Smartphone cases have gone from a necessary evil that protect your phone from the inevitable bumps and bruises of everyday life to sophisticated fashion statements.
And the newest crop of cases and bumpers for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no different. We’re talking about cases that range from beefy pieces of rubbery plastic to shells made of all-natural wood and leather, and everything in between.
In other words, if you’re looking for some new cases for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you might want to start with these.
Apple’s own leather cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are as simple as cases get. Priced at $45 and $49 for the 6 and 6 Plus, respectively, Apple promises that these leather cases will protect your phone without adding much bulk.
Monoprice’s ultra-thin shatterproof case for the iPhone 6 is available for just $5.60 and will protect your precious smartphone against the nicks and cuts that result from everyday drops. It won’t, however, protect your screen much. So if your iPhone face-plants, its screen is still at risk of shattering. But if you want a case for your phone and don’t want to spend $50, you can’t go wrong with this one.
OtterBox is known for offering super-sturdy smartphone cases, and its Defender Series is the company’s beefiest of all. Priced at $59.90 and $69.60 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, respectively, the Defender Series packs three layers of protection, a built-in screen protector, and port covers to protect against dust. And for everyone stuck in 2009, the Defender also includes a belt holster that doubles as a kickstand.
Want to protect your iPhone and ditch your wallet? The Speck CandyShell Card Case has you covered. Offering an impact-resistant outer coating and a raised bezel to protect your phone’s display, the Card Case is seriously durable. What’s more, its backside features room for three credit cards and some folded bills. Priced at $39 for the iPhone 6 and $44 for the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s a 2-for-1 special for your smartphone.
If you want to add some extra pizazz to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, look no further than Case-Mate’s Brilliance Case. At $80 for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, the Brilliance Case’s back panel is covered in shimmering crystals. The Brilliance isn’t just a pretty face, though. It also offers dual-layer protection, and its bezel extends past the iPhone’s display to keep it from smacking against the floor if you drop it face-down.
The Incipio Stowaway [Advance] is what happens when you smash a phone case, a wallet, and a kickstand together really hard. Priced at $34.99 for either the iPhone 6 or the 6 Plus version, the Stowaway includes a slot for up to three credit cards, your ID, or cash. A kickstand situated above the credit card slot lets you prop up your phone to watch movies or TV shows. Oh, and it’ll protect your phone, too.
7. Radius v2
The folks at BiteMyApple call this case the bikini of iPhone cases, and for good reason. The Radius v2 uses the bare minimum of material needed to cover and protect your iPhone 6 ($79) or 6 Plus ($89) from drops, bumps, and bruises. Unlike most cases, the Radius v2 doesn’t completely cover up the iPhone 6’s beautiful shell. The trade-off is that it also leaves the phone more exposed, making it susceptible to scratches and nicks. That said, it certainly looks cool.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have taken some knocks for being a bit more slippery than their predecessors. Griffin Technology’s Identity Performance case ($40) seeks to solve that problem with a no-skid back panel. And if your phone does slip from your grasp, the Identity Performance’s shell will protect it from drops as high as 4 feet. An included reusable screen protector will also keep your iPhone’s display safe from scratches and nicks.
Grovemade’s Walnut and Leather iPhone Case lets your iPhone go au naturel without you having to fear that it’ll break if it slips from your hand. That’s because, Grovemade’s cases are made using all-natural walnut wood. Get it, naturel, natural? … Anyway, the Walnut and Leather iPhone Case protects your iPhone from falls while also doubling as a stand thanks to its flexible leather cover. These handcrafted cases cost $129 for the iPhone 6 and $139 for the 6 Plus.
Tech21’s cases use a special D30 material that is both flexible and durable to help absorb impacts from falls. They’ve smashed the stuff with a hammer in demonstrations, and it doesn’t break. Available for $35 for the iPhone 6 and $39 for the 6 Plus, the Classic Shell offers protection for both the front and back of your precious smartphone. But please don’t try the hammer thing.