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iLive an iLife

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Evening all!

After owning entirely too many cases for my iPhone 5/5S, I'm limiting myself to 3 cases this time around. I'd like something thin (possible an Apple Silicone case - the open bottom makes me nervous), something that offers medium protection (have a CandyShell Grip which I love) and something heavy duty (maybe an Otterbox Defender or a Speck MightyShell).

The problem I've been running into is that all of the cases I've looked at are so slick. I have a thin Tech 21 Clear Check case that's hard/awkward to hold because it slides in my hand (I like the style, thinking about switching it for the Tactical Shell - not sure if that will be any better). I looked at an Otterbox Commuter and Incipio DualPro and I thought they were both slippery/hard to handle. Just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this or I just have exceptionally sweaty/slippery hands.

Thanks!
 
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boltjames

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Evening all!

After owning entirely too many cases for my iPhone 5/5S, I'm limiting myself to 3 cases this time around. I'd like something thin (possible an Apple Silicone case - the open bottom makes me nervous), something that offers medium protection (have a CandyShell Grip which I love) and something heavy duty (maybe an Otterbox Defender or a Speck MightyShell).

The problem I've been running into is that all of the cases I've looked at are so slick. I have a thin Tech 21 Clear Check case that's hard/awkward to hold because it slides in my hand (I like the style, thinking about switching it for the Tactical Shell - not sure if that will be any better). I looked at an Otterbox Commuter and Incipio DualPro and I thought they were both slippery/hard to handle. Just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this or I just have exceptionally sweaty/slippery hands.

Thanks!

Yes, same experience as you, been through 3 cases already from Spigen and others, all look great but are slippery as hell.

The answer to the "slim with grip" trap is this:

1. TPU clear case.

2. Apple leather case.

BJ
 

Zinthar

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I hate slippery cases as well, and found salvation in the form of the Apple Silicone case. It has a soft, grippy feel to it and seems like it may actually provide some resistance to screen shatter if you drop the phone. At the very least, I think I'm about 10x less likely to drop the phone now.

It's expensive, but there's a 14-day return policy and it's definitely worth the $35/39 if it's good enough to be the only case you need, and skip playing cheap case roulette on Amazon & Ebay.
 

iLive an iLife

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Thanks for the replies gentlemen! I've looked at the leather/silicone cases and the open bottom makes me a little nervous. Is there any reason to worry? Usually I'm really careful with my phone but accidents happen. I have a white/silver iPhone and really like the white phone/black case combination (so I'll probably go with a black leather or silicone case if I go that route).
 

Zinthar

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Thanks for the replies gentlemen! I've looked at the leather/silicone cases and the open bottom makes me a little nervous. Is there any reason to worry? Usually I'm really careful with my phone but accidents happen. I have a white/silver iPhone and really like the white phone/black case combination (so I'll probably go with a black leather or silicone case if I go that route).

I was more concerned about it before I actually felt the case and put it on. The bottom is certainly susceptible to being scratched or worse if the phone were to fall on a surface that isn't flat (but then in that event the screen is even more vulnerable), but the bottom corners stick up enough that it'd be nearly impossible for the bottom of the phone to make contact if you drop it on a flat floor.

I'd recommend buying one at an Apple Store if you have one handy to give it a try, and return it if you're unsatisfied.

FWIW, I don't know how they could have designed the case otherwise without making it much thicker, interfering with port access, or having pieces that are so small that they'd tear with use.

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Elago Duro has a nice grip and is very protective :cool:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1793436/

That'll definitely provide better protection than Apple's cases, but is quite thick by comparison.
 

iLive an iLife

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I was more concerned about it before I actually felt the case and put it on. The bottom is certainly susceptible to being scratched or worse if the phone were to fall on a surface that isn't flat (but then in that event the screen is even more vulnerable), but the bottom corners stick up enough that it'd be nearly impossible for the bottom of the phone to make contact if you drop it on a flat floor.



I'd recommend buying one at an Apple Store if you have one handy to give it a try, and return it if you're unsatisfied.



FWIW, I don't know how they could have designed the case otherwise without making it much thicker, interfering with port access, or having pieces that are so small that they'd tear with use.

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That'll definitely provide better protection than Apple's cases, but is quite thick by comparison.


There isn't an Apple Store that's extremely close to me (at least 30 minutes away). I'm going to swing by Best Buy tomorrow and see what they have. They had the leather cases last time I was there. I have a 45 day return policy there so I can at least take the case for a test drive for a week to see if I like it.
 

-Knight-

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I'm using the Spigen Slim Armor and i dropped the damn phone twice cause it slips out of my hand, Thankfully while sitting down and on carpet. It's a 6+ but now i'm trying to see if there's something out there with better grip lol.
 

iLive an iLife

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I'm using the Spigen Slim Armor and i dropped the damn phone twice cause it slips out of my hand, Thankfully while sitting down and on carpet. It's a 6+ but now i'm trying to see if there's something out there with better grip lol.


Spigen Slim Armor was one of the cases I was considering (but hate ordering a case online - I usually like to see them in person first). Glad I didn't pull the trigger in that one!
 

-Knight-

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Spigen Slim Armor was one of the cases I was considering (but hate ordering a case online - I usually like to see them in person first). Glad I didn't pull the trigger in that one!

If it's for the 6+ dude i'm telling ya there's no grip. Especially when trying to pick it up from flat surface. I have to grip the phone hard so it doesn't slip out of my hands and I don't have small hands. I like the case but I'm looking for something else that won't slip out of my hands with ease.
 

steve knight

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loved the CandyShell Grip but the thing just falls apart in no time at all. the little rubber grips come off so easily.
 

kovey

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I completely agree. I'm waiting on the Otterbox Defender for the 6+. The premium silicone provides just enough grip without being ridiculous.

In the mean time, I've resorted to putting egrips onto my current case. I've used egrips in the past on slippery cases and they're really great.

http://flexinno.com/shop#!/Anti-Slip-Grip-Kits/c/411410/offset=0&sort=normal

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TraceyS/FL

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I had an Incipio that was slippery, but not anything like the spigen slim armor CS that just showed up. That won't be my daily case at all.

The apple silicon case is da bomb. They had samples to try in the store, and I took the Incipio off, and put it on and immediately bought one. Not only are the buttons easy to use, but the grip factor is just right!
 

AE14

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I had an Incipio that was slippery, but not anything like the spigen slim armor CS that just showed up. That won't be my daily case at all.

The apple silicon case is da bomb. They had samples to try in the store, and I took the Incipio off, and put it on and immediately bought one. Not only are the buttons easy to use, but the grip factor is just right!
Funny enough I had to return the silicone for a variety of reasons, one of which was lack of grip.

I currently have the pelican protector but am rethinking the apple leather case. I fear the grip issue again as I had with the silicone
 

Lyn2012

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I dislike all hard plastic cases for this reason. At the moment I'm using a cheap TPU case on my 6 Plus while waiting for my leather flip case to arrive.
 

hernan1304

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Apr 27, 2011
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I am returning the Incipio DualPro for this exact reason! It was slippery and after using the phone for an hour my hands hurt because I was gripping it tighter. I've got the Spigen Tough Armor which is better. However, my hope is that Speck will hurry up and release my favorite case: the PixelSkin HD. No news on that front...
 

geoffm33

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Dec 27, 2010
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I've been using the clear Spigen Soft-Flex since I got my iPhone 6. It has great grip for such a simple case.

I wanted more drop protection so I bought a Speck Candy Shell from Best Buy but returned it. Too bulky and slippery. I have grown accustomed to the size (and clear design) of the Spigen case and may forgo my search for more drop protection.
 

Ergates-thi-Ant

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Sep 9, 2013
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Really, don't go Otterbox Defender. http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca/otterbox-defender-vs-griffin-survivor-tough-iphone-6-cases/

They talk a lot of sense and their reviews match my own experience. I do like the styling of the Otterbox more than the Griffin, but the Griffin is indisputably the better case IMO.

I bought a Griffin, and it's not at all slippery. I'd rate it as grippy enough to be anti-pickpocket, since it holds onto my pockets when I'm trying to pull it out.
 

shadowgirl

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Sep 12, 2014
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I guess I am really not understanding this term slippery because I have purchased 4 cases with TPU sides trying to find the one I like and I wouldn't consider any of them slippery. I have not even came close to dropping the phone with either. I used to get the more rubbery ones with more grip but didn't like them for other reasons. And most guys I know hate the ones with a lot of grip because they are hard to get in and out of pockets. So I guess it is preference.
 

Alimar

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Sep 17, 2014
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Evening all!

After owning entirely too many cases for my iPhone 5/5S, I'm limiting myself to 3 cases this time around. I'd like something thin (possible an Apple Silicone case - the open bottom makes me nervous), something that offers medium protection (have a CandyShell Grip which I love) and something heavy duty (maybe an Otterbox Defender or a Speck MightyShell).

The problem I've been running into is that all of the cases I've looked at are so slick. I have a thin Tech 21 Clear Check case that's hard/awkward to hold because it slides in my hand (I like the style, thinking about switching it for the Tactical Shell - not sure if that will be any better). I looked at an Otterbox Commuter and Incipio DualPro and I thought they were both slippery/hard to handle. Just wanted to know if anyone else experienced this or I just have exceptionally sweaty/slippery hands.

Thanks!
I-Blason case w/kickstand has ridges to ensure a good grip.
 

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mrgossett

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I totally agree about lots of cases having little or no grip. I've bought and returned two or three different cases that looked very nice but were too slick for much grip. I'm now using a Tech 21 case that is better in that regard, but it still feels somewhat insecure at times because of the smooth case and the rounded sides. I've ordered this case below to try. Looks like it has small grips on the sides that might help:
 

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AE14

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I just got the NGP by Incipio and it has just enough grip while keeping the slim profile of the phone. Well
Made case
 
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