HTC One Case Review: Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case with Metal Kickstand for HTC One Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very strong protection for the entire phone, very functional case and comes in five colors.
What's Not: Built-in stand works only in landscape mode. It doesn't support IR Blaster on the phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Seidio's ACTIVE case has been one of our favorite cases thanks to its slim design yet strong protection. The two-layer case offers the flexibility of soft rubber case for easy installation and a sturdy skeleton back cover that provides impact protection. The Seidio ACTIVE Combo with Metal Kickstand case for the HTC One adds two additional features: a convenient built-in kickstand and a hard plastic holster cover that protects the front display and comes with a belt clip that allows you to attach the phone to your belt or your bag. The Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case with Metal Kickstand comes in five solid colors including black, white, red, purple and blue.
The Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case with Metal Kickstand for the HTC One is for those who need to whip out their phones on job sites that require more protection than just carrying their phone around the town or in a quiet office. The ACTIVE Combo case comes with three pieces of protection. The inner layer is a form fitting soft rubber that's easy to put on the HTC One or take it off. The polymer layer is thick on the edges to help provide impact protection and has grooves for the more rigid plastic layer to mold into the rubber layer while adding no additional bulk. The exterior skeleton cover latches onto the phone by four corners and two side snaps on the long vertical sides. This hard cover gives the phone more impact protection as well as prevents serious bumps and nicks to the back of the HTC One. The soft coating on the plastic back cover feels nice in hand and adds more grip that makes it easier to handle the phone.
For the large front glass, the Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case with Metal Kickstand offers a strong hard plastic holster. The interior of the holster has soft microfiber like lining that ensures the screen on your HTC One not to get scratched when you take it in or out of the holster. The holster has a sturdy spring clip that latches onto the phone and it's very easy to operate the latch and allows you to take out the phone quickly to accept a call. The Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case comes in 5 color options and 4 of them come in two tone.
The Seidio ACTIVE Combo Case with Metal Kickstand is a well designed case for function. The case has necessary cutouts for all ports except the IR Blaster which doubles as the power button on the HTC One, and it's under the protection of the soft rubber layer. The cutouts do leave out the audio out jack, the sync/charge port, mics on top, bottom and the back of the phone, the rear camera and flash. The cutouts are well machined and have perfect alignments. All control buttons are under the rubber layer protection and they're easy to use while hidden underneath the case. As mentioned, since the IR window functions as the power button, the Seido ACTIVE chose to block it in order to protect the button. Thanks to the HTC One's unique design, both stereo speakers live on the front of the phone, so you can have access to them when you take the phone out of the holster.
On the back cover, the Seidio ACTIVE case has a built-in metal stand. It's not very heavy duty but it's certainly sturdy enough to hold up the HTC One in landscape mode for media watching. Sadly no portrait mode is supported for the stand for those who might want to read ebooks and consume other content that's best suited for this orientation. The holster, though strong, isn't super bulky. It has a belt clip that can rotate in 7 angles and it feels strong enough to hold your phone on your belt or your backpack or purse strap. The ACTIVE with Metal Kickstand is quite slim but the holster certainly adds noticeable bulk, but the entire package is lightweight adding only 3.8 ounces to your HTC One.
We really do enjoy using the Seidio ACTIVE Combo with Metal Kickstand for the HTC One. When it's out of the holster, the case is very slim and feels nice in hand. And when it's docked in the holster, you can carry it on your belt or bag, and the entire phone is protected. The three-piece protection is well designed and the case is well made. We like the two tone color options and the ease of use this case offers. With the holster, the case does look bulky and the rubber interior layer blocks the IR windows.