Before I had my iPhone 6 Plus, I rarely used my phone as a media consumption device, but the 6 Plus is so big and beautiful that it really lends itself to that application. The only problem, however, is getting my 6 Plus at the right angle for optimal media viewing, and with the ZeroChroma Vario Protect, this problem is solved. From the front, the Vario Protect is a nice quality TPU case that would appear to provide moderate protection for your 6 Plus and comes in a variety of pretty colors. The back of this case is where all the action is, however. A built in stand pulls out from the back of the case, but unlike most phone case stands, this one can be adjusted to a multitude of angles and can be rotated 360 degrees, allowing it to be used in both portrait and landscape orientations. It’s a killer feature, and it is implemented extremely well. There is nothing flimsy about the stand when in use, and the adjustable angle feature means that a single pop-out stand can be used both for movie viewing and for typing. Most people will probably use this stand in landscape mode most of the time, but it is great to know that in the minority of occasions that you are going to use your 6 Plus in a portrait stand orientation, the Vario Protect will deliver.
* Quality construction
* Grippy TPU is comfortable in the hand
* Stand is stable, useful, and almost infinitely adjustable
* Case is compatible with ZeroChroma’s proprietary car and armband mounts
* No drop protection rating specified on packaging
* Back of case is not completely flat
One point on the typing position: I had a viewer question me about whether the lowest stand position was stable for typing, or whether it would collapse under the pressure of your fingers. The answer is that it will absolutely be stable in a typing position…if you have the stand oriented correctly. As the stand can rotate 360 degrees, you can have it in 180 degree opposite positions and still have it work as a stand–the tongue of the stand will just need to be at a different angle. The typing position that works and will not collapse is achieved by having the stand oriented such that the tongue of the stand is flexed to its maximum angle and can move no farther outward, as in the picture below. This stand angle is extremely stable.
However, if you have the stand rotated 180 degrees, as in the picture below, any pressure you put on the stand will force it farther and farther down, until the case is lying flat. If you are are not typing on or pressing the screen, it will stay in this position without going flat with no problem. However, if you wish to type, then go with the position above.
Overall, the Vario Protect for the 6 Plus is excellent. I love having it on my iPhone–I find I am constantly using the stand. And even when it is not being used in stand mode, it is a great case–pretty and protective. Check out ZeroChroma’s products–you’ll be glad you did! The Vario Protect for the 6 Plus is available for $39.95 from ZeroChroma’s website at:
Here’s a gallery of a few more Vario Protect pics:
And here’s a link to my YouTube video on this case:
And if you want to see this case in blue, or you are just interested in the iPhone 6 version, I have also reviewed the ZeroChroma Vario Protect for the iPhone 6.