Is this Ballistic iPhone 6 really that Hardcore? Find out in our Ballistic Hardcore Review
Ballistic markets this as a tough iPhone 6 and we totally agree. What’s the most surprising to us is how well built this case feels. We’ve reviewed other Ballistic cases and we’re weren’t too happy with the build quality. On the Every1, the plastic was peeling and with the Hydra, the screen protector scratch so easily. We didn’t find any issues like that on the Hardcore case for the iPhone 6.
The best part of this cases is how you can access and interact with your iPhone inside of the case and the worst part is that it’s a bit finicky to take apart and you’ll want to do that because of a small issue with dust.
Based on our time with the case, we gave the Ballistic Hardcore a score of 4.06 Eh’s out of 5. This case fare much better than the Otterbox Defender and Griffin Survivor.
At Mobile Reviews Eh!, we based everything we rate on real usage which means we use the case on a day-to-day basis and if the case says it can do something, we actually go and do it. With the Ballisitc being marketed as a tough case, we dropped it from 12 ft which is crazy and did drop tests in a fairly dusty floor. For the score, we graded the case against our Eh! rating system and similar cases like the Otterbox Defender and Griffin Survivor.
Design – Big but modular. The Hardcore just works.
During our test period for this Ballistic Hardcore Review, we discovered that the case is exceptionally well designed. It feels tight and well built but it offers two different modes for usage. The outer rubber shell is removable so you’re able to keep a slimmer profile on your iPhone 6 when your situation requires a slimmer phone or if you’re planning on doing something crazy, you can keep the rubber shell on.
The belt holster works either way which is a great feature for the Ballistic Hardcore. Speaking of the belt holster, the Ballistic Hardcore for the iPhone 6 is so large that the holster might be only way to carry the case on you as its massive size makes it difficult to keep in pant pockets.
Installation of the case is a little finicky as you have to deal with the ports of the case getting in the way of installation. This slight annoyance, coupled with the dust issue may put some people off from this case.
Protection – If you dropped your iPhone 6 from 12 ft, would it survive?
In order to gauge how tough this iPhone 6 cases for the Ballistic Hardcore Review, we dropped our iPhone 6 in the case from a height of 12 ft. We will say that it’s difficult to bring anything up to height of 12 ft (especially for non-handy people like us) and realistically, most people aren’t going to drop their iPhones from 6 ft, let alone dropping it from 12. We’re happy to report that after dropping the iPhone 6 from 12ft that the Ballistic Hardcore definitely works.
In terms of dust protection, the Hardcore suffers a little bit. We did several drop tests in dusty areas and found that dust did get between the touchscreen and screen protector. Depending on the type of dust/debris, your iPhone 6 may suffer from a bit of damage over time if you don’t clean it regularly which is a bit of a hassle since the case is a little difficult to install.
The Ballistic Hardcore has some serious edges and will definitely keep your iPhone’s screen off a flat surface. The screen protector is fairly thick and extends past the touchable area of the iPhone but doesn’t cover the sensors at the top.
Functionality – The screen protector is a joy to use
Having reviewed several tough iPhone 6 cases, we were pleasantly to find a case that doesn’t get in the way of accessing the touchscreen of the iPhone. The screen protector on the Ballistic Hardcore sits fairly flush against the iPhone 6 so you don’t lose any sensitivity on the touchscreen and the amount of glare and reflections is reduced a bit.
Getting to your buttons on the Ballistic Hardcore is quite easy and they are not hard to use unlike the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 6. You are able to use slightly larger earphone jacks and non-Apple lightning connectors as the cutouts for the case are quite large.