Tech 21 Iphone 6 cover review

With D30 Impactology
  • Quality 95%
  • Design 80%
  • Materials 70%
  • Feel 90%
  • Value 90%

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Overall Score

Fantastic

Overall this product is fantastic. Read our full review below.

October 2014 saw the release on the Iphone 6 and 6+, both are a pretty radical shift from the Iphone norm. The changes in IOS 8 and Android L or Lollypop have seen Android & IOS closer than ever in terms of interface design and now device size.

It would seem that the term ‘bigger is better’ is now the norm in the smart phone community. Big can also be beautiful as both devices are very aesthetically pleasing. However sometimes in the quest for aesthetic perfection the ergonomic needs come 2nd. A bigger phone means harder to hold; add to this the new rounded corners and you have a recipe for disaster.

The 6 + is so big that one handed use is from the start line is a no no. However the 6 is tantalisingly compact enough it make one hand use possible for those of us with larger hands. Stretching your thumb across the device means the phone is more likely to slip from your hand, combine this with the phones curved edges makes the phone pretty precarious in the hand.

Although robust a drop from any height is going to cause damage, at least a chip or scratch or at worst a screen shatter.

The solution is to use a case, for apple devices there are virtually limitless option. That being said with a device that cost ‘from £539′ you don’t want to scrimp on protection.

Tech 21 bring an array of choices to the table my preference is the shell with screen cover.

First lets look at the features

  • covers all parts of the phone except camera area, charging port/jacks

  • Screen flap

  • D30 Impact material - disperses impact shock (see video below)

  • Individual button covers

  • Semi translucent back material

  • Increase stability (#bendgate)

The look & feel

As you can see from the images below the case is slender with lots of subtle textures to make holding the case a pleasure. The rubberised plastic feel gives the Iphone a much needed gripping surface.

Tech 21 Technology explained

 

Something I was very impressed with is the button shells, in general these can really impede the functionality of the buttons but in this case they work superbly even when the screen flap is closed over. This is something you certainly cannot say with many of the cheap and sometimes expensive cases.

A positive that normally would be a negative for me is the weight. The case adds a considerable weight to the device overall. The Iphone 6 is such a lightweight device it feels more like a toy than a phone. I personally prefer the weight of other flagships such as the Sony Xperia z2 or HTC One M8 however if weight is an issue for you this is something to bear in mind.

The back is rigid enough to add stability. It has been widely reported (mainly with the 6+ that it can bend in the back pocket) Although its never a good idea to sit on your £500+ device at least you can do so with greater confidence.

In conclusion let’s look at some pros & cons

Pros

  • Added grip (much needed in this device)

  • D30 Impact technology

  • Fantastic button shells

  • Weight (if you prefer a heavier device)

  •  Added rigidity to the back

  • Includes screen protection

Cons

  • Adds an extra size to an already large device

  • Less premium feel than metal

  • Weight (if you prefer a lighter device)

  • limited colour range

 

The cons in this case (pardon the pun) are not exclusive to Tech 21 but really the reality of using a case on any device. With the ergonomics of the Iphone 6 I would say that a quality case is almost a necessity. Out of all the options I would recomend the Tec 21 case, my preference would be with the cover however  Tech 21 also do a cover with no screen cover.

 

FAQ’s from Tech 21

1. What’s the difference between Classic Shell with Cover and Classic Shell?

Unlike Classic Shell, Classic Shell with Cover features a flip-over screen cover integrated with D3O® impact material for additional screen protection against drops and knocks.

2. Which parts of my device does Classic Shell with Cover?

Classic Shell with cover surrounds the back and sides of your device, with an impact protective flip-over screen cover for additional screen protection against bumps and drops.

3. Does Classic Shell with Cover allow for access to all features of my device?

Yes, Classic Shell with Cover allows for access to all buttons and controls.