September 1, 2014

SEIDIO Surface case for Galaxy Note 3 review

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Protect your beloved smartphone in style with this useful case from SEIDIO. Offered in a variety of colors, it's a premium looking design without the price.
SEIDIO Surface case for Galaxy Note 3 review Reviewed by on . Rating: 4.5

Today we’ll be taking a look at the SEIDO Surface series of cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We’ve been fortunate enough to spend a few weeks testing this guy out and have come to really appreciate the device.

Offered in a variety of color options, we received the gold edition for our testing purposes. At first glance we found the case to have a premium look and design language; the color and finish had “class” written all over it. Suffice to say, we imagine the other colors provide the same effect.

The case itself comes in two parts, splitting in the middle around the 60/40 mark. Installation is a breeze as you merely slide the opposite ends down over the phone and snap them into place. We’ve run into problems with other cases where getting them off proved to be difficult. This was not the case for the SEIDIO Surface – thanks to the handy indentation right at the seam.

Given that the Galaxy Note 3 is a large device which lends to viewing movies and media, we love that the case comes with a built-in kickstand. Indeed, it’s one of those features you don’t use often, but certainly love having around. The kickstand itself is more of a polished aluminum feel that has a bit of a contrast to the case. It, like the gold color, gives off a certain air of quality. The magnetic pull ensures it doesn’t come flopping out in a pocket or purse.

CSR3SSGT3K-BK-2There’s not much thickness or weight to the SEIDIO Surface case and it hardly adds anything to feel of your phone. It might be just enough to squeeze it out of your card dock, however, but the all-in-one’s still tend to work okay.

As is to be expected, there are cutouts for volume, power, microphone, headphones, stylus, etc. If there’s one quibble in the design it’s that we had to keep checking for the volume buttons. Something didn’t feel totally natural in the experience and we weren’t always able to turn up volume levels or down without looking. On the other side, though, power was just fine.

The SEIDIO Surface cases come in six colors and retail for $34.95. We guessed the price range would been somewhere in this area, maybe shading higher. With that in mind, this is one we can definitely recommend. Check Amazon and you’ll likely find it even cheaper, some are coming in below $30 each.

Bonus points are awarded here for the ability to snap into a Surface holster (sold separately) for even more protection.