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Default Hands on review: Seidio Swivel Clip Holster for Skinned 8700c

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Seidio 8700 Holster for xxx8220;Skinnedxxx8221; Blackberry 8700 Case

Hands on review by: lgreenberg

May 13, 2006

Price as reviewed: $29.95 without skin or $34.95 for both skin and holster.

Hey everyone. Itxxx8217;s me lgreenberg back from a little vacation. I bet you all thought Ixxx8217;d disappeared or something. No such luck. I just took the family for some fun with a certain mouse we all know.

And what should be waiting for me buried in a weekxxx8217;s worth of mail when I returned? Yep, itxxx8217;s the Seidio Swivel Clip Holster with Sleeper Function for use with the Skinned Premium Case.

Straight from the Seidio web sitexxx8230;xxx8230;xxx8230;xxx8230;xxx8230;

xxx8221;The ultimate in convenience and functionality, this innovative, well-designed, and well-engineered locking swivel clip skin holster is the easiest way to carry and fully protect your skinned Blackberry 8700c/8700r. This is the only holster that is truly user-friendly. This holster allows you to remove your skinned Blackberry 8700c/8700r from the top instead of the bottom, making the movement much more natural.
The skinned Blackberry 8700c/8700r is carried facing inward, letting you know that the screen is out of reach from any scratches, with the soft foam padding it rests on.xxx8221;

This holster is currently only available for the 8700c. Look for a 8700g specific holster shortly.

The holster comes in the usual plastic bag.

The model number on this holster differs from that of the non-skinned version.

The holster is quite similar to the one made to hold the device without a skin. Looking at them side by side itxxx8217;s hard to even tell which is which.

When inserted into the regular holster the skinned 8700 doesnxxx8217;t allow the top clip of the holster to properly secure it.

This is corrected with this version of the holster.

You can vaguely notice that the top part of the skinned version of the holster is larger.

Once inserted into the holster all of the Blackberryxxx8217;s ports remain accessible.

Like itxxx8217;s skinless brother you insert the Blackberry into the holster in two steps.

First you place the bottom part of the device into the holster at an angle.

Then lifting up on the top tab you slip it over the device.

Since your device will be protected by the skin when using this holster the rubber piece used in the regular holster has been left off.

Once on the belt this holster still offers a slim profile although it does add some weight.

The holster does have a built in sleeper magnet which works perfectly through the skin.

This is a great combination for someone who likes using a holster but still wants a little bit of added protection. The skin doesnxxx8217;t get in the way of typing or using the side keys and in return you get another layer of protection from bumps.

I give this holster my highest rating.

5 out of 5 Blackberries.

Pros: Slim profile, sleeper magnet, great protection, ratcheting clip.
Cons: Somewhat heavy combination.