Don’t worry, Spigen just didn’t throw in a screen protector with their Tough Armor
Today we’re going to do a quick review of the Spigen Tough Armor FX. This is essentially a Spigen Tough Armor with a screen protector included.
The screen protector, or Crystal Protection COVER is all caps, is the only difference that we can tell between a regular Tough Armor and the FX version. Unlike other screen protectors, this screen protector doesn’t stick to the face of the iPhone but attaches to the edge of the Tough Armor instead.
We’ve taken a loot at the older Tough Armors and discovered that Spigen did change them slightly which is nice since we’re not big fans of companies just packaging different components and calling it a new product. The majority of this review is going to be focused on the screen protector as the actual Tough Armor remains largely unchanged.
Based on our time with the Tough Armor FX, we’ve given it a score of 4.3 Eh’s out of 5. The addition of the screen protector makes the FX better than the regular version but there is a fatal flaw with the setup which my scoring system doesn’t take into account. If you’re looking for something similar, slim with a decent screen protector, check out the Speck MightyShell with Faceplate. If you’d rather see all the other cases that we’ve reviewed, check out our comparison tool!
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- Fits the iPhone 6 fairly well
- Well designed
- Looks more expensive than it actually is
- Screen protector is included
- Screen protector will allow dust/debris to get between the screen and screen protector
- Glare is a problem
- Screen protector is not terribly scratch resistant
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- The polycarbonate back will get scratched up over time
- Scratches will collect on the screen protector over time
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- Adds a minimal amount of thickness to the iPhone 6
- Screen protector is only 0.28mm thick
- Will add approx. 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- As wide as the Otterbox Symmetry
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- Screen protector doesn't stick to the iPhone's touchscreen
- The Spigen Tough Armor fits the iPhone 6 fairly well
- Buttons are easily accessibly through the case
- Skid pads on the bottom also help the case from slipping off flat surfaces
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- Back of the case has a cutout that may let dust/debris into the case
- Spigen Tough Armor is not drop rated
- Screen protector may scratch iPhone's touchscreen due to dust/debris
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Able to use slightly larger headphones jacks with the Spigen Tough Armor
- Back of the case provides enough texture to prevent accidental slips out of your hand
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- No sensitivity loss despite not being stuck to the iPhone's touchscreen
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Design – You get to choose how to use your iPhone?
In terms of design, the Crystal Protection COVER is only .28 mm thick which we’ve confirmed which makes it one of the thinner screen protectors out there. Attaching the screen protector isn’t too difficult but make sure you have the right side facing out as our first attempt to install the screen protector for our Spigen Tough Armor FX Review was pretty painful.
The screen protector has notches that fit into the side of the Tough Armor so if you wanted to remove the screen protector, all you have to do is press the edge of the case outward and it should pop out.
These notches are unique to the Tough Armor FX version of the case as our regular Tough Armor doesn’t have those notches so you can’t easily interchange the screen protector with another Tough Armor.
Protection – A screen protector that might damage your screen?
In terms of protection, the Crystal Protection COVER (in all caps) is not terribly scratch resistant. Coins will scratch the screen protector and over a span of 8 days, our screen protector began to show quite a few little scratches.
Now the fatal flaw that we mentioned at the beginning of the review deals with the level of dust and debris that will end up between the screen protector and iPhone. The footage and photographs in our Spigen Tough Armor FX review video are of an iPhone 6 Plus after 1.5 weeks in the Tough Armor FX and you can definitely see dust and debris getting in between the screen protector and the iPhone.
This is a problem that occurs with no adhesive screen protectors and generally, we wouldn’t go out of our way to recommend the Tough Armor FX to people working in really dusty environments.
Functionality – Viewability takes a hit but at least you can’t feel the gap…
The viewability of your iPhone under the screen protector suffers a bit. If you look closely enough, you’ll notice that the screen protector has a bunch of little dots on it but unless you’re really looking, its not going to effect the quality of the iPhone’s touchscreen.
Glare is a bit more noticeable with this screen protector as everything doesn’t seem as crisp but there isn’t any rainbowing which is nice. There isn’t much in terms of sensitivity loss, despite not being adhesive, which was surprising to me.
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