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Review: Seidio HTC EVO 3D SURFACE Case with kickstand and holster

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Ever since we found out that HTC wasn't going to sell an official kickstand case for the HTC EVO 3D afterall, many of us were left wondering how we would cope without this simple yet ingenious feature that was originally brought to us by the EVO 4G. The $34.95 Seidio SURFACE EVO 3D Case with kickstand is one contender that aims to pick up HTC's slack, and Seidio says that this is the "right case for those who are looking for sleek protection … while adding minimal bulk."

Is this case all it's cracked up to be? Read on to find out if it might be right for you.

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The Seidio SURFACE Case for the EVO 3D is made up of two components: a top and bottom piece that slide onto the device and snap into place in the middle. The material itself has a slightly rubbery matte finish, which seems to resist fingerprints fairly well. Still, it will require an occasional wipedown every few days, depending on how often you're holding your phone and how dirty your hands are.

Another nice touch is the soft, velvety interior lining that offers an extra layer of shock absorption, as well as ensuring that the large camera lens on the EVO 3D is not damaged when taking the case on and off.

Furthermore, the case is thick enough to protect the protruding camera lens on the phone when it is face-up on a flat surface, but it only adds minimal bulk, making this a very pocket-friendly case.

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Once in place, the case is surprisingly snug and there is no discernible "wiggle room." In fact, I found it slightly difficult to remove. The directions say to press and hold the bottom half of the case near the seam and to gently pull the top off, but I found myself pressing and pulling much harder than I thought I should have to. For some, this might be a downside, but for others who rarely take their phones out of their cases (like me), this might not matter as much.

Seidio, as usual, did a superb job in making sure that the various camera, volume, and power buttons are still accessible with the case on, as well as the charging port on the side.

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While the case itself feels high quality and well-constructed, the kickstand is another story. Unlike the metal kickstand on the original EVO 4G, and the metal kickstand on HTC's now defunct case prototype, this one is plastic and seems likely to break with extended use over several months. When I first attempted to use it, I found myself accidentally extending the kickstand too far, and I fear that my initial mistake might have weakened the hinge and made it even more prone to breaking sooner. The kickstand itself is admittedly quite thick and seems durable enough; it's the hinge that I'm more worried about.

I should also note that Seidio claims you can use the kickstand in both landscape and portrait modes; however, in my experience, the kickstand would not hold the phone up when I tried to use it in portrait mode. This is not a huge deal to me, as I really only plan on using the kickstand when watching videos in landscape mode.

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You can also purchase an optional holster for $29.95, and like the case, it seems to be well-built with high quality, durable plastic. The holster can (and should) be used with the case on, as it will be too loose if you attempt to use it with a naked EVO 3D.

Seidio recommends that you insert the phone into the holster "face-in" to protect the phone's screen, but in my experience, this is the only way to use the holster. It just can't seem to get a good grip on the top of the phone when it is facing out.

The holster also includes the same soft interior lining that the case does, which will further help to protect the screen.

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What I like:

  • The case is extremely snug and seems to offer maximum protection without adding too much bulk.
  • The plastic feels good in the hands and feels very high quality.
  • The soft interior lining helps protect the phone's camera when taking the case on a nd off.
  • There is a kickstand that works great in landscape mode.
  • This is definitely one of the more stylish cases for the EVO 3D.

What I don't like:

  • I am worried that the kickstand's hinge is too weak and will break over time; furthermore, it is too easy to extend the kickstand out farther than it should go.
  • It is too difficult to remove the case, but this will probably become much easier after a while.
  • I have found that hair and dust can easily get stuck where the case grips the phone, and it is difficult to clean without completely removing the case.

You can order the Seidio SURFACE Case with kickstand and the optional holster directly through Seidio, or alternately Amazon offers the case and the holster for slightly less.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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17 thoughts on “Review: Seidio HTC EVO 3D SURFACE Case with kickstand and holster

  • What a bummer this looks great but appears to be totally useless since the charging port is on bottom when using the kickstand.. Do the designers/manufactures ever even test these things before they go out?? Does not look like they do.. Thanks for the review and pics!!!

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  • The charging port for the EVO3D (not the EVO4G) is on the side, not the bottom. Do you even have the device to complain about the case??

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  • take in the context of the review of the case, the charging port is on the bottom when using the kickstand.

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  • I believe Cary meant that the charging port is on bottom when in landscape with the kickstand…

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  • Avatar of Bill Mitchell

    Is there some sort of rule that says:

    “By edict from the gods, no person and/or company shall be permitted to create an EVO 3D case with a FRICKIN METAL KICKSTAND”?

    Every case I have seen with a kickstand is made of paper-thin plastic with a very flimsy hinge that would break at the least provocation. HTC teased us with a metal stand but cancelled it (I suppose when they got the notice regarding the above rule.

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  • Thanks Julio & Jeff, Joe must not have looked at the pictures. :0
    Yes i have a 3D and know it is on the side when holding in portrait, but look at pictures it is on bottom when using kickstand. (un-useable)

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  • I think I read that a metal kickstand interferes with the antennas.

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  • Avatar of DCLocal

    I have the Best Buy version of this case and I love it! I also found myself fretting on how to remove the case and at one point wasn’t sure I’d be able to ever be able to. The secret is to squeeze the sides of the phone above the seam (the top or camera portion) while also pressing the center back of the bottom portion below the seam while pulling the two pieces apart. Now that I’ve done it a couple of time it is very easy to remove the case.

    As far as the kickstand not supporting the phone in the portrait or upright position, you just need to open the kickstand a little more. There seems to be two notches when opening the kickstand. I agree the kickstand seems flimsy at first, especially compared to the rest of the case, but I haven’t had any issue yet.

    All in all, I highly recommend the case.

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  • Avatar of Bill Mitchell

    Hmmmm, didn’t seem to bother the EVO 4G.

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  • I actually got the same case from Seidio to review and I have found if you push the kickstand out all the way and lay it down so the USB port faces up the kickstand works fine.

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  • I have the non-kickstand version of this case. It has badly scratched my Evo 3D. I had the same case for my Evo 4G and never had any problems with this. I emailed Seidio, and received an automated reply indicating that they would get back to me. They never did.

    I would strongly urge everyone to stay as far away from this case as possible!

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  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    If you pivot the clip and lock it open, the holster on the otterbox defender series makes a good kickstand

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  • No this case the kickstand extends out in a way you can use it in Landscape the other way so you can charge it while using it. I know 2 or 3 people that have this case and love it. I am ordering one next time a coupon code comes out. I was waiting cause all they had was black at first. My friend loves his and a few people on the forums love theres too. Seidio Rocks!

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  • Yes I just posted about that too before reading other post.

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  • anyone had any experience with the Seidio Active Case? i have the active case for my EVO4G and it looks pretty much the same, which means ill probably go with that? does it fit with the above dock? or any dock?

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  • Avatar of Darrell

    On removing the case, press in the middle along the seam just above the kickstand and pull the top portion. Comes off easily.

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  • You know, I would be hesitant to get a case like this from them again, I loved how it worked and fit on my old EVO, but when I removed the case I found that it had scratched the phone really badly, never did hear anything back from Seido about it.

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