Android Phone Case Review: Seidio ACTIVE with Metal Kickstand Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Good protection, easy to use, slim and light.
What's Not: No screen film included, the kickstand only works in one direction.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The Seidio's Active X case for the iPhone 4S had been one of our favorite cases because of the clever design and good protection it provided. Seidio has now released the Active case with Metal Kickstand for the HTC EVO 4G LTE Android smartphone with a similar design and concept: the case covers the device in two separate layers, a silicone case and a hard plastic back cover. The Seidio ACTIVE with Metal Kickstand for the HTC EVO 4G LTE comes in five bright colors including black, gloss white, garnet red, amethyst and royal blue. As with many other Seidio cases, the ACTIVE case also works with a holster for belts and bag straps.
The Seidio Active with Metal Kickstand case is very easy to use thanks to the design. The case wraps the HTC EVO 4G LTE in a soft silicone cover that fits the phone perfectly, and you can easily put it on and take it off. Outside of the silicone case, you get a plastic "exoskeleton" cover that latches onto the device with claw-like clams. The plastic cover goes on top of the silicone case, providing extra strong protection against scratches, nicks and bumps to the phone. The exposed parts of the silicone case are thicker than the parts covered by the plastic cover; and together they provide good shock protection should you drop your phone, though not so much for the screen as it's mostly exposed.
The soft silicone case touches the device and won't scratch the phone's surface, and the hard plastic cover has nice soft touch coating. The ACTIVE case feels soft in hand and it's not slippery. Even with two layers of protection, the Seidio case manages to stay slim and light, weighing only 1.8 oz. The color options only differ in the colors of the hard plastic cover while the silicone case remains black in all five color selections.
Much like the Seidio Surface Case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the Seidio ACTIVE case has cutouts for all ports and the rear camera and flash while keeping the buttons protected. The cutouts for the sync/charge port and audio jack are just large enough to use sync cables or headphones easily, and the cutouts for the rear camera/flash and speaker are large enough for the lens and flash to function fully and let the sound through. The case also has two small cutout holes for the dual mic. The power button, volume controls and the camera button hide under the silicone case; but the raised buttons help you operate them easily.
As with the Seidio Surface case, the ACTIVE case wraps around the sides of the Android smartphone and covers the edges of the front bezel and protects the screen when you put the phone face down. But unlike the Surface, the ACTIVE case doesn't have a cutout for the built-in stand on the HTC EVO 4G LTE, instead, the case offers its own built-in kickstand. While the case's kickstand is steady and easy to use, it only works in direction while the phone's built-in stand works in both directions in landscape mode.
The Seidio ACTIVE with Metal Kickstand case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE is for users who need more rugged looking case than the Seidio Surface case. The two layers of materials give the phone good protection from serious scratches and bumps thanks to the hard plastic cover and good shock protection thanks to the soft silicone and the plastic claws coving all corners and two long sides of the phone. The case is very light and works with Seidio's belt holster but doesn't come with any screen film.