kavaj dallas with packaging

Kavaj Dallas Leather Wallet Case for the iPhone 6 Plus: Polished and Professional

If you love real leather, and are looking for a slim, sophisticated wallet case for your iPhone 6 Plus, you really might want to consider the Kavaj Dallas. Kavaj is a German company, and they make very nice quality products. The Kavaj Dallas case is finely crafted from real leather (definitely not the dreaded ‘PU leather’ or ‘bonded leather’ that you see so often on Amazon and it is a pleasure to use.

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Front Open View

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Front Open View

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Front Closed View

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Front Closed View

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Back View

Kavaj Dallas iPhone 6 Plus Leather Wallet Case: Back View

 

What’s great about it:
* Quality of the leather and stitching is top notch
* Very thin case–looks quite elegant
* Having the cards carried on the back of the case leaves the front inner cover free to be soft and protective for the iPhone screen
* Inner phone cradle is lined with a soft touch material, making iPhone insertion and removal hassle-free
* Front cover folds into a viewing stand
* Front cover can be folded back in such a way as to allow the back camera to be used in a folded flat position.
* Magnetic closure is very convenient

What’s not so great:
* Front cover closure magnet could be stronger
* Drop protection is probably minimal

Overall, this is a very, very nice case. It has a luxurious feel and is quite reasonably priced at the current sale price of $34.90, especially when you consider the price of Apple’s leather case (which doesn’t even have a cover or any type of wallet function). It can be purchased directly from Kavaj:

http://kavaj.com/iphone-6-plus-5-5-case-dallas-cognac/

or from Kavaj’s store on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/KAVAJ-iPhone-leather-Dallas-cognac/dp/B00LZQ95T0

Here are some more pictures of the Kavaj Dallas case:

Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review:

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus--Front View with Box Angled

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus–A Solid, Practical Choice

Griffin’s Survivor line of iPhone 6 Plus cases consists of three cases: Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Griffin Survivor Slim and Griffin Survivor Core.  The Survivor All-Terrain is a big, serious case, built to withstand not only a two meter drop, but also protecting from dust, sand, rain, etc.  It has a built in screen protector and port covers, and is quite large in size.  However, that may be too much case for many of us, and for those people that like a solid, protective phone case that isn’t absolutely enormous, the Survivor Slim–Griffin’s mid-level Survivor option–may be perfect. It is a two piece case, with both a soft and a hard layer, but unlike many popular cases today, the hard polycarbonate layer is on the bottom and the soft silicone layer is on the top.

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus--Front View

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus–Front View

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus--Back View

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus–Back View

What’s great about it?

  • Two meter (6.6 ft) drop protection–same as the Survivor All-Terrain;
  • Soft silicone exterior that is comfortable to hold;
  • Grippy texture–this case is very hard to drop;
  • Relatively high lip around the screen and coverage on the top and bottom of the screen provides excellent screen protection in the event of a drop;
  • Nice, clicky button action.

What’s not so great?

  • Case is rather bulky;
  • Silicone exterior is a lint magnet;
  • Inner polycarbonate shell is rather stiff to remove;
  • Included plastic screen protector looks rather basic.

Overall, I really liked using this case.  It was a very reassuring case to use, if you are the type of person to be nervous using your iPhone.  Griffin rates it for 6.6 ft of drop protection, but I suspect it may have more–this is one tough case.  It comes with a plastic screen protector which gets rather negative online reviews, but I didn’t use that as I already had a Zagg Glass tempered glass screen protector on my 6 Plus.  The Survivor Slim fit perfectly with the Zagg Glass, and all of the exposed glass edges left by the Zagg Glass were covered by the generously sized lips of the Survivor Slim.  It was quite a good combination.  The Survivor Slim is not a pretty little case, and it does tend to cover up your iPhone’s natural beauty.  But it seems like it would protect your device very well in the event of a bad fall, and it is quite comfortable to use.

Here are some more pictures of various views of the case:

It is available from Griffin for $44.99.

Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review:

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: A Phenomenal Case

When Thule told me that they were kindly sending me out a Atmos X3 iPad Air 2 case to review, I was filled with excitement.  The Thule Atmos X3 case for the iPhone 6 Plus is undoubtedly my favorite overall case for the 6 Plus–the build quality and design of that case is just astonishingly good.  So my expectations for the Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2 were sky high…and I have to say that this case has met those expectations.  What’s so great about it?

Drop Protection:
Somehow, Thule has managed to engineer this case such that it boasts 6.6 foot drop protection, while not making it look like a tank.  It still feels slim in the hand, and is reasonably lightweight, but it is so comforting knowing that your expensive and delicate iPad Air 2 would be well protected in the event of an unfortunate drop.

Lovely, Grippy Exterior:
However great Thule’s drop protection is,  you ideally don’t want to drop your iPad Air 2, and Thule’s excellent combination of materials makes it less likely that you will.  The exterior is crafted from a combination of hard TPE rubber and plastic which provides an excellent grip when you are holding your device.   The interior is mostly hard plastic, with some key areas rubberized, such as the slots for the folio stand.  Overall, the construction feels top notch and you can see how Thule can offer a 25 year guarantee for its cases.  Like its cousin, the Atmos X3 case for the iPhone 6/6+, this case will long outlive the device it is designed to protect.

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Side View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Side View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Closed View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Closed View

Folio Cover Stays Closed:
So often, folio style cases fail to include a secure way to keep the cover closed when the device is not in use, placing the screen of your device in harm’s way.  Those that include a closure mechanism usually use straps or magnets of some sort to keep the cover closed, and succeed to varying degrees. Thule went relatively low tech on this one–the cover just clips closed over the bottom section of the case holding the iPad, and stays quite firmly attached until you pull the two sides apart.

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Closed View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Closed View

Excellent Folio Stand Design:
You wouldn’t be buying a folio stand case if you didn’t want the ability to prop up your iPad Air 2 in one or more stand positions, and the Thule Atmos X3 doesn’t disappoint with this one.  There are five stand positions for the Atmos X3, including a low typing position. The section of the case which cradles the iPad fits securely into each of the five slots, with no slipping about.  Furthermore, the fact that the folio cover, which of course morphs into the bottom of the stand, is a rigid piece of rubberized plastic makes the stand much more functional on soft or uneven surfaces.  Folio stand cases with flexible covers which convert into stands are more difficult to use on your lap, or when lying in bed, because they tend to collapse if you change positions.  This is obviously not the case with the Thule Atmos X3 case–it has a rock solid stand functionality.

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Stand View--Speaker Side

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Stand View–Speaker Side

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Front View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Side Front View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Stand View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Back Stand View

Cover Folds Completely Flat Against the Back of the Case:
So many folio-style cases just don’t know what to do with their covers when you want to hold the iPad one-handed with the cover folded back.  Some fold back, but the cover is not flush with the back of the device and feels extra bulky.  Others fold flat, but the cover will not stay folded back without being held in place.  Very few do what the Thule Atmos X3 case does–it nests the iPad cradle inside the cover, and just like when the Atmos X3 is in its closed position, the two nested sections stay firmly attached to one another until you pull them apart.  There is even a little rubber tab to help you easily un-nest them.  But when they are nested together, you can use the iPad Air 2 exactly the same as you would if it were in a case with no cover at all.  It really works wonderfully.  Which brings me to a really great point about this case…

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Nested Flat View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Nested Flat View

The Camera Can Be Used with the Cover Folded Flat:
This is a huge deal–I haven’t seen another iPad Air 2 case which has this feature.  When the iPad section is nested inside the cover, as described in the previous paragraph, you can use the iPad Air 2’s camera without any kind of limitation.  Usually, if you are using a case which supports folding the cover flat against the back of the device, you can say goodbye to using the camera in that position. However, the Thule Atmos X3 case has a strategically placed hole in the front cover that lines up with the camera when the cover is folded flat against the back of the device.  Does it pose a small risk of damage to the device’s screen when it is in the closed position?  Theoretically, but in terms of impact protection, you would have to have awfully bad luck to hit the front of the case in exactly that spot–it really is a very small hole and there is a lot of protection around its sides.

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Camera Hole View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Front Camera Hole View

Easy Access to All Port Openings and Buttons:
It is quite easy to access all the buttons and port opening on this case–the port openings are as precisely positioned as you would expect with a case of this quality and none of the buttons are covered.  You could argue that they are not very well protected, because of this open design, but there is a lot of plastic and rubber around them which would take the brunt of any hit, and when the case is in its closed position, they are even better protected.

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Speaker Detail View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Speaker Detail View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Volume Button View

Thule Atmos X3 for iPad Air 2: Volume Button View

So what’s not so good about this otherwise fantastic case?  The only quibble I have with it is its lack of an auto sleep/wake feature.  This is not a deal-breaker by any means for me–I still think it is a wonderful case, but it would be nice to have.  Perhaps Thule will include this feature in its next iteration.  But overall, you really cannot go wrong with this case.  It is fantastically well designed and a true pleasure to use. It is available directly from Thule for $69.95:

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/sleeves-and-cases/laptop-and-tablet-cases/tablet-cases/thule-atmos-x3-for-ipad-air-2-_-tl_85854234016

Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review:

Thanks!

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2--Back View of Stand

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2: Lightweight yet Protective!

Last week, Urban Armor Gear (UAG) kindly sent me out one of its Rogue Folio cases for the iPad Air 2 to review and I have to say that I was impressed by the amount of protection such a lightweight case can offer. Boasting a 4 foot drop rating (MIL STD 810G 516.6), this case does add some bulk to your iPad Air 2, but it remains quite lightweight and has a grippy texture that many will appreciate. Unlike a phone case, which must be slippery enough to slide in and out of pockets without significant hindrance, a tablet case has little reason to need slipperiness. More grip is nearly always better in the tablet case world, in my opinion.  The Rogue Folio has a fold over cover that protects the screen when closed, and will stay closed with a convenient small magnetic flap, and folds out into an attractive, functional stand with multiple viewing angles.  The folio cover can also be folded flat against the back when it is not needed.

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2: Closed Back View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2: Closed Back View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2-Closed Front View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2-Closed Front View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2--Angled Front Stand View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2–Angled Front Stand View

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2--Back View of Stand

UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2–Back View of Stand

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • 4 foot drop protection
  • Automatic sleep/wake functionality
  • Good screen protection due to a significant lip all around the screen and slightly protruding corners
  • Nicely sized cut-outs for speaker and lightning port–easily accessible volume and sleep/wake button.  These buttons are not covered, but there is quite a bit of rubber around them and they should be well protected except in a very unlikely fall
  • Outer ‘Frog Skin’ coating is  water repellent, although the case itself is not waterproof
  • Stand function works well and can be put in multiple positions
  • Bright red color is bound to stand out in the crowd and make it hard for you to lose your iPad
  • Magnetic closure does a great job of keeping the Rogue Folio closed.

Cons:

  • Relatively thick
  • Magnetic closure flap doesn’t have any place to go when it is not being used to close the folio.  Will not adhere magnetically to the bottom side of the folio.

The Rogue Folio can be purchased directly from Urban Armor Gear for $49.95:

http://www.urbanarmorgear.com/products/case-ipad-air-2-red

or from Amazon for $33.99 at the time of this review:

http://www.amazon.com/URBAN-ARMOR-GEAR-Folio-Black/dp/B00OUC85WE

If you are curious, here are some more pictures of the UAG Rogue Folio for iPad Air 2:

And here is a link to my YouTube review of this case:

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6 Plus

Review: Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6 Plus–Impressive!

When I opened up the Griffin Survivor Core, I couldn’t get over how thin and light the Survivor Core was…for a case that promises 6.6 ft drop protection, that is. The magic is in the corners, apparently. The TPE rubber that covers the sides of the case flares out at each corner to provide enhanced drop protection. There is also a reasonable amount of ‘lay on the table’ protection, even with a fairly thick screen protector, such as the Zagg Glass I have on my iPhone 6 Plus. The back of the case is a sheet of polycarbonate that is fused to the TPE sides of the case, so it is easy to get your iPhone in and out of the case. In fact, I found it to be one of the easier cases to take on and off that I have tried so far; certainly easier than the Thule Atmos X3 that I have been using regularly on my iPhone for the past few months.

Griffin Survivor Core: Back View

Griffin Survivor Core: Back View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Side View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Side View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Bottom View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Bottom View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Side View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Front Side View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Corner View

Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6+: Corner View

As I had the Thule case sitting around, I decided to compare it to the Griffin Survivor Core given that they both promise a hefty drop protection of 6.6 ft. Additionally, I thought it would be interesting to compare it to the Griffin Identity: another clear iPhone 6+ case from Griffin that has many cosmetic similarities to the Survivor Core, but that only has a drop protection rating for 4 feet.
Comparing the three cases, it was amazing how much lighter the Survivor Core feels than the Thule Atmos X3. While both cases are supposed to be similarly protective, the Survivor Core makes your iPhone feel much slimmer. It is actually a little bit longer than the Atmos X3, but this doesn’t stand out that much because the additional length is only in the elongated corners, and at least in the black version of the Survivor Core than I have, the protruding corners aren’t that obvious. The Griffin Identity feels about the same weight as the Survivor Core…but it is giving you less protection for that weight. The main thing it had going for it in this comparison is that it was the shortest and smallest of the three, but the size reduction is not that pronounced. I have to say that unless you are looking for the smallest protective case you can find, or you are particularly entranced with the idea of being able to switch out the backplate of your phone case, I can’t see why you would choose the Griffin Identity over the Griffin Survivor Core.

Left to Right: Griffin Identity, Griffin Survivor Core, Thule Atmos X3

Left to Right: Griffin Identity, Griffin Survivor Core, Thule Atmos X3

Which do I like the best between the Thule Atmos X3 and the Survivor Core? It is hard to choose. The Thule Atmos X3 is built like a tank, and you can easily see it lasting the 25 years it is (amazingly) guaranteed for. I can’t see the Survivor Core lasting for 25 years, but it should hopefully last for as long as you have your iPhone…which is really all that matters. The polycarbonate back of the Survivor Core, like all polycarbonate, will probably scratch pretty easily. However, because the backplate is clear, the scratches shouldn’t be all that visible. The Thule case does not scratch easily at all (I see no signs of wear on my case after three months of use), but it is going to be a bit bulkier on your phone than the svelte Survivor Core. So realistically, I will probably switch back and forth between them, and have fun doing it.

The Griffin Identity and Griffin Survivor Core both retail for $29.99 and can be purchased from a variety of retailers as well as from Griffin directly.  You can find the Thule Atmos X3 case at Best Buy, REI and directly from Thule.  It retails for $39.95.

http://store.griffintechnology.com/survivor-core-for-iphone-6-plus

http://store.griffintechnology.com/iphone-6/identity-for-iphone-6-plus-all-clear

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/sleeves-and-cases/smartphone-cases/iphone-cases/thule-atmos-x3-iphone-6-plus-case-_-tl_85854233019

If you would like to see more about these three cases, check out my YouTube video:

Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2

Targus Versavu Case for iPad Air 2–A Disappointment

I have had Targus Versavu cases for various iPads I have owned in the past, and they were always sturdy workhorses which got the job done.  Not glamorous, perhaps, but practical.  So when I got a new iPad Air 2 from Best Buy as an early Christmas present, and the Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2 was fortuitously on sale, I immediately snapped one up.  Now, the iPad Air 2 is a graceful and delicate device, with breathtaking lightness and thinness.  It is a thrill to hold.  But when I inserted my lovely Air 2 into the Targus Versavu, it became…blah.  Side by side with my daughter’s iPad 2, in its trusty Versavu case, there just wasn’t that much difference in appearance.  Don’t get me wrong–the Versavu works perfectly well. The only defect that it has is its lack of a sleep/wake feature upon closing and opening the case, although I had one person comment to me that her Versavu for iPad Air 2 had that feature, so perhaps Targus has added it in.   That aside, everything works fine on this case.  The iPad fits fine, although the material of the cradle to which you insert the iPad is a bit hard and unyielding, making me worry about scratching the iPad when taking it in and out of the case.  It seems to me that my old iPad 2 Versavu case had a softer plastic cradle for the iPad, but perhaps this new version provides more impact protection.  At any rate, it works fine and holds the iPad Air 2 securely once it is in.  The front cover, which doubles as a stand, is nice and strong, and the stand function is very stable in a horizontal orientation–perhaps a bit less so in the vertical orientation.  But overall, the case works fine.  It just takes all the magic out of your iPad Air 2.  Why buy a super thin iPad, if you are going to smother it in a case like that?  And…my biggest beef with this case is that there is no information in the case packaging about the level of protection offered by this case.  You would think that a case this thick would offer good protection for your device…and it might…but Targus is keeping it a secret from you.

Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2

Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2

So, frustrated with the Targus Versavu, I went the exact opposite and got an Apple SmartCase for my iPad Air 2.  Putting them side by side is quite illuminating:

Apple SmartCase and Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2

Apple SmartCase and Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2

 

The Versavu is just clunky next to the graceful SmartCase.  And yes, it is cheaper, but it is not cheap by any means.  The MSRP for the Versavu is $49.99, versus $79 for the SmartCase. If you are going to spend $50, what’s another $29 on top of that?  And the SmartCase is just so much nicer.  It takes up much less space in its stand position (and looks more elegant, although it could be argued that it is less stable):

SmartCase for iPad Air 2 in Stand Mode

SmartCase for iPad Air 2 in Stand Mode

Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2 in Stand Mode

Targus Versavu for iPad Air 2 in Stand Mode

And the SmartCase is made of top grain leather, while the Versavu is some sort of PU leather, at best, and it has sleep/wake functionality which works flawlessly.  Is it less protective than the Versavu?  I would certainly think so, but I have no plans to drop it :-)

So, in closing, I can think of no compelling reason to choose the Versavu unless:

* it is on a major sale; or

* you really need the vertical stand functionality (which admittedly the SmartCase absolutely lacks, but I found I never used in any of my previous Versavu cases); or

* you like the clunky look?

 

Anyway, thanks for reading my review/rant.  For more information, you can check out my YouTube review on this case:

verus wallet in view mode

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Review

We’re not sure what a Klop is, but it is certainly dandy! This rather unusually named wallet case from Verus is a strong entrant into the wallet case genre. Constructed of nice quality PU leather (not sure if that is actually leather or not, but it feels good in the hand and seems like it should wear well), the case is designed to hold three credit cards in addition to your iPhone 6 Plus, and to close with a convenient magnetic clasp. In my testing, I found that the third credit card slot was mostly unusable, if you wanted the magnetic clasp to stay closed. However, it works great with two cards, and I suppose three cards might indeed fit if you were using cards which were thinner than a standard credit card. At any rate, the case holds your iPhone securely and the card slots do a fine job of keeping your cards securely seated as well. The overall package looks professional and well made and feels good in your hand. There is no problem accessing any of the buttons or port openings as they are all exposed–this is not intended to be a protective case, so I can’t mark down the case for that. And in the event of a fall, I suspect the padded wallet cover would be quite helpful in protecting your iPhone. Finally, one feature of this case that I particularly like is the stand feature. The case props up your phone quite securely in landscape mode and makes e-book reading and videos more pleasant.

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus--Open

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Open

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus--Side

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Side View

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus--Back View

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Back View

 

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus--Bottom View

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Bottom View

 

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus--Stand View

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus–Stand View

 

You can find the Verus Dandy Klop Wallet Case on Amazon or on Verus’s website.  Also, be sure to check out my YouTube review on this case if you would like further information about it.

 

Verus Dandy Klop Wallet Case for iPhone 6 Plus

Verus Thor for iPhone 6 Plus--Back View

Review: Verus Thor Case for iPhone 6 Plus

Great name, and solid case. The Verus Thor is a strong contender in the protective case market. It is not small–no case for the 6 Plus ever really is–but it is stylish, with a nice hand-feel and should provide good protection in the event of an unfortunate drop.  The port openings are all precisely positioned and there shouldn’t be any difficulty in using most third party headphones and lightning cables.  I particularly like the slightly curved shape of the Verus Thor–it minimizes the size of the case while still allowing good drop protection as a result of the flared corners.  In addition, the polycarbonate backplate of the case has an attractive dimpled texture which gives it a rather executive appearance.  One concern I have with this case is that Verus does not explicitly state what level of drop protection it has. I would feel more comfortable using the case if I knew whether it was rated for a 4 foot drop/6 foot drop/ etc.  Other than that, I think it is a great case and well worth your consideration.

Verus Thor for iPhone 6 Plus--Back View

Verus Thor for iPhone 6 Plus–Back View

Verus Thor for iPhone 6 Plus: Front View

Verus Thor for iPhone 6 Plus: Front View

You can find the Verus Thor on Amazon or on Verus’s website.  Also, be sure to check out my YouTube review on this case if you would like further information about it.

 

Verus Thor Case for iPhone 6 Plus

verus crystal mixx side view

Review: Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus

If you are looking for a good quality clear TPU case that will show off your iPhone 6 or 6+ without breaking the bank, the Verus Crystal Mixx may be just the case for you. Just to be clear, this is not just a TPU case–the case has TPU sides fused to a crystal clear polycarbonate back. This results in a case which is nice and grippy on the sides, where you need it, but still has the optical clarity and shine of polycarbonate on the back, so your iPhone’s beauty can be properly appreciated.

Pros:
* Extremely clear polycarbonate back and TPU sides really allow the beauty of your device to shine through. Even if the TPU sides become a bit less clear with age (which tends to be a hazard with TPU), the polycarbonate back shouldn’t change color at all.
* Speaking of the polycarbonate back, it is protected against scratching (the great hazard of polycarbonate) by the slightly raised bottom edges of the TPU sides. Thus, the device has ‘lay on the table’ design for both the screen and the back of the device. Nice touch.
* Attractive price point–currently about $14 on Amazon.
* Easy to get on and off.
* Pretty case–perfectly aligned cutouts, makes your phone look great!

Cons: Hard to find any, other than its probable lack of drop protection. Verus doesn’t mention anything about drop protection on the box for the case, and it is quite slim, so it probably doesn’t provide stellar drop protection. However, it looks great :-)

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus--Front View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus–Front View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus--Back View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus–Back View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus--Bottom View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus–Bottom View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus--Volume Button View

Verus Crystal Mixx for iPhone 6 Plus–Volume Button View

 

The Verus Crystal Mixx is a cute, pleasant feeling case. What more can you ask for for $14? You can find it on Amazon or on Verus’s website.  Also, be sure to check out my YouTube review on this case if you would like further information about it.

 

Verus Crystal Mixx Case for iPhone 6 Plus

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Back View

Review: Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus

Looking to impress your friends and get envious looks from strangers? Get a Verus Iron Shield for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus! Seriously, it is a very attractive case and looks more expensive than you probably bought it for. Like all cases, the price moves around a lot, but it is usually available on Amazon for around $25, if it is in stock. (If it is out of stock, the price may be unnaturally inflated). You can order it directly from Verus’s website, but the price is often higher.

This is a two piece case, with a nice thick TPU rubber inner case that you slide an aluminum frame over the sides to complete the case. There is not any actual iron involved, I don’t believe. It is a little tricky to put on and take off, but not bad. (It isn’t one of the case installations that makes you worried that you are going to scratch or bend your precious iPhone.) Just follow the instructions on the little card that comes with the case. Once it is on the iPhone, it is very sturdy feeling and gives a nice grip to the iPhone. I wouldn’t call it super-grippy, but it is just enough to feel more comfortable when holding the phone.

Some people have expressed concern that the aluminum on the sides of the case can interfere with reception, but I did not find that to be the case. All the functions of the iPhone 6 Plus worked fine with the case. Cut-outs are nicely sized, precisely placed and look very good. The camera worked flawlessly. Buttons were clicky and responsive. So, overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this case. Get a little bling with the Verus Iron Shield!

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Back View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Back View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Side View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Side View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Bottom View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Bottom View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Top View

Verus Iron Shield for iPhone 6 Plus: Top View

For more information, check out my YouTube review of this case:

 

Verus Iron Shield Case for iPhone 6 Plus