When the kind folks at Rhinoshield agreed to send me out a Crash Guard bumper for the iPhone 6 Plus to review, I was extremely excited. I had been hearing about this seemingly magical bumper case for months and had been itching to get my hands on one. Why? Well, the Crash Guard boasts a drop protection of 11.5 feet for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bumpers…and it doesn’t look like a tank. At all. It is almost ridiculously thin and light. My reaction when I took it out of the package was probably similar to most new Crash Guard owners—a few exclamations of the ‘No way!’ and ‘Impossible!’ variety, and lots of staring at the bumper and turning it around and around in my hands as if I was going to somehow spot the magic that would allow this delicate bumper to protect my iPhone from a crushing 11.5 foot fall. I didn’t see anything that was obviously magic, just some interesting-looking honeycomb shapes visible on the inside of the bumper. Other than that, it was just a nicely finished, attractive, narrow, lightweight bumper. When I put it on my iPhone 6 Plus, I was impressed by the fit and appearance of the bumper—it looked very sharp and made my iPhone seem extraordinarily thin. Does it really work to protect my iPhone 6 Plus from drops up to 11.5 feet? Most likely! I am not planning to test it—I love my iPhone too much. However, there are lots of comments on iPhone accessory forums indicating that other people are not as afraid of dropping their Crash Guard protected iPhones as I am, and the results cited are generally quite positive. Mobile Reviews Eh, the Canadian guy who drop tests phone cases, rated the Crash Guard very highly ( http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca/rhinoshield-crash-guard-review-iphone-6-6-plus/ ), and he does some great testing work. And David Pogue, formerly the tech columnist at the New York Times and currently a tech columnist for Yahoo, wrote a rather astonishingly positive review of the Rhinoshield Crash Guard a few months ago: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/the-rhinoshield-bumper-and-the-iphone-i-could-not-111444363399.html So, your odds are good 🙂
1. Crazy high drop protection.
2. Good amount of lip on both the front and the back of the bumper case
3. Fits the iPhone 6 Plus well, but is reasonably easy to get on and off.
4. Very nicely made.
5. Makes your iPhone look fantastic and super thin!
1. Not much grip. I was really hoping that this case would have a good amount of grip, but I am a bit disappointed in that. It has a smooth, matte texture that is fairly grip-free.
2. Port openings for headphones and lightning cables are on the small side and might not fit all third party cables.
3. The included protector for the back of the iPhone has a bit of trouble adhering to certain parts of the back of the phone, such as the Apple logo and the antenna stripes. It doesn’t look quite as perfect as I would like.
Conclusion: The Rhinoshield Crash Guard is absolutely wonderful overall. The issues with the grippiness of the case are offset by the fact that if you drop your iPhone in this case, it will probably emerge unscathed. And the back protector issue is quite minor. The Crash Guard is amazing because it allows you to use your iPhone in an practically naked state and still be afforded a high degree of protection. I don’t know of another case like it, and I’m truly impressed.
The Crash Guard for iPhone 6 Plus retails for $24.99 and can be purchased directly from Rhinoshield, as well as on Amazon:
Finally, if you’d like more details on this outstanding case, here is a link to my YouTube review: