I’m a big fan of Thule products, so I was really excited when they sent me out their new Thule Atmos X4 cases to review. The Thule Atmos X4 for iPhone 6 Plus is a definite improvement to the Thule Atmos X3, which was a fantastic case itself, but which had a few tiny irritations, namely the overly small port openings and the rather stiff buttons. Thule clearly paid attention to customer feedback on those, as they are all fixed in the Atmos X4. In addition, the Atmos X4 has an integrated screen protector which is the best integrated screen protector that I have seen on a case yet. It is really excellent, with great optical clarity and screen feel. However, it is flawed in that the plastic rim around the screen protector is too high on the bottom of the case, leading to distinct difficulties in swiping up to access the Control Center. There is evidence that Thule is moving to fix this issue, however, so hopefully this one flaw in an otherwise great case will be resolved. * Update: this issue has now been fixed! Thule has updated the screen protector to fix the control center issue and the X4 cases with the updated screen protectors should be in increasingly wide circulation starting in October of 2015. See updated review here: https://youtu.be/3fGZZvWUB2E *
1. Excellent screen protector which boasts 5x greater screen protection against impacts as compared with a naked iPhone screen.
2. 6 foot drop protection
3. Excellent grip; even better than its predecessor, the Atmos X3
4. Generous port openings
5. Easy to press buttons with an attractive metal design
1.Screen protector is rather difficult to apply in that you have to position it very exactly to get a perfect install. Once on, it is great.
Conclusion: The Thule Atmos X4 is a definite improvement on an already great case (the Atmos X3) and it is definitely worth considering. It is available directly from Thule for $59.95:
Finally, if you’d like more details, here is a link to my original YouTube review:
And here is a link to my updated YouTube review, with the fixed screen protector: