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Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Review – iPhone 6/6 Plus

 

Keep your iPhone classy with the Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus!

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Need a protective case to keep your iPhone 6 classy? Check out the Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal for the iPHone 6 and 6 Plus. This is a slim iPhone case and it’s really more of a fancy case but I do feel it’s going to offer the same amount of protection as Spigen’s own Tough and Slim armors.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are sleek looking devices and a lot of times, case manufacturers seem to bring down the quality of the iPhone by wrapping them up in crappy plastic but this Dia-Cut Aluminum bumper on this Spigen case is pretty awesome and has the same level of class or nice-ness as a case 10 times it’s cost such as the Element Ronin Titanium.

The only gripe that I have about this case is that its pretty minor and a little more difficult to deal with in one hand and its going to definitely show wear and tear if you’re a little rougher with your iPhone .

Based on my time with the case for our Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal review, we gave it a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5. The Neo-Hybrid metal does better than Spigen’s own Tough Armor, better than the Element Ion, is on the same level as the Incipio DualPro, Urban Armor Gear but not as well as Tech 21 and Griffin Survivor Core cases. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other cases, check out our comparison tool!

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34.99 USD
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ProsPros:
- Maintains the slimness of your iPhone 6/6 plus
- Well-built
- Keeps your iPhone "classy"
- Fits the iPhone very well
- No signal loss
ConsCons:
- Bumper will wear quicker than other cases
- Uninstalling the case is a little tougher than other cases
- A little harder to use with 1-hand
- Cutout exposes back of iPhone
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
- Bumper may bend out of shape if iPhone isn't installed
Design Rating
DESIGN
(Spigen Neo-Hybrid Metal)
Weight/Bulk/InstallationWeight/Bulk/Install (4.5/5):
- Neo-Hybrid Metal is a very thin iPhone case
- Installation of the case is a little more difficult than most
Build QualityBuild Quality (4.5/5):
- Fits the iPhone 6 and 6 plus really well
- The case feels more expensive than it actually is
- Metal bumper will resist light scratches
- Back of the case will keep iPhone from slipping off a table
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
(Spigen Neo-Hybrid Metal)
General ProtectionGeneral Protection (2.5/5):
- Not drop rated
- iPhone survived a 4 ft drop in the Spigen Neo-Hybrid Metal
- Back isn't full covered
- Enough room to install a screen protector
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
(Spigen Neo-Hybrid Metal)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4.5/5):
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus
- Mute switch is easier to access than the Spigen Slim Armor
- Able to use larger, 3rd Party Lightning cables
- Cutout for headphones can handle slightly larger jacks
- 1-handed usage of the iPhone is a little tougher with the Spigen Neo-Hybrid Metal
Screen FunctionalityScreen Functionality (5/5):
- Does not get in the way of accessing your iPhone 6 or 6 plus's screen
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Design – A great blend of rubber and metal!

Neo Hybrid Metal Review - Slim and classy!In terms of design, this is a fairly slim iPhone and doesn’t add much weight or bulk to the case. The slime iPhone case fits well together and because of the metal bumper, doesn’t stretch which is nice (though it can deform if you don’t have an iPhone in the case). The Neo Hybrid Metal is a little tough to take off as you really have to get your fingernails between the TPU sleeve and metal bumper but that’s something you’re going to have to suffer through for this great case.

The case doesn’t wear as well as non-metal cases as drops may deform the case a bit but the metal bumper does seem to hold up to light scratching from keys and rocks.

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Protection – So thin and droppable? The perfect slim tough case?

In terms of protection, the case isn’t drop rated though Spigen does include its “Advanced Shock Absorption Technology, Web Pattern TPU case”. We’re really not big fans of case manufacturers who claim that their products are tough without really providing a specific drop height but we dropped our iPhone from 4 ft in the case and it survived.Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Review - Damage to the case after dropping the iPhone from 4ft

In terms of screen protection, the case doesn’t come with a screen protector and the lip is only 0.8 mm which isn’t very high though according to Spigen, provides optimal screen protection. I think that’s a typing error as the depth of the Neo Hybrid is a little deeper than the tough armor so you’re going to be be able to install 3rd party screen protectors with this case and still have a bit of clearance.

Like all Spigen cases, the Apple logo is exposed so there is a chance that dust/debris or damage might occur to the back of the case.

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Functionality – Like fine wine, this case gets better with time

In terms of accessing your iPhone inside the case, you can easily get to your hardware buttons and unlike the slim armor, getting to your mute switch is fairly easy. The cutouts at the bottom are large enough to hand 3rd party cables like from Amazon basics but the cutout for the headphones will only handle headphones that are slightly larger than Apple’s earpods.

For our Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Review, we did pay attention to the signal strength of the iPhone in the case and from what we can tell, the metal bumper doesn’t doesn’t really degrade signal quality.

Now we’re not a signal’s engineer so what you’re about to read may be rife with errors but its our best understanding of wireless signals. To track the signal strength, we converted the display on our iPhone to actual numbers to give us a better breakdown of the signal strength. Now the values that show up on the iPhone are almost always going to be negative with values that are closer to 0 will be stronger and values that are further away from 0 are weaker.

Signal strength is based on a logarithmic scale so a difference in values that are closer to 0 are going to be bigger than differences in values that are further away from 0. With all that being said, our iPhone signal strength in our office sat between -112 and -118 dbm’s which is awful considering that 5 bars is around -60 dbm’s. Taking the case on and off didn’t result in any big changes in signal strength which is great!

The last thing we will note is that 1-handing your iPhone is a little harder with this case because the edges of is pretty slick so it doesn’t really sit in your hand and there’s nothing in the way of accessing your iPhone’s touchscreen.

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