I had a chance to test out the CaseMate Hybrid Tough case for my 9650 and I figured I would write up my experiences. What separates these cases from most BlackBerry cases is that it comes in two pieces: a soft silicon shell which is wrapped by a harder ABS plastic skin. Overall I thought the case was great in some respects but it really fell short of my overall expectations. Check out the full review below.

Overall:

The phone came with the full tools CaseMate sends with their phones: screen protector, microfiber cloth, a card for helping apply the screen protector as well as the actual case itself:


One of the main reasons I found I didn't like the case was the feel of the ABS plastic. Its a hard slick silicone and after two days of testing, I was really missing my OtterBox case's feel. I did like the two-piece composition, its a clever idea but I also didn't like the silicone was covering the charge ports and headset (see the YouTube video below for details). It makes charging the BlackBerry tedious, and for a heavy user on a CDMA network, you know how often we have to charge our devices.

The Case:


Pros:
  • Two-piece assembly
  • A variety of Color Options on the CM webpage
  • Didn't seem to absorb dust much as my OtterBox


Cons:
  • The Screen Protector was too large. (I tried it about 5 times and have added tons of protectors in the past so I don't think its just me. Eventually gave up and went nude).
  • ABS plastic was too slick. Seems like my OtterBox has a better hold on surfaces.
  • All ports were covered by silicone. I wanted to cut them off after 4 days.


So there you go. At the end of the day, I just gave the case away to a friend and went back to the OtterBox. I can see why some people would really like the CaseMate Hybrid cases but I would recommend a different case to someone. The slick ABS plastic and not being able to add a screen protector were the two biggest killers for me. If you have a different opinion, please let me know in the comments.