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Speck MightyShell Review (with Faceplate) – iPhone 6

 

Not so “Mighty” in our opinion

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Today we’re going to review the Speck MightyShell with Faceplate. This is one of Specks tougher cases and is a way better case than the Candyshell but its really not that “Mighty”.

The best thing about this case is the actual Faceplate. This is one of the best screen protectors that we have ever used on an iPhone. The MightyShell with faceplate is fairly slim and feels solid and for the most part, will protect your iPhone from daily accidental drops. Most of the time.

Based on our time with this tough iPhone case, in our Speck MightyShell Review, we gave Speck’s toughest case a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5 but there’s a caveat (we’ll elaborate below) . At this score, this slimmer tough case is one of our higher rated cases, beating out Specks own Candyshell and is comparable to the Incipio DualPro and Urban Armor Gear. If you’d rather read the rest of this review, check out the blog on our website, if you’re trying to see which slim case to get, check out our comparison tool. If you’re looking for a comparison between the CandyShell, CandyShell Grip and MightySell, check out the last few minutes of our review video!

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    PricePrice:
    iPhone 6: 59.99 USD
    iPhone 6 Plus: 69.99 USD
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    ProsPros:
    - Feels solid
    - Faceplate is an incredible screen protector
    - Better than the Speck CandyShell
    ConsCons:
    - Drop protection is overstated
    - Adds a bit of bulk to your iPhone
    - A little slicker than other cases
    Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
    - None that we found
    Design Rating
    DESIGN
    (Speck MightyShell (w/ Faceplate))
    Weight/Bulk/InstallationWeight/Bulk/Install (3.25/5):
    - Makes the iPhone bulkier
    - Fairly light
    - Faceplate is easily re-applied
    Build QualityBuild Quality (5/5):
    - Feel solid
    - Held up to drops well
    Protection Rating
    PROTECTION
    (Speck MightyShell (w/ Faceplate))
    General ProtectionGeneral Protection (4.5/5):
    - 2x drop-rated but not really
    - Screen protector provided
    - Multiple layers
    - Faceplate provides decent screen protection
    Functionality Rating
    FUNCTIONALITY
    (Speck MightyShell (w/ Faceplate))
    iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4/5):
    - Extra large port cutouts
    - Buttons are easy to use
    - Design of the faceplate allows for great access of the iPhone's touchscreen
    Screen FunctionalityScreen Functionality (4/5):
    - One of the best screen protectors that we've used
    - Perfect clarity, no extra reflections
    - Screen protector is glued on so no gap between screen and iPhone
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    Design – Feels solid but is a bit bulky

    Speck MightyShell Review - Screen UsabilityIn terms of design the Speck Mightyshell is decently sized. Its not as thin as other though cases such as the Thule Atmos X3 and will add a bit of bulk to your iPhone. With that being said, the Mightyshell does feel very well built and we’re impressed with the back of the case as it has a matte look which doesn’t attract scratches like the back of the regular Candyshell.
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    Protection – 2X Drop Protection? Awesome..Not Really.

    Speck MightyShell Review (with Faceplate)In terms of protection, despite being marketed as a tough case, with words like 2X military grade protective design and 360 degree protection, we feel that this case doesn’t provide anymore protection than a Griffin Survivor Slim or Incipio Dual Pro. If you’ve seen our videos before, you’ll know that we don’t like fluff and we tend to make fun of fluff.

    Speck claims this case is 2X drop tested but doesn’t actually provide any values for high the drop protection actually is. For the average, military rated case, it is droppable from a height of 4 ft. Assuming this correct for the MightyShell, at 2X, the height would be 8 ft. That make sense, right?

    We dropped our iPhone 6 Plus in the MightyShell from a height of 6 ft and ended up with a iPhone 6 Plus with a non-responsive screen. No outer damage but the iPhone is useless.

    According to Speck, the screen protector offers 2X shatter protection and has 4 layers of awesome stuff. From what we can tell you, our screen didn’t break at 18 inches so this screen protector will do a decent job of keeping your iPhone safe. But this isn’t the awesomeness, its the functionality of your iPhone under this screen protector that makes a world of difference.

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    Functionality – The best screen protector we’ve used

    Speck MightyShell Review - Faceplate DesignThe screen protector is sticky which means there are no gaps between your finger and screen protector so your iPhone’s screen sensitivity is maintained. The notch at the bottom, above the Touch ID allows you to easily access your swipe menus and because the screen protector is sticky, you’re not going to have dusting problems where dust collects around the touch ID sensor. You’ll notice that the iPhone 6 Faceplate that we have doesn’t have this notch.

    In terms of viewability, this is one of the best screen protectors that we’ve used. The clarity of your iPhone’s HD screen is maintained and there is no additional glare or reflections.

    In terms of actually getting to your iPhone, access to the buttons is fairly easy, you have a small cutout for the mute switch and you’re able to use slightly larger than average cables. We do have to mention that the case does feel a little slicker as the back is fairly smooth so there’s not much to hold onto when using your iPhone with one hand. The edges of the case are a bit rubbery but the MightyShell doesn’t come close to the handling that the Speck CandyShell Grip provides.

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    13 Comments

    13 Comments

    1. Gerald

      November 6, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Would you recommend this case as my choice for cases?

    2. Gerald

      November 6, 2015 at 12:26 am

      How high at max would you drop this case from?

      • Aaron Ho

        November 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        No more than ear height.

        • Gerald

          November 7, 2015 at 12:37 am

          How high in feet is that?

    3. D

      November 7, 2015 at 1:31 am

      You said this case “held up to drops well”? But what kind of drops did it hold up to well?

      • Aaron Ho

        November 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        Holds up well to general usage. For drops, it will fare better than harder cases like the Thule’s as the rubber bumper will be better at absorbing the impact.

        • D

          November 10, 2015 at 5:02 am

          Will this case protect my iPhone from these drops?

    4. J

      November 10, 2015 at 2:12 am

      How high do you think I can drop my phone in this case?

      • Aaron Ho

        November 14, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        6ft would probably be the limit.

        • Gerald

          November 15, 2015 at 4:31 am

          Thank you very much.

    5. Ben

      April 30, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      The case has protected my phone from several 2-3 foot drops. However the trim comes apart after several months of use. Thank goodness for the lifetime warranty. I’ve had to have mine replaced 4 times in 16 months.

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