1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar

    If you've got a shiny new iPhone 6 Plus and you're looking for protection that doesn't completely hide the beautiful design of the phone, then Griffin's Survivor Core case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is certainly one that's worth looking into.

    At $29.99 for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus version of this case, it's an affordable insurance against minor drops that still keeps the gorgeous design of the iPhone visible through the rear of the case. Griffin's Survivor Core case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in black, white, and purple via Griffin's Web site.

    The Griffin Survivor Core is a snap-on case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that provides durable padding along the sides, and especially the corners to help prevent damage from drops:

    The clear plastic backing prevents those random scratches from appearing on the back of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and also allows you to constantly see the beautiful anodized aluminum:

    The cut-out for the camera, rear-facing LED flash, and rear-facing microphone is nice and large, providing a nice open environment that is free of interference. A black ring around the hole of the cut-out prevents camera flash glare from ruining photographs that you take, which is pretty much standard on all of your cases these days.

    From the front of the case, you have great access to the touch screen and Touch ID sensor without any interference. You can see how the corners of the case are actually thicker than any other part of the case, since most of your drops happen on the corners of the device. The thicker corners provide decent shock protection from drops.

    At the bottom of the case are your cut-outs for the 3.5mm headphone jack, the microphone, the Lightning port, and the speaker. These cut-outs are fine for Apple's OEM equipment, but if you want to use any third-party headphones or Lightning accessories, you may find that it'll either have problems fitting or that it'll be a very tight fit. The speaker and microphone on the other hand are nice and loud, despite the somewhat restricting grille cut-outs:

    On the sides of the case, you will see the "Survivor" branding etched into the silicone. The sleep/wake button is easily accessed through the case – it's covered by the case to prevent any kind of scuffing:

    Like the sleep/wake button, the volume up and volume down buttons are both also covered by the case to prevent scuffing, but are easily pressed through the silicone layer. The ringer/silent switch, on the other hand, is exposed with a large cut-out, which is nice and big for even those larger-fingered people out there:

    The bottom line is that this case makes a good indoor case for minor drop protection, although it's not exactly the most durable solution on the market. If you need a light duty case that will keep the looks of your phone out in the open, then it could be for you, but if you're looking for good indoor and outdoor protection, you might want to keep looking.

    Because of the case's right-angled edges, it doesn't feel like the most ergonomic case in the world, but the thick corners provide great drop protection on tile, wood, concrete, and many other hard surfaces. We're giving the Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone 6 Plus 3 out of 5 leaves:

    Last edited by Bo Troxell; 2014-10-15 at 01:56 AM.
    2014-10-15 01:49 AM
  2. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
    Always loved Griffin cases.

    Just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
    2014-10-15 03:33 AM
  3. nakedcrook's Avatar
    Will this case cause the flexibility features on the phone to stop functioning? Bending is an important feature.
    2014-10-15 03:08 PM
  4. stolenpentium's Avatar
    Huge scratch magnet!!! Griffin should've made the back plate frosted/matte.
    2014-10-15 05:14 PM
  5. Lawrence Coleman's Avatar
    Considering the large size of the iPhone 6 Plus, this case (and I've now tried several) is fantastic. It is as thin as a protective case can be, but designed to offer robust corner protection; and because the corners are bumped out, I think it will also offer good side protection for side-flat falls. It is light. Its bezel protrudes to protect the screen from face-down position.
    2015-11-29 02:20 PM