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Tech21’s Evo Mesh Case powerfully safeguards your iPhone 6 or 6s with intelligent impact protection. That means impact force is absorbed, dissipated, and repelled away from your iPhone 6 or 6s thanks to scientifically proven, hybrid impact-protection FlexShock material that’s injection molded into the Energy Absorbing System (E.A.S.). Ultra-thin and extremely lightweight, Evo Mesh offers tough protection for your iPhone, while preserving its natural beauty. BUY HERE


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The Defender Series case has several layers of protection for your iPhone 6/6s. At its core, your phone will be seated in a hard polycarbonate plastic shell that envelops the entire phone and features a raised lip around the screen to keep the display off surfaces when placed face down. This shell has a built-in screen protector that prevents scratches and smudges on your glass display while preserving all its touch capabilities including 3D Touch with the iPhone 6s. There’s a thin protective film over the fingerprint sensor that still allows it to read your prints. The entire shell slips into a thick rubber skin that wraps around the phone’s sides and back to absorb shock from drops, particularly at the corners, keeping your phone crack and damage free. The outer skin also closes out dust and dirt from your ports and buttons, though they remain accessible through rubber doors. The case fits neatly and securely into the included belt clip holster that swivels for portrait or landscape orientation and provides quick access to your phone while on the go.

Related: 25 major problems with the iPhone 6, and what to do about them

Let’s be clear, this phone case is built like a tank and inevitably looks and feels a bit militaristic. The utilitarian design and bulk of the case contrasts sharply with the slim, svelte style of the iPhone. The case is twice the iPhone’s thickness and adds 2.5 ounces to its weight. However, the Defender Series has an extensive line of colors and styles to choose from so it doesn’t have to look so drab. You can customize the case by choosing a distinctive pattern from their Graphics Collection, a camouflaged scene from the Realtree Collection, or your favorite team logo from the NFL Collection.

For this level of protection from a phone case, plan on spending around $50. While there are certainly more visually appealing cases out there at a lower cost, when protecting your phone is paramount, the Otterbox Defender is a worthwhile investment for that peace of mind. BUY HERE


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The design of the LifeProof Nüüd for the iPhone 6 is about as basic as it gets. The case is offered in black, blue, pink, and white. I’ve been using the black one during my testing. The back of the case is transparent, meaning that the Apple logo and branding is still visible through the case. All of the buttons and ports are covered by flaps, while the headphone port is hidden behind an attached screw mechanism. The Touch ID home button is hidden behind a thin piece of plastic, although it’s still functional.

As expected, the added water, dirt, shock, and snow proofing of the LifeProof Nüüd means there are design drawbacks. For instance, the mute switch functionality is reversed when you have the case on your device. This means that flipping the switch towards you puts your device on silent, while pushing it away from you turns the sound on. It’s an annoyance at first but an easy adjustment.

The Lightning port at the bottom of the iPhone is covered by a plastic guard that easily opens and closes for charging. If you use Apple’s Lightning cable then you shouldn’t have any problem fitting the cable through the case, but third-party cables may run into issues as the cutout is incredibly narrow.

Perhaps the most annoying design sacrifice comes with the headphone port. To access the port you have to unscrew the cover, which is attached to the case. In the box with the LifeProof Nüüd is a headphone adapter that allows you to use any headphones you want with the case, because on its own, the port on the case is too small for anything except Apple’s EarPods. For me, this is annoying because I have three different pairs of headphones and an auxiliary cable that I regularly use with my iPhone. I had to constantly remind myself to grab the adapter for the Nüüd if I wanted to be able to listen to music while using the case. I do, however, love the thought that went into attaching the headphone port cover to the case.

I greatly enjoy that the screen of my iPhone 6 is still exposed when I use the LifeProof Nüüd. I am not at all a fan of screen protectors, and that was always my primary reason for not using a LifeProof Fre. With the Nüüd, however, the iPhone 6’s full 4.7-inch display is still exposed in its entirety and that’s a huge benefit for the case. (Hence the name: “Nüüd”.) BUY HERE

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