Which tough iPhone 6 case should you get? Find out in our Otterbox Defender vs. Griffin Survivor Comparison
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Looking for a tough iPhone 6 case? Well, we’ve got two of the most popular tough iPhone 6 cases out there, the Otterbox Defender and the Griffin Survivor. Both of these provide rugged protection for your iPhone 6 but are not waterproof and offer decent access to your iPhone 6. Based on our time with each of the iPhone cases, we give the Otterbox Defender a score of 3.4 Eh’s out of 5 and the Griffin Survivor getting a score of 3.8 Eh’s out of 5.
We recommend the Survivor over the Defender any day of the week. The Griffin Survivor is the better case, it offers better protection and better access to your iPhone inside the case. Overall, it seems like Griffin is doing better with their cases because between the Survivor for the iPhone 5 and 6, Griifin’s removed the camera flaps which was a big hassle for a lot of people. I’ve even lost the camera flap on my Survivor. Watching Griffin improve the survivor is a great thing to see.
Design – The Griffin Survivor is the bigger case
The Griffin Survivor survivor is the thicker case between these two but both cases are large enough that it is difficult to use your iPhone 6 in one hand. The ease of installation goes to the Survivor as you only have to snap two pieces together whereas the Defender requires you to pack the rubber shell into a ridge. Taking the case apart is painful as well as you have to pick at an edge until it comes out of the groove on the case.
In terms of build quality, the Griffin Survivor feels solid, even after a few drops. Out of the box, the Defender feels solid as well but we know that the case will stretch out over time. Many of our readers and viewers have commented on how much the case stretches out over time.
Both cases are quite rubbery and will not easily slip out of your hand though the Griffen Survivor seems to attract pocket lint quite easily.
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 whereas the Otterbox Defender isn’t rated to any specification (and costs $10 dollars more). From our drop tests for both cases, we noticed that the flaps covering the ports may come undone during the drops. We took the drop test for the Otterbox to the extreme by throwing it 40 ft into the air. The iPhone 6 survived though it did bend a little. For the Griffin, we took it to a height of approx. 6 ft and dropped the case and the iPhone 6 survived.
In terms of water protection, the Griffin Survivor isn’t waterproof but will keep water out better than the Otterbox Defender because all the holes on the Survivor are either covered up by a membrane or a flap. On the Defender, the there are large cutouts for the camera and speaker ports that are not covered.
In terms of dust protection, like the water protection, we’ve discovered in our Otterbox Defender vs. Griffin Survivor comparison that the Survivor is better because of how covered the cutouts are. The dust protection for the Survivor has gotten better as the flap/cutout for the camera flash has been replaced with a plastic membrane that covers the flash and camera. This essentially removes another large opening where dust and water can enter the Griffin Survivor.
Functionality – One of these cases makes it hard to use your iPhone 6
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. On the other hand, getting to your volume buttons and power buttons on your iPhone 6 through your Otterbox Defender is a bit difficult because of the rubber shell. The shell will get looser over time which makes it easier but still, you’d think the #1 selling case company in the US and Canada would have a case that allows you to easily access your iPhone.
In 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 gap on the Otterbox Defender is larger than the Survivor so it does numb the sensitivity of the case a bit. Some of our viewers have complained about this gap.
The worst part of the Griffin Survivor is actually the screen view ability of your iPhone 6 which is the Otterbox Defenders best feature. The Griffin Survivor 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 and for me personally, this bothers me a bit because I really like the crispness of my iPhone’s screen. The Otterbox Defender’s screen protector does allow you to enjoy the Retina HD screen of your iPhone 6.
On top of having superior protection and better design, another fact in deciding which case to get comes down to price. The Griffin Survivor is $10 dollars cheaper than the Otterbox Defender which is a great deal considering you get a case that is much better.