RhinoShield vs Speck

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by chochoice, Nov 18, 2015.

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Which brand is your favorite?

  1. Spigen

    39.1%
  2. Speck

    13.0%
  3. OtterBox

    4.3%
  4. Element

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Tech 21

    4.3%
  6. How come my favorite isn't on this poll?

    17.4%
  7. RhinoShield

    21.7%
  1. chochoice, Nov 18, 2015
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    chochoice macrumors member

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    Good morning everyone! What a good day to do a review! Whoowhoo! Sorry in advance for this giant thread because I kinda have quite a lot of input on this.

    First, This is my SPECK CANDYSHELL INKED. The color is FRESHFLORAL PINK.
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    This is my RHINOSHIELD PLAYPROOF. The color is WATERCOLOURED STRIPES WHITE.
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    Both colors are so beautiful! I will try to stay as unbiased as I can, but I am definitely leaning towards RhinoShield and you will see why.

    Let's start with viewing each case individually and then put them side by side:

    This is the buttons on Speck. I really like their buttons; it is very easy to press and the soft mat feel is great.
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    Yes, I noticed that the cutout for the mute button is not perfect. (I don't know if all Speck is like this, so let's just ignore it)

    The cutouts for the charge port and headphones.
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    Very big cutouts, no problems with third party cables. A little messed up with the speaker hole as well, could this count as a defective product?

    Scratch resistant? Not so much.
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    There are little scratches all over the case and one big scratch, I think it was from my keys. The age of this case is only about a week.

    Now comes PlayProof. The buttons.
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    Clearly, RhinoShield's buttons are smaller than Speck, even the cutout hole for the mute button too, but no problem accessing the mute switch for me. Button feels firmer than Speck's as well, I would say it has better tactile feedback and they actually look fancier and more premium than Speck's.

    The cutouts on the bottom.
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    Also smaller than Speck's cutout. But I really like the speaker holes individually placed like this. Holes big enough for my Beats headphone so I'm guessing most headphone heads should work fine.

    I haven't had a chance to drop my phone on neither Speck or RhinoShield, so I can't say much about their drop protection, but RhinoShield claims they protect up to 12 feet. I actually got this case after watching the drop review video from MobileReviews-Eh, so I will give it the benefit of the doubt on this.

    Now here comes one HUGE turn-off point I actually found on Speck:
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    When I tried to take my phone out of Speck and into RhinoShield, I noticed it was really difficult to separate them. Nearly breaking a nail and grunting at the phone for almost a minute until I finally got it off. Not to mention when I tried taking it out, the gap between the case and the rubber made me nervous that either I will snap the case in two or that eventually they will come apart from each other :(

    Comparison side by side:
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    When compared to each other side by side like this. I do feel that RhinoShield has won.

    The insides of both phones looked great but Rhinoshield's honeycombs made it looked more believable in shock absorbent. Speck is bigger in size. And the cutouts are less attractive when placed together.

    Conclusion:
    Speck has bigger cutouts. (but poorly made, might just it's defective thats all)
    Speck has bigger buttons.
    Speck is more expensive (through official site)
    Speck is easily scratched.
    RhinoShield has better tactile feedback
    RhinoShield is thinner/smaller in size.
    RhinoShield is easier to put on and off.
    RhinoShield looks more premium.

    Thanks for reading, and sorry about the long thread :)

    **EDIT: I got my PlayProof from its official site, so this is the link if you need it~
    You have to scroll to the very bottom of the page to choose the model of you phone.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Thank you for taking the time to do a detailed review!
     
  3. chochoice thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for reading :)
     
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    ...so RhinoShield is in your title, and RhinoShield is the topic of your post, but RhinoShield isn't one of your poll options? Odd.
     
  5. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    I am thinking about the play proof as well. Just waiting for them to become available.
     
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  10. chochoice thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't know it was a popular brand, I will add it right now.

    It is. I ordered it when it was on Pre-Order back in October and I just got them. (Mine is 6s)
     
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    I go otterbox with every phone I purchase. Work in restoration industry so always falling over/dropping/in dirt/water/mud and whatnot so I need it to be safe so always have gone with otterbox.
     
  13. chochoice thread starter macrumors member

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    Opinion on Griffin or LifeProof?
     
  14. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. I guess the 6s Plus isn't available yet
     
  15. rcjr macrumors member

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    chochoice, thank you so much for sharing! I too went ahead and purchased this case on word of the same reviewer you cited, MobileReviews-Eh. For those wondering, the case IS available for pre-order and I actually received mine this past Monday, for my 6s Plus. As a case junkie, I am in absolute awe with this one. I first purchased the Thule Atmos X4 (which I also greatly enjoy, btw) and the Rhinoshield Playproof is hands down my favorite case thus far. I pretty much love everything about it. It is the slimmest and most protective case I have ever used, which is a rare combo considering the terms tend to be mutually exclusive. Button coverage/feedback is flawless and the port openings are fairly generous.

    I will say that, for the 6s Plus at least, I did find that securing the phone into the case did require somewhat more force but once in, the fit is flawless and snug. I was worried that the back of the case might be too slick, especially having read and seen this being the case elsewhere, but I was pleased to experience that it's not nearly as bad as I was fearing. Compared to the X4 or the Magpul cases, I think any other case could be considered slick lol. The matte finish does help and I've had zero issues with the phone slipping from my hands or on any kind of surface. Really, I am very pleased with this product and I think it's near perfect. Seeing as how I had about 15 cases for my previous iPhone 5s, I think I'm going to try and stick with the (mere) 2 I have currently. :)

    If anyone is thinking about buying this case, I personally think it is well worth it. In the relevancy of this topic and tying it in with Speck, I also personally do not care for Speck products. I did have two variations for my 5s (the Grip and the MightyShell) and on both, the rubber portions would begin to separate from each respective case entirely. I think the material they use is unstable, as each person I know who owns or has owned a Speck suffers from the same issue where the rubber wears away or stretches out after a brief period of time. It's a shame, considering the steep price tag Speck attaches to their products. In a battle of Rhinoshield against Speck, I'd easily place the win in Rhinoshield's favor.
     
  16. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    Thats great to know it is available. I will be purchasing it today. Cant beat slim and 11 foot drop protection.

    Maybe it will beat my spigen slim armor as my favorite case

    Edit: just purchased the all black for my 6s plus SG :)
     
  17. rcjr macrumors member

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    The official website has a banner at the top that advertises Playproof preorders will be shipping soon. I did contact Evolutive Labs early on to get an estimate on delivery and they did tell me that the standard color cases generally ship sooner than the 2D printed varieties. Mine shipped last Thursday (regular black case) and I received it via USPS on Monday. I think you'll like it!

    I had a number of Spigen cases in the past and I liked them all. They are definitely up there as one of my favorite brand of case makers. The TPU they use is top notch - it never stretched or lost it's shape. I would absolutely buy from Spigen again...but I'm trying to behave and not go TOO case crazy this time around LOL :D
     
  18. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    The rubber around the edges of the Speck looks cheap. Around the lock there are pieces hanging off and around the speaker grill, it appears to have become completely separated. I would be quite disappointed if I had spent money for that case.
     
  19. danny8200 macrumors 65816

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    How well does this thing work with E2E screen protectors?
     
  20. scjr macrumors 68000

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    Looking forward to your thoughts and review! :)
     
  21. rcjr macrumors member

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    Not sure about all brands, but I believe there is a popular one, the Cinder, that is an E2E and is fully compatible, as listed on their official website. You may want to zip Evolutive Labs a message if there's a specific brand you have an inquiry on to make certain it will play nicely. Their response time is excellent.
     
  22. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    I do love Spigen. I have a tough armor coming directly from Spigen. I am hoping to make a decision from those 3 cases only. :)

    I just sold my Thule on Ebay, and have 2 others for sale as well.

    THe 2 video reviews I saw of the rhino shield seemed great. Cant wait to try it out...
     
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  24. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    I have never used griffin and cannot stand life proof
    Bought one before used for 2 days and threw it in the garbage..just doesn't feel good in my hand and I don't feel that my phone is actually protected in it
     

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