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The Best 5 iPhone 6/6 Plus cases of 2014

 

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These are the 5 best cases out of the 2 dozen that we’ve reviewed in 2014. If you want a full list of all those cases, check out the link to the comparison page that links to all the cases that we’ve reviewed. You’ll be able to find out why we didn’t like cases such as the the Spigen Tough/Slim armors, any otterbox case and the SpeckCandyShell as these case case. There are a few cases that have potential in this Top 5 list that we haven’t reviewed include the Tech 21 Evo Mesh, Griffin Identity, Spigen Air Skin and the Karbon Si.

 Seidio Dilex ProUrban Armor GearTech 21 Classic ShellThule Atmos X3Griffin Survivor Core
 
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ProsPros:
- Incredibly slim
- Very thin for a multi-layer case
- Shape of the case makes it easier to use your iPhone with 1-hand
- Works with edge-to-edge screen protectors
- Fairly scratch resistant
Pros:
- Fits the iPhone 6 very well
- Shockproof up to 4 ft
- Extremely slim iPhone case
Pros:
- Almost the perfect case
- Great build quality
- Scratch resistant back is nice
Pros:
- Incredibly slim
- Great texture
- Shockproof up to 6.6 ft
- Thin feeling iPhone 6 case
Pros:
- Maintains the slimness of your iPhone 6/6 plus
- Drop-rated up to 6 ft
- Decent 1-handed handling
- Well-built
- Fits the iPhone very well
ConsCons:
- Doesn't offer much drop protection
- Apple Logo is exposed
- Doesn't offer as much screen protection
Cons:
- Why are there so many holes in the case?
- Back of the case may not have enough texture for some
- Edges of the case are fairly high
Cons:
- Minor build quality issues (really minor)
Cons:
- Small amount of warping around buttons
- Slightly more expensive than other cases
Cons:
- Lighter colors will stain
- Back of the case scratches easily
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
- None that we can think of
Potential Problems:
- Viewers have complained about how slick the case is
Potential Problems:
- None that we can find/think of
Potential Problems:
- None that we can think of
Potential Problems:
- You're pristine white case (if you get it) will stain very easily
- Back of the case will scratch easily (but is more bearable than other cases that scratch easily such as the Spigen Tough Armor and Speck CandyShell)
Design Rating
DESIGN
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Weight/Bulk/InstallationWeight/Bulk/Install (4.5/5):
- Not much thicker than Apple's silicone case
- Will not add much bulk to your iPhone
- Light
Weight/Bulk/Install (4/5):
- Adds very little thickness to the iPhone 6
- Will add approx. 1/8 inch around the entire iPhone
- One of the least bulky cases that we've come across
Weight/Bulk/Install (4/5):
- One of the thinnest cases for the iPhone 6
- Will less than 1/8 inch around your entire iPhone 6
- TheTech 21 Classic Shell is quite flexible which makes it easy to install the case
Weight/Bulk/Install (4.25/5):
- Makes the iPhone 5/5S 50% thicker
- Will add approx. 1/8-1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- One of the few cases that is wider in the middle
Weight/Bulk/Install (4/5):
- Doesn't add much to your iPhone 6 or 6 plus
- Lightweight case
Build QualityBuild Quality (5/5):
- The Sedio Dilex Pro feels solid
- Soft feeling rubber back is scratch resistant
- Case fits well together
- Good blend of hard plastic and grippy rubber. Easy enough to slide into pockets, textured enough to prevent slipping on tables
- Atmos X3 doesn't scratch easily
Build Quality (5/5):
- The Urban Armor Gear fits the iPhone 6 very well
- Cutouts below the buttons, two cutouts on the back of the case
- Rubber corners fared well during drops
- Skid pads on the bottom also help the case from slipping off flat surfaces
Build Quality (4.75/5):
- Scratch resistant back is a nice feature
- The Tech 21 Classic Shell fits the iPhone 6 like a glove
- Good blend of smooth/rubbery parts. Won't slip out of your hand easily or be a hassle to use with pockets
Build Quality (5/5):
- The Thule Atmos X3 feels solid
- Solid yet easy to press rubber around buttons
- Good blend of hard plastic and grippy rubber. Easy enough to slide into pockets, textured enough to prevent slipping on tables
- Atmos X3 doesn't scratch easily
Build Quality (5/5):
- Fits the iPhone 6 and 6 plus really well
- Well-built
- Back of the case is very prone to scratches
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
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General ProtectionGeneral Protection (1.75/5):
- Not drop rated
- Our iPhone was damaged from a 3ft drop
- Cutout on the back exposes iPhone
- Edges of the case provide minimal clearance for screen
General Protection (3.5/5):
- Tight fitting case keeps dust out but there are several cutouts that could let dust in
- Urban Armor Gear is rated to protect your iPhone 6 from 4ft drops
- Edges of the case extend approx. 1/8 past the screen providing a bit of screen protection
- Screen protector included fits iPhone 6 well but it doesn't cover the are around the sensors on the front of the iPhone
General Protection (3/5):
- Tech 21 doesn't explicitly state the drop height of the case
- D30 materials don't extend past the bottom of the iPhone 6
- Small lip extends a couple of mm's past the iPhone's touchscreen
- No screen protector included
General Protection (3.75/5):
- Will protect your iPhone from 6.6 drops
- Edges are far enough to allow installation of a screen protector
- Edges of the case provide minimal clearance for screen
General Protection (3.5/5):
- Drop-rated up to 6.6 ft
- Average sized edges keep iPhone screen off flat surfaces
- No extra cutouts keep dust/debris issues to a minimum
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
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iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4.75/5):
- Great access to the buttons on your iPhone
- Cutout at the bottom of the Dilex Pro allows for slightly larger lightning cables and slightly larger headphones
- Metal kickstand is useful (more so on the iPhone 6 Plus version)
iPhone Functionality (4.5/5):
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Able to use slightly larger headphones with the Urban Armor Gear
- The back of the case may be too slick for some people
iPhone Functionality (5/5):
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Able to use larger headphones jacks and 3rd party lightning cables easily with the Tech 21 Classic Shell
- Cover version of the case may be irritating for some users
iPhone Functionality (5/5):
- Decent access to the buttons on your iPhone
- Cutout at the bottom of the Thule Atmos X3 allow for slightly larger lightning cables and slightly larger headphones
iPhone Functionality (4.75/5):
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus
- Our iPhone 6 buttons started off fairly tough but the loosened up over time
- Able to use larger headphone jacks and 3rd Party Lightning cables
- Case back doesn't have a lot of friction so iPhone will
- 1-handed usage of the iPhone is decent with the Griffin Survivor Core
Screen FunctionalityScreen Functionality (5/5):
- Does not get in the way of viewing/accessing your iPhone's touchscreen
- Easy access to iPhone's touchscreen because of low edges
Screen Functionality (4.5/5):
- Edges of the case may be too high for some. They do not get in the way of using the iPhone's touchscreen
Screen Functionality (4.5/5):
- The Tech 21 Classic Shell doesn't get in the way of accessing the iPhone's touchscreen
Screen Functionality (5/5):
- Does not get in the way of viewing/accessing your iPhone's touchscreen
Screen Functionality (5/5):
- Does not get in the way of accessing your iPhone 6 or 6 plus's screen
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1. Griffin Survivor Core

Survivor Core Review - iPhone 6/6 PlusWe were pleasantly surprised with this case from Griffin. The Core is one of the slimmest iPhone cases out there but yet it offers 6 ft worth of drop protection. Now on a score basis, the Core is rated the same as the Thule Atmos X3 but this awesome case is only $30 bucks. The Thule is $45 bucks so something to keep in mind if you’re on a budget.

The Survivor Core is incredibly slim and protective. It is one of the thinnest iPhone cases that we’ve reviewed and it greatly improves the 1-handed usage of your iPhone. The corners of the case also add to the handling of the case and if you’re an iPhone gamer, this case will help lessen the numb fingers that occur when spending hours playing whatever you play.

Now, we do have to say that this case will scratch incredibly easy. Now, for some it may be a deal breaker but given that the back of the case is transparent, you don’t really see the scratches as much. The buttons do start off a little tougher to use but ease up over time.

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2. Thule Atmos X3

Thule Atmos X3 ReviewThis was the best case in November’s Top 5 but has been bumped down by the Griffin Survivor Core. This case keeps your iPhone 6 feeling thin and there is a good blend of different rubber types and one of the best things about this case is that it can be dropped from a height of 6 ft.

The buttons on the case start off a little tougher to use and they ease up over time and some viewers have complained that the case isn’t grippy enough. The case is slightly more expensive than other cases but in our opinion, well worth the money

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3. Tech 21 Classic Shell

Tech 21 Classic Shell ReviewThe Tech 21 Classic Shell is a decent all-around case. We feel quite comfortable dropping our iPhone in this case and if you’re still into using your iPhone in one hand, this is probably one of the better cases to get.

There isn’t much else to say about this case other than we feel that the look of the case could probably be tidied up a bit. We’re not too fond of how certain parts of the case don’t look uniform but this is a minor thing. We have the cover version of the classic shell and we’re really not too fond of it.
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4. Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear ReviewThis is one of the more popular iPhone cases out there. It offers 4ft worth of drop protection and is one of the skinniest iPhone cases out there. It feels very well-built and some like the look of the case.

The edges are a little higher on this case and viewers have complained that it makes the iPhone a little more slippery than other cases which we totally agree. Dust/debris protection is a little lower than others as there are cutouts on the back of the case that exposes your iPhone. The buttons area also aren’t fully covered.
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5. Seidio Dilex Pro

Seidio Dilex Pro ReviewWe’re big fans of this case. The Seidio Dilex Pro is a super slim iPhone 6/6Plus case. The design of the case really helps with the usability of your iPhone in one hand as the notches in the case line up close to your finger locations.

This slim case will not provide much protection despite having two layers to the case as our iPhone 6 Plus took a tumble from about three feet and it mauled one of our corners.

As a side note, the belt holster that fits Dilex Pro is quite nice, especially the release mechanism and can be used with other cases like the Incipio Dual Pro.
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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jered

    December 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    What in your mind propels the Griffin survivor core in front of the thule atmos x3?.

    • Aaron Ho

      December 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      The price and minimalistic look of the Core is what puts it slightly over the Atmos X3. Both of these cases are really good though, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy either one of them.

  2. Jay Howard

    January 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I just ordered a iPhone 6plus Blason Prime Heavy Duty case before seeing your videos and wondered have you reviewed any Blason products?

    • Aaron Ho

      January 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Not yet but they’re on the list!

  3. Manuel Boyer

    January 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Can u do a review of the speck candyshell grip and the pelican protector case

    • Aaron Ho

      January 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Yes and yes. I have used them both…just need the time to create the reviews for them.

  4. Cici

    January 12, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Hi Aaron,
    Thank you so much for your detailed, fun, and concise reviews.
    I’ve just upgraded to the iphone 6 and I want something that combines shock and dust protection and slimness.
    I was wondering if you’ve had a chance to review the Sahara case and/or Gorilla glass screen protectors? I read in one Amazon review that the gorilla glass broke the screen when they tried to remove it…

    http://www.amazon.com/Case-Protector-Sahara-Perfect-Fit-Protection/dp/B00Q57TR9C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1421031436&sr=8-2&keywords=iphone+6+sahara
    https://saharacase.com/

    Looks like Sahara is a new company, funded last year via Kickstarter.

    Thanks!
    Cici

    • Aaron Ho

      January 14, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I will check it out! Thanks for the note.

  5. Renee Benjamin

    January 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Nothing for the ladies?

    • Aaron Ho

      January 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      What cases would you be looking for?

  6. Jen

    January 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Hi. I’m hoping you can just give me your ultimate opinion on which case to get for my iPhone 6. I have four kids who aren’t allowed on my phone but it does happen. So I just want to know what’s going to protect my phone best. Is there a specific case and maybe a separate screen protector or an all in one case? I’m the most indecisive person and would just love for someone with knowledge to suggest which one to get, maybe the one you use. I want it to look good but not as important as protection. I really, really appreciate your help! I’ll be sure to subscribe to your page. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    • Aaron Ho

      January 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Are you looking for a bulkier case or something relatively slim?

  7. MassGuns

    January 29, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Hey Aaron if you could please try out the iD America ICE case it would be great check it out and also do you know about any metal bumper and clear back cases ?

  8. Susan

    February 23, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Aaron, thank you for this excellent website. The reviews are great!

    I have heard a lot of talk about bending with the iPhone 6+ but never thought it would be a problem with the iPhone 6. Wrong!! One day I rushed to answer my phone as it was sitting on the table and I forgot that I left it charging. The phone sprang out of my hand and fell on the floor. It bent (slight, but very noticeable to me) and one corner of the screen popped off. I am guessing that the Spigen case I use prevented worse damage.

    What is the best of the slim cases as far as preventing the phone from bending? I had a near miss this time- I probably won’t be this lucky in the future!

    Thanks in advance for your advice 🙂

    • Aaron Ho

      February 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Susan, thanks for the comment. Which Spigen case were you using?

      Surprisingly, the iPhone 6 will bend easier than the 6 Plus (6 bends at 70lbs of pressures, 6 Plus bends at 90 lbs according to Consumer reports.)

      If you’re looking for a complete bend proof iPhone cases, the only ones that we’ve found are the all-metal bumpers by Draco Design (http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca/draco-design-aluminum-bumper-review-iphone-6-6-plus/) and 4th Design (we’re still review them). These bumpers are made from aluminum and I’ve tried my hardest to bend them and nothing has happened (http://youtu.be/jW7qGtuyAXg)

      I know there is an Incipio case that has two metal pins down the back of the case but I don’t think its been released yet.

      • Susan

        February 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        Aaron, the case I had on my phone was the Spigen iPhone 6 Air Cushion Bumper Case [Ultra Hybrid Series]. I really do believe it saved my phone’s screen! I am thinking of going back and looking at some of your slim case recommendations. This accident was kind of strange for me (I usually carry my phone in a wristlet), so I’m looking for a balance between price and protection. Thanks for your advice!

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