Apple's gave their latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models larger displays while making the chassis incredibly thin. This combination makes the devices sleeker than ever, but also causes them to be more susceptible to accidental harm via drops, falls, and dings. By investing in one of the rugged cases listed below, you can save yourself the money, time and hassle of repairing or replacing a future device that becomes damaged.
Trident Kraken AMS Series $26.99
Trident's newly redesigned Kraken AMS Series offers stellar protection without any significant bulkiness. It provides full 360-degree protection with an integrated, non-adhesive screen protector as well as a fold-out kickstand. Trident offers five color variants for the Kraken AMS Series including black, white, green, blue, and pink.
Spigen Tough Armor – $21.99
Spigen has been a big player as of lately in the mobile accessories department, most notably known for their inexpensive options offered for a broad range of devices. The Tough Armor series is affordable and durable enough to protect your device from the everyday drops, scrapes, and falls that may arise from daily use with full 360-degree protection benefits and a sleek appearance.
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle PRO – $15.99
While it suffers from a rather strange name, the Unicorn Beetle PRO packs quite a punch with its TPU interior and polycarbonate exterior shell. The front cover harnesses an integrated screen protector and all iPhone 6/6 Plus features are still accessible with the case installed. Similar to the Kraken AMS and Defender Series, the Unicorn Beetle PRO includes a belt holster for added convenience.
Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Series – $36.99
The Survivor by Griffin has been a popular option for previous generations of Apple devices, so their all-terrain series is naturally a solid contender in today's rugged market. It is noticeably bulkier than most of its competitors who are listed here yet although this allows for greater impact absorption when dropped. This model offers a four-layer design and Griffin advertises that it has surpassed Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G Standards thus being more than adequate for the average consumer needs.
Otterbox Defender Series – $69.99
The Defender Series is one of the best-selling iPhone cases of all-time and the newest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions hope to follow in their footsteps. The three-piece design offers a great deal protective benefits although we did run into some performance issues with our review sample particularly with a non-flush screen protector affecting touchscreen performance. Nonetheless, the added durability and protection make up for a degrade in touchscreen performance to some people, so I still included it on this list.
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