Mous vs rhinoshield vs tech21

aldo82

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I currently have the apple leather case for my XS Max and I really like it. But I worry about its protective capabilities if I ever drop the phone (I pretty much never drop phones but I want to be protected just in case).

I don’t want a massive case but am considering something that offers a bit more protection over the leather case and have wondered about Mous, Rhinoshield soiled suit or tech21 (probably pure tint). Has anyone used any or all of these before and can provide any useful feedback?
 

willmtaylor

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I currently have the apple leather case for my XS Max and I really like it. But I worry about its protective capabilities if I ever drop the phone (I pretty much never drop phones but I want to be protected just in case).

I don’t want a massive case but am considering something that offers a bit more protection over the leather case and have wondered about Mous, Rhinoshield soiled suit or tech21 (probably pure tint). Has anyone used any or all of these before and can provide any useful feedback?
I swear by RhinoShield and get them for my wife, mom, etc. some models can be slightly slippy in hand, but they have excellent protection, variety, reliability, and customer service.

For slimmer profile but still excellent drop protection, I also like the K11 bumper by ThanoTech.
 

steve23094

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I have a Rhinoshield Mod NX and I'm pretty impressed. My phone took a nasty fall into concrete and landed on it's edge. The case got scuffed up, but my XS pulled through fine.
 

aldo82

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I actually bought the Mous leather. It is now boxed up to return. The case is so damn slippery! Its not just the material used for the bumper which itself isn't that grippy, but its also the shape and profile of the bumper and back that somehow make this thing hard to hold for me. Unless I have it in a vice like grip, there was always a risk that it would fly out of my hand like a bar of soap. Its a shame as there are aspects about the case I liked and it did feel protective but its not for me.

I hear similar complaints about the grip for the rhinoshield solidsuit but I've ordered one to see for myself. If that doesn't work out either then I'll still with the apple leather I think
 

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I actually bought the Mous leather. It is now boxed up to return. The case is so damn slippery! Its not just the material used for the bumper which itself isn't that grippy, but its also the shape and profile of the bumper and back that somehow make this thing hard to hold for me. Unless I have it in a vice like grip, there was always a risk that it would fly out of my hand like a bar of soap. Its a shame as there are aspects about the case I liked and it did feel protective but its not for me.

I hear similar complaints about the grip for the rhinoshield solidsuit but I've ordered one to see for myself. If that doesn't work out either then I'll still with the apple leather I think
If you want a simple looking enough protection and non slippery case then i can help,i got this case from walmart i highly recommend it.its just 9 bucks and you can return it anytime if you font like.i have a lot cases but this is the cheapest but the best.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Onn-6Ft-Drop-Tested-Dual-Layer-Phone-Case-iPhone-X-Xs-Black/876858
 

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SDColorado

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I have never even heard of the Rhinoshield, but it sounds well made from others posts, so I will have to look it up.

I do currently own a Mous Limitless 2.0 in the carbon fiber. I have had a couple of drops with it and it has done nothing more than bounce, so no complaints there.

I have previously had a couple of Tech21 cases because they sell them at Best Buy. While I think they are adequate, I personally wouldn't give them any more praise than that. Just my .2

I have also had a Rokform Rugged case for my older iPhone 6S Plus and liked that case as well.

Edit: Just looked up Rhinoshield and the Rhinoshield SolidSuit Carbon looks like a clone of my Mous Limitless 2.0 carbon at about the same price. Are these pretty much the same?
 

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Last I looked the mous was nearly twice the price.
Well, at least for the iPhone X, Mous LImitless 2.0 Aramid Carbon Fiber - $49, Rhinoshield SolidSuit Carbon Fiber $34.99. So $14,

Shell and Bamboo are $59. My wife has the bamboo case and really likes it. She is extremely drop prone and it has held up well.

Edit: I did see this on Reddit, not sure how accurate it is though since I have never seen a Rhinoshield case.

"get the mous. the aramid fibre is the real deal. rhinoshield is not. mous keeps the shape even after removing the case for a few times. solidsuit starts stretching after 7 times of removal for me. and u can feel ur phone creaking and moving in it when you squeeze the case. mous slightly better grip."
 

aldo82

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So I swapped from the Mous to RhinoShield solidsuit because the Mous was way too slippery for me. I much prefer the RhinoShield but it still isn’t that grippy. In fact, I droppped my phone After less than 4 hours of using the case and I have pretty much never dropped a phone before.

So for me it’s back to the apple leather case which after 4 months of use is incredibly grippy. It might not offer the same protection as the more robust case so I’ll just have to continue being careful but these cases that offer very little grip just don’t make sense to me.
 

AE14

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Tech21 does a great job absorbing shock. never had an issue with them over 5 years of usage with their cases.
I just hate their cutouts and fit at the bottom near the lightening port.
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Well, at least for the iPhone X, Mous LImitless 2.0 Aramid Carbon Fiber - $49, Rhinoshield SolidSuit Carbon Fiber $34.99. So $14,

Shell and Bamboo are $59. My wife has the bamboo case and really likes it. She is extremely drop prone and it has held up well.

Edit: I did see this on Reddit, not sure how accurate it is though since I have never seen a Rhinoshield case.

"get the mous. the aramid fibre is the real deal. rhinoshield is not. mous keeps the shape even after removing the case for a few times. solidsuit starts stretching after 7 times of removal for me. and u can feel ur phone creaking and moving in it when you squeeze the case. mous slightly better grip."
I prefer the Pitaka over both. Slimmer and more durable imo
 

willmtaylor

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I started discovering great cases through Aaron the Ho over at https://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca/ I can’t recommend his practical reviews highly enough.

By the way, his actual drop tests on all of these being discussed.

P.S. I hate Tech21 cases. They’re popular, but the several that I’ve bought always seemed to be overpriced and poorly implemented.
 
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I just hate their cutouts and fit at the bottom near the lightening port.
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I prefer the Pitaka over both. Slimmer and more durable imo
I have never heard of Pitaka either. I will have to check it out. Thanks!

d.P.S. I hate Tech21 cases. They’re popular, but the several that I’ve bought always seemed to be overpriced and poorly implemented.
That has been my experience as well. I don't hate them, but I have returned the couple I have tried.
 
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Try speck grip cases I’ve been using them for a few years and been great. I usually get ones with lifetime warranty and no hassles when getting a warranty replacement.