Smartphone Case Review: Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Sturdy yet light, waterproof up to 2 meters, very functional and easy to install and take off.
What's Not: Makes the phone look much bigger.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
If you like the Samsung Galaxy S4 but need a waterproof phone, and you don't want to get the Galaxy S4 Active, you can dress your phone up in a super suit. The super suit is the waterproof case from Concord Keystone called Keystone ECO SealCase. It's IP68 certified which means you can submerge the phone in this case in up to 6.6 feet of water. The case also protects the Galaxy S4 from snow, dust, sand and shock. With the optional heavy-duty belt clip, the Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 can guard your phone against just about anything in the field.
For a strong protective case, the Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 actually doesn't feel bulky and it's quite slim compared to other heavy-duty waterproof cases. But still, prepare yourself for a much bigger looking Galaxy S4 while it's sitting in this case. Unlike many waterproof cases on the market, the SealCase comes in one piece and requires to operate only one clasp to open and close the case, though it would help if you can loosen the side clips as well. The casing is made with hard plastic and has soft touch coating on the sides and a textured back to improve your grip on the phone. The front plastic cover over the screen feels strong enough that you won't worry it'll come apart from the casing and leak water as long as you don't push it hard when the phone isn't in the case. The interior doesn't have any soft coating or soft lining, though we haven't seen it scratching the Galaxy S4.
The Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 fits the phone perfectly and it comes in three colors: black, white (front) and black (back), and blue (front) and black (back). The case also comes with a neck strap in case you need your hands to work, climb or bike. The belt clip is sold separately and it's made with hard and strong plastic with sturdy and wide clip that can easily hold the weight of the phone and the case.
The Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 is a well-designed case that not only completely blocks out water and dust but also very functional. The case has cutouts for the only two ports that you must have direct access to, the 3.5mm audio port and the micro USB charging port, but it has stubby rubber plugs that can block out water and particles when you're not using the ports. The case covers all other ports and buttons, but doesn't block their functions. You can use the touch screen and the capacitive button on the front of the phone easily via the high quality clear PC cover. The Home key in the front, the volume rocker and power button on the sides are under rubber cover and they're also quite easy to use.
The case also has cutouts on the hard plastic casing for the rear camera, LED flash, front camera and sensors, but covers them with clear PC. The case has a cutout for the earpiece as well but covers it with a softer membrane to let sound through but block water. You can take pictures or videos while the phone is in the case and under water, and pictures taken with the phone while in the case are also good.
The Keystone ECO SealCase for Samsung Galaxy S4 measures 6 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches and weighs 2.57 ounces. For an IP68 cert case, it's quite slim and light. The case performs well at sealing the phone from water, dust, sand and snow, and it also provides good shock protection for the entire phone. The case offers the phone very good functionality including taking pictures under water, using the touch screen and making phone calls while the phone is in the case. If you need to clip it to your work bag or belt, Keystone offers a heavy-duty cover clip that's also lightweight but gets the job done well.