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Seidio Innocase Rugged for the Incredible Review
I got one of the Innocase Rugged cases for the HTC Incredible in the mail today. Seidio was nice enough to sponsor the “How a Case Would Have Saved My Phone” contest, so I thought I’d share the results with everyone.
First, there is much more here than I thought there would be. Inside the easy to open, without a chainsaw and three machetes, plastic bubble packaging, I found not only the expected Rugged rubber case with the Exo-bracket, but a full fledged black Innocase, a Spring Clip and a package of Ultimate Screen Guards.
What's in the box - plus phone
The Innocase is what you might expect, it snaps together top and bottom and it is made out of their Soft Touch plastic. The phone fit snugly and securely in the case, and it looked and felt good in my hand.
Phone in the Innocase
Next goes the rubber case over the Innocase. The rubber is thick and it too is a snug fit over the Innocase. The rubber case completely covers the earpiece socket with a rubber flap, and there are raised markings for the power and volume switches molded into the rubber. On the left side of the case, there is a rubber flap covering the USB port. The flap is a little tricky to open, but it does provide a nice tight seal. On the back, there is a hole for the speaker and a flip out rubber door for the camera. The bottom has holes for the microphone.
Back of Rubber case over the Innocase
Top of Rubber case with earpiece closed
Side of Rubber case with USB flap open
The Exo-bracket snaps on over this entire blanket of protection locking everything tight. There is no way this case is coming off in a drop or a fall. The Exo-bracket also has a little hole in it that keeps the camera flap open for pictures. It’s a little detail, but I could easily see myself cussing like Popeye if I was trying to take a picture and the flap kept getting in the way.
Back of case with Exo-bracket on and Camera Flap pined open.
Last, but not least, this entire Fort Knox of phone protection clips into a very robust Spring Clip with a swivel belt clip. This Spring Clip is not made of the same Soft Touch plastic that the standard Spring Clip uses. This Clip is all business. It even has a positive locking switch on the clip to keep it from accidently being knocked and coming loose from your belt.
Phone in the Rugged Spring Clip
All bundled up the phone definitely has more heft to it. It has a good grip and feels good in my hand. Slap a Screen Guard on there and your phone has 360 degrees of protection.
I did not test if it is waterproof! Nevertheless, I would assume that most water would be kept out if you were in a wet area or working outside in the rain or snow. There are open holes for the mic and speaker so I was not going to sacrifice my phone to a pitcher of water for the sake of science. Nor did I put the phone through deliberate sudden deceleration testing, so I cannot attest to the actual protective qualities of the case in a fall or drop.
Overall, if you are a First Responder or routinely find yourself in unfriendly environmental and precarious environments, this case is for you.
Snug as a bug in a rug