A trip to your local electronics store or big box retailer will give you a chance to look at dozens of iPhone 6 cases. But finding the perfect case for you can be tricky. You need to find a case that looks good, fits your budget, and offers the special features that you need. Overwhelmed by all the iPhone 6 case option out there? Our guide will help you pick the right iPhone 6 case for your specific needs and lifestyle. Please note that prices and availability are subject to change.
1. Consider Your Budget
Sometimes, the most important factor when buying an iPhone case is the amount of money in your wallet. If you went broke buying the phone itself, you might have a limited budget for the case that protects that phone. While many cheap cases are not ideal for the most demanding iPhone 6 owners, a cheap case is still better than no case at all. That being said, there are plenty of budget-friendly cases out there…and some of them are actually quite good.
We recommend the following iPhone 6 cases for people on a budget:
Get a closer look at the Griffin Survivor case in the video above.
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Do you live in a rainy city? What kinds of activities do you do in your free time? If your lifestyle is active, or if you spend a lot of time in wet environments, you’ll want to get a rugged, waterproof, or water-resistant phone case.
It’s important to find a case that offers rugged design features like rounded corners, dual-layer construction, or a protective “lip” to protect the screen. It’s also good to look for rubberized edges that make the case easy to get a grip on with wet hands.
In terms of water-resistant or waterproof models, make sure you understand the difference between the two, and select an iPhone 6 case that is right for your lifestyle. If you just want to keep rain off your phone, a water-resistant case is probably sufficient. However, if you want a case you can submerge, then you want something that’s fully waterproof.
We recommend the following cases for people who need rugged, waterproof, or water-resistant cases:
We also recommend getting a LifeProof iPhone 6 case as soon as they become available. The iPhone 6 has been out since September, but LifeProof has yet to release compatible cases. For fans of these waterproof, snowproof, dirtproof, and shockproof cases, nothing else will do. These cases are expected to debut “soon,” according to the LifeProof website.
3. Figure Out What Cases Are Aesthetically Pleasing to You
Who wants a case that looks like everyone else’s case? If image is everything to you, then you probably want an iPhone 6 case that has serious visual appeal. For some people, that means a cool design. For others, its all about sparkles and bling. And then there are the people who don’t want a plastic case at all. If you want to stand out from the crowd, a case with visual panache is a great option.
We recommend the following iPhone 6 cases for people who want a flashy, “wow” case:
Some iPhone 6 cases have special features, such as storage for credit cards or built-in batteries. Being able to ditch your wallet and store your cards right inside your iPhone 6 case is a nice perk. The iPhone 6 has a smaller battery than other flagship smartphones, so a case with a built-in battery is a great way to extend your battery life. However, these special features do have a down side: they add both bulk and weight to the phone. If you don’t mind the added heft, however, these special features are a nice addition to a standard iPhone case.
We recommend the following cases with special features:
5. Pick an iPhone 6 Case With the Right Level of Protection
Check out a review of the Thule Atmos X3 iPhone 6 case in the video above.
Maybe all you want out of an iPhone 6 case is, well, a case. No frills, nothing fancy, just a decent case that will protect your phone from occasional drops, dings, or scratches. Not too expensive, but not too cheap. We call these cases “Goldilocks” cases, because they are “just right” for the average iPhone 6 user. They’re generally mid-range in terms of both price and impact protection.
We recommend the following “Goldilocks” cases, designed to be good for the needs of the average user: