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Published on February 24th, 2012 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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