So I have this gorgeous new iPhone 6 Plus, but I wouldn’t dream of using it without a case. It seems entirely too slippery without one, and being a very nervous smartphone user, I have always used a case. So which one? Like most people, I am drawn to the tried and true, and because I have always had good luck with Tech21, I immediately bought one of their Classic Check cases. It was the same case style I had used on my iPhone 5, and I had loved it on that phone. I loved it on my iPhone 6 Plus as well…until I tried the Tech21 Classic Tactical. The two are basically the same case–they are exactly the same size, and the cut-outs are basically identical, except for the camera cut-out on the back, but the Classic Tactical has a much more grippable texture. The Classic Check is pretty grippy itself, but it just doesn’t feel as nice in the hand as the Classic Tactical. Also, if you are not a fan of Tech21’s signature orange banding around the case edges, the all-black Classic Tactical completely covers it up. (For those of you that aren’t familiar with Tech21 and its orange banding, the band is made out of a nifty orange goo called D30 that is super protective in a drop situation. D30 is not unique to Tech21–it is also used in military applications and in motorcycle gear–but they are the only company using it in phone cases.)
Anyway, back to the case. It fits snugly, although not quite as snugly as the iPhone 6 version for some reason, and the buttons are all easy to press with a nice degree of clickiness. The cut-outs are all of a good size and are very accurately placed. This is a slim case, and the lip is pretty minimal, which is great for swiping across the phone, but perhaps not so great for drop protection. However, the edges of a case do much more than any lip to protect the screen, and the Tech21 Classic Tactical case has super-protective D30 all around the edges, so presumably the case should offer good protection in the event of a fall.
Check out my YouTube video if you’d like to see more about this case:
Being the nervous type, I did put a Zagg Glass tempered glass screen protector on the phone and I have to say that I am quite pleased with it. Previously, my only experience with screen protectors had been the Tech21 Impact Shield on my iPhone 5, and I was entirely pleased with it. However, as Tech21 has not yet released its Impact Shield for the iPhone 6 Plus, I decided upon the Zagg Glass after reading good reviews about it. It doesn’t cover the entire screen of the iPhone 6 Plus because of two reasons: 1) The iPhone 6 Plus has curved edges on its glass screen and the tempered glass screen protector cannot fit on them properly; 2) It is being somewhat ‘case-friendly, so it doesn’t impact the edges of the case. Despite this fact, it covers enough of the screen to be acceptable to me. Some people are bothered by the small strip of exposed screen around the edges of the Zagg Glass, but I’m really not. It’s a nice screen protector. It looks good on the phone, and feels wonderful to touch. In fact, I’d say that it feels smoother than the original iPhone 6 Plus glass screen. Very pleasant to have on your phone. And apparently, tempered glass is rather protective as well. Not only does it protect your screen from scratches, but it also has an element of drop protection as well. From the description I read, it doesn’t sound as protective as Tech21’s Impact Shield, but it does offer some degree of protection and will crack instead of your actual screen cracking in the event of a bad fall. Again, I haven’t tried that part out, but it is rather comforting to read about. All in all, it is a nice addition to my iPhone 6 Plus.
So, if you decided to dream big and get the lovely iPhone 6 Plus, you really might want to consider one or both of these additions to your new iPhone. The Tech21 Classic Tactical is slim, while still being protective, and simply feels great in the hand. And the Zagg Glass is a very pleasant addition to the iPhone in terms of its smooth feel and lovely clarity. I’m sure it will protect my new iPhone against scratches–its drop protection is less clear. But it is great so far, and it has a lifetime warranty in case of breakage–you only pay shipping and handling.