Looking for a minimal case for your Q10? The BlackBerry Soft Shell case may be for you

By DJ Reyes on 12 Jun 2013 12:14 pm EDT

Lately, my preference of case for my BlackBerry smartphone has changed. I've always been two minds on whether to use a case or not but when I did choose to go with one I used to go for slightly chunky and solid cases to protect my BlackBerry device from drops.

However, my tastes seem to have changed and most of the time I'd rather go naked and show off my sexy BlackBerry device than have it covered up. But I always have a fear of scratching it up or dropping it so I'll reach for a case. Instead of bulky cases though, I now prefer a slim fit. The official BlackBerry Soft Shell case seemed perfect so I picked one (or three) up.

Looking at a Soft Shell case on the table you wouldn't think it was a flexible as it was, I certainly didn't think so when I first held one. It is made up of flexible plastic, very thin and light. It hardly adds any weight to the phone. The back has a textured surface to offer some grip while using the device.

The design of the texture is very much like that of the back of the Z10 but not as rubbery. A nice touch is the embossed BlackBerry logo on the back of the case. If you have a white Q10 you'll find this fits in nicely with the BlackBerry logo on the back of the device. You have cut outs for the camera on the back. All the ports have cuts out as well as the speaker on the bottom and all buttons on the side and the top are covered up but can easily be pressed.

The case is very easy to slip on and off, mainly because there is no lip that comes over the front of the device. That also does mean that the keys and screen would come in contact with the surface if you laid it face down. So this really is a minimal case, offering minimal protection. 

The case comes in three colors - white, black and pink. The pink is more of a soft pink and is see-through. It goes better with the white Q10 rather than the black one. I also quite like the combination of the black case on a white Q10 and vice versa a white case on the black Q10. It makes it look quite sexy.

If you're looking for a very thin and light case, the Soft Shell case is a very good option. It isn't for those won't want that added protection from drops though. The case is very minimal and more for just slipping on for a quick trip or just to protect the back from scratches if you lay it down on surfaces a lot.

The Good
  • Thin and light
  • Textured back for grip
The Bad
  • May be too minimal for some
  • No padding
The bottom line

Not for those looking for something heavy duty. Definitely more for those looking to just cover up back of the device to stop scratches on the back of the device. As well as those who want something light.

Purchase the BlackBerry Q10 Soft Shell case from ShopCrackBerry

Reader comments

Looking for a minimal case for your Q10? The BlackBerry Soft Shell case may be for you


Why the hell are there none like this, logo included, for z10??

Posted via CB10 using my flick-ity keyboard :D.

Yep I've been wanting an OEM Soft Shell for my Z10 since day one!
I'd even settle for the Hard Shell too...

It's great how they finally made the Q10 holster the right size to accommodate a Q10 with Soft Shell too.
I don't use a holster anymore, but this was an obvious easy thing that should have always been the case, pardon the pun!

This is how you CB10, son!

Hope it is snugger than the original BlackBerry Soft case! I used to love it, but now it's just loosening! And my Q10 "slides" inside of it.

Posted from my Q10 via CB10

What do you mean by "original"?
Do you mean you've got a 9900 Soft Shell on your Q10? They're not the identical size, so fit won't be perfect.

This is how you CB10, son!

I just returned this case to Amazon today. The box was crushed a bit in shipment and the case stretched out slightly by the ports where the material is a thin strip. I thought maybe putting the phone into it would pull it out, but it didn't and the fit on the left side was visibly loose. I found it too "soft" a case for me and I don't think it will hold its shape and fit over time. Sorry BB...

Try the BB Hard Shell for Q10. Also very snug form factor, and not as soft... obviously.

This is how you CB10, son!

Tried this case and like previous post I found it too flimsy. I now have the BlackBerry Q10 flipcase, which offers a nice neat fitting back plate with fold up section to protect the screen. Not as bulky as some case as the back is truly form-fitting. But I do sometimes get fed up of the fold up section when typing as it has to dangle or sit in your hand, neither of which feels the best. On balance though this is the best of the forms I've tried!!

Posted via CB10

Am I really the only one that says GO WITH THE CRUNK CASE for the Q10. similar concept to this.

Posted via CB10

This was written before the Crunk case became available but it just gives people more preference. I'll probably be interchanging between this and the Crunk case, once I get mine ordered

Posted via CB10

2 quick questions: does the hard shell have a lip that covers the keyboard? and will it fit the the pouch with the hard or soft shell on?

I have the black one but with silver logo
.. I never take it off my Q10. I even forgot how does my phone look without it.

Posted via CB10

I wish there was one for the Z10 as well. It's impossible to find a case with the BlackBerry logo on the back. And I don't need an armadillo shell for it. A short shell like this one would be perfect.

Posted via CB10

Does anyone know if this case is similar to the material used in the 9990/9930 soft shell case? Thanks in advance