A uniquely designed slim iPhone case that has a fatal flaw?
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Today we’re going to review the Lunatik Seismik. This is a slim case that’s made by one of my favorite case manufacturers which is Lunatik. We’ve done a whole slew of awful things to our Lunatik cases and they usually come out on top.
With the Seismik, we were very impressed with the access that the case provides. It handles very well but despite Lunatik saying it “bounces upon impact”, it is not drop rated. Now, all these issues are minute but there is a huge unknown to me in terms of build quality which I consider as a deal breaker.
Based on the time with the case, if the build quality of the case is awful, we’re going to give it a score of 3.6 Eh’s out of 5. If the build quality isn’t an issue, the case would be a 4.1 Eh out of 5. If we were optimistic, the Lunatik Seismik would be as good as the Spigen Tough Armor, Ballistic Urbanite and Poetic Revolutions. In the worst case scenario, this case is almost as bad as the Otterbox Commuter. 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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- Unique design
- Amazing access to the buttons on the iPhone
- Build quality is unknown
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- Case may become quite mangled under heavy use though our extended use case is holding up quite well
- Will increase the width of your iPhone
- Fairly light for its size
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- Unique Design
- Easy to install
** If our Seismik is similar to some of the new Seismik's for the iPhone 5S, the build quality score is 2/5
|General Protection||General Protection (4/5):|
- Not drop rated though Impact Truss will provided decent protection
- No screen protector provided
- Single layer case
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Easy to access iPhone inside Lunatik Seismik
- 1-handed handling is great due to the feel of the case
- Buttons access through the Seismik is incredible
- If you're a 1-handed pinky user, the design at the bottom of the case works well for your type of usage
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (5/5):|
- Doesn't get in the way of accessing your iPhone 6
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Design – A uniquely designed iPhone case that uses trusses?
In terms of design the Seismik is a fairly thin case but because of the impact truss on the case, it does make your iPhone wider though this extra bulk isn’t that noticeable since the edge of the case is quite thin. The Seismik is going to be great for people who pinky 1-hand their iPhone since the edges on the Seismik have a nice place for your pinky’s to rest. Taking your iPhone in and out of the Seismik is quite easy as well.
We are most concerned with the build quality of the Seismik. Long term use is something we can’t observe for this Lunatik Seismik review but on our Seismik is starting to lose its glossy sheen. When that happens, you’re left with a matted look which results in the case slowing falling apart. We’ve seen this happen on one of our iPhone 5S Seismiks as the case becomes completely mangled after a short period of usage. Check out the video for a couple of shots of the mangled iPhone 5S case.
Protection – It bounces but really, is it drop-rated? Nope.
In terms of protection, the Seismik will most likely do a decent job protecting your iPhone from accidental drops from texting height. The case isn’t drop rated, donesn’t have multiple layers though it has an Impact Truss which seems to make sense. We would guess that this case would provide as much protection as an Urban Armor Gear case at 4 ft.
In terms of screen protection, the Seismik does have a decent lip that will allow you to install fairly thick screen protectors while keeping it still elevated off a flat surface.
Functionality – Nothing special but again, that’s not a bad thing
The Seismik is awesome in terms of accessing your iPhone inside the case. The buttons on the Seismik are just so nice as the average case manufacturer usually does a half-assed job with buttons, either making it too tough to use or just cheating and having cutouts. Lunatik has taken the time to design buttons that mimic the iPhone’s buttons 100% which we love.
The Camera and flash and sound aren’t hindered and you can easily use third party cables and and headphone jacks with the iPhone inside the Seismik. The Seismik doesn’t come close to the touch screen of the iPhone so screen usability is optimal.
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