Need to get your iPhone wet and hate screen protectors? Check out the Dog & Bone Wetsuit for the iPhone 6!
Today we’re going to be tell you what it’s like to be topless with your Dog & Bone Wetsuit for the iPhone 6. We know, it seems weird, having dogs, bones, being topless and your iPhone but hey, at least this case is memorable!
The Dog & Bone Wetsuit waterproof iPhone case is unique because there isn’t a built in screen protector on the case but it’s still waterproof and shockproof. We personally am not a big fans of screen protectors so to us, that’s a pretty awesome feature on the case. We really like the shape of the case though it does bulk up the iPhone a bit but does feel very solid.
We do have a few of issues with the accessibility of your iPhone inside the case which may be a deal breaker for some people. Specifically issues with the edges of the case, the sound quality and flash photography.
Based on our time with the case, we gave it a score of 3.6 Eh’s out of 5. This is an average waterproof iPhone case that scores just a tad lower than the LifeProof Fre but I will tell you why that despite that fact, if you’re stuck between those 2 cases, I personally would go with the Wetsuit. If you rather read the rest of this review, check out our website as we have an easy to read review table for the case as well as a comparison tool for waterproof iPhone 6 cases. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other cases, check out our comparison tool!
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(out of 5)
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- No screen protector but still waterproof
- Feels very tough & well-built
- Better drop protection than other cases
- Sound quality is below average
- Flash photography quality is lower
- Edges of the case get in the way
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- None that we've discovered/heard
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- Dog & Bone Wetsuit is fairly large
- Adds quite a bit of bulk
|Install||Ease of Installation (3/5):|
- Installation is straight forward
- Taking your iPhone out is a little tough
- Three parts to install
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- Great feeling case
- Everything fits together really well
- Fairly scratch resistant
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|Shock Protection||Shock Protection (3.5/5):|
- Drop-rated to 6.6 ft (standard for shockproof cases)
- Case didn’t come apart during drops
- Multiple layers offers better drop protection than average cases
|Water/Dust Protection||Water/Dust Protection (3/5):|
- Waterproof up to a depth of 6.6ft
- Unique design will result in water getting between the sleeve and outer shell (this is normal)
|Screen Protection||Screen Protection (3/5):|
- No screen protection other than the edges of the case
- Optional screen protector is included
- Large edges on the case provide decent clearance for iPhone's touchscreen
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (3/5):|
- Cutouts for the lightning port will fit larger cables
- Headphone jack will fit only Apple-sized accessories
- Sound is muted/sounds "crackly"
- Wrist-strap compatible
- Touch ID works but edges around the sensor are noticeable
- Flash cutout isn't large enough
|Screen Usability||Screen Usability (4/5):|
- Edges get in the way
- Swipe menus are a little more difficult to get to
|Screen Viewability||Screen Viewability (5/5):|
- No screen protector? No viewability issues!
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Design – A uniquely designed tough and waterproof iPhone 6 case
In terms of design, the Wetsuit is a pretty big case but still slimmer than some of the bigger tough cases like the Ballistic Hardcore and isn’t the easiest case to install, un-install as there are three pieces to deal with. Dog & Bone does include a plastic chip that helps in the installation of the case or you could use a coin. One of the unique features of the case is the actual sleeve that the iPhone sits in. It’s a thin rubbery feeling thing that you have to wrap your iPhone in or as said in the torture test video…suiting up.
The case feels incredibly well built. It feels like a tough case as everything seems to fit together really well. Most of the case is covered with this soft-rubber feeling texture that makes the case easier to use and reduces the chance that the case might slip off a table. All in all, it feels like a 80 dollar iPhone case.
Protection – Go ahead, dip it in some snow!
In terms of protection, the Wetsuit will protect your iPhone from 6.6 ft drops and will keep your iPhone safe from depths up to 6.6 ft as well. With all that being said, that’s sort of the average level of protection for waterproof iPhone cases. We will say that the wetsuit will offer a tiny bit more drop protection as the case has two layers so in the instance where the case comes apart during a drop, the sleeve is going to offer a bit of protection.
In terms of screen protection, there isn’t anything built-in which is one of the features of the Wetsuit. With that being said, Dog & Bone has included a thin screen protector that you can install on the case. Its going to be better than nothing. We personally wouldn’t try installing a glass screen protector on the iPhone in the wetsuit as it the thickness of the screen protector makes the case a little harder to install and might compromise the waterproof seal.
The edges on the case are quite high so it will definitely keep your iPhone’s screen off a flat surface if you’re putting it facedown.
Functionality – Nothing special but again, that’s not a bad thing
In terms of functionality, this is where the Wetsuit stumbles a bit. Sound is not great on the iPhone though this case as it does mute the sound coming from the ear piece speaker slightly the sound coming from the speakers at the bottom has a crackling sound to it. The Touch ID sensor generally works but the high lip on the edge of the case takes a bit of getting use to.
Access to the hardware ports is ok, larger lightning cables will work through the case but the headphone cutout is fitted tightly to the apple’s headphones. The port covers are removable but if installed in the case, will not be lost easily. Dog & Bone does include a spare set of plugs and a headphone jack extension but it doesn’t look like it keeps the the case waterproof.
Accessing your buttons on your iPhone are easy and we do have to point out that Dog & Bone has done the mute switch a little differently which make it a little less clumsy to access when compared to other cases.
Flash photography also suffers as the cutout for the flash is too small so it clips parts of the True Tone flash. This to me is a bit annoying as one side of your photograph is going to be really warm and the other side is going to be really cool looking which is pretty evident in this photo.
In terms of screen functionality, the edges on the case are very high and are very noticeable. Getting to your control panel is a little more difficult through the dog and bone wetsuit. Now, screen viewablity of the case is top notch since there isn’t a screen protector (duh!).
As we said at the beginning, this is an average waterproof iPhone case that feels exceptionally well-built. If you don’t mind the reduced sound quality and high edges, this might be a decent case for you!
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