Most cases main value is the protection they offer. With the Centro, theres an even better reason to get a case: traction. The Centro is similar to the Treo 755p in many respects, but forgoing the Treos soft touch paint for the Centros slick shell is definitely a step backward. Half the reason to get a case is to keep the Centro from slipping from your hand.
The Seidio Super Slim Rubberized Hard Case for Centro (try saying that fast three times) has a light, hard shell that protects the phones casing, and a soft touch coating that imparts the feel, texture and traction that prompts reviewers to apply that grippy adjective that will someday find its way into the dictionary.
Design and Usability
The case is comprised of two halves that snap together seamlessly, almost to a fault. Once snapped on, I had trouble inserting my fingernails between the halves to pry them apart without scratching them. Thats not really a problem, though; its a testament to how precisely the case is cut. Theres no question of the case accidentally coming off. Since many Treo cases are currently being passed off by resellers as being for the Centro, its worth pointing out that this case is clearly molded exclusively for the Centro. Accept no substitutes. [edit: it does work with the AT&T Centro].
Seidio always does a good job with their cutouts. I especially like the opening at the bottom for the Athena connector and audio jack. Many otherwise good cases arent giving sufficient clearance for these. With the Body Glove Scuba Case I reviewed, for instance, the bottom cutout requires a bit of adjusting and stretching to accommodate the insulation for the audio jack. Almost every button, key, or what-have-you on the Centro is provided for. The only exception is the door for the microSD slota near universal omission on case Ive tested for the Centro.
Another difference between the two cases is that the Body Glove has a plastic window that stretches over the screen; the Seidio has none. I prefer the latter, since the Body Gloves surface tension makes the screen hard to use with the stylus, especially at the corners. The Seidio offers direct contact with the screen, and allows the option of applying a third-party screen protector to get the best of both worlds.
On their website, Seidio claims that the shell is only 1mm in thickness, but I had trouble believing thatsomehow, it looked and felt thicker. Imagine my vindication when I came across specs on a reseller page that put the thickness at 1.2mm. Ha! I knew it wasnt that thin! Okaycall it hair splitting (though Id say a 20% difference is not splitting hairs), but the point is that the case is noticeably thick, though its extremely light. But even with the case, the Centro is still quite pocketable.
Seidios Optional Holster
The case is only one part of Seidios master plan to hold and protect your Centro. Since thin is in, the Super Slim moniker is achieved in part by having no belt clip. If that seems like an incomplete solution, Seidio has the perfect accessory, which I reviewed earlier: the Seidio Spring Clip Holster for Skinned Centro. Its a great holster thats designed to fit hand-in-glove with this particular case.
Since the case has no screen protector, youre out of luck if you drop the Centro and it lands face-down. The holster is designed to clip the encased Centro face-in, and is lined with velvet on the inside to protect the screen from abrasion. Seidio now offers the case and holster as a combo, which is a very nice pair.
I usually avoid hard cases, but this ones designed the way I like: it offers full, impact resistant protection of the Centros casing while leaving the screen and keyboard fully accessible. Its reassuringly rigid while having a soft exterior thats pleasant to the touch. The soft touch coating is a terrific addition, especially if youve come from a Treo 755p.
Great soft touch grip
Perfect fit with Seidio Spring Clip Holster for Skinned Centro
Leaves screen and keyboard accessible
|No screen protection
No cutout for memory card slot