Seidio CSR3MTRM-BK Surface Case for Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (Black)
- Sleek case that provides scratch protection without adding much bulk
- Precision cut-outs for access to the ports, controls, speakers and camera
- Unique snap-together design makes putting on and removing your case easy
- Felt lining on inside protects your Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
- For use with Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
The Surface Case is the right case for those who are looking for sleek protection. This case protects your Motorola Droid Razr Maxx from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk. Durable plastic is accompanied by our soft-touch coating which enhances the look of your Motorola Droid Razr Maxx without attracting lint.
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The two-piece construction makes it really easy to take on and off the phone, and it also stays securely snapped shut (its never loosened or come off accidentally). This is probably evident in all cases, but it does seem to collect dust/dirt/etc under the "lip" pf the edge pof the case that sits along the screen. Again, nothing terrible, but I do end up cleaning it out every other week. Overall, great buy!
My husband and I both have a Droid Razr Maxx. His was purchased October 2, 2012 and mine was purchased March 21, 2013.
We originally purchased two Otterbox Commuter Case for Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX - Retail Packaging - Black as I had an Otterbox on my previous phone (a Droid Incredible 2) and loved it. The silicone flaps covering the access ports on the Otterbox Razr Maxx cases were nothing short of a disappointment. They never seated correctly and were always coming loose and flapping around allowing dust and particles into the ports. One of the reasons for purchasing the Otterbox cases was because it had these port covers. Since those failed to perform correctly these cases were removed from our phones and they have been naked and without protection for about a week now.
After extensive research of countless cases and reviews here on Amazon, I purchased this case along with three others in a desperate attempt to find the right case for our Droid Razr Maxx phones, once and for all. The cases purchased and compared were:
Asmyna MOTXT912MHPCSO006NP Premium Durable Protective Case for Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX XT912 - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black
Trident Case AG-XT912-BK AEGIS Case for Motorola Droid Razr MAXX (XT912) - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black
Seidio BD2-HR3MTRM-BK SURFACE Case and Holster Combo for Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX - Retail Packaging - Black
Seidio BD2-HK3MTRMK-BK ACTIVE Combo with Metal Kickstand for Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX - Retail Packaging - Black
First, the Asmyna:
-It is easy to 'install'.
-The front and back pieces audibly snap together and seems to hold firm.
-It feels good in the hand, being somewhat slick and glossy.
-Does not add bulk to an already sizable phone.
-It does not line up properly with the camera, flash, speaker or noise-cancelling speaker on the back of the phone.
-It is too slick, causing it to slide off of just about any surface.
-It is extremely prone to fingerprints.
-All ports are openly exposed to the elements (dust and particle collection, moisture, etc.)
I would not recommend this case as, for me, its cons outweigh its pros. I also cannot attest to this product's ability to protect a phone from a drop as I did not feel confident that it would stay on the phone upon any kind of impact. So I chose not to submit my $600 phone to what I deemed an imminent death. This case will be returned.
Next, the Trident Aegis:
-Sturdy, two part design.
-Everything lined up beautifully on my Razr Maxx.
-Install was a breeze, with only a little encouraging to get the inner silicone liner to set inside the lip of the outer hard shell casing.
-The outer hard shell has two built-in mesh-like dust covers that go over the rear speaker and the noise-cancelling speaker when installed on the phone.
-The design on the back of the inside silicone liner pokes through the back of the outer hard shell and slightly raises the phone off any surface it is laying on, thus making the speaker sound un-muffled. This is a difficult feature to find in cases these days (why manufacturers don't just place the speaker on the front of the phone for this very reason, is beyond me).
-All ports are covered by silicone flaps.
-Accessibility to the MicroSD and Sim cards without case removal.
-Power and volume buttons are covered and operate as if there was no case on the phone.
-When laying face down, the outer rim of the case provides protection to the touch screen by slightly raising it off of any surface it is placed on.
-Adds bulk, but not as much as the Otterbox Commuter case.
-There are two locations (along the edge of the MicroSD and Sim card protection flap and along the front, top, center of the phone - directly above 'Motorola') on the silicone liner where the silicone is in extremely thin strips. I do not see these holding up very long as I can see these ripping or tearing after sufficient use.
-The protective flaps are flimsy and do not set into place very well (with the exception of the headphone jack cover, which seats almost too well).
Even though I have listed more pros than cons, I will not be keeping this case. To me, a cell phone case should be something that you can easily install (and remove if necessary) and not be something that you have to continuously battle to stay in place on your phone. Although it is not a deal breaker for me if a phone has protective flaps over access ports or not - it does matter to me that if a case does have these that they set in place properly and not flap around freely. I also am fearful of the longevity of this case given the thinness of the inner silicone liner. For these reasons, I believe I will be returning this Trident Aegis case.
Next, the Seidio Surface (Case and Holster Combo):
-Lined up well with the camera, flash, speaker, noise-cancelling speaker and all buttons.
-Does not add any noticeable bulk.
-Exterior surface is has a soft-to-the-touch feeling while remaining hard.
-Includes a holster.
-MicroSD/Sim card access door area of the case is solid. (This may be a con to others, but I prefer this be solid as I rarely ever need to access my SD or Sim cards.)
-No silicone components making it very slick.
-Easy to put on the phone, but be prepared for an all out battle to remove it. I spent close to fifteen minutes fighting this thing, trying to coerce it off of my phone. Due to its lack of any silicone, I could not get a good grip on the case and had to turn my phone off as I kept pressing the power and volume buttons in my all out brawl.
-All ports are exposed (except the MicroSD and Sim card access door, see Pros list above).
This case is laughable. It is the only case in my many years of cell phone ownership to cause me so much frustration upon trying to remove it from my phone. The scenario I found myself in while trying to remove the case was very similar to trying to get out of a Chinese finger trap - pretty much every movement makes things worse. I prefer a case to fit snugly, as those offer the best protection because they will not slip or slide on the phone. But this Seidio Surface case, wow.. needless to say, despite the pros I listed for it, this case will be returned.
And, finally, the Seidio Active (Case and Holster Combo):
-Does not add much bulk (as compared to the Otterbox Commuter)
-Well thought out and functional two part design
-Feels good in the hand
-Easy to operate while holding in one hand (not too heavy)
-Silicone along the edges makes is very easy to grip and keep your grip. This case will rarely slip from your grasp.
-All ports and the camera, speaker, noise-cancelling speaker and buttons line up perfectly.
-Power and volume buttons respond with the same (if not better!) sensitivity as if there was no case on the phone.
-The MicroSD and Sim card access door is completely blocked (again, I know some others may prefer to have access to this door, but this is a preference of mine as I hardly ever need to remove/replace these cards).
-The kickstand is a fun addition - is functional and seems as though it would last quite awhile as long as you were gentle when pulling it from its seated magnetic position.
-Includes a belt holster which fits the phone w/case perfectly.
-The phone w/case can be seated in the included holster either facing in or out.
-The addition of the kickstand on the back causes the phone to tilt toward the top - this muffles the rear speaker.
-With so much silicone exposed on the sides of the phone, I can see the potential for these areas being dust magnets.
-The top ports (HDMI, Power and headphone jack) are left openly exposed. Although this is not a deal breaker for me, it may be for others. (NOTE: Because the phone can be inserted into the holster either faced in or out, the holster's clip partially covers the top ports, offering some protection. Not much, but thought I would mention it.)
-The retention clip on the holster appears to have a disadvantage because of its design - due to the curve and the distance the clip extends from the phone, I can see this potentially catching on things (seat belts, couches, chairs, etc.) and either breaking the clip entirely, rendering the holster useless and requiring a replacement be purchased OR dislodging the phone from the holster allowing it to fall to the ground.
I believe I finally found the case I have been searching for - the Seidio Active. My husband also chose this case of the four we received and I have reviewed here. So, I guess that means I need to purchase another one for myself. The black is exactly what my husband wanted, but I prefer a color that stands out more.. so I suppose I will be buying the red or blue. Once I receive that case, I will update my review to report on the clarity of the color as opposed to the color depicted here online.
Thank you for reading. I hope my search helps someone else find the perfect case for them too (as well as saving them the time of conducting the research!).
The texturized rubber material surrounding the hard case is pleasant to hold and similar to the texturized rubber material backing the phone. It provides slightly less traction than the phone's backing, but, with this case, I now have better traction on the sides of the phone, which is where all the phone holding really goes on anyway, so this is an improvement.
It is form-fitting, light weight, and feels strong. The case adds about 1/16 of an inch to the sides and bottom of the phone. The protective bumper around the screen extends a bit more than 1/16 of an inch above the screen. There is an additional piece of felt glued to the inside of the "bottom case". The thin form factor makes it easy to carry in my front pocket. It does not come with a thin sheet of plastic to put over the screen, but I don't think this is really necessary with already scratch resistant gorilla glass on the phone.
This case is a very good buy... to be verified once I drop the phone on its edges, corners, or front. I'll keep you posted if I do.