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The Seidio Convert case arrived today for my HTC Thunderbolt with extended battery. I agree with all the points already made. It is Huge, a real
hand full and probably not something you are going to be slipping in and out of your pocket. In my work, large and rugged is not necessarily a bad
thing. I use a TDS Recon data collector (basically a Hewlett-Packard PDA) with a Topcon total station. The new Convert case reminds me of the
rugged Recon case with it's size and heft. I've dropped the data collector numerous times without damage and I think my Convert will protect the TB
just as well. I wear gloves for winter work and thin, slick cell phones are hard to hold. This case should help with that.
Although large, the three layers of protection are easy to remove to get at the phone's battery. This is NOT the case with an Otterbox Defender. The
components seem to be well made (except the kickstand, more on that later) and the belt clip on the Convert holster will accommodate a 2 3/8"
wide, 3/16" thick belt. The belt clip on the second holster that was included in the Value Pack for use with just the Surface isn't nearly as large and
handles about a 1 1/2" wide x 1/8" thick belt. You might not consider the clip size until you find it will only clip to 'dress' belts, not 'working' belts.
The only two negatives I have are the flimsy, soon-to-be-broken kickstand and the latch that holds the phone in the holster. It seems incredible to me
that something so rugged as the Convert would have such a dinky kickstand. It's plastic. The detents that hold the stand closed or in position once
extended make a high-pitched *crack* when they engage or disengage, making me think I've already broken it each time I use it. It may be stronger
than it seems here on day 1. I find that I use the kickstand a lot since I use the Amazon Kindle app to read books.
Holster Clip: I wear the holster in the horizontal position which puts the retaining clip at one end of the holster. I feel the clip just doesn't have a stiff
enough spring. You can't pull the phone out when its latched so its not going to just fall out. But brushing up against something easily pushes the clip
open. The clip has a lock to keep it from releasing and I imagine I will be using it almost every time I holster/unholster the phone. We'll see how
long the mechanism lasts with that much use.
I ordered the Seidio "value pack" which has a second holster to use when you have just the Surface on the phone, and also includes a pack of screen
protectors. I have the OtterBox Defender case for the phone when it is using a standard battery. (BTW, I've read OtterBox does NOT intend to make
a case for a TB with the extended battery, that may change) I've put the Convert and the Defender on a table and compared them side-by-side. The
Seidia Convert is only 3/16" thicker than the Defender and is just slightly smaller in both length and width. Both of them are bricks, nonetheless.
Ok, so I've said my piece on the new cases. I'll see how well they hold up over time and report back.
P.S. Additional *small* CON: The rubber flap that protects the camera and flash. The 'exoskeleton' has a little slot to push a tab on the flap into to keep the flap open and out of the way of the camera. The flap requires a bit of tinkering to get the tab in the hole and to get it to stay there. Not very handy for one hand operation or quick, spur-of-the-moment snapshots. Since the case is not waterproof, I may snip the flap off. I use the Flashlight app at night a lot. Again, having to screw with the flap....... We'll see.