The iPhone 6 survivor is finally here, and whilst I wait for my TAKTIK 360 from Lunatik this will more than adequately do the job.
My third survivor I have owned. One for the 4s, one for the 5, and now I own one for the 6.
The packaging looks good, simple, crisp and clear and easy to open-none of that fighting with the plastic that cuts your fingers to shreds.
The case comes in two parts, the front and the back. The phone easily locates into the deeper rear panel, and then the front panel clips into place with 6 plastic clips. Once front meets back the phone is protected. It feels nice in your hand, and the rubber-ness of the grip makes it a much more comfortable confident grip.
The IP6 Survivor is the first survivor case not to have a cover over the camera. Instead it has a nice plastic moulded cutout. The cutout is recessed by about 3cm leaving the camera still protected by the bezel of the case.That being said Apple built the camera lens protector well. They use mineral glass to protect the lens. Mineral glass is the second hardest manmade material available after diamond. So although the camera is always left uncovered we can rest assured that it is protected well. On my previous iPhones, the camera cover was a massive pain in the rear. It was a real pain to remove the cover in a hurry, especially if you needed to snap something quickly, and sometimes one got so worked up by the case, you would end up ripping it off altogether. This obviously was really annoying, as once off the cameras protection has gone.
The volume switches are covered by the rubber, and they feel and work well. No lag, no misalignment, just right. The ringer/silent switch, the power and the audio jack are all covered by little doors. The doors clip into place, and our very easily opened(but only when you want them to be, they do not burst open unrequested).The doors prevent dust, sand, dirt and all manner of nasty things from entering into the depths of your phone. Dust and dirt is a massive problem to power sockets, and headphone sockets. So the doors work well.
The screen is thin, and it works well. It is almost as clear as the screen, and almost as sensitive. It doesn’t take any getting used to(like some old screened cases), it simply works. It does seem to invite dust and fluff under itself, so after 1 week i have a couple of hairs and a fair bit of dust-so i do need to take the case off, and dust it), but apart from that its great. Whats even better is that the TouchID works with the case on! Granted it is not quite as sensitive, but it does work really well. I was impressed with its performance.
The case is very tough. This I can vouch for first hand. Last weekend I entered a charity cycling event, and this was the first time I had cycled with my IP6, but as I had my survivor case I was confident. 2 miles into the 104mile ride i was involved in an accident with another cyclist. My phone was in my bib pocket(it sits on your lower back/hip), and all i remember was going head over heels and landing on it, before rolling over and sliding along on my shoulder.Once I had gathered my marbles I took my phone out, worried it would be smashed and bent, but no. It was still working, and showed no sign of damage! Phew, and this wasn’t a slow crash. I was travelling at about 20mph and hard old bumpy tarmac(you know the stuff). So, I was very impressed.
So, the survivor. I like it, I definitely would recommend it, and it will protect your phone!!
PROS: Cheap-ish, feels good, tough,functional
Cons: Screen attracts dust and hairs under it!