holds the cased phone tightly in place...but still allows it to be removed easily with a minimum of pressure from your thumb or fingers. The clip holds tightly to your belt, and the ratcheting swivel is notchy enough to be secure, but not so stiff that it won't move if it needs to in order to keep the phone in place.

    I am really happy with this combo. It fits well, is of a very high quality of construction, and does what it's supposed to do...protect your phone from bumps and nicks while holding it tightly to your waist, within easy reach. No, Seidio is not about all the flash and "bling" that some other manufacturers are. They have been, and still are the leaders in innovative products for the latest smartphones and PDA's...and I believe that you will be very satisfied with this product as well as others in their lineup.

    For more information, check here:
    8300 RUBBERIZED COMBO (CASE/HOLSTER) - BD2-HLCSRBB8300-BK
    Last edited by davistld01; 08-03-07 at 02:13 AM.
    08-01-07 10:35 PM
  2. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Pictures would be nice, but, nice review nonetheless.

    Ps: your link does not seem to work...
    08-02-07 06:14 AM
  3. TLD1's Avatar
    Pictures would be nice, but, nice review nonetheless.

    Ps: your link does not seem to work...

    I would have included pics if I knew how to include them. And...hopefully my edited link is functional now.

    Thanks!
    08-03-07 02:14 AM
  4. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Yes, the link works, and that will suffice for photos...
    08-03-07 03:17 AM
  5. MMB916's Avatar
    Thank you for the review. Seidio makes quality products and they are very responsive.
    08-03-07 06:37 PM
  6. kasperapd's Avatar
    I just got my hands on mine since I was out of town all last week. I've been testing it out all weekend, and should have my thoughts of it posted by Monday night... Maybe I'll even include some pics for Nav
    08-06-07 12:42 AM
  7. kasperapd's Avatar
    I also had the chance to use the Seidio holster for the unskinned 8300 and was highly impressed with it. The quality of the holster had greatly improved over versions I had used with other BlackBerry’s, and I really liked the rubberized coating that was applied.

    I had really been wanting to get this rubberized hard case/holster combo. I had the case for my 8100 and my 8800 and was extremely happy with it.

    My case/holster arrived a week ago, but I was out of town, and didn’t get my hands on it until a couple days ago. I decided to use it the whole weekend before I posted my review.

    Like Terry, I also like the packaging it comes in. I don’t need a bunch of fancy boxes and bags that I’m just going to tear open and throw away. I like the way they keep it simple.

    Putting the case together was easy, but it did not fit together like the other cases I have used. On the inside lip of the case, there are tabs that hook/clip onto the other piece of the case to snap it into place. On my case, there is only one tab, on the top right corner to hold the top of the case together. I find that this is inadequate, and the case does not hold tight together on the left side, and there is a gap on the top left corner. I don’t know if this is a design flaw, or just a defect on my case. I have emailed Seidio and I’m waiting on a response. I will update when I hear from them.

    Other than that, the case is great. It is just like the ones I’ve used in the past. Excellent quality.

    For the holster, I was disappointed to find that they did not add the rubberized coating on it, like they did for the unskinned holster. It would make sense to me that if you have a rubberized case, that the rubberized holster would be a perfect match. My other disappointment with the holster is that on the clip that holds your BlackBerry into the holster, there is no cut-out for the speaker. The unskinned holster has the cut-out, and it makes a big difference in sounds levels in my opinion. Now, Seidio does have a cut-out on the back of the hardcase for a future battery door with speaker opening that they are creating, but that doesn’t do me any good now. It really needs the speaker opening in the clip. The clips does however hold the BlackBerry in very securely.

    The ratcheting clip on the back is much better than previous holsters, and does a great job staying in place.

    Overall, I think this is still a great product, but I’m still waiting to hear an answer about my case issue.

    Pictures will be posted later...
    08-06-07 09:34 PM
  8. GadgetFreek's Avatar
    kasperapd, I would love to hear what you get back from seidio. Just received my combo this morning and have the same issue with the case not fully closing in the upper left corner. Other than that I absolutely love it.
    08-08-07 11:05 AM
  9. kasperapd's Avatar
    Seidio got back to me pretty quickly and even had their design engineer call me.

    The gap at the corner is normal according to them. It should be minimal and it is there to make it easier to get the case off. I still don't like it, and think the case pops open too easy.

    The holster was not rubberized because it did not work well with the crystal case they offer.

    As far as the cutout in the clip for the sound, they stated they had no complaints about sound quality yet. I told them to mark me down as complaint number one. They will possibly include the speaker cutout in future versions.
    08-10-07 07:09 AM
  10. GadgetFreek's Avatar
    Thanks for posting the response from seidio. Kinda what I expected to hear.....oh well. Still a great combo overall. I am really prone to drop my phones so I feel much more comfortable now that I have it protected.
    08-10-07 10:02 AM
  11. setsail98's Avatar
    I bought the Seidio ruberized case, verticle holster and charging stand. On a scale of 1-10.... I overwhelmingly rate it 9.6!
    06-12-09 12:02 PM
  12. dainfamouslipz's Avatar
    will this work for the 8330?
    06-12-09 03:21 PM
  13. cliftonprince's Avatar
    Just got my Innocase-360 for Bold (and clip). Works great. Some reviews here say the case might crack at the upper right corner. So far so good, three days in, but I'll be looking for any wear or damage. (PS -- not to be confused with Seidio's "Innocase", this is the "Innocase-360".)
    06-13-09 10:41 AM
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