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One tough customer - Seidio Surface Plus Case review

Seidio is taking iPhone protection to the next level with a 1700mAh case/combo pack that is freaking awesome! They recently sent me a review kit to check out the Surface/Convert Plus value pack. Really an impressive amount of protection for normal citizens. If you want the Batmobile of case products, then you found it. Read on for the full review...

Inside the Value Pack combo, you will find the excellent standalone Surface Plus power case (including screenguard, rugged cover/skeleton, USB cable, and Convert Plus holster). It is the first iPhone 4/4S power case approved by Apple. Simply insert the included battery, carefully pop off the outer plastic edge protector and seat your iPhone, then reseat the outer edge protector. As you can see from the images below, the Surface is attractive all by it's lonesome. 

A small power button at the lower right side on the front face of the case can be used to check power levels, or turn on/off juice to your phone. The svelte design adds only a mere ~.73cm to the already sleek iPhone 4/4S profile. All functions are available via case controls along the outer edge. A USB charging cable is included, which will allow a charge of both case/phone together. An optional charging accessory also available.

The Batmobile companion case to be sure, especially with the added TPC urethane cover and hard shell skeleton added to the outside. Definitely starts to add some significant bulk, but if you want to protect both battery case, iPhone edges, and add a bit of bumper surface to the front, the added skin/skeleton delivers. Still a direct strike to the face will kill your screen, but then...you do have a Batman-like holster to help with that...

Lockdown of the belt clip/holster is made possible with a spring-loaded, sliding plastic, click-tab. The unit faces inward when inserted to protect the face. Belt clip also swivels for those times when you might need to rappel down the side of a building. Can't have your iPhone snagging a power line... 

The Verdict: Excellent heavy duty case protection and charging in one offering, but at a Gotham price ($99.95 MSRP). If you just like the Surface Plus power case, you can get that by itself (for $69.95 MSRP), or choose the level of protection options best suited to your crime-fighting (or normal office job) needs. Go check out the product options at the vendor web site here...

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.