iPhone 5s Case Review: Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Protects the entire phone, luxurious interior lining, and strong belt clip.
What's Not: Doesn't come with screen protector. Takes some practice to get the case off.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Seidio is now offering their popular case series for the newly released iPhone 5s and that include their Surface series. The Surface series cases are the slim models in their case line-up, and they come in different variations: the Surface, the Surface with Metal Kickstand and the Combo models that come with a belt clip. We look at the Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo in this review. The Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo case protects the entire iPhone 5s and provides a strong clip for you to clip your phone to your belt or the shoulder strap on your bag. The case currently comes in eight color options.
The Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo comes in two parts. It has a slim hard plastic case that's strong enough to protect your iPhone 5s from scratches and bumps in your bag. The slim case has very nice felt interior lining that will treat your iPhone 5s' surface kindly, and a soft touch coating on the exterior that feels nice and grippy in hand. The slim case covers the back and sides of the iPhone 5s and even the edges of the front glass. To make it easier to install the case, the Seidio Surface comes in two parts with a latch to connect them together. It's super easy to slide your iPhone 5s in and snap the two pieces in place, but it takes some practice to get the latch to release and take the case off of the phone. On the back of the bottom portion of the slim case you'll find a small metal kickstand.
The Seidio Surface combo versions come with a belt clip that also works as a cover that can protect the iPhone 5s' front glass. The interior on the belt clip is also lined with the soft felt lining, and that's a very nice design touch since it protects the glass that needs some extra cushion. The spring-loaded belt clip on the exterior is long and easy to use. The strong plastic cover also adds noticeable structural support for the iPhone 5s and provides shock protection should you drop the phone in the case. The top clip that holds the phone in the belt clip also feels very secure. One thing to keep in mind for those who are looking into other color options than black, the cases in other colors all come with black belt clip.
The Seidio Surface case feels very protective and it's very functional as well. The slim phone case has generous cutouts on the top for the power button and on the side for the silence and volume buttons. The case has a long cutout on the bottom to give you easy access to the Lightning port, mic, speaker and 3.5mm audio jack. The case has a cutout on the back for the rear camera and the LED flash, and it doesn't obscure the view of the lens or interfere with the flash.
The Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo has a small but functional metal kickstand. The kickstand has a weak magnetic closure that's strong enough to keep the stand to its base but weak enough to not interfere with the use of the stand. The stand can prop up the iPhone 5s in up to 45-degree angles in landscape displaying mode, great for viewing photos, watching movies, FaceTime chats and more. The stand doesn't work if you want to put the phone in portrait orientation.
The Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo combines a slim hard plastic case with a more rugged belt clip and gives you the best of both worlds- a slim case when you're taking it off the belt and sturdy protect when you dock it. We liked the color options this case has to offer and the interior lining is a nice touch. The case is easy to install but takes some practice to take off. It's very functional thanks to all the cutouts and the built-in stand comes very handy when it comes to media viewing, presentations and video chats.