iPhone 6(s+)

Case-Mate Tough Extreme Review – iPhone 6

 

This Case-Mate Tough Extreme is from Zazzle.com. Even Case-Mate doesn’t know about its own case!

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We consider the Case-Mate Tough Extreme a tough case mostly because the word “tough” is in the product name. We got our Case-Mate case from Zazzle.com which allows you to customize the case so we decided to put our logo on it. In our opinion, this makes this case super awesome but once we applied our Eh! Rating system, we realized this case isn’t awesome and has a couple of short-comings.

On the Tough Extreme, there is almost no chance this case is going to accidentally fall out of your hand because of its design, it’s a little thinner than other tough cases but the screen view ability and usability of your iPhone 6 is going to suffer quite a bit in this case.

Based on our time with this case, we gave it a score of 3.72 Eh’s out of 5 in our Case-Mate Tough Extreme Review. Cases that are better include the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, the Ballistic Hardcore but the CaseMate Tough Extreme is definitely better than the Otterbox Defender. You will find the differences between those cases at the bottom of this review.

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$49.99 USD
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ProsPros:
- Feels well-built
- Fairly slim for a tough case
- Lots of texture keeps iPhone in hand
- Customizable back
ConsCons:
- Dust protection isn't stated
- Case came apart slightly during drops
- Screen protector diffuses Retina HD screen of iPhone 6
- Screen protector doesn't sit flush on the iPhone 6 screen
- Port flaps are slightly difficult to use
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
- The Case-Mate Tough Extreme will need to be cleaned especially the area around the Touch ID sensor as dust and debris will get between the device and the screen protector
Design Rating
DESIGN

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Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk/Install (3.5/5):
- The Case- Mate Tough Extreme more than double the thickness of your iPhone 6
- Will add 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- Fairly light for a tough case
InstallEase of Installation (5/5):
- Very easy to install this case
Build QualityBuild Quality (5/5):
- The materials of the Case-Mate Tough Extreme feels tough
- The outer bumper and inner sleeve fit well
Protection Rating
PROTECTION

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Shock ProtectionShock Protection (2.5/5):
- The Case-Mate Tough Extreme isn't drop rated
- We feel comfortable dropping it from 6 ft
- Case does come apart slightly after a drop but no permanent damage occurs
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (2.5/5):
- This iPhone 6 cases doesn't provide much in terms of water/dust protection. Camera cutouts and Touch ID cutouts allow dust/debris to enter the case
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
- Thick plastic screen protector that stretches over most of the front of the iPhone
- Substantial edge (1/4 inch) provides decent clearance for the iPhone touchscreen
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY

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iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (5/5):
- Power and volume buttons are very easy to get to through the case
- Port covers are a little awkward to use
- Sound is not effected
- No signal attenuation
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (4/5):
- Noticeable gap between screen protector and iPhone 6's touch screen
- Screen protector extends past the touchable area which ensures that you can access your swipe menus
Screen ViewabilityScreen View-ability (3/5):
- Diffuses of the Retina HD screen of the iPhone 6
- Glare is pretty bad on the screen protector
- Because the screen protector doesn't sit flush, the reflections are "wobbly"
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Design – It’s like there tiny little tires on your iPhone

Case-Mate Tough Extreme Review for the iPhone 6We are very impressed with the physical handling of this case. The design of the edges on the case are basically mini tires as it has threads so there is a very low chance this case is going to slip out of your hand accidentally. However, this added texture makes it a little more difficult to put into your pockets since it gets caught on things.

Out of the tough iPhone cases that we have, the CaseMate Tough Extreme is the smallest. It comes in 2 parts and is fairly easy to install. If you do get this case, we found it easiest to install the side with all the buttons first. Putting the case together is quite easy as the inner sleeve/cradle slides smoothly into the outer shell. We came to the conclusion that this iPhone case is one of the easiest to install cases during our Case-Mate Tough Extreme Review.

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Protection – Cutouts/holes == bad water and dust protection!

In terms of protection, this case isn’t drop rated. The iPhone 5/5S versions were but while talking to CaseMate customer service, they couldn’t tell me what the drop height was. In fact, they couldn’t find the product at all which seems odd to us.

Based on our time with the case, we feel very comfortable dropping our iPhone 6 from a height of 6 feet in the Case-Mate Tough Extreme. The only thing you’d have to worry about is the inner sleeve/cradle popping out a little bit. Even if the sleeve/cradle was to come completely out, the iPhone 6 would still be protected as the sleeve/cradle cover the edges and front of the iPhone 6.

In terms of water and dust, these cases won’t keep water out and it will do very little to keep dust out. The gap in the screen protector means that stuff is going to get between your screen protector and iPHone so cleaning the case periodically is recommended. Good thing it’s easy to take apart.
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Functionality – This is a great iPhone case if you don’t need to use your touchscreen much?

The one thing that doesn’t sit well with us is the screen view ability and usability of the case. The screen protector doen’t sit flush on the screen, there is a bit of glare and it diffuses the iPhone 6’s Retina HD screen. As result, your screen usability also suffers as the gap is noticeable and annoying and subsequently, you lose a bit of sensitivity on your touchscreen.

The last thing about this case deals with the port covers of this case. They are functional but they are not as easy to use as other cases as you have to bend them slightly in order for them to fit into the case. This may not be an issue for some but we found it a little annoying have to take an extra second to close the ports on the case.

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Now between the Otterbox Defender, Griffin Survivor and Ballistic Hardcore, we’d recommend the Case-Mate Tough extreme if you think all these cases are too big and you still want a bit of drop protection, don’t work in a dusty environment and want to customize your case. If you’re looking for something that’s offer’s better dust protection, go with the Survivor as it has everything covered and if you’re looking for an extremely tough case, grab the Hardcore as you can drop it from 12 ft.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. doobie

    November 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    hey Aaron would you review the ” New Trent Trentium 6S ” case ?
    can you update what cases are you currently reviewing ?

    • Aaron Ho

      November 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      I can’t seem to get the case in Canada. Nobody will ship it to me. I’ll do an update video shortly with what’s on the go.

  2. Arielle

    January 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I submitted a negative review of the tough xtreme on casemate’s website a week ago and they won’t post it on the website. So disingenuous. I will never buy from casemate again. The touch screen is impossible to use with the case on.

  3. Barb Webster

    March 29, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Having trouble removing my Case Mate Extreme Tough” cover. Advice? I do really love the cover. Great protection and no problems at all with phone usage. Thanks.

    • Aaron Ho

      April 1, 2016 at 2:45 am

      I just remember that I was glad I hadn’t cut my finger nails when taking my iPhone out of the case.

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