Perhaps you are debating between the Survivor Slim and Survivor Core–you want that great Griffin Survivor protection, but the Survivor All-Terrain is too much case for your needs. Which one to choose? Well, my husband has the Survivor Core on his 6 Plus and I am rocking the Survivor Slim on my 6 Plus, so I thought I’d do a little side by side comparison.
Protection: Winner–Survivor Slim
Both cases are listed as meeting or exceeding the Mil-Spec rating for a 6.6 foot (2 meter) drop, so they are quite protective, but I think the Survivor Slim probably falls in to the ‘exceeds’ category, while the Survivor Core may just ‘meet’ the Mil-Spec rating. Just a guess here–Griffin says nothing of the kind on their website. However, when you look at the Survivor Slim, with its thicker silicone shell, significant amount of lip, and included screen protector, it really seems as if it would be bound to fare better in a drop test than then more delicately proportioned Survivor Core.
Scratch resistance: Winner–Survivor Slim
The Survivor Slim has a silicone shell which would be difficult to scratch, while the Survivor Core has TPE sides with a clear polycarbonate back. The TPE sides of the Survivor Core aren’t going to scratch, but the polycarbonate backplate certainly will. The good news is that you are really unlikely to notice the scratches unless you take the case off the phone or peer very closely at it when it is on the phone.
Lint/Pet Hair resistance: Winner–Survivor Core
Tragically, the Survivor Slim is a lint and pet hair magnet due to its silicone shell. The Survivor Core has no such issues. If you can’t stand lint on your phone, you might want to go with the Survivor Core.
Beauty Queen: Winner–Survivor Core
OK, let’s fact it–the Survivor Core is just prettier. The transparent back and slim profile really allow the beauty of your iPhone to shine through. If that is a priority for you, than definitely consider the Survivor Core!
You can purchase both cases directly from Griffin as well as from other retail outlets:
Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus:
Survivor Core for iPhone 6 Plus