Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: Seidio Surface with Kickstand Combo Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very nice soft touch surface, sturdy and easy-to-use belt clip, comes in several color options.
What's Not: Adds some weight to the light smartphone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Seidio Surface cases come in several configurations. You can get the one with or without a kickstand, and with or without the holster that has a belt clip. The Surface cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 also come in a variety of colors including black, white, garnet red, fuchsia, amethyst and royal blue. We look at the Surface combo which includes the Surface case with a kickstand and a holster with a belt clip. The Seidio Surface Combo Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 is a very protective case that covers the entire phone when you dock it in the holster. It's reasonably slim for a case in this style and it's very easy to use.
The Seidio Surface Combo Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 is less rugged than Seidio's Convert combo case which comes in a bulkier form. The Surface case is made with TPU that's both sturdy and flexible. The case has a layer of soft touch coating outside the plastic shell and very soft felt-like interior lining. The coating feels nice in hand and gives a better grip when you handle the slippery phone. The design of the case makes it easy to install on the phone and take it off. It comes in two parts and snaps on together. When you need to take it off of the phone, press the ridged lines on the back and release the latch, and the case comes right off. Though quite slim and flexible, the case feels sturdy enough to protect the phone from scratches, bumps and nicks to the back and sides. The Seidio Surface Combo Case covers the edges of the front glass, creating a barrier for the front glass when you put the phone face down.
To further protect the screen when in storage, the Seidio Surface Combo Case has a holster that clips to the front of the phone and acts like a front cover. The holster uses more rigid and thicker plastic but has the same soft felt interior lining so that it doesn't scratch the screen or leave marks when the phone is docked in the holster. The holster cradles the phone on the bottom corners and secures it with a top clip that has a built-in spring. The clip is strong yet the spring is very easy to operation. This ensures that you can unclip your phone from the holster quickly to take a call. The belt clip on the holster can rotate 90 degrees in either direction and it's strong enough to hold the Galaxy S4 on your belt or your bag strap.
The Seidio Surface Combo Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in six solid colors, and all the color selections look very good. Since the case has a layer of soft coating, the surface doesn't look glossy, even though one of the color options is called Glossy White. There isn't any other color choice for the holster as it only comes in black.
The Seidio Surface Combo Case is a very functional case. All ports and buttons are exposed when the phone is inside the Surface and the cutouts are all perfectly aligned. If you get the Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo version, you can use the metal kickstand to prop up the Galaxy S4 in landscape mode. The 45-degree viewing angle is perfect for media viewing and video chatting. The stand doesn't work in portrait mode.
The closure clip for the holster also elevates the top of the phone on the back. This comes in handy to protect the camera lens when you put the phone down as it lifts the camera off from any flat surface.
The Seidio Surface Combo Case is a great choice for those who need a holster for their phone yet don't need something that's super bulky and very ruggedized. The Surface comes in a slim form for this style and it weighs 3.0 ounces. The surface of the case feels nice and grippy, and the interior is kind to the smartphone. We do like the color choices in the collection and if you need a built-in stand, the Surface with Metal Kickstand Combo provides a nice viewing angle in landscape mode. Both the holster and the belt clip are hassle free and easy to use.