Tech21 Evo Xplorer for 6/6s

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  1. AnthroMatt, Feb 12, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016

    AnthroMatt macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Mesa, AZ
    Picked this up at Best Buy...mainly to compare to past experiences with the Fre. I will just highlight some of my initial impressions and experiences with the case so far.


    1. Screen clarity seems much better to me than with the Fre. Much less "grainy."
    2. Materials - it definitely feels more solidly built. I haven't dropped it yet, but I don't get the impression a drop may cause the case to pop apart, as can happen with the Fre.
    3. TouchID seems to work much more reliably than with the Fre. I've never had to try multiple times to get it work.
    4. Dial for mute switch - Although it's ugly, the dial for the mute switch is much preferred over the "lever" on the Fre.
    5. Audio - phone calls through the earpiece are on par with the Fre, callers have not asked me to repeat myself. Speaker audio is MUCH better than with any Lifeproof case I have ever used.
    6. Waterproof seal - The gasket seems more secure than the seal on the Fre.
    7. Included lanyard - just a minor detail, but nice to have it there.
    1. Power button - ZERO tactile feedback. At all. Volume buttons are marginally better, but still could use serious improvement. Most disappointing aspect of the case to me.
    2. "rainbow" effect when screen is off. Same as the Fre.
    3. Weight - Goes back to the materials, but it does add a lot of weight.
    4. Back plate - kinda ugly, which I can move past (I think the backplate of the Fre is hideous in any color). However, it is super slippery. I haven't dropped it to the ground yet, but I have dropped it and caught it while using the phone in on my couch.
    5. Scratches on Screen Protector after three days - just a couple and they are faint, but they are there. This happened to my Fre all the time too. Hazard of living in a desert I guess. Sand is everywhere!

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  2. AE14 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2013
    Philly Burbs
    Wonder if they will come out for the 6s plus. Thank you for the review
  3. UltraZ33 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2009
    That looks cool!! Except for that little window in the lower portion. Is that there for a purpose? Or design only??
  4. AnthroMatt thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Mesa, AZ
    I have no idea what it is for, to be honest. No Lifeproof Fre cases have that clear window there. Unless it somehow enhances the speaker audio by having less of the black liner material there?

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