Review: Seidio CONVERT Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930

By John Yester on 24 Oct 2011 04:01 pm EDT

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If you ever wanted more options with your selection in cases for your device, Seidio now gives you just that. With the recent release of their CONVERT case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, Seidio has now jumped into the rugged case world while also giving you two cases in one!

As I mentioned before, being involved in emergency services line of work I am always hard on my devices. I have to use something that can keep up with me and still perform like the case is not even there. Put on the first layer, the Seidio Surface case, when using your BlackBerry Bold 9930 everyday. When you're going to be in tough or rugged conditions, put on the Rugged Skin and Skeleton within seconds. When you don't need the extra protection, simply remove the Rugged Skin and Skeleton.

Seidio CONVERT case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930

Seidio CONVERT case is made up of three parts:

Seidio SURFACE Case

  • 1mm thin case provides scratch protection without adding bulk
  • Designed from a hard, yet flexible material
  • Seidio's signature Soft Touch coating
  • Simple slide-in design makes installation and removal easy
  • Precision cutouts for port, controls, and camera

Rugged Skin and Skeleton

  • 2.5mm thin silicone case that fits over Surface case
  • All controls are covered to keep dust and dirt out and remain functional
  • Ports and camera are covered, but silicone covers can be removed
  • Plastic frame fits over the back of the case for tighter fit and added protection

Innocase CONVERT Holster

  • Fits up to a 2" duty or utility belt
  • Securely holds your BlackBerry Bold 9930 with locking mechanism on top clip
  • Swivel clip allows you to position your device in 7 different ways


  • Option of having two cases at all times. ( I love extra options!!)
  • 2" belt clip for duty belt
  • Solid protection all the way around the case


  • Maybe a little big for those looking for extra protection in a case.
  • Typing issues along the keyboard
  • Port covers may let in dirt and dust.
  • When usinmg only the 1st layer of protection, mute and standby keys are somewhat exposed.

Final thoughts:

Whenever you add a rugged case to a device it may seem a little too extreme to some people, but when your device looks brand new after a crazy day on the job, that is a great outcome! Wipe it off and keep it keeps asking for more. I have always been a strong believer that rugged cases should provide the best protection so the consumer does not have to even think that their device may be damaged no matter what is thrown at it. Though there might be some issues with dirt and dust getting under the port covers, the Seidio CONVERT makes me feel confident that my device is secure and I can switch to the inner Seidio Surface case within seconds. If you're in some crazy environments for your job and lifestyle, the Seidio CONVERT case is something to definitely purchase.

Be sure to watch the video above for a more in-depth look at this case and leave a comment below to win one!

Contest: To enter to win this case, leave a single comment below. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

More information on the Seidio CONVERT case at

Reader comments

Review: Seidio CONVERT Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930


Man I like this one a lot. Rugged is an understatement for this case. I have an otterbox commuter for my bb and when skateboarding and listening to music I can't worry about how it looks and if I scratch it up because it throws off my flow and especially falling which happens. Rugged is always good for me and I really like the design of this case and that decent screen clearence because phones don't always fall on their backs. Standard provided screen protective film and instructions. Nice one guys but to bad I have the style (tmi, sry ppl)

This is the exact kind of case I want! The surface would be great for my day to day pc repairs but the skeleton "addon" is ideal when I am playing a wrench monkey! Would love to win this!

Gotta have this one,
I have owned Seidio case/holsters for Curve 8330, Bold 9630, Bold 9650, and just ordered the Surface case/holster for the 9930 on sale from Crackberry last week after purchasing for my new Bold Touch 9930 an Otterbox Defender (too bulky, silicone case doesn't fit securely), Case-Mate Rugged (nice enough case, wish it had a holster available) and the Otterbox Commuter (great case, wish it had a holster) that just don't do it for me!
I wish I had seen the Seidio Convert Case/Holster before ordering the Surface Case holster.
Please pick me! Long time Seidio/Crackberry customer ;-)

Nice review, I especially liked the option of 2 cases in one!
(I might get the 1mm slim case holster also if I win this one!!)

***Has anyone tried it, how securely can the clip attach to your belt after 1+ month of use? You don't want to lose your blackberry from a loose holster clip!

I'd LOVE to get one of these, at the very least, my sister will play with my phone and drop it all the time, and this case would really help, especially since I would never be able to find this case over here where I live.

I have a couple cases. An Otterbox Commuter, a Body Glove and a hard BBerry case. I love the slight protection of the Commuter but I also really love the Hard Bberry case. It would be great to win this as it is both cases in ONE! ...Count me in....

Thank you for the contest Crackberry.

This case would be perfect for me as I am jumping back and forth on a daily basis between my tasks on the construction site and my tasks in the office.

Loved the review.

I'm a team leader on a full time big city SWAT team. My 9930 goes into harm's way with me to help me get the job done. I could really use a CONVERT Case to protect my device on those crazy days that John talked about in his review. Great review John!

That would be a lovely gift for myself, in case my brother is not lucky enough to win this one for me :-D

This is great for those days when you need to be out in rugged terrain but can't miss an important call/email

this case looks awesome. been sorta clumsy lately could definitely use one and love my bold so this looks great.

I would love to get my hands on this to give it a try. I love trying on cases at the store but none seem to fit my need.

Seems extremely useful, i'd love to win this one. Thank you CrackBerry for this chance! Good Luck everyone

Great review and thanks for the effort John! I could use a free case to safeguard my 9900 from my sporadic moments of clumsiness =( ;p;

Would love to win, trying to get new case because my old one doesn't stay together anymore :(

thx crackberry!