Seidio OBEX for the iPhone 6+

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  1. iopcritter, Jan 26, 2015
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    iopcritter macrumors newbie

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    As an aggravated Lifeproof user who is tired of waiting for the 6+ edition to be released, I am considering other options at this point - especially the OBEX by Seidio. Has anyone used this case with this phone that would be willing to share their experience so far? Also, if there are any other recommendations that are comparable to the Lifeproof, I'd be very interested to hear about them. I am particularly interested in shock/drop, dust and scratch protection.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. shawnpuerto macrumors member

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    I don't have that case, but it looks extremely bulky.... I would never buy it.
     
  3. iopcritter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are correct, it is, in fact, slightly larger than the lifeproof (if you compare the version for the 6). However, only a little larger - 4 mm on the each side and 1 mm thicker. I would prefer less bulk, but since the lifeproof option is non-existant, there's not much choice.

    Do you have a recommendation of another type? I am particularly interested in shock/drop, dust and scratch protection.
     
  4. shawnpuerto macrumors member

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    I do not have a recommendation. I know that it's running on the wild side, but I prefer my phone to not have a case. But if you want drop protection et al, I would recommend an otterbox commuter. I had one of those back on my iphone 4, and it worked terrifically, with NO added bulk whatsoever.
     
  5. iopcritter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  6. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    Looks not bad, but it is certainly chunky. I am surprised at the lack of heavy duty cases for the iphone 6+. Nothing really reaches out and grabs me.
     
  7. iopcritter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I agree... Based on the comparison of the two models for the 6, the Lifeproof case is only very slightly smaller. I would almost just opt for a sleeker case with a little less rigorous protection, but I work in an industrial environment, so I need the security.
     
  8. BrettDS, Jan 27, 2015
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    I am also an avid lifeproof user (I've been using lifeproof cases since their original iphone 4 case) and like you I got tired of waiting and started looking at other options. I've tried both the redpepper and the obex and I've gotta say that I'm really liking the obex.

    It is definitely big and bulky (although I think pretty much any waterproof case is). Comparing it to the specs on the lifeproof case, it's ever so slightly thicker (the nuud is .48" and the obex is .5", but I'm not sure how noticable that difference is). It is taller and wider than the nuud, though... I believe it's .1" larger in each direction. (Lifeproof has the dimensions for the 6+ nuud case on their website, so that's what I'm basing this on). The back of the case narrows significantly as you get close to the edges and the extra length and width really don't bother me too much. The redpepper case was about the same length and width as the lifeproof case, but it was significantly thicker... .6" compared to the obex .5 and the nuud .48 and the extra thickness of the redpepper case bothered me quite a bit. I much prefer the longer and wider, but thinner obex case. Because of the way the back of the case narrows it fits well in the hand and feels good too.

    They seem to have made some pretty significant improvements from the iphone 5 obex case as well... the mute switch is now the lifeproof style and seems to work well (and is a bit easier to move than on the lifeproof cases too) and the rubber plugs for the ports on the bottom are reasonably easy to use. I think I prefer the plastic door that lifeproof uses for the charge port, but the rubber plug is better than the screw lifeproof uses for the headphone jack. The plug is quicker and easier to remove and it sits flush with the case... the lifeproof screw sticks out a bit and looks ugly and can also be uncomfortable depending on how you hold the phone.

    The power and volume buttons work well and are flush with the side of the case, unlike the lifeproof cases where they stick out a bit. The only downside is that it can be a little difficult to find the right volume button by feel. They're textured, so you can tell that your finger is on a button, but there's not much space between them. I've definitely gotten more used to it over the past few days and it doesn't really bother me so much anymore.

    The screen protector is what it is. I very much prefer the exposed screen of a nuud style case, but that's not available right now (there is the dog and bone case that should be out for the 6+ soon, but I suspect that it will be way too thick... even the dog and bone 6 case is more than .5" thick, so personally I'm not really considering that one). I get a little bit of a rainbow effect with the screen protector, but it's not bad and I don't notice it all the time. It's been a while since I've used a fre style lifeproof case, but I seem to recall that it was much more of a problem with the lifeproof case.

    The only significant complaint that I have is the film that they use to cover the home button is not very flexible and it definitely makes the home button harder to press. It seems to be loosening up a bit as I've been using the case (and I think to some extent I'm getting used to it as well). Hopefully with a bit more time this won't be so much of an issue. Touch ID does work very well, though, and I rarely get any bad readings.

    The other big plus is that the obex is available with a belt holster. I don't like carrying the phone around in my pocket... especially something as big as the 6+ and there aren't many waterproof options with a holster right now... even lifeproof seems to wait a few months after the case release before the holster comes out.

    I may still get the lifeproof nuud case when it's available (and when a holster is available) just because I prefer having no screen protector, but I'm definitely happy with the obex while I wait.
     
  9. iopcritter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of the great detail! I appreciate your feedback and it sounds like the OBEX should be a good bet for now.

    One question - do you have any feedback on camera quality using the OBEX? I've heard that their glass near the lens can cause a blue hue in some instances.

    Again, thanks!
     
  10. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    I saw the same review that you did and I'm not sure the guy who wrote it quite understands what's going on about glass being 'near the lens'. If you look at the article he referenced what it's talking about is taking a flash picture into a mirror or through a window. You'll get a big white blob where the flash reflects back into the camera lens.

    In any case, I don't take a lot of pictures, but I haven't noticed any issues without the flash. Occasionally I am seeing a bit of haze on flash pictures, though. What I suspect is that the light from the flash is leaking inside the case and causing the haze. So far it hasn't really bothered me, but if you take a lot of flash pictures it could be an issue.
     
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    I think I'm pretty much convinced on getting the OBEX for now. and I would imagine that any watertight case is going to have similar issues with the camera and flash. I'll just have to determine what is most tolerable.
     
  12. dolacheck macrumors newbie

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    I too just purchased this case. Should come tomorrow, looking forward to see how it works. I ordered it from amazon so if I dont like it its a simple return.
     
  13. dolacheck macrumors newbie

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    Had the case for a day. I really like the feel. Feels sturdy and like it protects my phone well. Its makes the phone a bit bigger but that I can deal with. However for me the deal breaker is the home button. The cover makes it way to difficult to push the button to the point where its almost unusable. It scans just fine, no issues there. However trying to double press is very difficult. I think I may have to return it and try another case.
     
  14. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, like I said above, my only real complaint is the home button. After using the case for a week it does seem to be getting better. I think its a combination of the film stretching out and me getting used to it, so you might want to give it a little time.
     
  15. dennisjr631 macrumors 6502

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    I just ordered a yellow Seidio obex for my iPhone 6 plus. I Really like the case. I was using a tech 21 patriot. I really liked the patriot but the big cut out around the camera was a big weakness. I also like how the obex is waterproof and its slimmer and looks nicer. I will agree with the poster above about the home button. I hope it will break in.
     
  16. dolacheck macrumors newbie

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    Ya I liked the look and feel of the case. The home button issues were a deal breaker for me though. Not being to double press is what really drove me nuts. Have to wait till something better comes out I guess.
     
  17. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    I just got an email from dog and bone that their waterproof iPhone 6 plus case is available now, so that might be an option, but I'm afraid it might be too thick. They still don't have specs posted yet, but their iPhone 6 case is listed as being 5.4" think as compared to the 6 plus obex's .5".

    Personally I'd rather have the screen protector and the home button issues of the obex than the thickness of the dog and bone.
     
  18. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    So this is interesting. My cousin just got an iPhone 6 and she ordered the obex case for her phone. The home button on her iPhone 6 is *much* easier to press through the obex case than on my 6 plus. I'm wondering if there was a bad batch of 6 plus cases or something. Mine has gotten better over the time I've been using it, but it's still not as easy as my cousin's new 6 obex. I may call seidio and see if they're aware of any issues or will send me a new case to try.
     
  19. Janglefish macrumors newbie

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    Just bought 2 obex cases for iPhone 6plus, and each has a terrible blue hue when taking pictures with the flash. Unacceptable. Returning back to seidio. Will wait on lifeproof nuud.
     
  20. Leggee macrumors newbie

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    You might want to consider the Catalyst. Slim and waterproof. I've had Lifeproofs from the iPhone 4 up to the 6, and have finally switched cases. The frè is still a great case in my opinion but the Catalyst is way slicker and streamline. No rainbowing on the screen protector and the mute "dial" is perfection. I've read some reviews mentioning a stiff sleep button and it is a little stiff but nowhere near enough to complain about. Can't recommend it enough.
     

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