One of the problems with the super-svelte iPhone 6 Plus was the risk of bending, and to fix this, Apple has reworked the aluminum body for the iPhone 6S Plus with its own custom alloy to make it tougher. It has also added in the toughened glass from the Apple Watch Sport, but that doesn’t make it a rugged device. If you bump or drop this phone, you’ll see scratches, scuffs, dents, or even cracks. The smart move is to snag one of the best iPhone 6S Plus cases on the market. Here are a few of our early favorites.
If you want protection you can trust, Otterbox is a well-known name. The Commuter Series is mid-range, so it’s not ridiculously bulky, but it does guarantee drop protection from your average fumble and fall. It’s a fairly typical blend of malleable inner cover with button covers and port covers built-in, with a tough outer shell in a contrasting color. There’s a good cut-out for the camera and flash, and also a circular cut-out to show off the Apple logo. The rubber layer extends at the front and you also get an adhesive screen protector in the box for all-round coverage. You can mix and match inner and outer layer colors to get the look you want.
You’ll find a lot of different cases available from Speck, but the MightyShell is its most protective offering. This is a bulky case, but it boasts double the protection you’d expect from a military-grade drop-tested case. There are three layers blended into a single snap-on case. The special radial design inside dissipates shock from falls and bumps. The button covers work well, there’s a bezel around the screen to prevent it from coming into contact with any surface, and the openings are accurate. It feels comfortable in hand and it’s available in a wide variety of interesting color combinations. If you’re a butterfingers, then this is a great choice for you.
If you like the leather look, but you want something that’s not real leather, then check out Moshi’s new Napa range. This case has a premium vegan leather backing finished in a rich burgundy red, caramel beige, midnight blue, or onyx black. The case itself is protective, with a shock absorbent core and a tough polycarbonate shell around it. The cut-outs are accurate and cover the ports, camera, and the Apple logo on the back. There are also metallic button covers. Overall, this case feels stylish and well made.
You can get some seriously rugged cases from Griffin, but many people don’t want bulky solutions and they don’t want to cover up Apple’s design. The Survivor Core is a slimmed down option with a translucent back that still boasts decent drop protection up to 2 meters. It’s a one-piece design that’s easy to snap on and it has a clear polycarbonate plastic back panel surrounded by a shock absorbent TPE frame in black, purple, or white. The corners are reinforced to bear the brunt of any fall and ensure that the iPhone 6S Plus remains undamaged. The cut-outs are generous, but the button covers are a little stiff, and that back panel is prone to scratches.
There are many transparent case options on the market now, but one of the original manufacturers to do this — and still offering one of the best cases — is Case-Mate with the Barely There case. It’s a slim case that will offer basic protection and it doesn’t scratch as easily as some of the competitors. The openings are large and exact, the logo on the back is subtle, and the button covers are easy to press, offering metallic highlights. There’s also a wee bezel on the front to protect the screen. It’s a good case if you want to minimize the aesthetic impact of your protection.