Seidio Active Extended for HTC ThunderBolt

Here's our second review of an HTC ThunderBolt cast that fits the phone with an extended battery. The Seidio Active Extended Case is a dual rubber-plastic design that features a custom-fit exoskeleton with a soft silicone interior for shock absorption.

 

The case itself is an interesting mix. It's sturdy -- almost rugged -- but it doesn't make your phone feel like a tank. The exoskeleton is stiff but has Seidio's signature rubber coating, so it retains a soft feel. It is, however, a bit of a lint magnet.

Fitting the ThunderBolt into the Active Extended case is a pretty simple thing. Slide the phone in, then work the case around it. You might have a bit of try with the final corner, but a little wiggling should get things in place. Removal is just as easy.

The case doesn't cover the phone's display, and there's a cutout for the camera flashes. But it's thick enough that it'll keep the display and camera lens from touching a table or desk when left face-down. The volume rocker works just fine through the case, but the ThunderBolt's kickstand is rendered moot. To that end, the Active Extended case has its own kickstand. It's plastic, instead of the ThunderBolt's metal design, but it gets the job done.

We've got more pics after the break.

Seidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBoltSeidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBolt

Seidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBoltSeidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBolt

Seidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBoltSeidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBolt

Seidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBoltSeidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBolt

Seidio Active Extended case for HTC ThunderBolt

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There are 11 comments

Bond32 says:

Should also mention the kickstand - flip the phone and you can use the kickstand and charge it at the same time!

bwolfe90 says:

I'm wondering if your comment is based on experience with the Seidio case or kickstand phones in general? I just want to make sure the case has a spring that is tight enough so it won't easily collapse when flipped.

TwinkieFGR says:

It's not spring loaded, it locks into place when you extend it, and it holds pretty well.

TwinkieFGR says:

I have this case, and quite like it.
I should mention, the case is actually 2 pieces (a fullbody silicone case with a hard plastic with a rubberized finish that latches over it, makes for a very well fitting case). They recommend separating them and putting them on one at a time. Not both at once like the review implies (And I can confirm it's much easier that way).

I've had it for a month and the kickstand has held up quite well. I was worried at first, but it seems sturdy enough. And the buttons feel much better through the case than other silicone cases I've used.

thaJack says:

The problem I have with this case is that Seidio had a ripe opportunity to fix a major design flaw with the Thunderbolt by turning the kickstand around the other way and totally dropped the ball.

guruffl says:

Buy it if you don't mind the coating peeling on the plastic skeleton. It will peel! good luck!

joewyno says:

I have this case and just love it. I am now trying to find a pouch that I can fit my phone into with this case on it. Any suggestions????

bradleynj219 says:

I've had this case for a couple of months and I love it! It provides great protection. I've dropped my phone numerous times and I've never had to worry.

Dhamp2g says:

Who in the hell wants a phone case this big. I see people with these (mostly women) and i can't even recognize the device in it

xploPR says:

BIG FAIL

Jillkocher says:

True, the combination of the extended battery and case is pretty big. But in the month I've been using it I've dropped the phone ONCE as opposed to nearly every day without the case. And the one time I did drop it there was zero (visible) damage to the phone or the case. That's exactly what a case should do -- make the phone easier to hold on to and protect it when it does fall. It's huge, yes. But totally worth it. Of course, I can stick it in my purse so the size doesn't really pose any practical downside for me. Lots more info in my review on this case: http://webpierat.com/2011/06/16/case-htc-thunderbolt-extended-battery/