Android Phone Case Review: Seidio Surface Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Slim and durable, nice color selection, easy to use.
What's Not: No screen protector included.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Seidio has released several protective cases for the recently released HTC EVO 4G LTE Android smartphone on Sprint. Among the new collection of cases, the Surface case is the thinnest and offers convenience of using the smartphone without adding lots of bulk or weight. The Seidio Surface case matches the curves of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and comes in five colors including black, glossed white, garnet red, amethyst and royal blue. The case is also affordable and can work with Seidio's other accessories like holsters and car kits.
The Seidio Surface for HTC EVO 4G LTE is a very form fitting case. The hard plastic frame has a layer of soft coating that feels very nice in hand, and the interior has a thin layer of soft pelt lining that won't scratch your device. The case is very well designed to fit the HTC EVO 4G LTE perfectly with all edges smoothed out thanks to the soft coating and perfectly machined cuts on the edges. It's quite easy to install the case thanks to the design: the case has two pieces connected by a small latch; slide your phone into the bottom piece, then slide the top piece of the case to connect with the bottom piece to install the case; and to take the case off by releasing the small latch (press the indicated area on the bottom piece), the case will easily slide off.
The Seidio Surface case covers the back of the phone, and curves along to the sides and covers a good amount of the front bezel. We like this design as it provides a solid barrier for the display when you put the phone face down on a surface. The case is also thick enough to protect the rear camera lens and flash from touching flat surfaces when you put the phone down on its back.
The Seidio Surface for HTC EVO 4G LTE has precise cutouts for all ports and raised buttons that protect the device's buttons. The cutouts for the micro USB port, the audio out jack and the rear camera and flash are large enough to accommodate the thickness of the case; and you should have no trouble using cables and headphones while the HTC EVO 4G LTE is in this case. The case also has cutouts for the rear speaker and the kickstand. The kickstand cutout has two small crops to let you open the stand easily. The case also has small cutout holes for both the top and bottom mics.
The Seidio Surface case covers the power button, the volume controls and the side camera button. The raised plastic pieces make it very easy to operate the buttons underneath them.
The Seidio Surface for HTC EVO 4G LTE manages to look good while provide scratch and some drop protection for the large phone. The case is slim yet durable. The two-piece design with a quick release latch makes the case very easy to use, and the cutouts and raised buttons never get in the way of operating your phone smoothly. We like the color selection, and the price is reasonable. There isn't anything in the package for covering the screen, but the case works well with Seidio's screen guards sold separately. It's also compatible with Seidio's Surface holster, and if you need one, Seidio sells a bundle that includes the case and the holster.