This is a thin iPhone case that you can drop from 6.6 ft. Find out why we think its awesome in our Griffin Survivor Core Review
This is a slim case made by Griffin that offers drop protection of 6.6 ft. To us, this seems a little crazy since it’s so thin/slim and similar cases with that level of drop protection are easily 2-3 times the size such as the Ballistic Urbanite and Tough Jacket and they’re twice as thick as the Survivor Core!
We’re big fans of the slimness of the case (if you haven’t noticed), the drop protection and the handling of your iPhone inside the case. There aren’t any fatal flaws to this case but we did notice it will definitely show more wear and tear than other cases and if you’re looking to get this case, we definitely wouldn’t recommend getting the white color. Find out why below!
Based on our time with this case, we gave it a score of 4.5 Eh’s out of 5. This is now tied with the current reigning champion of slim cases with the Thule Atmos X3. We’ve rated it higher than the previous runner up, the Tech 21 Classic Shell. We do like it better than the Survivor Slim and it’s better than a Spigen Tough Armor and Speck Candyshell. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other cases, check out our comparison tool!
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- Maintains the slimness of your iPhone 6/6 plus
- Drop-rated up to 6 ft
- Decent 1-handed handling
- Fits the iPhone very well
- Lighter colors will stain
- Back of the case scratches easily
|Potential Problems||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)
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- Doesn't add much to your iPhone 6 or 6 plus
- Lightweight case
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- Fits the iPhone 6 and 6 plus really well
- Back of the case is very prone to scratches
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|General Protection||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
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|iPhone Functionality||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 Functionality||Screen Functionality (5/5):|
- Does not get in the way of accessing your iPhone 6 or 6 plus's screen
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Design – Fits well but it stains and scratches?
In terms of design, the Survivor Slim will add a minimal amount of thickness and bulk around your iPhone. The case fits well together and the edges of the case are far enough away for the installation of a screen protector.
The one issue we do have with the case is the quality of the materials on the case. First, the corners of our white case don’t look that white but you won’t have this problem on a dark coloured case.
Our second issue with the design, this case is like a magnet for scratches. The back is made from this transparent plastic and it fits together really well but it scratches really easily. Now, for us, this scratching isn’t a big deal because the scratches are that noticeable because of the transparent back. When compared to other cases that are prone to scratching, such as the Spigen Tough Armor and Speck Candyshell, the scratching on the Griffin Survivor Slim is not as noticeable.
Again, this is a highly rated iPhone case but the susceptibility of the back to scratches and potential for staining on the white version of the case may be a deal-breaker for some.
Protection – So thin and droppable? The perfect slim tough case?
In terms of protection, again, super slim but is droppable from a height of 6 ft as we’ve demonstrated in our review video. The corners of the case extend out (similar to a Ballistic Urbanite) and provides extra protection for the iPhone.
This case fits the iPhone like a glove so there aren’t going to be too many issues in terms of dust and debris. For screen protection, Griffin doesn’t include a screen protector and the lips of the case will provide a bit of clearance for the iPhone’s touchscreen (on a flat surface)
Functionality – Buttons are a little tough
In terms of accessing your iPhone inside this case, you can easily get to all the hardware ports and buttons though we did notice that the buttons on my iPhone 6 sized case seemed to be a little tougher to get to but did improve during our test period for this Griffin Survivor Core Review.
The cutouts for the Griffin Survivor Core are large enough to handle 3rd Party lightning cables and headphone jacks.
The texture of the case makes it a joy to use your iPhone in the case. 1-handing your iPhone is much easier with the Griffin Survivor Slim. The case doesn’t follow the rounded edges of the iPhone but straightness, combined with the texture and materials of the case improves the handing of the case. We found that during long iPhone gaming sessions, our fingers didn’t fall asleep as much due to the shape and texture of the case.
Getting to your iPhone’s touchscreen is very easy since the case doesn’t cover much of the screen.
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