Seidio Innocase 360 Review for the BlackBerry Storm

By Morf32 on 8 Jul 2009 10:35 am EDT
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Innocase 360 for the BlackBerry Storm

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Out of the box, it is obvious that this case has the same nice qualities as the other Innocases sold by Seidio. The finish on the outside is the same as that of an Innocase II-that cross between a hard case and a silicone case. The material makes it a case that will slide easily in and out of your pockets.

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It was extremely easy to put together... the device just gets set in the bottom half of the case, and then the top half just snaps right on. There are no sharp edges anywhere on the case-all of the cut-outs for the various keys are very smooth. The material for the case where it covers the four keys at the bottom of the device is a rubber-like material, and is quite flexible-and because it is white, it allows light to shine through where the 4 keys are labeled on the case. 

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There are cut-outs in the case for the convenience keys, volume keys, lock/mute buttons, micro USB port, camera, speakers, LED, and mic. The case is only 1mm thick, so I don't feel that it adds much bulk to the phone at all. I can still easily slide the device in and out of my pockets-and I have pretty small pockets! 

Seidio Innocase 360 for Storm
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When you first put the case together, some air bubbles will probably show up under the screen-the insert that comes with the case states that these are due to a solution they apply to the screen guard during manufacturing and that the bubbles will go away over time. At the end of day two, the bubbles had still not gone away for me, so I took the case apart and put it back together to get rid of the bubbles, and they haven't been back since. The screen cover is nice and clear, and I personally think it holds up against fingerprints a bit better than the screen protector I originally had on my device.

The touch screen is extremely responsive under the screen cover-I have no issues selecting anything on the screen, and the screen still clicks as it should. Just out of curiosity, I left my original screen protector on the phone for the first couple hours of using the case-the screen was just as responsive with both the screen protector and the screen cover of the case on the device.

I have had to adjust my typing just a bit to accommodate for the case, as it is built to come right up to the edge of the on-screen keyboard on all 3 sides-it makes access to the letters at the edges of the keyboard just a little bit harder. However, this design also ends the annoyance of the light leaking from around the edges of the screen (and I'm sure many of you will be happy about that)! I have easily adapted to the case and my typing speed is now back to where it was before I put the case on my device.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the Innocase 360, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for 360 degrees of protection for their device. This case should cut down tremendously on the dust issues people have with the device, and I think it looks nice, too.

This case can also be used both with Seidio's Innocase Holster, and Seidio's Innocase Desk Charger.

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26 comments

cjohnson481

what theme are you using and what twitter client is that?

Alex015

Not a big fan of this case. Mine did not even last 2 months as the clips that keep it together broke.

gfresh6969

Quick Q- The top part of the case im assuming, is completely open and then you just apply a screen protector? Or is it like Otterbox ?

thnx

nyr2k2

It's like the Otterbox. It fully covers your entire phone, and has a built-in screen protector.

DJ G.MAC

Looks like TweetGenius

hatch.duffy

I was wondering about the twitter client as well. does tweet genius have a storm version now or can i just disable compatibility! On topic tho, i was wanting something that went over my screen and covered those gaps so i could pocket and not have to holster everyday. Gonna give this a looky see.

jasonveilleux

The bubbles do NOT go away on everyone's phone. I've had my case since May and still have bad bubbles which affects the view of the screen. Sent an email to the company and never heard anything back. I love the case, but wish the bubble problem would be resolved and then I would recommend this case to anyone.

pkcable

About time this review got promted to the blogs!!!!!

ishtek

Overall, I like the case. I do have a challenge with the Shift key in landscape orientation. Sometimes I have to invert the Storm 180 degrees to actually be able to use it. It seems to be the way the storm aligns itself in the case. I don't have the bubble problem though.

BB_Storm95

This case is really good, but I get so mad when tring to put in a space. It is very difficult. There is also lent bulid up around the screen gaurd but regular cleaning fixed this problem. I recommend this case to anyone wanting to protect the screen on their Storm. I have had zero air bubble issues. This is the only case I could find on the internet that protected the screen so I paid the high price for this case and I can honestly say it is worth the money!

nyr2k2

I love this case. It looks great and performs admirably. I dropped my phone on the pavement outside the bar last weekend, and no damage whatsoever to the phone and just a minor scratch on the case. Overall, and excellent product, I highly recommend. Replaced my Otterbox!

Also, for the bubbles... Open the case and rub your thumb up and down the underside of the screen (the side that touches the actual Storm screen). Do your best to keep a uniform pattern and avoid smudges. Put the case back on, and voila! The natural oils in your finger rid the screen of the "bubbly" or "oily" look. This was suggested to me by the Otterbox folks, BTW!

Morf32

I feel quite honored for having my review posted to the blogs! Thank you, CrackBerry!

For those asking... the theme in the pictures is Custom_Dark and can be found in the Theme Forum here on CB. The Twitter client is TweetGenius. TG hasn't made a Storm specific version of the app yet, but you can just disable compatibility mode and it works fine. :o)

Also, I am still using the 360 and I really like it. I have no bubble issues, and I just take it apart about once a week and wipe the case and the phone down. I have had no major issues with dust or anything, but wiping it down once a week or so ensures that I won't.

Madirish76

Most of these answered my questions. I have been trying to find a good case that will prevent the dust from getting under the screen while in my pocket...the ziploc bag is rather ghetto. :)

ishore

I use the BB desktop charger. With this case on it will not fit. Also I have a side holester so I ordered a new one from Seidio and was nice. I would love to use this case, but do not want to expend more $'s on accessories.

Xader

Im in the exact same boat

bfarneth

Seidio has a desktop charger that works with all of their cases. I realize you don't want to spend more money, but it's only $29. I have the Innocase II, holster, and desktop charger and they're all great.

captain_dl#AC

I have the Innocase II. If for some reason I ever have to get a replacement case, this will be my next one.

pcamp5

I had the II, then purchased the 360 in hopes it would help keep the dust out and it seems to have slowed the dust problem. The bubble issue has come and gone for no apparent reason. I added a screen protecter under the 360 and it lessened the bubble issue but who knows.

lowfire#CB

I've had the 360 now for about a month. The bubble issue has been bothering me and I have tried the "finger" trick and it lasts for a bit then they come back, so I just take it apart and do it again so it's good for a bit. I had the Extended Innocase II, to go with my extended battery, used the back cover from that and the front cover from the 360, works beautifully. I am in the middle east right now, and this case does a FANTASTIC job of keeping the nasty desert dust off my Storm. I would give this case a 8/10 just for the fact of the stupid bubbles I have to deal with about once a week.

gfresh6969

Quick Q #2- Has anyone purchased the 360 + Horizontal Leather Case Combo. The reason im asking is, im wondering if you can listen to music with your headphones plugged into it while the phone is holstered in the case properly? From the pictures on Seido it looks like it could be possible with the headphone wires coming from the side. I hate taking my storm in/out of my pocket to change music. Thoughts? Thnx

lowfire#CB

I have the horizontal cse with mine, and yes you can plug your headphones in while it is holstered. Do it all the time with Pandora :)

bossdj26

Heh, got this one for free thanks to Crackberry.

Haven't really had a problem with it yet. I already had an invisibleshield on my screen so I decided to remove the protector from the case and it works great. I love the feel of the button protection and the look it gave the phone overall.

:)

Groucho

I have had the case for my Storm for a couple of weeks. It replaces an Incipio Feather which literally fell apart after two weeks (Incipio says they are replacing it with a better material but have not received the new case yet). I ordered the 360 based on Morph's review and except for the "bubble issue" could not be happier. The form is excellent and adds almost no bulk or weight. I do miss the BB logo on the menu button but realize that Seidio would have to license that and the BlackBerry print under the speaker which would probably double the price of the case. I have no problem typing on the Storm and do not find that the case gets in the way anywhere along the edges or corners. Seidio customer service and Tech Support has been very responsive. After trying all the "tricks" to get rid of the bubble I called this past Monday and they are shipping me a replacement and tags to return the existing case at no charge. They will do this within the first 14 days. Otherwise, if you need a replacement it will be free but you have to pay to ship the original back.
The cast does not attract dust or lint and slips easily out of my pants pockets but feels very secure while holding and using the device. While the bubble is there, the screen protector is very good an seems to attract less smudges and finger prints then others I have used.
I will not be surprised if the replacement does not solve the protection problem in which case I may just go back to a regular protector and submit the built in one to the tip of a single edge razor blade.

VoodooKaboom

So I bought the Innocase early on in the Storm adventure. The snap tabs started to break over time so I contacted Seidio for a warranty replacement. When I receive the replacement I was very disappointed. It appears that they made the bezel area around the screen wider/taller so when you type in landscape mode you can't hit the space key easily. Now I hit the letter "b" all the time now because my finger hits the bezel area when I try to hit space.

I never had this issue when I purchased the original; it appears the mold of the case has changed.

If you have big thumbs or hands I would not suggest this case anymore.

Valor

I like the looks of the case. My wife has a Seidio case for her Pearl 8130 and I liked how it completely wrapped the phone, except for the screen.

I had problems w/ the 360 and bubbles until I read a previous post that said to use the oils of your thumb under the screen.
Putting the case back on after that and no bubbles.

I had a hard case before this one and I find this one to be better already. Seems lighter, even though it's already a brick.

The case is a bit difficult to take off, and it feels as if I'm going to break it when I try.

gmz73

I thought this case would be perfect, not. Air bubbles, impossible to remove. Waste of $50.