Griffin Survivor Review – iPhone 6


In our Griffin Survivor Review, we’ve discovered that its an affordable case that provides exceptional protection for your iPhone 6

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Looking for an affordable rugged iPhone 6 case that provides decent dust and water resistance? Then find out if the the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain case is for you in our review. Griffin has done a great job updating their Survivor for the iPhone 6 as they’ve removed the camera flap and replaced it with a built in camera cover. This is really impressing to me and I’ll explain why.

The Griffin Survivor provides excellent access to your iPhone 6. You can easily use your iPhone 6 in the Survivor without having it being exposed as Touch ID and speakers are all covered up.

I do have an issue with the screen protector and the Retina HD screen of the iPhone 6 and the updated camera cover does something to the quality of the photos.

Based on our time with the case, I give it a score of 3.8 Eh’s out of 5. This case scores a little better than the Otterbox Defender which we’ve reviewed as well.

Griffin Survivor


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  • Pros:

    - Great dust protection
    - Upgraded camera/flash cutout
    - Feels solid
    - Great access to your iPhone 6 ports and buttons

  • Cons:

    - Screen protector diffuses the iPhone 6's screen
    - Film covering camera reduces image quality
    - Quite bulky

  • Potential Problems:

    - Rubber covering may stretch over time. We've only seen this on our iPad 3/4 case.
    - Taking the Griffin Survivor out of the belt holster the wrong way may pull the screen protector off
    - Some of our viewers have mentioned that the rubber may peel off over time


  • Weight/Bulk (3/5):

    - The Griffin Survivor will almost triple the thickness of your iPhone 6
    - Despite the bulk, the case feel fairly light

  • Ease of installation (5/5):

    - The Griffin Survivor is very easy to install
    - Griffin has included, as part of their case design, a very simple way to uninstall the case.

  • Build Quality (5/5):

    - The materials of the Suvivor All-Terrain feel tough
    - The rubbered shell is quite textured which may prevent you from putting it in your jean pocket easily
    - Screen protector doesn't get scratched up from general usage
    - The case generally keeps its shape after being dropped


  • Shock Protection (3/5):

    - Griffin Survivor is rated to protect your iPhone 6 from a drop height of 6.6 ft (Mil-STD 810 G)
    - Our drop tests didn't indicate otherwise

  • Water/Dust Protection (2.5/5):

    - The Griffin Survivor is not waterproof but will offer better than average water resistance
    - Ports are adequately covered
    - Speakers are covered with a dust resistant mesh
    - Touch ID is covered with a membrane

  • Screen Protection (4/5):

    - Thick plastic screen protector that stretches over the entire front of the iPhone
    - Substantial edge (1/4 inch) provides decent clearance for the iPhone touchscreen


  • iPhone Functionality (4.75/5):

    - Power and volume buttons are very easy to get to
    - Easy access to hardware ports
    - Membranes covering speakers do not affect sound coming from the Griffin Survivor
    - Touch ID membrane works well
    - Camera cover is replaced with cutouts. Plastic that cover the cutouts seem to blur photos

  • Screen Usability (4/5):

    - A ver small gap between the screen protector and touchscreen
    - Reduces the sensitivity of the screen a little bit
    - Screen protector extends past the touchable area which ensures that you can access your swipe menus

  • Screen Viewability (3/5):

    - Screen protector doesn't sit flush on the screen which results in a increase in glare and multiple reflections
    - Reflections on the Griffin Survivor are wobbly


Design – The Griffin Survivor is a BIG case

Griffin Survivor Review - Size of the case in comparison to the iPhone 6The Griffin Survivor will almost triple the thickness of your iPhone 6. This is not a small case but on the flip side, the case is fairly light. Installing and removing your iPhone is simple with this case, if you need to know why, we’ve elaborated a bit more on the website.

In terms of build quality, the Griffin Survivor feels solid, even after a few drops. The case fits well together and it doesn’t show an excessive amount of wear and tear. We will note that the rubbery parts of the case seem to attract lint. We reached out to our viewers on Facebook and Chad Graham has also mentioned the lint-magnetism of the Griffin Survivor.

Protection – This case will ensure your iPhone survives almost anything

The Griffin Survivor is drop rated up to a height of 6.6ft and is rated to meet Mil-Spec 810G. From our drop tests, we noticed that the flaps covering the ports may come undone during the drops. We dropped the case on a corner where the speaker cutout is and the plastic on that corner is pretty deformed but still protected the iPhone 6.

Griffin Survivor Review - The things the Survivor will protect your iPhone 6 from

In terms of water protection, the Griffin Survivor isn’t waterproof. It will offer a decent level of water resistance, as indicated by their marketing on their box (ml’s per hour). The speakers are all covered so you can use your iPhone in a light rain without having to really worry about water getting through the speaker cutouts.

The part with the least amount of water protection is the rubber cover over the lightning port connector. The port cover doesn’t flap around but you can definitely see the iPhone even when the cover is tucked into the case.

In terms of dust protection, there’s another marketing stat on their box but from my point of view, this case will provide better dust protection especially when compared to its primary competitor, the Otterbox Defender. Between the iPhone 5 version and the iPhone 6 version of the survivor, Griffin has updated the how you use the camera. On the 5, you had an annoying camera flap. On the 6 Griffin has replaced it with a camera and flash cutout that is built right into the case. This means that their is one less part of your iPhone 6 that is exposed to the elements which is great.

Functionality – During our Griffin Survivor review, we discovered a company that listens to its customers!

Accessing your iPhone 6 through the Griffin Survivor is one of its best features. The buttons are easy to use, the Touch ID membrane works, sound is effected by the case and we didn’t notice a difference in signal attenuation. The one thing we have to note is a slight distortion of photographs taking with the Griffin Survivor. The plastic film seems to make the photographs a little hazy. I’ve tried to clean the plastic lens cover to see if that was the issue but it’s not.

Griffin Survivor Review - Upgraded FunctionalityIn terms of accessing your touchscreen, the Griffin Survivor doesn’t get in the way. There is a slightly noticeable gap between the screen protector and the touch screen but you’re not going to bothered by it unless your actively looking for the gap.

The worst part of the Griffin Survivor is actually the screen view ability of your iPhone 6. It doesn’t suffer from any rainbowing effects but it does diffuse the iPhone’s touch screen. This diffusion seems to pixelate the Retina HD screen of your iPhone. For me personally, this bothers me a bit because I really like the crispness of my iPhone’s screen. There is a bit of glare that comes off the case but its not too bad.

With all that being said about the screen veiwability, unless you’re staring at multiple iPhone screens with different cases, you’re going to get use to how your iPhone looks like through the Griffin Survivor.

When comparing the Otterbox Defender vs Survivor, we’d go with the Griffin Survivor. It’s cheaper, provides better protection for your iPhone 6 and you’d be supporting a company that is actively improving their products. The only thing that the Defender is better is the screen protector as it doesn’t diffuse the iPhone’s touch screen but the gap on the Defender is a little more noticeable.

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  1. Bobby

    December 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I have a landscape business so I need a case that’s superheavy duty. I bought the griffin survivor case for my iPhone 6 Plus. But I have sound issues such as my client can’t hear me when I speak to them on the iphone and I cannot hear them. So maybe you can help me. I need a case that can take a lot of abuse and do a good job keeping dust out and most importantly I need to get a good sound quality. Also I noticed the griffin case screen protector makes the retina display very bad. Sound and display is very important to me since I use it both sound and video. Thanks and I hope you get back to me on this.

    • Aaron Ho

      December 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Bobby, did my youtube comment answer your question?

  2. Erin

    December 17, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Do you also test the waterproof(and ish) cases in the shower?

    • Aaron Ho

      December 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Sometimes. Every case I’ll submerge for sure.

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