I love my Storm, but this thing is kind of big. It is just big enough to be uncomfortable in my front pocket - which is too bad. I sometimes feel uneasy about putting it in my coat pocket unprotected - I don't want to scratch the screen (or the nice shiny finish for that matter.) So, what am I to do? I have never really been a fan of "Holsters," I think they make me look like a 45 year old businessman, oh wait...I guess that's what I am. Anyway, I was please when the Seidio Spring Clip Holster showed up - it offers a nice way to "holster" my Storm and also use it without a case blocking features, buttons or the screen.
When the Storm is in the Spring Clip Holster - it is protected. When I take it out, it is au natural - a nice compromise.
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Here is the "Company Line on the Spring-Clip Holster"
Ultimate in convenience and functionality, this holster from Seidio will secure your Storm on all sides and will give you quick and easy access.
The unique spring clip holds your device in place and lifts for quick access, while the face-in design will protect your touch screen from scratches and other mishaps. There is also easy access to the connectors and function keys.
This sturdy holster, made from soft touch rubberized material, will maintain BlackBerry's "sleeper" function and will also fit with Seidio's extended batteries.
Unique Spring-Clip holds your device securely and lifts for quick access
- Maintains Blackberry "sleeper" function
- Unique soft-touch "rubberized" texture provides a unique look and extra protection
- Face-in design protects your device's screen
- Locking swivel belt clip with 7 rotating angles
- Fits Seidio extended batteries
- Easy access to connectors and function keys
Design and Function
I really like the way this Holster is designed. It has a magnet - so the "In Holster" profile settings will work. For those unfamiliar with this option, BlackBerry devices have magnets inside - when you use a magnetic holster, the profile settings can be uniquely set - usually to vibrate instead of ring. This is great for when you are in meetings or at the movies. A magnetic holster also allows for the "sleeper" feature which saves on battery life as well. As soon as you take it "out of the holster" you are restored to your normal profile settings.
This holster is a very sturdy design. It has a nice, rubberized feel and a soft felt lining on the inside. It is designed so the BlackBerry goes "face in" to the holster.
On the top is the spring Clip mechanism which gently rocks back to accept the BlackBerry into the holster and then springs forward to hold it securely.
The clip (for your pants or belt or purse) is also a very sturdy design with a good, strong spring. I was able to turn the clip to six different positions allowing for pretty much any situation or body size to be comfortable with this holster.
Fit and Finish
The fit and finish of this case (like most I have tested from Seidio) was great. The holster is not thick - but it feels very strong and sturdy. The "Face in design" is really preferable - not only because of the magnet feature, but it allows you to easily pull the Storm out of the holster and immediately take a call or check an email. The pins (in both spring units) seem to be secured very well and I felt like my Storm was cradled nicely and strongly with this holster.
Seidio seems to have really perfected the "rubberized" tough look while keeping their cases looking stylish - this holster keeps with that tradition. It is minimalistic in design - which is what I want in a "holster" and looks pretty cool when the BlackBerry is "holstered." Now, some of that "coolness" is due to the Storm - but we have to give this holster is due as well.
Ease of Use
A Holster should not be complicated - put the BlackBerry in - take the BlackBerry out - don't push any keys when going in or out - that's about it. The Seidio passes that test just fine. I found the Spring Clip at the top was very intuitive and easy to use.
If I were to drop my Storm while in this Holster, I'm not sure what would happen. The screen seems to be protected since it sits "face in," but the back is totally exposed. If this hit the ground the right way it could spell trouble.
The biggest problem with a Holster of this sort has nothing to do with the design - it is the "nature of the beast" - when using the Storm, it is unprotected. If I bumped into something with the Holster, I wasn't too worried - but once the Storm is out of the case - all bets are off. If you are a "butter fingers" with your BlackBerry - go for a more consistent form of protection because if you drop your Storm while typing there is nothing on it to protect it.
This is a great holster - I like the design, I like the strong clip at the top - it allows for easy removal yet seems to hold the Storm pretty tight when in the holster. The inclusion of the "sleeper magnet" is a nice feature and a welcome one for diehard BlackBerry Holster users. I really wish I could have my BlackBerry in the Innocase II and still use the holster - but it just doesn't fit - then I would be "covered" if I dropped it out of the holster.
Summary: Seidio Spring Holster for the BlackBerry Storm
- Design and Function = 4/5
- Fit and Finish = 4/5
- Aesthetics = 3/5
- Ease of use = 5/5
- Protection = 4/5