In our Spigen Tough Armor review, we tell you why the edges of the case are great yet awful at the same time
The Spigen Tough Armor is one of the slimmer iPhone 6 cases that we’ve come across which makes this case easier to put into your pocket. Between all the other cases that we’ve seen and reviewed for the iPhone 6, we can safely say that the Spigen Tough Armor looks way more expensive that it actually is and the lip of the case is pretty minimal.
Now, despite being sold as a tough case, the Spigen Tough Armor isn’t rated to any drop specification and generally offers a bit less protection when compared to other cases. We did drop the iPhone 6 in the case and its find but still, the lack of drop specification is annoying.
We did have an issue with our Spigen Tough Armor as one of the edges of the case was fairly sharp. This is probably a flaw in the production of our specific case but its definitely worth noting given that the device your’e putting into the case is incredibly slim while the case is sharp? Doesn’t make any sense.
Based on our time with this case, we gave it a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. It’s not the highest rated slim iPhone 6 case that we’ve come across but it’s pretty good. The only case higher is the Urban Armor Gear and the Spigen Tough Armor is on par with the Speck CandyShell. After we go through a couple more features, we’ll tell you what I think about the Spigen when compared to the UAG and Speck cases.
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- Fits the iPhone 6 fairly well
- Well designed
- Looks more expensive than it actually is
- Edges are a little sharp on one side of the case
- Not drop rated despite being marketed as a tough case
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- The polycarbonate back will get scratched up over time
- Will wear a little quicker than other cases
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- Adds a minimal amount of thickness to the iPhone 6
- Will add approx. 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- As wide as the Otterbox Symmetry
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- 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
- One of the edges is a bit sharp on the case
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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
- Lip of the case only extends 6mm past the iPhone 6 screen
- No screen protector
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- 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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- Low edges do not get in the way of the iPhone 6's touchscreen. They don't get in the way when compared to other slim iPhone 6 cases
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Design – The Spigen Tough Armor is a simple but elegant looking iPhone case
As we mentioned earlier, the Spigen Tough Armor is a pretty slim case. It’s one of the slimmest cases out there but in terms of bulk, it’s as big as the Otterbox Symmetry but it handles better than the Symmetry.
In terms of build quality, the Spigen Tough Armor fits well together, the edges of the case are far enough away for you to install a screen protector without having to worry about it scratching it off and despite the fact that there is a sharp edge on the case, it seems to wear well. Sam Symonds on Facebook was concerned about it scratching but we think its something you won’t have to be worried about.
We found that the case was fairly easier to install when compared to other cases in its class and the rubber skids on the corners of the case reduce the chances that the case is going to slide off a table accidentally.
Protection – Yep, it uses “Air” as protection.
We’re not going to complain about the lack of protection rating in this Spigen Tough Armor review anymore but we will highlight Spigen’s use of air in their case. On the packaging of the case, they highlight “Air Cushion Technology” and from what I can tell it means that the corners of the case are hollow and so when you put your iPhone into the case, there’s an air pocket that acts like a piston that reduces shock? Now if that’s truly the case, than this feature would be very useful in protecting your iPhone 6 but since the case isn’t drop rated, its really just a bunch of marketing verbiage.
In terms of dust protection, there’s a cutout on the back of the case which might let dust in. It’s nice having the Apple logo exposed but there’s a change it might get scratched up, like in our key scratch test. We’ll also mention that Spigen doesn’t include a screen protector.
Functionality – Getting to your iPhone in this case is a breeze. We especially like the low edges of the case.
In terms of functionality, I like the accessibility of my iPhone in the case. The buttons are easy to use but the best part for me is the low edges of the case. However, there’s a double edged sword to this lips as it only extends a couple mm’s past the iPhone’s touchscreen which means there isn’t much screen protection. Some maybe ok with this design feature but others who are worried about screen protection and fall on the slightly more clumsy side, you might not want to get this case.
In terms of screen accessibility, there’s nothing to really talk about as you can to your iPhone 6’s touchscreen easily. With all things considered, we give this a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. We like this case better than the Speck Candyshell because its thinner and lighter, doesn’t suffer from the “greasiness” of the Candysell, isn’t as bulky as the Otterbox Symmetry and offers better screen accessibility than the Urban Armor Gear cases for the iPhone 6.
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