Seidio Super Slim Hybrid Hard Case For BlackBerry 8300 Curve
A bit back we did a mini review of the Seidio HardCase for the BlackBerry 8800 and today we will be covering the case for the 8300 Curve in depth. The new case builds upon the older 8800 case and has the same hybrid rubber backing and crystal cover. They still need to work a bit to slim down the plastic near the keyboard and trackball but otherwise the case is a great fit and gives me that extra grip that prevents me from dropping the device. I found that Seidio has done a wonderful job in keeping the case slim while providing some real protection for your Curve. Read the full review after the jump
The Review Unit: The review is the standard hybrid case for the BlackBerry 8300 series. The case does come in an all crystalÂ and all rubber version but the review unit has a crystal front and a rubber back. Hence the name hybrid. There is no fancy packaging as the case comes in a simple plastic bag.Once opened, and you get your hands on it, You can see immediately how the case works. It has two pieces that snap together to cover the front and back of your device.
The front of the case is quite nice inside the case and does not add much thickness to the device. On the other hand it does not have the same drop protection you would see from the heavy duty OtterBox.
In my opinion Seidio could have done a better job with tapering the plastic on the edges of the keyboard and above the trackball. As you can see in the pictures above and below it encroaches on your navigation and typing areas.
The top of the case has cutouts for the mute button, earpiece,Â and indicator light. There are also small cutouts for the speaker phone but they tend to muffle and distort the speaker sound. The bottom of the case has a nice mold to it that lets it slip in and out of your pocket.
The sides of the case have cutouts for all the ports and buttons. I hope that in the next version Seidio finds a way to include a more rubberized grip on the sides.
The back of the case is covered in the Seidio grippy plastic but has cutouts for the camera. There is another cutout on the back that does not seem to have any purpose at all and kind of throws off the look but it does not hamper the protection provided by the case. The last cutout was thoughtfully placed by Seidio for the charging contacts on the back of the BlackBerry curve but currently those have no use until RIM releases a charging station. It really shows that Seidio is futureproofing their case.
As with the 8800 case the joints that hold the two sides of the case together mesh VERY well. There is no â€˜loosenessâ€™ to it, and no squeaking either.Â The case is thin enough to not feel weird when holding it to your head on a phone call and easily slips into a coat or pants pocket. I would recommend adding a screen protector if you plan on placing the case in a bag or purse. Personally I wish that Seidio had chosen to build a screen protector into the case like Vaja does with many of their cases,
- Â Strong tight fit
- Rubberized back gives you a nice grip
- Cutouts do not hamper functionality
- Case slips easily into a pocket or purse
- The case could use more tapered edges near the keyboard and trackball
- Extra cutout on back has no purpose
- No built in screen protector
Conclusion: Once again Seidio has come out with a solid case but it could still use some refinements before I would give it an editors choice award. The rubberized back is a godsend and really helps when it comes to not dropping your device. It also allows you to put your BlackBerry on your dashboard diagonally and it willÂ not slip off. The price is not to bad at 29.95 and it provides some good protection without adding all the weight that heavy duty cases require. If you are in the market for a hard case I would highly recommend this hybrid. It is also available with a holster that is designed to accept the Curve in the case for an extra $20.