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Keep your BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 safe and stylish with the Incipio PREDATOR case

By Alicia Erlich on 14 Oct 2012 03:59 pm EDT
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For those who lead a busy and active lifestyle there are times you need to have a solid, reliable case to get you through the day and all the bumps and accidents that occur. Personally, my cases always end up battered and broken, another casualty of my chronic klutziness. Incipio has always been a favorite of mine with a reputation of keeping their accessories simple yet tough to keep your devices safe from even the nastiest of falls.

Now that I own the BlackBerry Bold 9900 I decided to try the Incipio PREDATOR Case. I admit to being rather hard on my devices, even the screen shields are no match for me. Can the Predator survive me? Keep reading to find out.

Features

The Incipio PREDATOR case is a two layer design with the outer being a hard shell made from high-density polycarbonate material and the inner being a soft silicone skin. Unlike other skin cases the silicone is a bit thicker with a reinforced back while the outer layer is only a sturdy frame with a hollowed out back (leaving the silicone layer completely exposed). On the sides of the shell certain edges extend slightly outward to give a better grip so it doesn't slip out of your hands.

  • High-density polycarbonate layer
  • Silicone layer
  • Cut outs for all device features
  • Screen exposed
  • Custom designed for BlackBerry Bold 9930 or Bold 9900

Installation

Placing the case on the device can be described in one word: tricky. If you don't align the sides exactly right when putting the hard shell to the point where it pushes up the skin. Sometimes when trying to reapply, the shell was so restrictive that I had to gently pull the outer layer away and guide the skin back into place.

After a few tries I found that if you put on the outer frame one side first and then gently wrap around the other, it lines everything up. While not perfect, you can then smooth out the bumps with your fingers. Again, attaching the case really isn't that difficult and it only takes a few seconds or so to adjust.

Design and Protection

While the hard shell is pretty basic, what makes this case unique is how the back is left open so that the inner layer comes through. This thicker, textured back offers a firm non-slip grip (even on flat surfaces) and is soft enough to feel comfortable in your hands. What I like is how you don't even notice the absence of the second layer of protection. The silicone's unique design allows it to absorb the impact of being dropped from various distances without needing the hard shell.

This reasonably priced case offers enough protection for those of us who abuse our devices over time. No matter how many times it was dropped or banged into a door it didn't scratch or crack at all. In my book that makes it a keeper. The PREDATOR is not overly bulky and retains the sleekness of your BlackBerry. I don't think it will be joining its brethren in my case graveyard anytime soon.

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Three more great protection options

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Otterbox Defender Series Case Seidio Active puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster Combo
OtterBox Commuter Series Case for BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930
"Full coverage all around your device, leaving easy access to your charging and headphone ports"
Seidio ACTIVE Case for BlackBerry Bold 9930, Bold 9900
"Provides great shock and impact absorption while adding minimal bulk"
puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster Combo
"The purgear hard shell and holster combo allows you to retain the size of the Bold 9900/9930 and add a optional holster"

 

5 comments

npunk42

"... wont freeze your device"? Whats that all about?

shemaree09

This phone is too beautiful to cover in that contraption lol :p

jeffojeda

I have purchased two incipio cases for my 9810. They both broke in the exact same place (front bezel on the bottom). I bought the second after the first broke thinking i had done something to it. but after only a week, the second one broke in the exact same place. i realize this isn't the same case, but i really was let down by their products. i won't buy them for any phone again.

npunk42

I bought a few cases for my 9930 when it was new, just to see which one was best. I settles on the Otterbox Impact . It isnt shown as an option here, but it was the best choice for me. I think I got it for 6 bucks on Amazon.

bchandler02

Looks VERY similar to my Seidio Active case for my 9930. Have not used this one, but HIGHLY recommend the Active for many of the same reasons here.