Carved Traveler Wood Case ($24+)
With a wide range of different designs engraved onto natural wood, Carved is a great place to find something stylish with real personality. The company’s cases make use of flexible black plastic outfitted with thin button covers, good-sized port openings, and textured sides that really add grip. The wooden back panel is inlaid, and you can choose from a wide selection of plain finishes or those adorned with eye-catching artistic designs. Prices range from $24 up to $56.
If you want to indulge yourself and get a case with real character, then you should check out Grovemade. This folio case combines a solid walnut wood frame with a high-quality leather cover. The natural materials give every case a unique look that will age for added character. There are wooden button covers that work really well and cut-outs for your smartphone’s ports, camera, and other functions. It is quite a bulky case, meaning you might need an adapter for some accessories. You can also fold the cover back and prop your iPhone 6S Plus in landscape view. It’s quite protective, too, but keep in mind that wood and leather are easily damaged.
This case offers a nice balance of protection and style. It’s a relatively slim shell adorned with a mesh pattern, translucent back, and a colored bumper that ensures solid drop protection from up to 6.6 feet. It also comes with generous openings for your phone’s features and functions, and there are slim button covers. It’s made from flexible TPU, so it’s easy to put on your phone, and you can get the bumper in one of five colors.
Goze Original Case ($30)
At first glance, this looks like your typical shell case, one that offers drop protection from up to 4 feet. However, it does have a couple of extra features that are worthy of note. Some cases can muffle the iPhone’s speaker, but the clever design of the Goze actually amplifies the audio output, so alerts and notifications sound louder with the case on. This is achieved by routing the sound via the small bump at the bottom through the opening on the side of the case. If you’re a germaphobe, then you’ll also be happy to know that this case is also anti-microbial.
Here’s a handsome iPhone 6S Plus case that adds grip and protection to your phone. The inner layer is made of malleable TPU, and comes with a textured wave on the back. On top of that, there’s a polycarbonate bumper in a contrasting color. The button covers are tactile and the cut-outs are fairly roomy, so the case shouldn’t interfere with everyday use of your phone. There are four different color combos to choose from, too.
If you want solid drop protection, then you’ll be glad that Seidio has gone for a tried-and-true combination of shock-absorbing TPU and hard polycarbonate. All the openings you need are correct and the button covers work well. There’s a cut-out for the Apple logo on the back, along with a built-in kickstand that’s handy for watching movies on your 6S Plus. Many users will also appreciate the bundled felt-lined holster, which comes with an adjustable belt clip.
Diztronic TPU Case ($10)
These cases are unfussy, cheap, and effective. Made from malleable TPU, they’re easy to fit and they’ll take the sting out of bumps and falls. The soft-touch, matte finish is available in black, gray, or blue, with gloss highlights and the Diztronic logo on the side. The button covers are well-defined and work well, the openings are accurate, and the case is slim, so it won’t interfere with normal use. A raised bezel around the screen helps protect it when placed face down.
This slim Melkco case is comprised of a hard, black plastic that comes in an array of different carved or painted wooden designs. The top and bottom are left exposed and there are generous cut-outs for the camera and the side switch. The button covers are also carved out, so they’re easy to press. The case doesn’t add too much bulk and there are some interesting designs to choose from, but we’re not sure how well it will cope with falls. The corners are covered, but we wouldn’t rely on it for rugged protection.
This lovely full-grain leather case sports a pebbled finish that’s sure to grab your attention. The folio case opens to reveal a slim shell that holds your iPhone 6S Plus snugly. Its cover boasts a soft, microsuede lining and two pockets for your ID or credit cards. You’ve got full access to buttons, ports, and the camera. In fact, the polycarbonate frame is pretty minimal. You can go for a plain black option or choose from a range of eye-catching, complementary colors like navy and gunmetal or white and gold.
Skech Matrix Case ($30)
Here’s a nice, translucent case that also offers decent drop protection, safeguarding your iPhone 6S Plus from falls of up to 6 feet. The openings for the camera, ports, switch, and speakers are generous, so there’s no worry about any interference with the normal functions of your phone. There’s a curved rim to protect the screen around the front. The translucent finish comes in clear or it can be tinted with space gray, gold, or rose gold. Its subtle hexagonal pattern is minimal and sleek. It’s comfortable to hold and offers a little extra grip without messing up your phone’s design too much.
If you like the plush look and feel of genuine leather, then the French case manufacturer Noreve should be on your radar. This one flips open vertically and includes cut-outs for the camera, ports, buttons, and speakers. The padded leather comes in your choice of finishes and colors. You’ll also find an attractive embossed lining inside, and the snug fit will hold your iPhone 6S Plus safe and secure. The closure just slots into place without any snap mechanism or magnets.
Rhino Shield PlayProof Case ($25 – $30)
Best known for the Crash Guard bumper, Rhino Shield has been branching out lately, and the PlayProof line of cases is well worth checking out. They look like fairly typical slim cases that blend a flexible inner layer with a hard shell outer layer, but Rhino Shield doesn’t do anything by half. The PlayProof case can actually handle tumbles from up to 11 feet, even though it’s less than 2mm thick. The fit is perfect, the button covers work well, and the openings are accurate, though you might struggle with some third-party headphone jacks. You can get the basic plain color version for $25 or pay an extra $5 for a snazzy design.
You’ll love the gorgeous, hardwood finishes on Pad & Quill’s latest case line. You can choose from American cherry, rosewood, zebra, or American walnut. There’s a Kevlar core inside, but the entire outer shell is solid hardwood, which is quite unusual. The shell design is pretty minimal, so there are well-placed cut-outs for buttons, ports, and other functions, making it easy to use your iPhone 6S Plus with the case on. These cases are really slim (less than 1mm) and the genuine wood ensures a unique finish for each one.
Cover-Up Woodback Case ($28)
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a nice wooden case. Cover-Up starts with a standard, protective, black, plastic shell case with a full range of generous openings for buttons, ports, and camera, and then adds a wooden panel on the back. You can choose everything from mahogany to cedar. The cases are minimal, so we wouldn’t expect serious drop protection from them, but they’ll deal with basic bumps and they look and feel great. You can also opt for contrasting symbols, like a lightning bolt, for an extra $5, if you so desire.
Native Union Clic 360 ($30)
Native Union has some of the prettiest and most unique cases around. We’ve tried the company’s marble and wood offerings, which are stunning, but our new favorite is the Clic 360. It has a flexible, rubbery body that provides military-grade protection, thanks to a special shock absorbent 3D rubber mesh housed on the inside of the case. The case is very slim and lightweight, too, despite the protection it offers. On the back is a special waxed canvas from British Millerain, a historic textile company from England, which is durable and water resistant to boot — though, you won’t want to dunk your phone in water to test it.
Lumee’s case is Kim Kardashian approved, which is more than enough motivation for selfie snappers who want to be as hot on Instagram as Kim. The case features LED lighting on the front and on both sides of the case, which provide perfect lighting for every selfie you take — no matter how dark the room is. Lumee also built in a Dimmer Switch to control the amount of light you get, and a simple on/off button on the back controls the light. The case touts a rechargeable battery, but you shouldn’t have to juice it up too often. Beyond the obvious allure of achieving the perfect selfie, Lumee offers protection from drops with an impact-resistant design and a raised lip on the front.
If you’re looking for a simple, fun, personalized case, look no further than Redbubble. The company offers a host of options for its thin, lightweight cases. The case itself isn’t the strongest you’ll find on the market, but it offers basic protection from scratches and minor drops. The real draw here is Redbubble’s endless catalogue of designs, which include geometric owls, quotations, psychedelic images, watercolor inspired lilies, and much more. Ranging in price from $22 to $35 or so, these minimal cases won’t break the bank, either.
Otterbox Symmetry ($50)
Otterbox cases can be unwieldy, but that’s not the case with the new Symmetry series. These cases are slimmer than your average Otterbox, and come in cool, colorful patterns or in fun colors. The buttons are covered, the front features a raised lip, and the case is Otterbox certified for drop protection. The company’s testing procedure is rigorous, and the case survived more than 24 tests and nearly 238 hours of testing to make the grade. Add to that the slim profile and assortment of fun color options, and you’ve got a real winner.
MagBak Case ($39)
The impressively svelte MagBak case contains a magnet and comes with two MagSticks (strong magnetic mounts with adhesive backing) that you can stick on the car dash or maybe next to a power outlet on the kitchen wall. It’s a clever, versatile, minimalist solution for docking your iPhone 6S Plus. The case itself is plain, easy to fit, and has openings for the camera, side switch, and ports. The button covers are very subtle, but they work just fine. It’s a slim case, so probably won’t provide a great deal of protection if your iPhone takes a tumble. It’s available in seven different colors.
Incipio NGP Case ($20)
If you prefer a slim, lightweight case then the NGP is for you. It’s made from a malleable, shock absorbing polymer that’s very durable, comfortable to hold, easy to grip, and translucent. You can pick it up in a wide variety of different colors. The button covers are well-defined, making them easy to find without looking, and there are accurate cut-outs for the camera, side switch, and ports. There’s also a slight lip around the screen to safeguard it.
Ballistic Urbanite Case ($23.50)
You can rest assured that your iPhone 6S Plus will survive an average fall if it’s wearing a Ballistic case. The multi-layer Urbanite can handle drops of up to 6 feet, thanks to those heavily reinforced corners. It has big, easy to press button covers, openings for the camera, ports, and side switch, and a raised lip to prevent the screen from coming into contact with the ground. There isn’t much in the way of detail, just a Ballistic logo on the right spine. It comes in plain black, mix it up with some red, or go for a white and grey combination.
Burkley Jacketcase ($40)
Leather specialists, Burkley, make cases for all sorts of devices, and the Jacketcase is a great option for any leather lovers seeking something other than a typical wallet design. This is a tight fitting, rigid case, that’s very slim, with a genuine leather exterior in brown, red, or black. The buttons and ports are left open for easy access, and there’s a cut-out for the camera. The leather finish is nice to handle, and it looks really smart on the iPhone 6S Plus, but this case should not be relied upon for robust drop protection.
Urban Armor Gear Case ($32)
If you want solid, military drop test standard 810G-516.6 coverage for your 6S Plus, then this case from Urban Armor Gear will deliver it. The look is industrial, and it does add some bulk, but it’s also very light and practical. The black rubber reinforcements and pads absorb impact shock and provide grip to stop it slipping around on surfaces or out of your hand. The openings are accurate, the oversized button covers are easy to press, and there’s a good protective lip on the front to safeguard the screen. You can pick this up in various colors, including a clear option with a hexagonal design.
Here’s another protective case that meets military drop test standards, so your 6S Plus should survive a fall if it’s wearing this. There’s a TPR liner and a special angled design that diverts the brunt of any impact away from your iPhone. All the cut-outs you need are present and correct, and the button covers are easy to find without looking and not too stiff. The bezel round the front prevents the screen from touching any surface, so you can lay it face down without worrying. You can pick it up in various two-color combinations, and Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Bumper Case ($20.50)
This is a nice, minimalist case from Spigen that combines a malleable TPU bumper in various colors, with a clear, hard polycarbonate back panel. It’s a slim case with a simple design. The rounded bumper keeps the screen and back panel from touching surfaces and has cut-outs for port access. The buttons are marked, but, for most of the color options, there’s no tactile button cover there, you just press the malleable bumper in that spot. Because the markings are engraved, you can still feel your way to the volume or power without looking, and it allows Spigen to keep the bumper flush all the way round, which does look quite good. Despite the minimalist look, this case does score military drop test standard accreditation at 810G-516.6, which means it should be fine in a typical fall.
Olixar Flexishield Gel Case ($12.50)
Perhaps you don’t want to spend much on a case, and you just want something simple and easy to slip on when you need it. The Olixar Flexishield is your classic, plain gel case. It wraps your iPhone 6S Plus in a slim, flexible cover, with openings for the ports and camera, and easy to press button covers. The coating adds some grip and the case will offer some basic protection from bumps and scratches. It’s not a rugged case, so don’t rely on it for drop protection, but it will certainly be better than nothing if your iPhone should take a tumble. The clear version is best, because Apple’s design shines through, but you can get various different colors and they’re all translucent. If you like to switch your look, you can get a four pack of different colors for $23.50.
Speck MightyShell Case ($55)
You’ll find a lot of different cases available from Speck, but the MightyShell is its most protective offering. This is a bulky case, but it boasts double the protection you’d expect from a military-grade drop-tested case. There are three layers blended into a single snap-on case. The special radial design inside dissipates shock from falls and bumps. The button covers work well, there’s a bezel around the screen to prevent it from coming into contact with any surface, and the openings are accurate. It feels comfortable in hand and it’s available in a wide variety of interesting color combinations. If you’re a butterfingers, then this is a great choice for you.
Moshi iGlaze Napa Case ($50)
If you like the leather look, but you want something that’s not real leather, then check out Moshi’s new Napa range. This case has a premium vegan leather backing finished in a rich burgundy red, caramel beige, midnight blue, or onyx black. The case itself is protective, with a shock absorbent core and a tough polycarbonate shell around it. The cut-outs are accurate and cover the ports, camera, and the Apple logo on the back. There are also metallic button covers. Overall, this case feels stylish and well made.
You can get some seriously rugged cases from Griffin, but many people don’t want bulky solutions and they don’t want to cover up Apple’s design. The Survivor Core is a slimmed down option with a translucent back that still boasts decent drop protection up to 2 meters. It’s a one-piece design that’s easy to snap on and it has a clear polycarbonate plastic back panel surrounded by a shock absorbent TPE frame in black, purple, or white. The corners are reinforced to bear the brunt of any fall and ensure that the iPhone 6S Plus remains undamaged. The cut-outs are generous, but the button covers are a little stiff, and that back panel is prone to scratches.
There are many transparent case options on the market now, but one of the original manufacturers to do this — and still offering one of the best cases — is Case-Mate with the Barely There case. It’s a slim case that will offer basic protection and it doesn’t scratch as easily as some of the competitors. The openings are large and exact, the logo on the back is subtle, and the button covers are easy to press, offering metallic highlights. There’s also a wee bezel on the front to protect the screen. It’s a good case if you want to minimize the aesthetic impact of your protection.
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