Slim and Tough and 2 layers? This is our favourite 2-piece tough iPhone case (that’s still slim)
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Today we’re going to do a review of the Griffin Survivor Slim. This is considered a slim iPhone case and out of all the two piece, silicone + polycarbonate cases that we’ve reviewed, this is the best one in our opinion.
The Survivor Slim is a multi-layered case that provides your iPhone with drop protection of up to 6.6 ft or 2 m. We really like the design of the case as it is quite unique and it provides a lot of texture so the iPhone won’t slip out of your hands as easily. We don’t have many bad things to say about this case other than a couple of minor issues with 3rd party screen protection and dust protection.
Now it’s always surprising to us when a larger than average case manufacturer makes a decent product. Griffin Technology is fairly large company and their Survivor Core and Slim are really good products unlike Otterbox whose cases have been sub-par so far for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Based on the time we spent for this Griffins Survivor Slim Review, we gave the Survivor Slim a score of 4.3 Eh’s out of 5. This is a higher rated case and falls a little short of one of our favourite cases the Griffin Survivor Core and Thule Atmos x3. Cases that are similar in terms of design include the Ballistic Tough Jacket and Otterbox Commuter and this case blows them both out of the water. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other cases, check out our comparison tool!
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- Multi-layered protection that fits better than other multi-layered cases
- Texture of the Survivor Slim will reduce accidental drops
- Drop-rated from 6.6 ft
- Included screen protector doesn't cover the whole touch area on iPhone
- Darker coloured cases will collect pocket lint
- Not compatible with thicker screen protectors
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- If you're using a thicker screen protector, we'd recommend cleaning the case every once in a while
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- Makes your sleek iPhone 6/6 Plus quite a bit bulkier
- Installation is easy when compared to other multi-layered cases
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- Fits the iPhone 6 and 6 plus really well
- Doesn't fit well with 3rd party screen protectors
- Silicone sleeve doesn't show excessive wear and tear
- Texture of the Survivor Slim is really nice
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- Drop-rated up to 6.6 ft
- Decent sized edges keep iPhone screen off flat surfaces
- Dust/debris may get between the iPhone and the front parts of the case
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- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus
- Buttons don't need to be worked in like the Griffin Survivor Core
- Able to use larger headphone jacks and 3rd Party Lightning cables
- 1-handed usage of the iPhone is decent with the Griffin Survivor Slim
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Does not get in the way of accessing your iPhone 6 or 6 plus's screen
- Limits the types of screen protectors you will be able to use
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Design – A bit bulky but the texture is nice
In terms of design, the Slim armor is a bulky case so it will make your sleek iPhone 6 quite bulky. The build quality of the case is quite nice as the case generally fits together if you use their screen protector and the case doesn’t show excessive wear and tear. However, we dinged the case a bit for the fit as a thicker screen protector will result in the case not fitting 100%.
Speaking of the fit, the thing we are most impressed with is how the case sticks together. Unlike other two part cases, the iPhone sits in a hardshell and then is wrapped around with the rubbery/silicone part. I was a little apprehensive but Griffin’s design ensures that the edges of the silicon stick to the hard shell which is something I haven’t seen yet. Really neat.
Protection – Our favorite toughest slim case that we’ve reviewed
In terms of protection, the case is drop rated to military specification 810G and is droppable from 6.6 ft no problem. There’s decent screen clearance from the edges of the case and from our perspective, its pretty much one of the toughest slim cases that we’ve reviewed. The only grip that we have with the protection is that if you use a slightly thicker screen protector the case outer layer doesn’t sit quite flush on the face of the iPhone.
We do have to poke fun at the screen protector that is included with the case as Griffin says it is scratch resistant which is fine but it only covers most of the iPhone’s touchscreen. Not all of it which some people may find very frustrating.
Functionality – Getting to your iPhone is a cinch in this case
During our time with the case for this Griffin Survivor Slim Review we discovered that the case doesn’t get in the way of accessing your iPhone. The buttons on the case go through the silicone quite easily and doesn’t need to be worked in like the survivor core. The cutouts at the bottom of the case are large enough to handle larger than Apple accessories.
The only thing I have to mention has to deal with the screen protector again as the case will allow you to install any sized screen protector but if its thick, the case isn’t going to fit well together. During our review period, we had a Spigen GlassTR on the iPhone and the bottom and top parts of the case had a gap that we were not comfortable with.
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