Element Ion iPhone 6 Case Review w/pics

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by mrgossett, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. mrgossett macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    Just received my Fire Red Element Ion case today from Amazon. I've gone through four iPhone 6 cases (Tech 21, Apple Silicone, Magpul, and Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal) looking for a case that provides a good combination of protection, good looks, slim form factor, and grip. The Tech 21 case made the phone feel too big, and was too slippery. The Apple Silicone was slim and had great grip but was a dust and pocket crud magnet, and the bottom was unprotected. The Spigen was also very slim, fit well, and looked great, but the metal band made it very slippery to hold and decreased the signal about one bar. The Magpul was a pretty good combination of protection, slimness, and grip, but I just didn't like the sandpapery feel, and the odd cutout at the top with the sharp edge was a pain in the ear (literally) when talking on the phone. The Element Ion may finally be what I'm looking for in a case. It's very slim, more than the Magpul, fits great, has a wonderful ergonomic grip, and the case has just the right amount of roughness and texture without feeling like sandpaper. It's distinctive and very nice-looking (in my opinion), easy to put on and take off, lightweight, and the carbon fiber back adds a nice look and feel. The only downsides so far are the volume buttons, which are clicky but a little stiff, and the price ($49). Right now it's a keeper, and it's worth that to me if it holds up well and provides the other things I'm looking for in a case.

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  2. d-emolat macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2014
    thanks for the review :)

    doesn't this case feel a little bit bulky? i mean it seems to add a little bulk.
    otherwise, how's your signal strength?
    and could you tell what kind of screen protector you're using?

    looks like a nice case though!
  3. mrgossett thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    I thought it might feel somewhat bulky before I got it, bit it actually doesn't. It's lighter than the Magpul case, and the recessed grips along the sides are very slim. It's a relatively light and slim case for the protection it has. The screen protector is a Tech Armor. No signal strength problems at all. I'm liking it well enough to keep it. I've already gotten several positive comments on it.
  4. danny8200 macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2014
    Chicopee, MA
    Anyone know how stiff the on/off button is on this thing?
  5. mrgossett thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    It's not very stiff at all. The volume buttons are a little stiffer to press than the power button.
  6. wproct macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2014
    Nice looking case! Just curious, compared to the Magpul field case, how stiff is the red colored material?
  7. mrgossett thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    Maybe a little stiffer than the Magpul, but it's still easy to put on and take off. The case is stiffer as a whole because of the carbon fiber material on the back. I like the feel of this case better than the Magpul. It has some roughness to it, but it's not as sandpaper-feeling as the Magpul. It's more comfortable to hold and grip because of the ergonomic design on the sides. I've never felt like I was going to drop it.

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