"The Ballistic Shell (SG) Series Case is in a rugged category of its own. Adding the most needed drop protection without sacrificing the Bold design and function."

In Short:
"Affordable military spec case"

Should I Buy?
"Extreme work = Extreme case = Slim form factor"
Ballistic SG Series Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930

The Ballistic Shell Gel (SG) Series Case adds the most needed drop protection without sacrificing too much of the Bold design and function. This case was approved by and developed in cooperation with BlackBerry and is equipped with three layers of protection. 

 The Review

My devices have had their fair share of bumps and drops over the years. So with my line of work - and outside of work - I have always opted for those "Rugged" type cases. The big issue is most are bulky and feel clunky in the hand when using the device. But overall I love the sleekness of this case, as I don't feel like I am carrying a masonry brick around. This case actually integrates an outermost layer, which is made of soft rubber for shock absorption. The rubber layer is molded to the shell form which is impact resistant polycarbonate. These two layers combine to offer a formidable defense against everyday damage.

Closer look at the corners of the case and device.
Strong Ballistic Corners to absorb the shock of a drop from a great height.
A look at the left-side ports
The left side ports are open for easy plug in access

While the 3.5 mm headset and Micro USB are exposed, they are recessed far enough for sufficient protection, yet fully accessible. But for an "extreme" case you think there would be full protection in that area.

Media and convenience keys.
The media buttons and convenience key are completely covered and fully functional.
Protection, even from a face-down fall
Device drops and lands face down, is fully protected.

The "lay-on-table" feature ensures no matter where you place your new Bold, the screen will never touch the surface it impacts. Though this case does not have a holster, pocketing the case does give some issue as the rugged corners may catch in the pocket. The back of the case is sporting a smooth "gunner" grip texture, which does not add much grip. Three color options are available as well to meet your style. 

Ballistic SG Case on my 9930!
Ballistic SG Case on my 9930! 

Ballisitic (SG) Series Case


  • The Ballistic SG case is a winner in my book. If you work or enjoy your weekends in some extreme places this case will suit you will. With much needed protection added to the front of the device, yet still keeping a sleek profile. This case is bomb proof!!!


  • No port protection on the Ballistic SG Case?? Some dusty environments might not like this case very much. Anywhere there is an open connection, it's just asking for trouble.... In addition the rubber corners can catch while pocketing the device, wish there was a holster available.

The Bottom Line

Tthe Ballistic company only recently released cases to the Built For BlackBerry line up, but they have been around for some time and are serious in what they are doing. They have some awesome color choices as well. I am confident that using this case, it will function just like a BlackBerry Bold. Just with a bullet proof vest on.

Three More Great Protection Options

Mobi Products Hex Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 9900 Case-Mate Pop! OtterBox Defender Series Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 / 9900
Mobi Products Hex Case
"Breaks the mold of the standard skin case design with a sweet hex pattern on the back."
Case-Mate POP!
"Good protection to keep your Bold 9930 or 9900 safe."
OtterBox Defender Series
"Three layers of protection to keep your device safe and sound."

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