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Old 04-21-2006, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hands on review: Seidio 8700 Premium Skin Case

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Hands on review by lgreenberg

April 21, 2006

Price as reviewed: $19.95

Donxxx8217;t you just love it when a company listens to its customers and responds to their needs and wants? Companies like Fortte and Seidio have gained a cult like following because they are willing to go that extra mile by manufacturing products their customers actually ask for.

A few weeks ago David from Seidio asked Blackberry Forums members if theyxxx8217;d be interesting in seeing a skin style case for the 8700. The answer was yes and just a few weeks later the product was launched.

This xxx8220;high-endxxx8221; skin style case is perfect for those of you who prefer to carry their devices caseless but still want some level of protection. It keeps the Blackberry very low profile yet will protect it from scratches and impact.

The premium skin is made from a very high-grade polymer that is extremely strong, durable, tear resistant, and long lasting. It also feels great when gripped. Anti-slip properties of the material give your 8700C more grip on all types of surfaces.



I inserted my 8700 into the skin by first placing it through the top part and then pulling the top part of the skin back and around the 8700.





There were no signs of tearing or stretching from putting the skin on and taking it off multiple times.

After some minor adjustments the 8700 was aligned perfectly. The LED was completely visable and the ear piece was not blocked either. There is also a cut out on the back of the skin for the speaker so do not worry about alerts and ringtones being muffled.





The 8700C remains very useable inside the case. There are cutouts for the power port, headset port, antenna, and speaker. The keyboard is uncovered so you can use it trouble free. The track wheel and escape key do become slightly more difficult in this case but not as hard as when using some of the other leather style cases out there.







I was able to easily slip my 8700 into the skin even with a set of Egrips and The Best Skins Ever installed.

As with some of the other cases out there this skin makes using the RIM desktop stand a little more secure. The anti-skid properties of the skin allow it to lock better into the stand.



I kept the skin in my pocket for a few hours and didnxxx8217;t notice too much lint/dust being attracted to it. This is a common issue with skin style cases though and perhaps my pockets were just dust free today.

This is a great version of a skin case. If youxxx8217;re the type of person who likes their devices to remain as slim as possible than this might be the case for you. If you do invest in this case Ixxx8217;d also highly recommend investing in a good quality screen protector and this skin does not offer any screen protection.

This skin gets my highest rating. 5 out of 5 Blackberries.



Pros: Perfect fit, slim design, tear resistant.
Cons: No sleeper magnet, no screen protection.

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Old 04-21-2006, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ordering one now... Thanks for another great review!

---Edit--- Woops, they seem to be out of stock (waiting patiently...)
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can I get one of these for a 7730? EDIT: There's not one. Crap LOL

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I don't see one for the 7730 on the Seidio web site.

Boxwave however, does seem to have one for the 7730. Although my experience with the Boxwave skin wasn't positive. The material they use is very thin. I happened to tear the first one I ordered just putting it on the very first time.

The Boxwave version also includes a removable belt clip. But personally I wouldn't carry my Blackberry in a case like this on my belt. Too much screen exposed to potential hazzards.

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Thanks Greenberg, much appreciated.
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Larry,

There was a thread about a skin like this. I think it was started by Guess. The rubber eventually ended up stretching out and becoming a yellowish tint. Any ideas if this will eventually happen similarly?
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I'll have to say it's too early to answer that one corey.
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Quote:
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I don't see one for the 7730 on the Seidio web site.

Boxwave however, does seem to have one for the 7730. Although my experience with the Boxwave skin wasn't positive. The material they use is very thin. I happened to tear the first one I ordered just putting it on the very first time.

The Boxwave version also includes a removable belt clip. But personally I wouldn't carry my Blackberry in a case like this on my belt. Too much screen exposed to potential hazzards.

www.boxwave.com
I don't even use it anymore but I want to have a nice case or skin for it in case I have to ship it somewhere after selling it. But I do not like flip cases.
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I'll have to say it's too early to answer that one corey.
Larry,

Thank you for the review. This is premium quality skin case. Seidio has developed the premium skin case for Treo 650 and 700 for quite some time. No stretch problem has been reported.

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Thanks David.


I figured as much.
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The holster for skinned 8700C will be available around late next week. It will be available just holster or the skin/holster combo.

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The holster for skinned 8700C will be available around late next week. It will be available just holster or the skin/holster combo.

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Lgreenburg:
Since you are the case-master, did you try putting your skinned blackberry in Seido's exisiting holster?
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Nope.

I don't see the point since we know it won't fit. Why else would they be releasing a different version of the holster for skinned devices?
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Great review!
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Nope.

I don't see the point since we know it won't fit. Why else would they be releasing a different version of the holster for skinned devices?
Just seeing if you tried or not out of curiosity... Kinda like how some of the desktop cradles work with the 8700 with a case on, etc... And yes, I can't wait for the holster to come out for the skinned devices. I've become quite the case-hog thanks to your reviews! Siedo seems like such a good company

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Let us know when the skin/holster combo will be available. I'll be ordering one of those! Thanks!
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Seidio said, as I expected that the holster for the "G" is not out yet that will fit both the BB with the skin, BUT she also said the skin Itself is not out yet for the G


Is this whay you were made aware of?

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David,
What is the status of the skinned holster for the 8700C?


I did not see it on the Seido website.

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I do not think that the holster is out that holds any 8700 with the skin. but I would call them. THERE IS NOTHING OUT FOR THE G YET. IT WILL BE ANY DAY.
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Has anyone heard if Seidio is going to make one of these skins for the 7130?
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