Protect your iPhone from drops with a case that you can crumple in your hand?
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Today we’re going to do the review for the Evo Mesh for iPhone 6. This is a unique case as you won’t find it on Tech21’s website as we were only able to get them at our Apple store. We’ve spent a bit of time with the case and we had to ask ourself if we felt safe putting our iPhone in a case that can be crumpled up into a ball.
The Evo mesh is quite grippy. We’re big fans of how well it sits in your hand but we do have a couple of issues with the fit and the build quality of the case. Also, we’ve discovered that this iPhone case is the second favourite place that Aaron’s face grease likes to exist.
Based on our time for this Tech 21 Evo Mesh Review, we gave it a score of 3.9 Eh’s out of 5. This case doesn’t fare as well as Tech 21’s own Classic Shell in our opinion as it’s not as tough or well built but it does rate as well as a Speck Candyshell. If you’d rather read the rest of this review, check out our website and if you want to see how this case fares against other cases, check out our handy comparison tool.
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- Thin and protective iPhone case
- Case comes off the iPhone easily
- Tech 21 doesn't really tell you how tough the case is
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- None that we really found
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- One of the thinnest cases for the iPhone 6
- Installation of the case is easy (because it's very pliable)
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4/5):|
- Back will show scratches over time
- The case isn't loose fitting but will come off the iPhone easier than other cases
- Materials of the Evo Mesh make it very grippy
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|General Protection||General Protection (1.5/5):|
- Tech 21 doesn't explicitly state the drop height of the case
- Everything about the case makes it sound tough
- Dropped from 4 ft with no problem
- Edges on the case are quite low so getting a screen protector is recommended
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (4.75/5):|
- Power button is a little tough to get to
- Able to use larger headphones jacks and 3rd party lightning cables easily with the Tech 21 Evo mesh
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4.5/5):|
- The Tech 21 Evo Mesh doesn't get in the way of accessing the iPhone's touchscreen
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Design – Comes off easily but it’s grippy!
In terms of design, the Evo Mesh is a pretty thin iPhone case as it can easily go in and out of your pockets easily. In terms of build quality, we do like the materials of the case as it provides decent slip protection both front and back which is nice but we feel it doesn’t fit as well as it should in our opinion. As we showed you at the beginning of the video, the case is very pliable so it comes off the iPhone quite easily. Also, the thinner portions of the case, right around the ports can be easily pressed down.
Protection – Will definitely protect your iPhone’s touchscreen
For protection, the packaging on the Evo Mesh is all about the FlexShock. Not D30 like the Classic shell. Tech 21’s packaging has the word “impact” showing up over a dozen times and fancy diagrams that show how the black arrows become white and red arrows. Now my first glance at this case was that “it’s goto be the toughest iPhone case ever” until you realize their’s no mil-specs, there’s no drop height. There’s just a fancy diagram and whatever Tech 21 says. But in the spirit of this review, here’s what happens when you drop it from chest height.
The edges of the case are a little lower than other cases and with a screen protector installed, there’s very little clearance between the edge and the screen. This iPhone has Tech 21’s self healing screen protector but anything thicker and there might not be much clearance between the edge of the case and iPhone’s touchscreen.
Functionality – Its not as clear as Zagg makes it out to be
In terms of functionality during our test period for this Tech 21 Evo Mesh Review, getting to your iPhone inside is decent but the power buttons is a little harder to get to which is odd since the volume buttons are incredibly easy to press. The last thing worth nothing is that this case will easily handle all sorts of sized cables such as the bigger head on these Awesome cables and the headphone.
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