Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is beautiful. Sleeker, slimmer, and more expensive than ever, it's the kind of device you really don't want to crack on the pavement. So why not give it the protection it deserves with a decent case?
We've picked out 10 of the best iPhone 6 cases on the market, so whether you're after a mix of style and functionality or only interested in maximum protection, there's sure to be something for you below.
1. Otterbox Defender
The Defender locks your iPhone 6 into a well-moulded polycarbonate shell that doesn't impede access to the handset's buttons or ports, and is covered with an extra layer of silicone. A neat window lets the Apple logo see daylight, but while a sizeable belt clip holster encloses much of the case for added protection, some might not like the overall plasticky feel. Definitely one for the utility belt.
At the core of the Survivor is a polycarbonate frame enmeshed in silicone. This rubber exterior offers excellent protection against drops, while sealed ports and a screen protector do a superb job of fending off rain and sand without compromising access. The phone face gets a defensive layer of scratch-resistant film that doesn't affect the fingerprint sensor, but may impact the volume of a caller's voice in especially loud environments. Otherwise a quick-release belt-clip rounds off a case that lives up to its claims of military-spec protection.
This folio case from Xqisit conceals more than just a polycarbonate shell, and we don't mean the dual pockets lining the front flap, the magnetic closure or its detachable carrying strap. Thanks to a midway fold in the nylon material lining the back plate, the Tijuana doubles as a landscape oriented stand that's sturdy enough for prolonged viewing on dreary commutes. For £20 and decent all-over protection for your phone, you can't far go wrong.
Fair play to QDOS: it has embraced the larger profile of the iPhone 6 and produced something specifically designed to let you do and see more with it. The standard phone protection smarts are present and correct - a slimline polycarbonate and polyurethane shell clicks into place and wraps around the handset like a second skin - but it's the double-hinged folding mechanism that impresses. Two moves flip the case into either landscape or portrait and provide a sturdy platform for finger taps. An elegant solution indeed.
This classic calfskin wallet design from Piel Frama has everything and reeks of style. Its silky soft leather lining houses a partitioned inner: one section for your iPhone backed by protective foam, and another with a full-size window pocket for driving licence or ID and an opposite flap concealing four credit card slots. What's more, the polypropylene shell swivels 360 degrees, allowing you to position the phone in portrait or landscape when using the wallet as a backstand.
Griffin Reveal stays true to the adage "if you've got it, flaunt it" with what at first appears to be a classic bumper. Closer inspection of this iPhone 6 case however reveals a transparent polycarbonate shell lined with a rubberised edge that adds just 1.6mm in thickness to your handset. That provides fair-to-middling protection (when dropped from average handheld height) without veiling the machined beauty of your superior tech. Quite possibly as minimalist as it gets.
This isn't your average leather case. Proporta has lined this fine-feeling phone cradle with carbon fibre sheets that make it pretty much impenetrable - it even stands up to shotgun pellets at 30 yards, for goodness' sake. Folio designs usually require that you open them to get at the volume controls, but Proporta has skilfully debossed the leather at just the right positions so there's no need to.
The Snugg Non-Slip is made of rubberised silicone that stands up really well against everyday drops and shocks, which are kept to a minimum thanks to its excellent grippiness. The rounded rim puts ample space between the display and the floor to protect the glass and limit impact shock. Snugg has got the mould just right for the iPhone 6 so that it runs round the buttons and ports pretty much perfectly. A job well done.
The close-fit and smooth bevelled edges of the UrbanShield emphasise the solid protection it gives your iPhone 6 against keys and coins in a bag or pocket. The edges hold fast to the handset without impeding button access, and the hard rubber rim around the front panel of the case protects the glass from falls, and even dips into a nice carbon weave detail on the aluminium rear. A window for the Apple logo seals the look.
A bigger iPhone is more prone to drops, however you hold it. This slim Grip case from Speck tackles the issue head on with a raised rubber bevel and textured grilles on the rear of its polycarbonate-polyurethane dual-layer design. Placing the phone face down on a table demonstrates good grip and front glass protection; even the volume and power buttons get rubberised covers without diminishing access. Certified to military-grade drop defence standards, this should keep your iPhone sitting pretty.