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If you’re looking for slim case for the iPhone 6 Plus (or iPhone 6), the Spigen Slim Armor should be on your short list. The Spigen Slim Armor is a decent case but during our time with it, we had a couple of issues with the texture of the case as well as accessing the buttons on the iPhone. On the plus side, its easy to put into pockets (if you’re that kind of person to put your iPhone 6 Plus in your pockets) and the cutout on the back is actually useful in terms of 1-handed usage.
We’ve have the 6 Plus version at our office here but everything that we’re about to say is applicable to the 6 version. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have the same shape and out of all the duplicate cases that we’ve seen for the 6 and 6 plus, none have been different.
Based on our time with the case, we’ve given it a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. This case handles a bit better than your Ballistic Tough Jacket but we don’t think it fares as well as the Incipio DualPro and does as well as the Seidio Dilex. At Mobile Reviews Eh!, we base our reviews on actual usage and with these slim cases, it usually means we use them in our everyday life such as napping! This case isn’t drop rated but we feel comfortable enough to drop it from heights of 3-4 ft which we did in our review video.
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(out of 5)
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- Fits the iPhone 6/6 Plus fairly well
- Well designed
- Kickstand is actually useful on this case
- One of the thinner iPhone cases that we've reviewed
- Back of the case is very slick
- Buttons sit flush along the side of the case which some people may find difficult to find
- Giant hole in the back of the case may let dust/debris in
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- The case is very slick so it will fall out of your hands easily if you're not careful
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- Won't double the thickness of your iPhone 6 Plus
- Will add approx. 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- The Spigen Slim Armor is a little wider than the average case
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- The Spigen Slim Armor fits the iPhone 6/6 Plus fairly well
- Buttons are easily accessibly through the case when you find them on the case
- Top/Bottom of the TPU are higher than the polycarbonate so the back of the case doesn't sit on a flat surface
- Rounded edges mimic the curvature of the iPhone 6 Plus well
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|General Protection||General Protection (4/5):|
- Back of the case has a cutout that may let dust/debris into the case
- Spigen Slim Armor is not drop rated
- Lip of the case only extends 6mm past the iPhone 6 screen
- No screen protector
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (4.25/5):|
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6 if you can find them
- Able to use slightly larger headphones jacks with the Spigen Slim Armor
- Cutout is useful for your fingers during 1-hand usage
- Back of the case is very slick and doesn't offer much texture
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Low edges do not get in the way of the iPhone 6/6 Plus's touchscreen. They don't get in the way when compared to other slim iPhone 6/6 Plus cases
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Design – The Spigen Slim Armor is a simple, elegant and well-built
In terms of design, the Slim Armor will not double the thickness of your iPhone which is nice. It comes in two parts and is quite easy to install. The exposed portion of the TPU sleeve is a little higher than the polycarbonate section so it keeps the back off the table which is a good thing since we think the polycarbonate backing will scratch a little easier than the other cases. We are assuming its the same type of plastic found on the Tough Armor which scratches fairly easily.
The materials are top notch but the rounded edges of the smooth polycarbonate shell don’t offer much texture so it will slip out of your hands easily. The kickstand on the case feels solid as well and offers two different viewing angles. We do have to note that one angle is a little more stable than the other angle. [divider][/divider]
Protection – Yep, it uses “Air” as protection. And it works!
In terms of protection, this case isn’t drop rated and that annoys us a bit because Spigen says their stuff is tough. But from our video, we’ve discovered that this case will protect your iPhone from waist and chest height drops.
In terms of dust protection, we’re not big fans of spare cutouts and that’s what the back of the Slim Armor has. Dust may still get in there over time but we believe you shouldn’t be worried about having to clean out your case all the time. For screen protection, the lip on this case is one of the lowest so it’s not going to offer much clearance for your iPhone’s touchscreen. Getting a screen protector would be a good idea for this case.
Functionality – Like the Tough Armor, getting to your iPhone in this case is a breeze
In terms of accessing your iPhone inside the case, we felt that the flush buttons on the Slim Armor made the iPhone slightly more difficult to use. We had to “find” the buttons before pressing them which may not be a problem for us but if you’re quick with the camera on your iPhone, having to “find” the buttons is going to very noticeably. That’s really the only issue that we have as the cutouts at the bottom of the case are large enough for 3rd party cables.
In terms of screen accessibility and functionality, the Slim Armor is better than most cases at the cost of screen protection. The case edges extend 6mm’s past the iPhone’s touchscreen and aren’t noticeably (especially when compared to the Speck cases). From our test period for the Spigen Slim Armor review, we definitely recommend that you get a screen protector for the case.
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