Seidio Platinum Series Case with Holster for Apple iPhone 5 – Review

So I’ve been enjoying my iPhone 5 since its release a couple of weeks ago.  On the day of the release, I decided to install Ghost Armor on …

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You can see the damage to the Ghost Armor along the sides, this was after the case was removed.

So I’ve been enjoying my iPhone 5 since its release a couple of weeks ago.  On the day of the release, I decided to install Ghost Armor on it at a kiosk across from the Apple Store in the local mall and just hold off on a case.  While shopping at Best Buy today with my wife, I decided to check out what kind of accessories have come out over the past few weeks.

While searching through the cases, I came across one that captured my interest.  It came with two features that intrigued me:  a holster belt clip to hold the phone and a kickstand on the case itself.  I decided to check out the case right there in the store.  Luckily, the packaging was easy to open and I could easily access it.  I was impressed.  The case was not too bulky and didn’t add much weight or size to it at all.  So after weeks of debating and going naked with my iPhone 4s, I decided I would go ahead and use a case with my 5.

When I returned home I decided to put my phone in the case.  Wow, it was really tight trying to install it, but I went slow and eventually got both the top and bottom on.  So far, it looked good.  Then something funny happened within minutes.  I noticed the Ghost Armor was bubbling up along the sides.  As you can imagine, I instantly started to freak out!  Of course, first reaction is to remove the case from the phone; this is where I ran into my second problem.

The case was on so tight, I could not get it off.  I quickly looked at the instructions on how to remove it, thinking I was doing something wrong.  Well, apparently I was.  You had to press down and slowly pull the two sides apart to remove it.  I quickly regrouped, pressed where it instructed me to, and attempted to pull the two sides apart.  Still, no budge at all.  I kept trying, but no luck.  Pressing the magic spot did not make a difference.  I showed my wife the instructions for removal and had her try.  She, too, found it impossible.  In fear of ruining the phone, I did not want to attempt to force it off.  Finally, I was able to push the side to get the iPhone out.  That was definitely not what I had wanted to do, but that worked in the end.

So now I am steaming and I went back to Best Buy to return the case, which was a real shame.  After that, I ran back to the Ghost Armor kiosk at the mall to have my front shield replaced.  Let me tell you how much I love their lifetime warranty!  They will replace any damaged Ghost Armor for just $5.00!  And honestly, I have yet to find any shield that meets up to the quality that theirs does.  They also now have some great Carbon Filters for the back of your phone that will jazz it up a bit, too.

This case had great potential, but obviously was rushed into production in order to get it out to the public.  I noticed that on the Seidio website this case is now listed as back ordered.  I am really hoping that means that they have noticed the flaw with this case and are fixing what could be a hell of a good case.  The girl who worked at Ghost Armor also notified me that they are getting new filters that will be cut just a bit shorter and more case friendly. While I think this is great, the Ghost Armor shield is so thin, this should not have been a problem in the first place.  With or without Ghost Armor installed, this case was way too tight for the iPhone 5.

Now my only problem is to decide whether I just go with a Carbon Fiber back or wait and see if Seidio attempts to fix the problem with this case.

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    Nice case, but I prefer the Pong Research iPhone case. I read that the cell phones emit a dangerous non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation; radiation which can be absorbed by the tissues and cells which come into close contact with the phone. That’s why I decided to use a cell phone radiation blocker . I read about Pong Research cases, Pong technology is custom-designed for each mobile device and works to redirect radiation away from your head and body. I hesitated about it, anyway, I bought a case Pong because is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

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    The Platinum Series with the kick-stand is the best fitting phone that I’ve owned. It is designed to fit directly onto the iPhone alone. Opening and closing the case is a snap, literally. In fact, I’m in a position at my Firm to manage hardware and I’ve placed an order for 100 of these cases as part of our iPhone deployment. Really great case. The price is right and comes with the holster. Outstanding! However, good lick finding them for sale. Sold-out almost everywhere.

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    Not all Platinum Series cases are that tight. I had one for my old Samsung Captivate that rattled. I’ve got one on my new GS3 and it is skin tight. There’s a trick for getting the tight ones off. Turn the phone over with the screen facing down. With your left hand grip the the upper half of the case near the top of the phone. Hold the lower half between your thumb and middle finger. Push the two halves together firmly while pressing the release spot with your index finger. This frees up the latch and the two halves will slide apart. Holding the upper half near the top of the phone causes it to bulge upward more than if you were squeezing it near the separation. I like the case because the holster covers the screen and the clip keeps it from falling out of my shirt pocket if I have to bend over.

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    You are really knocking the fit of a case designed to work with a non-skinned iPhone? You really don’t think the Ghost Armor made a difference in fitting a case over it? You really think this is the fault of Seidio? Obviously the case is designed to fit closely to a naked iPhone in order to have a proper fit without any slop. Accounting for any variety of skin that user might have on his/her iPhone would result in a rattly and sloppy fitting case when used with a naked device.

    You are being totally unreasonable. Go to the shoe store wearing some nice thick wool hiking socks. Try on a pair of dress shoes and wonder why you can’t jam your feet into them.

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      That’s right. The Platinum is a tight bastard to begin with so trying to install it over any other kind of cover probably won’t work without using a hammer.

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