Seidio 8700g Swivel Clip Holster
Hands on review by lgreenberg
April 6, 2006
Price as reviewed $29.95
I recently reviewed Seidioxxx8217;s Swivel Clip Holster for the 8700c here
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.
. Sedio has released its Swivel Clip Holster for the Blackberry 8700g. And itxxx8217;s a welcome addition. Since the body of the 8700g differs from the 8700c a new holster had to be created.
When the 8770g is inserted into the holster made for the c the top clip doesnxxx8217;t quite reach enough to lock it in.
This problem has been corrected with the release of a g specific holster.
Seidio was kind enough to send along a brand new 8700g for to use while reviewing the holster. Who can guess how hard itxxx8217;s going to be when I have to send it back.
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.
You definitely 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.
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.
The clip has a little notch at the end which prevents it from accidentally coming off onexxx8217;s belt.
On onexxx8217;s belt the holster offers a very slim profile. The clip is long enough to handle most belts.
One of the features I like about the 8700c version of this holster is the placement of a small strip of rubber at the top where the holster clips onto the device.
For some reason this piece isnxxx8217;t present in the g version of the holster.
Ixxx8217;m not sure if Seidio left it out intentionally or it was just missing from the holster I was sent to review.
Ixxx8217;m going to have to assume, since I do not have a g extended battery door, that the holster works with both the regular and extended batteries.
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.