The bigger they come, the harder they fall. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch display and that rounded body looks potentially slippery to us. It’s a slim device and even with the promise of “ion-strengthened” glass we can already hear the sound of cracking displays as they hit the sidewalk. Why take the chance? Peruse the iPhone 6 Plus cases that are flooding onto the market and get the style and protection you need.
Updated on 12-15-14 by Emily Schiola: Added FUZ Felt Case, i-Blason Prime Dual Layer Holster, SwitchEasy AirMask, Q Card Case, Incipio NGP.
If you’re always dropping your iPhone 6 Plus then you really need a rugged case. This one meets military standards for drop testing and it includes reinforced corners that’ll bear the brunt of any impact. It’s a chunky case, but there are accurate cut-outs for your ports and camera. The buttons have covers, and you’ll find additional grip on the sides. You can get in white and grey, or black and grey. It’s reasonably priced for a rugged case.
This case offers a little extra over the standard TPU shell treatedo with Tech21’s impact resistant 3DO material, as it has a cover for the screen. It flips open in the usual folio style to provide all round protection. The shell is malleable and easy to fit. The back is partially transparent, but the opaque cover folds over a portion of it, and Tech21’s signature orange band round the outside provides an eye-catching highlight. You’ll find all the cut-outs are exact.
Maybe you want something that will really stand out and still protect your iPhone 6 Plus. Speck offers three full color designs featuring a supernova, a floral pattern, or a raindrop pattern. Each comes printed on a standard CandyShell case that meets military standards for drop tests. You’ll also find precise cut-outs and button covers. It’s quite a chunky case, but that’s the price of proper drop protection. Bear in mind that the gorgeous designs will fade a bit over time.
You’ll be impressed with the quality of this case and it has a striking industrial design. The inner shell is standard malleable TPU which is easy to fit and great for absorbing shock. There’s an outer layer crafted from aircraft grade aluminum which Rokform describes as bulletproof. It gives all-round protection from damage, with button covers, and openings for uninterrupted operation of your iPhone 6 Plus. It also supports a magnetic mounting system making it easy and convenient to secure it hands-free. It ships with a couple of adhesive mounts.
Here’s a good wallet replacement with a fake leather finish in black and red stitching. The front has a cut-out for the speaker. Open it up and you’ll find two slots for a credit card and ID, and a hidden pocket for cash. You can also prop the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape for watching movies. The shell snaps on and has the full range of openings you need for access to everything. This won’t provide much drop protection, but it’s ideal for slipping your phone into your pocket or a bag.
You won’t find a more perfect fit for your iPhone 6 Plus than this Apple-manufactured premium leather case. It’s slim, but the leather is durable so it will protect your phone from damage in a pocket or bag. The lining is soft microfiber and the leather exterior offers extra grip. It comes in your choice of black, red, blue, brown, or pink. Apple’s case won’t offer much in the way of drop protection, but it will safeguard against scratches and light bumps.
This lightweight case blends an unbreakable outer shell of polycarbonate with a flexible, shock absorbent inner layer. The protection includes button covers and there are precise openings for access to ports. The USP for this case is a fold out panel on the back. It has two parts to it: a kickstand to prop your iPhone 6 Plus up for hands-free operation or watching a movie, and a door that conceals space for up to three credit cards, or maybe an ID and some cash. It comes in a variety of two tone finishes.
Drop tested at 4 to 6 feet, Pong claims this case will keep your iPhone 6 Plus alive after a tumble, but the headline feature has to do with wireless radiation. The case has an extremely thin gold antenna inside it that’s designed to redirect mobile device radiation away from your head and body without interfering with the strength of your signal. Initially available in black with a distinctive pattern showing through on the back, Pong promises more colors will be available in the near future.
The Symmetry Series isn’t the toughest offering from OtterBox, but it strikes a good balance between style and substance. It’s a standard mix of materials with a soft rubber interior wrapped in polycarbonate to form a single piece case. It includes a raised lip at the front to protect the screen and button covers, but it doesn’t add too much bulk to the profile of your iPhone 6 Plus. You can opt for a two tone color finish or choose from snazzy designs.
It is a bit chunky, but the Tough Armor case combines TPU with polycarbonate to give you decent drop protection. The inside is also patterned and the corners are reinforced with air cushions to take the sting out of any impact. The kickstand is an added bonus for propping the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape. There are covers for the buttons, but you’ll find precise cut-outs for the camera, ports, and the Apple logo on the back. The TPU is always black, but you can choose from a few different colors for that back panel.
Here’s a two-piece case that comprises a malleable TPU skin with a hard polycarbonate panel for the back in gold, black, or silver. It’s designed to give rugged protection, but not everyone will like the fact that the frame encroaches on the front, even if it does protect the screen. There’s a cut-out for the Apple logo, but we have concerns about the small cut-outs for the camera and flash because when they’re too tight, they can cause glare problems on photos that use the flash.
They are undeniably really pricey, but the Eastern Hardrock Maple and the Oregon Claro Walnut finishes are truly beautiful. The cases have buttons built-in laser-cut openings for your ports and camera. You snap the iPhone 6 Plus into place in the bumper ($70 on its own) and then stick the back panel on to complete the look. If you’re prepared to pay a little more (extra $30), you can get a leather cover to wrap around the whole thing.
A lot of people are going to balk at the idea of covering up the expensive new iPhone they just bought, so this minimalist case from Griffin might be worth considering. The transparent back is hard polycarbonate and the colored bumper is rubber. It has precise cut-outs and it’s only 1.6mm thick, so it won’t be spoiling that svelte look. Apart from the black and pink pictured, you can also get it in white.
Maybe you see a disappointing lack of glitter and glam in the new iPhone 6 Plus. This slim offering from Case Mate brings a touch of bling with glitter inlaid to the transparent hard plastic shell. There’s also a protective bumper to absorb shock and the shiny aesthetic is finished off with some chrome button accents. If this is a bit too much you can always opt for the basic transparent version for $5 less.
Nothing but tough cases come out of UAG and the new line for the iPhone 6 Plus meets the latest military drop standard 810G. It looks like a metal shell, but the case is surprisingly light and crafted from the usual mix of hard plastic on the outside with a soft inner core. There are big button covers that easy to press, precise cut-outs for ports and camera, beveled to avoid flash glare, and this case ships with a screen protector. There are a few other color options and a transparent version if you don’t fancy this classic black and white styling.
One of the most unusual cases on this, the FUZ Felt Case–as you can guess from the name–is covered in grey felt. It started as a Kickstarter-funded idea and is ready for purchase, though only in one color. It’s also one of the safest cases around: the inside of the case is made of thermoplastic urethane for protection and is topped with felt, which used not only to look cool, but also to absorb the shock of getting hit or dropped.
This case is fairly bulky and isn’t a sleek and trendy as some of the others on the list. But what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for by offering incredible safety as well as a kickstand, so you can kick back and relax while watching sports or a YouTube video. You can choose from three colors: red, blue, or all black. The case even comes with an attachment so you can put your phone on your belt, if you think that’s cool. The i-Blason case looks like a Transformer and kind of acts like one. First you put on the soft part, which absorbs the shock of a fall. Then you put the hard shell over the top, which protects against scratches and hard drops. The last step is to put the front part on, and you can consider your phone safe.
SwitchEasy’s AirMask is one of the few 360 degree cases that is both incredibly sleek and lightweight, weighing in at 10 grams and adding only .35 mm to the width of the phone. It doesn’t do much in the way of drop protection but it is made of polymer and polycarbonate to help protect against scratches and everyday wear. Notably, the company found a way to put a screen protector on without creating bubbles, which is the worst thing about trying to protect your screen. The best part of this case is that it comes in iPhone colors: champagne gold, alu-silver, and space grey, so it look like part of your phone.
Sometimes it’s nice to have everything you need in one place, which is why combination wallets and cases have gained popularity. Almost every company has their own version of it, but Q Card is one of the best, courtesy of its slim design. A lot of wallet combos are wide and difficult to slide into a pocket. It’s most interesting feature is a slot that allows you to slide a credit card to act as a kick stand. While it can fit three credit cards a little bit of cash, it doesn’t provide drop protection. It will protect against scratches, and it looks elegant. Just be careful–with this case if you lose your phone, you’ve lost everything.
We already have a case from this company on the list, but it’s hard to make a best of case without including the NGP. It is one of the best cases for the new iPhone and the best part is that its the cheapest option on this list. That doesn’t mean this translucent case isn’t a secure option for your new phone. In fact, it is one of the safest cases out there. The jelly like consistency provides excellent grip, which reduces the potential of dropping your phone. However, if you do drop the phone, and you will, it is shock and drop proof.
That’s it for iPhone 6 Plus cases right now, but we’ll update this roundup as more tempting options hit the market.
Simon Hill and Emily Schiola contributed to this guide. Article originally published 9-15-2014.
Updated on 10-13-2014 by Simon Hill: Added PureGear DualTek, Tech21 Classic Check with Cover, Speck CandyShell Inked, Rokform Aluminum, and Cygnett Urban Wallet.