iP6+ Tech21 vs Spigen Tough Armor & Neo Hybrid

ScubaCinci

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Jul 11, 2008
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On my iP5, I used the tech21 case with clear shell and I really liked it. In fact, I had it on the phone for 90% of it's life with me (tried a few others first). I had several fairly significant drops on hard surfaces and no damage ever resulted with that case.

Being that when the iP6+ came out, the Tech21 cases weren't available I first tried the Spigen Neo Hybrid. Nice case (I've posted many pictures on here) but I had a few small complaints about it. First, it was slippery on the sides and second was the issue with the buttons not being sensitive enough (fixed with their sticker eventually). The power cord cutout is just slightly too small for my car griffin charger (works but difficult to put in and pull out) and the vibrate/sound switch is hard to reach if you have short nails.

I also ordered the Spigen Tough Armor case with the kickstand. Overall it's a nice case and the kickstand is handy but I had a few issues with it. First, compared to the Neo Hybrid it's heavy and the edges are squared off. This makes it uncomfortable to hold. Second, the buttons work ok but since they are flush with the design it was hard to feel them unless you slid your finger along and felt for the gaps in between. So many times when hitting the sleep button, I would hit the volume buttons as well since I couldn't tell my fingers were on them.

Yesterday I found the Tech21 case for the 6+ at Best Buy (which is odd to me since they are unavailable online) and I LOVE IT. It's sooo much lighter than the tough armor case and the rounded edges feel so good in your hand, like holding the bare phone, but tackier so it's not slippery. The buttons are perfect and the cutouts at the base are plenty big for all cables, etc. I personally love the orange color and it's thick enough on the back to protect the camera (lays flat) and on the front to protect the screen if laid face down. However, it's not bulky at all. If I had to complain about something, it would be that it's on the pricier side at $35.

I can add some pics tonight. Bottom line is that I highly recommend this case!
 

vince2398

macrumors newbie
Sep 13, 2014
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Was curious what color is yours IP6+? Wondering if this case would look good with the gold iPhone?
 

StophMac24

macrumors 6502
Jul 14, 2007
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Miami
On my iP5, I used the tech21 case with clear shell and I really liked it. In fact, I had it on the phone for 90% of it's life with me (tried a few others first). I had several fairly significant drops on hard surfaces and no damage ever resulted with that case.

Being that when the iP6+ came out, the Tech21 cases weren't available I first tried the Spigen Neo Hybrid. Nice case (I've posted many pictures on here) but I had a few small complaints about it. First, it was slippery on the sides and second was the issue with the buttons not being sensitive enough (fixed with their sticker eventually). The power cord cutout is just slightly too small for my car griffin charger (works but difficult to put in and pull out) and the vibrate/sound switch is hard to reach if you have short nails.

I also ordered the Spigen Tough Armor case with the kickstand. Overall it's a nice case and the kickstand is handy but I had a few issues with it. First, compared to the Neo Hybrid it's heavy and the edges are squared off. This makes it uncomfortable to hold. Second, the buttons work ok but since they are flush with the design it was hard to feel them unless you slid your finger along and felt for the gaps in between. So many times when hitting the sleep button, I would hit the volume buttons as well since I couldn't tell my fingers were on them.

Yesterday I found the Tech21 case for the 6+ at Best Buy (which is odd to me since they are unavailable online) and I LOVE IT. It's sooo much lighter than the tough armor case and the rounded edges feel so good in your hand, like holding the bare phone, but tackier so it's not slippery. The buttons are perfect and the cutouts at the base are plenty big for all cables, etc. I personally love the orange color and it's thick enough on the back to protect the camera (lays flat) and on the front to protect the screen if laid face down. However, it's not bulky at all. If I had to complain about something, it would be that it's on the pricier side at $35.

I can add some pics tonight. Bottom line is that I highly recommend this case!
Have had it on my 6+ for a few days now.....love this case big time.

I posted some pics in another thread I started:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1797152&highlight=tech21
 

cfairbank

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Nov 12, 2006
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Picked one up today. Like the protection but going from the apple silicone to the tech 21 I can notice that it make the 6+ feel a lot wider.
 

ScubaCinci

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Jul 11, 2008
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Cincinnati OH
Yeah, it's because of the impact gel in there. Feels less wide to me than the Spigen Tough Armor case but maybe it's because the edges are rounded.
 

Hade5

macrumors newbie
Oct 6, 2014
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How's the Tech21 feel in terms of flexing with the 6+ in it? I work in construction but don't like belt holsters, nor do I like real bulky cases, and I'd like to know if the Tech21 will prevent any bending.
 

tardman91

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Oct 21, 2009
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Tampa Area, FL
A friend of mine has this case for his regular 6 and I really liked it when I saw it yesterday. It feels really nice and seemed like it would offer pretty decent small drop protection while adding very little bulk. Two things I didn't really care for were the checked pattern (they make a plain one too) and the fact that the camera cutout doesn't cover the antenna band. I can get over that though. I'm seriously considering grabbing one of these when my 6 FINALLY arrives.
 

xXxDieselxXx

macrumors member
Nov 18, 2012
63
2
Ordered one for my 6.

My co-worker has one and I immediately ordered one.

Tech21 seems like no brainer to me.
 

famoussasjohn

macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2010
748
7
I have the Tech21 in all black for my iPhone 6 Plus. Feels nice and sturdy. I'm still waiting on the Speck cases to become available to check those out.