The ZeroLemon Protector for iPhone 6 Plus is a good quality case that offers significant protection without breaking the bank. In fact, at $10.99 on Amazon.com, it is an absolute steal. I have to admit that when ZeroLemon sent me out this case to review, my expectations were fairly low. i’m a bit of a case snob, and I figured that a case from a little-known company like ZeroLemon, especially one selling for such a low price, was unlikely to be very nice. When I opened the plastic ZeroLemon pouch, and actually examined the case, I was rather impressed. The materials, particularly the outer rubbery TPU, were pleasant to touch and the whole case was nicely finished. For $10.99, you get a protective case, a plastic screen protector (which I didn’t try out as I have a tempered glass screen protector on my phone), and a black plastic holster which doubles as a stand. The Protector is a two piece (or three piece, depending on how you look at it) case: on the inside, you have a two piece polycarbonate shell that snaps around your phone, and then there is a thick TPU rubber cover that you pull on top of the polycarbonate shell. The rubber outer sleeve is fairly tight, but once it is tucked in and positioned correctly, the whole ensemble has the feel of a one piece case. It is very solid and pleasant feeling in the hand. The texture and amount of grippiness of the rubber outer sleeve is pretty ideal, in my opinion. It feels pretty similar to the rubber on the Thule Atmos X3 case, or the rubber on the sides of the Griffin Survivor Core. Nice, non-slippy and not a lint magnet either.
* Nice build quality: everything fits together well.
* Port openings: The port covers for the lightning and headphone ports are easy to open and close and all the port openings are well positioned and well sized.
* Clicky buttons: The volume and sleep/wake buttons are covered and nicely clicky.
* Camera opening: the hole for the camera is a good size and is lined with black to prevent flash issues.
* Grippy exterior: the TPU rubber is grippy without being a lint magnet.
* Pleasant, secure hand feel.
* Holster converts to a stand: many people might not have a need for a holster for their iPhone, but might want to use a stand. It’s nice that ZeroLemon’s holster has a dual purpose.
* Port cover for the mute switch is extremely hard to open and the opening is rather deep once opened. I could operate it OK, but someone with large fingers might have more difficulty.
* Inner polycarbonate shell does not feel as robust as the inner shell on cases such as the Griffin Survivor Slim—the plastic just feels a little cheap. However, once the thick TPU rubber shell has been put on, you no longer feel the inner plastic, so it becomes a relative non-issue.
One other note: as a big fan of the review site Mobile Reviews Eh, I enjoyed reading (and watching) their review of the ZeroLemon Protector. The review is overall a positive one, but Aaron—the stalwart reviewer at Mobile Reviews Eh—is very upset by the lightning and headphone port covers. He has great difficulty in prying them open and finds them hugely irritating. In contrast, I have absolutely no trouble operating the port covers for the lightning and headphone ports on the ZeroLemon Protector case—in fact, I think they are quite well done. So what’s with the disconnect? I believe it is a result of the timeframe. The Mobile Reviews Eh review came out in the fall, and in the time between that review and mine, I believe that ZeroLemon revised the design of the port covers. When I look at the port covers pictured on the Mobile Reviews Eh review and I look at the port covers on my version of the case, they are clearly different. I believe that ZeroLemon, in listening to customer feedback, revised the design of this case for the better.
Overall, I’m quite impressed with this case. I received it at around the same time as a review sample of the Amzer Crusta case, and in comparing the two, the ZeroLemon Protector comes out quite well. In fact, the only area where the Amzer Crusta definitively beats out the ZeroLemon Protector is in the quality of the included screen protector: the Crusta comes with a tempered glass screen protector, while the Protector only comes with a PET plastic screen protector. However, it is important to note that the Crusta is currently priced at $45, while the Protector is priced at $10.99 🙂 And I prefer the feel of the ZeroLemon Protector as well.
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Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review on the ZeroLemon Protector for the iPhone 6 Plus: