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Holster iPhone 5 with Seidio Active Combo Case Review



The Seidio Active Combo case for iPhone 5 plus holster puts an iPhone 5 in an accessible spot: on the user’s hip. The case and holster combination works together to protect an iPhone 5 while still keeping it ready for a quick draw situations, like answering a quick call or firing off a text.

The Seidio Active Combo combines two Seidio iPhone 5 accessories into a single package for $49.95. First, the buyer gets a Seidio Active case, which comes with a two-part protection. The inner lining absorbs impact and covers the iPhone 5 with a soft rubber. On the outside of the lining there’s a skeleton that covers the back and corners while also grabbing the side of the iPhone 5 while it’s inside the lining. This hopefully limits the damage an impact has when a user drops or hits the phone.

As expected, the case allows access to all the buttons and ports, except while in the holster. Then, only the top power button on the phone is inaccessible.

SEIDIO Active Case and Holster Back

The felt-lined Seidio Holster holds the iPhone 5 while inside the Seidio Active case. The firm clamp keeps it clasped to a belt. A clicking mechanism lets the user rotate the holster in seven positions around a ninety degree range. The clamp doesn’t rotate easily, keeping the phone in place while the user wears it on a belt.

SEIDIO Active Case and Holster unholstered

A clip on the top of the holster holds onto the phone so it won’t easily fall out of the holster. The clip releases easily to quickly remove the phone and case from the holster for use.

The case and holster come in multiple colors, including black, white, green, red, purple and blue. We liked the black version we tested.

SEIDIO Active Case back

The Seidio Active Combo case and holster function as expected. The dual layer case makes the user more confident their phone will not easily break. The lining and skeleton together don’t add too much weight or bulk, keeping it fairly sleek. The felt lining on the holster keeps the screen protected while the phone remains holstered. The swivel clasp that holds the holster on the belt grabs hold firmly and won’t easily let go. Despite this, removing the phone from the holster didn’t take a lot of fiddling. The phone stays in place when it should and pops out without much work when it it’s supposed to.

SEIDIO Active Case and Holster with phone being inserted into holster

Even at $50 the combination feels like a good value. We’re happy to recommend The Seidio Active Combo case and holster for people who want a holster and soft rubber lined case. iPhone 5 users who don’t like holsters can get just the case for $29.95. Seidio also sells a version for the iPhone 4/4S.



  1. Michael

    03/03/2013 at 12:30 am

    Once I found Seidio’s cases for my iPhone, I’ve never used anything else. I need a holster for the way I carry my phone, and the Seidio is the ONLY holster that actually stays in the position I put it in! I’ve tried at least 5 other brands of case/holster combos, and all the others without exception, once attached to my belt, seem to just spin freely with little to no resistance.

  2. Andres de Teixido

    03/03/2013 at 3:53 am

    I,ve got a mobile by online in where they answered all my doubts by e-mail because they web is not translated rigth now

  3. Masson

    06/21/2013 at 9:48 am

    Nice case, but I would recommend the Pong Research iPhone case over this. I read that cell phones emit wireless energy a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by the tissue closest to where the phone is held. That’s why I did research and found a case that can reduce radiation exposure. I found cases from Pong Research, I read that this technology reduces exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception. I was skeptical about it, anyway, I decided to try it, because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

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