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lgreenberg 04-06-2006 02:20 PM

Hands on review: Seidio 8700c Swivel Clip Holster
 
Seidio Swivel Clip Holster

Hands on review by lgreenberg

April 6, 2006

Price as reviewed $29.95

Wexxx8217;ve all read the threads on Blackberry Forums. xxx8220;My Blackberry Took a Fallxxx8221; xxx8220;I canxxx8217;t stand the OEM holsterxxx8221; or something similar. Too many people have posted about the awful experience of watching their precious Blackberry 8700 fall to the ground because it somehow got ejected from the OEM holster. Personally I never had this happen to me but I was always a little nervous when using the included holster and often times found myself checking to make sure my 8700 was properly seated in the holster.

Enter Seidio. Sedio has released its Swivel Clip Holster for the Blackberry 8700c. And itxxx8217;s a welcome addition.

The holster comes wrapped in plastic.



Included along with the holster is a sheet with instructions on how one should properly insert the 8700 into the holster but more on that later.



The inside of the holster is completely lined with felt. No chance of the screen, bezel or keypad becoming scratched.

The Blackberry is meant to be carried face in.



The back of the holster contains a swivel clip.



This swivel clip is SUPER strong. One of my biggest complaints about the OEM holster and the OEM pouch is that the clip used often times moves positions by itself while on my belt. The Seidio clip almost locks itself in place. You hear a very distinct click when switching ratcheting positions. The clip has a total of 7 possible positions.

Another nice feature is the fact that the clip canxxx8217;t be turned upside down. You can rotate the clip to 3 positions to the right or three positions to the left but not 360 degrees around.



Once inserted into the holster the pair makes for a very slim profile. The holster DOES have a built in sleeper magnet which functions perfectly.





All of the buttons and ports are completely accessible.





The included instructions tell you to first insert the device into the bottom at an angle.





Then, after the bottom is situated, to lift the spring clip up and push it into place. It is possible to insert and remove the 8700 into the holster with only one hand.



You definetly get the feeling that the 8700 isnxxx8217;t going anywhere once itxxx8217;s properly locked in. The Blackberry stays securely in place with the top, bottom, and lower sides all held in.

To remove the 8700 from the holster you simply reverse the process, first lifting up on the clip and then removing the device.

On onexxx8217;s belt the holster offers a very slim profile. The clip is long enough to handle most belts. I was wearing a 1-1/2xxx8221; wide belt at the time of this review.







I know one thing that's going to be on everyone's mind. Will the top part of the holster scratch my device? Seidio has take a step to insure that does not happen. They've installed a small piece of rubber under the spring clip to prevent any damage to the device.



The holster works with both the regular and extended batteries.

Regular



Extended



Here are some comparison shots with the OEM holster.







This one gets my best rating. 5/5 Blackberries.

If you like the OEM holster but don't trust it this is the carrying accessory for you.



Pros: Super strong swivel clip, built in sleeper magnet, felt lined, secure, one handed operation.
Cons: Battery door left exposed.

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Special Discount Offered from Seidio on the product

Seidio Blackberry 8700C holster - Blackberryforums Member Discount

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For Blackberryforums Members Only and For April 7 to 14, 2006 Only!


Starting today and ending at midnight April 14,2006, if you buy a 8700C holster as in this great review from our web store you will be able to save $ 5.00 for each holster when using discount code: HLNX87

Go to our site and purchase the number of 8700C holsters that you desire. Then when you xxx8220;checkoutxxx8221; and get to the Payment page, you will see a box asking for Discount Code, enter the code there.


This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Past purchases do not apply.

If we run out of the stock, we will still honor your purchase when the stock arrives. Only holsters purchased during this time frame are eligible.

All prices are in U.S. funds.

To order the 8700C holster, click the following link.

http://www.seidioonline.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=289

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Seattle18 04-06-2006 02:45 PM

Excellent! This is the one I have been waiting for. I have one on the way to me from the company for review as well, and I can't wait. I feel sure I will come to the same conclusions as you did. Gotta love the 5/5 BlackBerries rating, you know it's a keeper!

lgreenberg 04-06-2006 02:47 PM

It's really nice. :smile:

Might make me ditch my case for a while.

BBRaffey 04-06-2006 02:55 PM

Love the slim profile and the fact that the case stays put in position May have to order my 4th way of carrying the Blackberry. Great review as always!!

lgreenberg 04-06-2006 03:01 PM

For those who already read the review I just updated it with a picture and a blurb about the rubber piece which is under the top of the clip to prevent scratching.

Very cool feature.

wibbly 04-06-2006 03:04 PM

I noticed I got rub marks and even paint coming off my 7290 in it's OEM plastic case. That case had clips that engaged in the BB screw holes to hold the BB in place.

Can you see this happening with the Seidio product (without egrips)? For example, the clip forever rubbing on the top of the BB...

W

lgreenberg 04-06-2006 03:13 PM

Not sure if you were typing your question at the same time I made mention of my addition above or just missed it.

know one thing that's going to be on everyone's mind. Will the top part of the holster scratch my device? Seidio has take a step to insure that does not happen. They've installed a small piece of rubber under the spring clip to prevent any damage to the device.

If you're worried about it I suggest installing a set of The Best Skins Ever. I have a set on and they protect the top where the clip hits.


gadgetjunkies 04-06-2006 06:59 PM

Thanks for the review! Just like my RAZR case that I absolutely love. Placing my order now.

BitNetMonkey 04-06-2006 09:17 PM

w000t, glad i ordered this case. awesome review and pictures!! (wish seidio and other companies added more pictures as it really helps deciding)

hondacrvaz 04-06-2006 10:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lgreenberg
Seidio Swivel Clip Holster

Great Article I'm ordering mine this evening...!

DuckWingDuck 04-06-2006 11:23 PM

Larry, that's a very interesting light switch cover you got in the house there! Oh ya, and I said days ago when Seidio first posted about this that it looked pretty :D

johnfromphilly 04-07-2006 10:15 AM

They only offer Priority Mail and Fedex shipping. $ 9 to ship the case is 1/3 of the cost- no option to make it lower. That stinks, I have a case and don't need it rushed it just seems like alot of money to ship.

I like the case but these types of things are luxuries and it is easier to pull the trigger on a purchase @ $30 instead of $40.

I will probably get it anyway but you would think they would at least offer USPS ground service as an option.

PS- Thanks for the great review Lgreenberg!

lgreenberg 04-07-2006 10:26 AM

John,

They probably only want to ship via a way that's trackable in case a customer claims an item is lost.

That I completely understand. That being said $9 seems very high to ship one holster USPS Priorirty. In my experience it should be about half that for an item that small.

Perhaps David from Seidio can offer some insight here.

johnfromphilly 04-07-2006 10:30 AM

United States Postal Service Shipping Options:
Shipping Method Price

Priority Mail $8.42


That was the least expensive option- Fedex was, obviously, higher.

Fireproof 04-07-2006 10:38 AM

Great review and nice looking case. I may have to give it a try!!

lgreenberg 04-07-2006 06:57 PM

FYI,

Seidio is offering a special discount on this product.

Seidio Blackberry 8700C holster - Blackberryforums Member Discount

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For Blackberryforums Members Only and For April 7 to 14, 2006 Only!


Starting today and ending at midnight April 14,2006, if you buy a 8700C holster as in this great review from our web store you will be able to save $ 5.00 for each holster when using discount code: HLNX87

Go to our site and purchase the number of 8700C holsters that you desire. Then when you xxx8220;checkoutxxx8221; and get to the Payment page, you will see a box asking for Discount Code, enter the code there.


This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Past purchases do not apply.

If we run out of the stock, we will still honor your purchase when the stock arrives. Only holsters purchased during this time frame are eligible.

All prices are in U.S. funds.

To order the 8700C holster, click the following link.

http://www.seidioonline.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=289

tfaz1 04-07-2006 07:01 PM

Great! $5 off makes a nice little dent in the shipping charge (my only reservation with this purchase). Now, if I could only get my unlock code already.

johnfromphilly 04-07-2006 08:23 PM

The discount is a great idea definately helps with the hefty shipping charge. I pulled the trigger and placed the order.

The discount code did not work though...I have PM'd David @ Seidio and I will see what happened.

Nice that they support the forums and thanks lgreenbergh as always!

seidioseidio 04-07-2006 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnfromphilly
The discount is a great idea definately helps with the hefty shipping charge. I pulled the trigger and placed the order.

The discount code did not work though...I have PM'd David @ Seidio and I will see what happened.

Nice that they support the forums and thanks lgreenbergh as always!

Hi John,

We will look into it right away. I will take care of the discount.

Sorry for the confusion.

David Chang
Seidio
[email address]

johnfromphilly 04-08-2006 02:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seidioseidio
Hi John,

We will look into it right away. I will take care of the discount.

Sorry for the confusion.

David Chang
Seidio
[email address]


Thanks David, I look forward to receiving the Clip!(y)


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