Protect your iPhone from drops with a case that you can crumple in your hand?
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Today we’re going to review the Rhinoshield by Evolutive labs. This is an incredibly thin and lightweight iPhone case/bumper that claims to protect your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from heights up to 11.5 ft. If this wasn’t enough, it comes with a super strong screen protector that you can use with a hammer!
We really like this bumper as it allows you to show off most of your iPhone in all its glory without compromising any sort of protection but there are things to note in terms of the fit and subsequently dust protection. It does improve the handling of your iPhone inside the bumper and 11.5 ft drop protection.
Based on our time with this case, we gave it a score of 4.6 Eh’s out of 5. Out of the 3 dozen cases that we’ve reviewed, the Rhinoshield Crash Guard is the highest rated iPhone case/bumper that we’ve reviewed to date. It handily defeats the Tech 21 Classic shell, the Thule Atmos X3 and the Griffin Survivor Core. In terms of drop protection, the only other case that offers over 10 ft drop protection is the Ballistic Hardcore but at 3 times the size. If you’d rather read the rest of this review, head over to our website and if you want to see all the cases we’ve reviewed, check out our comparison tool. If you’d rather read the rest of this review, check out our website and if you want to see how this case fares against other cases, check out our handy comparison tool.
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Design – Air compartments, honey combs and custom polymers?
In terms of design, this is one of the thinnest iPhone cases out there. Technically, its really just a bumper and this technically should put it at a disadvantage when compared to a full body case but it doesn’t. The bumper fits decently and holds up well after being bumped around a bit but we did notice a bit of give along the sides of the bumper. This shouldn’t be a concern for most people but we do believe it will offer slightly less dust protection than other cases which we will elaborate below.
Lastly, the bumper is rubbery enough that you can put it down on a table and its not going to slide off easily. At MobileReviews-Eh, we try to keep out all the marketing fluff but with the Crash Guard being able to be dropped from 11.5 ft, we figured we’d mention that the bumper is made from custom formulated polymers, a honey-comb structure that dissipates shock and the case has air pressure compartments that act like airbags.
Protection – Will definitely protect your iPhone’s touchscreen
With the Crash Guard, Evolutive Labs specifics two different drop heights. For the iPhone 5/5S version, the case can be dropped from a height of 25 ft. while for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the height is only 11.5 ft. We had a bit of trouble doing the torture tests for this case as its difficult to find an area that allows me to drop anything from a height of 11.5 safely.
Now, for the screen protection, we went through the mini-drop test kit that Rhinoshield sent us (45 gram steel ball drop) which it passed so we took it one step further and tested the screen protector with our 200g ball (named Bertha). It survived but it did leave a small dent on the back of the iPhone.
On our actual iPhone 6 Plus, we dropped Bertha, our 200g steel ball from a height of 24 inches and the screen didn’t break which is quite impressive. The same test broke our iPhone 6 Plus screen at 18 inches. As you’ve seen in our review video, the screen protector is quite impact resistant as the hammering it took didn’t leave a mark.
In terms of drop protection, we dropped the Rhinoguard Crash Shield from a height of almost 11 ft and the first time, landed almost back first and the iPhone was fine. The second corner drop did result in the iPhone bending a bit but we’ve been using it since and functionally, it still works.
So we’ll leave it up to you if you think the RhinoShield Crash Guard protected the iPhone 6 Plus. The device works but is damaged slightly. One of the things is to consider that dropping your iPhone from 11.5 ft is not normal, that the average person using this bumper isn’t going to do that.
Functionality – It gets the job done
In terms of accessing your iPhone, we didn’t have an issues with it. The only thing that we noted that the cutout for the lightning port wasn’t compatible with our Awesome Cables as it was a smidge too small. The Amazon basics cable, which is also a large cable does fit through the cutout. In terms of accessing the buttons on your iPhone, the Rhinoshield Crashguard has some decent buttons on the bumper that allow you to get to those buttons without any issue.
In terms of screen access, the actual bumper doesn’t get in the way. With that being said, we did have a couple of issues with the screen protector which we wont’ go into details here as we have a separate review for the screen protector.
The last thing we’ll talk about in terms of functionality is how your iPhone handles in the bumper. The edge of the bumper provides your iPhone with a bit more texture so it’s easier to hold in one hand which we like. Basically, it allow you to keep the thinness of the iPhone while keeping it protected.
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