Seidio Innocase II Surface for iPhone 4- accessory review

This week I am looking at the <a href="http://store.imore.com/seidio-innocase-ii-surface/4A123A7378.htm?utm_term=iphone-4&utm_content=review&utm_campaign=community&utm_source=d_im&utm_medium=content"">Seidio Innocase II for iPhone 4. What makes this case great is that it is a two-part case that snaps about two thirds down. You slide the iPhone into the top, then slide the bottom on. The two pieces snap into place to provide a secure casing for iPhone 4.

The inside of the Innocase II is covered with a very soft, velvet like material to ensure that your beloved iPhone 4 receives no scratches when being pulled in and out of the case. Most cases have some sort of lining, but I have not seen too many like this. The lining is not meant for shock absorption, rather it's purely there for protecting your investment from scratches, thanks Seido.

A couple things I have noticed about the case. The instructions state to "wiggle" the bottom of the case to remove it. However, I was unsuccessful at "wiggling" it (I mean, it is already flush against your iPhone 4 after all..). So, instead I used my inhuman strength to simply pull it off. This works for me, but did provide an initial shock when trying to remove it to dock my iPhone 4. Also, you probably know by now that whether it's the iPhone or iPad, I like the glass edges protected on iPhone 4. The Innocase II does this no problem but to the extreme. I received a Fruit Ninja invite to place a multiplayer game on Game Center. After I accepted and started to play, I had problems slicing some fruit because I could not get my finger to touch the very edge of the iPhone 4 screen. Is this a deal breaker? Likely not, but something you should know before considering buying this case. Honestly, it probably won't be an issue for most of our readers.

You can get the Innocase in a plethora of colors in our store; surely one to fit your style. I am sporting the green one and dig it. I feel this case protects well and is secure (it won't fall off) and looks good with adding minimal thickness to the iPhone 4. You can pick up the <a href="http://store.imore.com/seidio-innocase-ii-surface/4A123A7378.htm?utm_term=iphone-4&utm_content=review&utm_campaign=community&utm_source=d_im&utm_medium=content"">Seidio Innocase II for iPhone 4 at the TiPb iPhone 4 Accessory Store.

TiPb iPhone 4.5-star rated

Pros

  • Solid protection for iPhone 4
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Easily removable for docking, etc.
  • Multiple colors

Cons

  • The ridges next to the screen are a little too high
  • Case can be difficult to remove

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Chad Garrett

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Seidio Innocase II Surface for iPhone 4- accessory review

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Chad,
Seidio makes a nice case. But how about giving the ifrogz luxe case some love? It's the same two piece design as the innocase and it provides a bit more protection near the lock button. How well does the innocase fit with the Seidio dock?

I have this case & like it. I got it with the belt clip. This is the method I use for getting the case off, and it works for me without any problems.
1) squeeze in on the sides of the bigger piece just above where the two pieces attach.
2) push down in the middle of the smaller piece with one finger, just below where the two pieces attach, and "wiggle" the bottom piece off.
Doing this separates the two pieces where they attach together in the middle just enough to easily get it off. It works for me anyway.

I, too, had the same problem removing the case. Their instructions about "wiggling" it are just wrong. All you have to do it flip the phone over so the back is facing you. Push down with your index finger on the smaller piece just below the seam while using your other hand to slide the bigger piece off. Comes off easy peasy.
I love this case and use it with it's matched holster and charging dock that can accomodate the extra bulk without having to remove the case. My only gripe is that it does tend to loosen up my plastic screen protecting film in certain places, such as the openings for the sleep button, headphones, and volume. Something around those areas protrudes just enough to start lifting off the film. I tried sanding those areas down and it helped (a little).

They make a great case. I have this new one on my iPhone 4 and had one of their cases on my old iPhone 3G. Best cases I've seen / used. Beats the stew out of Apples bumper.
I do agree with the comments regarding the shape of the new Innocase II Surface. It kinda makes the phone look like a soap bar... Just a slight bit on the bulky side. However, I'll live with it. It's protecting my investment after all.

Does this case scratch the bezel of the phone like some of the other "slider" type cases out there?

Bought one for me and my gf. I had the bodyguards film on mine and after removing the case, it pretty much ruined the back film and lifted the front film. It was a tight fit with the film on as expected. My gf does not have any film on her phone. The case fits very loose and you can hear the phone rattling inside if you shake the case. She dropped her phone with her case on and as it hit the ground, the two pieces came apart and the phone got a bit scratched up. I'm gonna be looking for another case. Not happy

If you apply a little pressure ( push down) near the top of the bottom half where they meet, you will disengage the little clip piece that forms the lock to the case and it slides off easily each time.

Nothing can compare to Speck's CandyShell case for the iPhone...best on the market. All other cases WISH they could be a CandyShell.

My vote in for the Griffin Elan Form Graphite Case for the iPhone 4. I have tried various cases and this has been the best. It offers good protection without a lot of bulk. It is a 2 piece case with a snap on front frame so it fits over the screen protector without any issues. I have it on with the Bodyguardz Dry Apply front screen protector. Retails for $35. Can get on Amazon or eBay for about $20.
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/elan-form-graphite-iphone4