Published on February 24th, 2012 | by Greg0
Seidio: New iPhone Accessories
Seidio is a relatively new player in the US mobile accessories market, and provided me with two samples of their 2012 accessory line after I visited their booth at MacWorld.
First up, we have the SURFACE Reveal case, a slim plastic slider case with a microfiber liner for all models of the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Reveal is mostly identical to Seido’s normal SURFACE case, but features a clear acrylic window on the back for the Apple logo to show through. For the crowd that really likes their logos, this case’s window offers more protection than most. At only 1.2 mm thick, the Reveal is one of the thinnest cases on the market, but does have a lip that extends above the glass front of the phone for scratch and impact protection. The soft-touch coating on the exterior feels good in hand, and the sliding mechanism is easy to close and secure, but the plastic does feel a little flimsy.
We don’t have the spare phones around here to conduct real drop tests, but over a week of everyday use, the case did a fine job in protecting my 4S from nicks and scratches. I was able to use all my headphones and dock cables with the case, though I had to take it off to fit a larger car audio cable. $30.
Along with the SURFACE Reveal, I also got a chance to try out Seidio’s mobile charger. This small, rounded rectangle charges an internal battery from any wall outlet, then feeds that power back out through two USB ports. Using an included double-headed micro USB cable as well as my own iPhone cable, I was able to simultaneously charge a Kindle, an iPhone, and a set of Bluetooth headphones. I like this type of mobile charger much better than device-specific power packs, because USB cables are cheap and you never know which gadget is going to die on you. It’s an odd choice not to include an Dock connector cable on such an Apple-focused accessory, but the charger is still a solid value, and a great gadget to leave in your bag in case of a dead battery.