5 Robust Cases For Your iPhone 6

by Jay McGregor

original article on Forbes.com

woman with iPhone

The structural integrity of Apple’s iPhone 6 may or may not be susceptible to a pair of skinny jeans and a sturdy armchair. But one thing is for sure, you shouldn’t purchase a device that costs more than a medium-end laptop without protecting it in some way or another. The phone case industry is booming. Innovation in the industry is turning a traditionally one-dimensional product into something far more exciting and practical. You can read about the most innovative phone cases available for the iPhone 6 here. But the traditional ‘keep my phone safe’ industry hasn’t waned. Quite the opposite in fact, It’s bulging with endless competitors from companies making cheap screen protectors to Batman-esque armour plating. Here, I’ll take a look at the most robust iPhone 6 cases that are either upcoming or available right now.

Urban Amour

1. Urban Armour Gear Folio

The Urban Armor Gear Folio for the iPhone 6 is the only case on the list to meet military grade drop-test standard, it even boasts an official certification. If, like me, you had no idea that such a certification existed for phone cases, then an explanation is available. Urban Armour details on its website how exactly the case was awarded this ‘badge of honour’: “[the] device must be dropped from a height of 48 inches, on each face, corner, and back.

“The device is dropped a total of 26 times and must function properly after the test, while not sustaining any damage to the touch screen.” The Folio meets this standard and, should, provide some of the best protection available for your iPhone 6.

iBattz Refuel Alpha

2. iBattz Refuel Alpha

Here’s the thing, the iBattz Refuel Alpha case isn’t available for the iPhone 6 yet but it is forthcoming, so for now we have to rely on the popular iPhone 5 version. The Refuel Alpha is a bit of an all-rounder in the iPhone case industry. Apart from being a protective shell, it’s also waterproof (IPX8 certified up to 3 meters), dustproof and grit proof. It also has an additional battery that provides 100% extra power and the battery is removable.

There’s a fast charge option (that also works under water) to charge the case battery in half the normal amount of time.

Otterbox Defender

3. Otterbox Defender

I covered the Otterbox defender in a previous article about iPhone 6 accessories. It’s a phone-case that takes it job exceptionally seriously. It is comprised of three layers (the outer layer, cushioning foam and a silicone layer) to protect your iPhone 6 against the rough and tumble of daily life.

It also has plugs that cover all of the ports to stop dirt and grit getting in (how often have you had to blow into the headphone jack to dislodge whatever is clogging it up?), and a ‘protective membrane’ for the TouchID that prevents wear and tear whilst keeping it functional.

i-Blason Armor Box 2

4. i-Blason Armor Box 2

“The main function of the Armorbox Dual layer Case is shock absorption” i-Blason describes its Armor Box case. It’s made from a unibody polycarbonate hard outer-shell and a flexible inner-layer, which should protect your phone from sudden shocks.

i-Blason makes it clear that this case has been specially designed to absorb sudden impact shock, which is why the four corners of the case have been reinforced with extra bumpers to better handle stress.

other waterproof cases

5. Other waterproof cases

There are a few options for waterproof cases available, aside from the iBattz Alpha mentioned above. Incipio, makers of impressive Atlas ID case for the iPhone 5 are likely to launch an iPhone 6 model soon, which is worth looking out for. There’s also an interesting product coming soon from Lifeproof, which seems to be a super thin translucent waterproof case — you can watch the teaser trailer below.

Catalyst, which creates a range of waterproof protective cases for different devices and specilaises in the area, is likely to throw its name into the iPhone 6 hat soon too given that it’s made some good cases for previous iPhones.