Last year, Apple introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with an all-new design. Prior to that for three years in a row, Apple launched a new iPhone (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s) which appeared to be an iteration of the iconic design of the iPhone 4 with hard corners and chamfered edges.
Unlike previous iPhones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sport rounded edges with cover glass that curves down around the anodized aluminum back casing.
I love the new design, but although I would ideally love to use my iPhone 6 Plus without a case, I prefer to play it safe and protect it with a case, especially after I ended up cracking the screen of my iPad mini few years back.
So here were my requirements when I started looking for a case:
- It should have a decent lip to protect the front screen.
- It should be able to protect my iPhone from accidental drops.
- It should preferably not cover the back case completely. I preferred bumper cases for the iPhone 5s, but there are not very durable.
- Improve the grip as the iPhone 6 Plus with its rounded edges is quite slippery.
- I use Twelve South’s HiRise iPhone dock, so I also wanted a case where the Lightning port was easily accessible.
- And of course, it should look good.
My Current Case
Since buying the iPhone 6 Plus last September, I have bought few cases such as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus leather case ($45 on Apple’s Online Store), a clear case from a brand I can’t recall right now, and the Griffin Survivor Core case (available on Amazon for $26.99).
Apple’s leather case looks great and fits very well, but I bought the olive brown color because the black one was out of stock. The problem with lighter colors is that they get soiled very easily, and if you sweat a lot like I do then it seems to leave black patches around the edges.
Since then I’ve settled for Griffin’s Survivor Core case. The case falls in the rugged category which is a surprising choice for someone like me who prefers to use a naked iPhone. Over the years, I have used several minimalistic cases, but I have realized that while they’re only good at protecting the rear shell from getting scratched, most of them don’t do a great job protecting your iPhone from a fall.
The nice thing about the Griffin case is that it has a transparent polycarbonate shell, so it lets me see the back casing of the iPhone 6 Plus, and at the same time protects the back of my iPhone. It is much better than cases like Apple’s leather case that completely covers the back. The drawback is that the polycarbonate shell gets scratched quite easily, so it doesn’t look as good after some time.
The case covers the edges and corners of the iPhone with a thick Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), which do a much better job at absorbing impacts compared to the minimalistic or bumper cases. The thicker borders offer better protection, but it ends up increasing the width of the device, which can make it more uncomfortable to hold the device especially the iPhone 6 Plus if you’ve small hands. But at the same time because the case is made of less slippery materials, and you’re less prone to dropping your iPhone.
I think the case looks quite good compared to other rugged cases available in the market, but it may not offer the same level of protection or features.
Which case do you use for your iPhone or do you prefer to use your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus naked?