Is it possible for a case to be thin and protect your iPhone from 6 ft drops? Find out in our Thule Atmos X3 review
The Thule Atmos X3 for the iPhone 5/5S was one of our favourite cases for that device. Does the iPhone 6 version of the Thule Atmos X3 hold up to that standard? Generally, yes!
During our testing period of the Thule Atmos X3 review, we were impressed with the design and handling of our iPhone inside the Atmos X3 case. The case feels thinner than it actually is and adds a minimal amount of bulk to your iPhone 6 in terms of thickness.
Thule does a great job with the blend of textures on the case as its easy to slide into your pockets but it won’t slide easily off a table. In addition to all that, the Atmos X3 provides drop protection of your iPhone 6 up to 6.6ft or 2 m.
With all that being said, we gave this case a score of 4.5 Eh’s out of 5. This is one of our highest rated iPhone 6 cases as it beats out really great cases like the Tech 21 Classic Shell, the Urban Armor Gear and Incipio DualPro. If you want to see all the slim and protective iPhone 6 cases that we’ve reviewed (iPhone 6 Plus as well!), check out our comparison tool!
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|Thule Atmos X3|
(out of 5)
|Top Buy Buttons|
- Incredibly slim
- Great texture
- Shockproof up to 6.6 ft
- Thin feeling iPhone 6 case
- Small amount of warping around buttons
- Slightly more expensive than other cases
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- None that we can think of
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- Makes the iPhone 5/5S 50% thicker
- Will add approx. 1/8-1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
- One of the few cases that is wider in the middle
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- The Thule Atmos X3 feels solid
- Solid yet easy to press rubber around buttons
- Good blend of hard plastic and grippy rubber. Easy enough to slide into pockets, textured enough to prevent slipping on tables
- Atmos X3 doesn't scratch easily
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|General Protection||General Protection (3.75/5):|
- Will protect your iPhone from 6.6 drops
- Edges are far enough to allow installation of a screen protector
- Edges of the case provide minimal clearance for screen
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Decent access to the buttons on your iPhone
- Cutout at the bottom of the Thule Atmos X3 allow for slightly larger lightning cables and slightly larger headphones
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (5/5):|
- Does not get in the way of viewing/accessing your iPhone's touchscreen
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Design – Great materials and its easy to install but what’s with the warping?
The Thule Atmos X3 is fairly thin but one of the oddest features is that the case bows out in the middle. This is the first case that we’ve seen that has this bow and we’re assuming it’s a requirement for the 6.6 ft or 2m drop protection.
We’ve already mention how well-put the Thule Atmos X3 and when we say it feels thinner than it actually is, its because when you’re holding the case, most of the contact is along the edge of the case which is as thick as the iPhone so it feels thinner than other cases with rounded edges.
There is one thing that we’ve noticed that brings down the quality of the case a bit and that deals with the slight warping of the buttons on the case. We’ve brought this up to Thule and they they say that a bit of warping is a characteristic of authentic TPE, the fancy name for the rubbery parts and doesn’t effect protection of the case. The warping does is minimized with an iPhone installed in the case so most people won’t even notice (unless you’ve read or seen my review that is).
Protection – Slim protection that protects your iPhone from 6.6 ft drops. Awesome!
We’ve been surprised at how few iPhone 6 cases are actually shock proof up to 6.6 ft. Many case manufacturers talk about how tough their cases are but don’t actually post how high you can drop their product. That’s not the case for the Thule Atmos X3. As you can tell in our review video, we have no problem dropping our iPhone 6 in the Atmos X3 from 6.6 ft.
In terms of screen protection, the lip of the case extends past the touchable iPhone screen by 2-3 mm’s. This lip isn’t significant and many cases have a similar lip so if you’re worried about your iPhone screen shattering, we’d recommend getting a screen protector.
The case extends further than the Spigen Tough Armor but not the Speck CandyShell.
Functionality – Might be an issue with larger headphone jacks
As we mentioned at the beginning, the Thule Atmos X3 case is pretty slick but yet won’t come flying out of your hand like the Incipio DualPro. Using your iPhone 6 in one hand is still quite manageable with this case.
Getting to all the hardware functions of your iPhone aren’t hindered by the case but we will say that you might have a bit of trouble using headphone jacks that are larger than the Apple EarPod. Our slightly larger set of Bowers & Wilkins headphones barely fit the cutout on the Atmos X3.
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