Seidio OBEX Waterproof Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Seidio OBEX Waterproof Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 review
We all know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the proper choice to go with in the Galaxy S4 line if you want something that’s waterproof, but some people would still rather have the original flagship model instead. By itself, the Galaxy S4 is filled to the brim with all the cutting-edge hardware and features to make it a prized offering in the landscape. However, its plastic construction wouldn’t be able to endure the rough punishment of it being dropped over and over again – plus, it’s not waterproof either.

Well folks, the team from Seidio have a case that utilizes the latest advanced technology to safely guard the flagship phone – giving it many of the rugged properties of the Galaxy S4 Active. Taking a quick look at the Seidio OBEX Waterproof case for the Galaxy S4, it definitely sprinkles that imposing appearance when the handset is set inside of it. There’s not much of a pleasant style with its design, but the red accented trim of our particular model helps to break things up just a little bit. At the same time, the once slim profiled handset is transformed into an even thicker and unwieldy device – the compromises that come with being ruggedized.

Consisting of only two components, a front and rear part, the Seidio OBEX case seals the smartphone at various critical points to block out particles and liquid from seeping into its compartment. Relying on the combination of polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane materials, it’s nice that there’s sufficient padding to cushion the handset from drops – enabling it to withstand drops from multiple angles at 6 feet high. Heck, we even decided to take our Galaxy S4 for a dip in water for 10 minutes, where it easily survived with no issues.

Due to the snug fit of the case and how it adequately protects its various ports, accessing the 3.5mm headset jack becomes problematic for certain headphones, seeing that the now recessed nature of the jack doesn’t permit some headphones to connect properly without the aid of an adapter. Thankfully, there isn’t much of an impact to the volume output of its earpiece and internal speaker. Indeed, its output is suppressed due to the case covering the earpiece and speakerphone, but at least we’re still able to make out voices at the loudest volume setting.

Like we said, you can always choose to go with the Galaxy S4 Active if you don’t want to bother with cases, but if you can’t get over what the original model brings to the table, like its vibrant AMOLED display, the Seidio OBEX case is something reasonable enough to give it some of the same properties as its close sibling. At $80 a pop, it’s pretty much in line with other comparable cases.

source: Seidio

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is there training involved for getting your thumb behind the phone like that for the pictures? My Gawd.. the pics look SOOO stupid! Petty I know, but every time I open a review I'm confronted with that visual stupidity.

3. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

He's probably some kind of hippy who has a religious belief against trimming thumbnails.

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Who cares about thumbs, fingernails and sh!ts? We're here to talk about phones!

2. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Now S4 look's like a Tank! Indestructible! Can we see a Drop Test!?

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I am pretty sure this case doubles the weight and thickness

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The phone became an Alcatel.

6. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

WIth the Otterbox Armor for my S3, my proximity sensor doesnt work, and yes i have tried on 4 of them, but does this one let the proximity work right?

7. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I've got a Galaxy S4. But I just bought a Commando 4G. That is BUILT to be water proof/resistant.

8. theaztech unregistered

picking this up even though i have a trident kraken case. Its built solid and better then otterbox in my opinion (only because i like the design better but to be honest there pretty much identical and same price) too bad it isnt water proof. This will definitly be my next pick up.

10. androidphones

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

Have this case on my s4 and it's great. Looks and feels nice. The only problem I have encountered is that the lens cover for the rear facing camera(facing you) will get a bit gunky after a few months and I used a cue-tip to clean it a bit and it was fine! Would recommend this case. There is no chance of the phone falling out or the case falling apart as it's locked in there pretty well. Great case, I love it!

11. TomNorth

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

I purchased the OBEX case for my Galaxy S4 AFTER purchasing a Lifeproof case. The rear speaker and ear speaker were acceptable, however the microphone was not. It would pickup speech for google search and entering text for messaging, however the voice recorder quality was very diminished as was the speaking sound while on phone calls. I purchased the OBEX case to see if it could possibly be better in sound quality and it was immeasurably better! Both the rear speaker and ear speaker were clearer, and the microphone sound quality was immensely better in both the voice recorder and especially in phone calls. With the same waterproof and drop protection as the Lifeproof case, the sound quality increase made this case well worth it for me. The quality of both cases are comparable.

12. Davidhd

Posts: 15; Member since: May 13, 2015

i like my ZZKKA brand waterproof case, i buy from amazom. if you guys how want it. i can do "zzkka" on haha.

13. davidsmith2016

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 11, 2016

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