The best iPhone 6S cases
The iPhone 6S is a decent-looking and powerful phone and has been flying off the shelves in its millions since September, and there’s every reason to think they’ll be a huge going into 2016.
The iPhone 6S’s big new feature is 3D Touch, which enables the interface to react differently to variations in pressure when you touch the screen and even respond with tactile feedback. Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone is also faster, it shoots 4K video and has a more awesome camera.
Other than that, the iPhone 6S isn’t hugely different from the previous iPhone 6, and looking at the two handsets you’d think they’re identical. But in fact, the 6S is 11 per cent heavier, due to the technical wizardry packed into that 3D Touch display.
Heavier handsets tend to hit the floor harder, which is why iPhone 6S owners should definitely consider a decent case – and it’s also an expensive and fragile device, so keeping it protected is key to seeing it safely through the two years of a contract.
Fortunately as it’s so popular there are already a large number of cases available for it and we’ve filtered through them to find ten of the best.
We’ve plucked some of the very best from the market that not only serve to protect, but also bring out the style in Apple’s flagship device. And spoiler: the new Apple battery pack isn’t in here…
iPhone 6S Leather Case
Price: £35 / $45 / AU$69
If you want to be sure you’re getting an iPhone 6S case as high quality as the phone itself going straight to Apple is probably a good start.
The Leather Case is, as the name suggests, made of leather, and it’s available in five colours- Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, Rose Grey, Brown and Black.
It’s a simple shell which covers the back and sides of the phone, but as it’s leather it looks and feels high end, plus it’s slim enough that your iPhone 6S still appears thin even with the case on.
Spigen Liquid Crystal Case
Price: £9.99 / $14.99 / around AU$21
Sometimes less is more, especially when we’re talking about a phone as nice-looking as the iPhone 6S. It would be a shame to keep it hidden away in a case and that’s the thinking behind the Spigen Liquid Crystal Case.
It’s transparent so you can still see your new phone in all its glory and it’s thin enough to maintain the handsets look and shape, yet strong enough to provide protection against scratches and bumps.
Griffin Identity Wallet Case
Price: Around £26 / $39.99 / around AU$57
When is a case not a case? When it’s also a wallet. With the Griffin Identity Wallet Case not only can you keep your iPhone 6S surprisingly well protected, thanks to shock-absorbing rubber, raised edges to protect the screen and a bumper which can survive 4-foot drops, but you can also store up to 3 cards and currency in it.
So you’ll never need to carry around a separate wallet again, leaving space in your pocket for sweets and marbles.
OtterBox MySymmetry Case
Price: £24.99 / $46.90 / around AU$66
If you don’t want the same old case day after day the OtterBox MySymmetry Case might be for you. At its heart it’s a clear case with tough bumpers, but you can get inserts for it, each of which have a different design.
There are quite a few available so you should be able to find some you like and if you grab a few then you can change the design whenever you feel like it. Sadly you only get one with the case itself, so you’ll have to spend a little extra to build up a collection.
Spigen Tough Armor Case
Price: £18.99 / $34.99 / around AU$49
The iPhone 6S is expensive and fragile, so you’ll probably want to keep it well protected. In which case the Spigen Tough Armor Case would be a good choice.
With MIL-STD 810G 516.6 level defence and Air Cushion technology for protection against drops it should keep your phone safe in day to day life and even through tougher scenarios like…erm…hiking and camping.
It’s chunky but stylish and it’s even available in Rose Gold, to match the new iPhone shade.
i-Blason Transformer Holster Case
Price: £8.96 / $19.99 / around AU$28
The i-Blason Transformer Holster Case is rubberised and textured, so your iPhone 6S will be in no danger of sliding out of even the greasiest hands.
But there’s a lot more going on here than that, as the Transformer Holster also features a kickstand, so you can prop your phone up on a surface, and a belt clip for those who don’t believe in pockets. All that and it’s still fairly slim.
Although we would recommend you think about whether a phone clipped to your belt is a great look…
OtterBox Strada Case
Price: £39.99 / $49.99 / around AU$70
If you like the look of the official iPhone 6S Leather Case but want a bit more protection you might want to consider the OtterBox Strada.
It too is leather but unlike Apple’s offering this one also wraps around the screen, for 360 degree protection.
Its inner shell is impervious to everyday knocks, drops and tumbles thanks to Otterbox’s long-established Drop+ protection, but it looks so swish you’d never know it was so rugged.
A vertical card slot keeps stashed cards safely inside, while a discreet magnetic latch keeps the case securely closed in a pocket or handbag. You’ll just want to stroke your phone with this case on. It even smells great too.
Caseology Wavelength Textured Pattern Grip Cover
Price: £8.95 / $15.99 / around AU$23
The Caseology Wavelength Cover is something a little different. It provides all the drop protection you’d hope, with air cushions providing shock absorption.
But on top of the TPU shell there’s a textured fabric finish, making it comfortable to hold and giving it an eye catching look, particularly in combination with the two-tone colour scheme.
Supcase iPhone 6S Armband
Price: £12.95 / $16.99 / around AU$24
If you’re a runner then you’re going to want easy access to your phone when on the move, which counts out digging around in your pocket.
An armband is far more ideal and the Supcase iPhone 6S Armband is a strong option. Its silicone case keeps your phone protected and an adjustable Velcro strap ensures it can fit almost any arm size. It’s even got a reflective mark to keep you visible when running in the dark.
iPhone 6S Silicone Case
Price: £25 / $35 / AU$55
The iPhone 6S Silicone Case keeps things simple, providing a basic slim silicone cover but with the fit-based confidence that comes from buying a case made by Apple itself.
It’s available in eleven different colours, so you’ll be able to find one to match or contrast your iPhone 6S and it gives your phone basic protection without adding too much bulk.
Moshi iGlaze Napa
Moshi’s well-groomed Napa case takes the best features of your iPhone and accentuates them – slick button pads sit on its rounded bezel and the back’s elliptic cavities for camera flash and Apple logo are perfectly placed.
The inner shell is lined with felt and the shatter-proof polycarbonate outer is backed by vegan leather, which might not have the smell or texture of the real thing, but makes up for it with perfect seams as well as being easy to clean.
The Napa comes with a decent limited lifetime warranty, and if you’re eco-conscious, the packaging is recycled; it’s even printed with Soy ink. The case is fully compatible with iGlaze’s slide-on Ion battery pack, too.
Griffin Survivor Summit
Found yourself in a sandstorm recently? Griffin has a phone case for you. The Summit‘s removable belt holster feels nice and solid, and even doubles up as a stand. The grippy shell keeps a slim profile compared to previous Griffin protectors too, despite offering a concrete-defying 10 feet of drop protection.
The quality of the seal is the best we’ve seen. Pulling up a tab on the top of the case opens it up to slot in your device, which gets a scratch-proof screen guard that doesn’t hinder TouchID, while keeping rain and dirt at bay. Make no mistake, this case is hard. Very hard.
RhinoShield Crash Guard Bundle
Not satisfied to fall back on standard polycarbonates for its products, Evolution Labs created its own polymer blend for increased impact absorption, and this bumper bundle has it in spades. We mean literally – you could whack your handset with a spade and it wouldn’t even blink with one of these cases on it.
It’s super-light too, adding just 12g to the 143 grams of an iPhone 6S, and yet the bezels of the Crash Guard reassuringly envelope the handset. Needless to say, its slim profile is completely disarming. It’s hard to know just how much its amazing protection is due to the well-publicised inner honeycomb structure, but who cares when it’s this stubbornly effective?
Cover-up #WoodBack Explorer
If you prize style and craftsmanship over über-protection then check out these cases from Cover-up. The #WoodBack Explorer range marries a discreet rubber outer shell and polycarbonate inner body with a real wood, laser cut ‘skin’.
That means each case has a unique, textured grain like no other, but all of them share the same super-smooth feel, thanks to a hand-sanded finish and a protective coating made from a blend of vegetable waxes and oils to complete the back-to-nature vibe. Lovely.
Pad&Quill Bella Fino
This luxuriant thin wallet case is a masterclass in cool. Its real full-grain leather cover and perfectly hemmed seam along the outside edges are the epitome of craftsmanship, but the interior is just as impressive.
Five leather pockets and a full-size wallet offer plenty of space for driver’s licence, notes and bank cards, while a clean-release, residue-free adhesive keeps your iPhone securely in place, even after multiple detaches.
Bella Fino comes in six understated colours and a 25-year leather warranty. How’s that for long lasting?
Optrix Body Glove Pro
If you’re a surfer, diver, stunt rider, or just like the idea of being able to capture photos and footage in extreme environments, then consider Optrix’s Body Glove case for your iPhone 6S.
It’s drop-proof to 20 feet for a start, with rugged sealed hinges that allow your handset to be safely submerged in liquid up to 10 metres. Its all-action smarts also include an integrated mount system that makes it ready for Optrix’s separate selfie Monopod, Super Suction cup (for surf boards etc.), chest strap and Tripod Flex.
Not only that, it comes with four interchangeable lenses, including wide angle, telephoto and macro. Granted, the Body Glove Pro isn’t your everyday case, but it could make your iPhone a whole lot more exciting to use on vacation…
Mophie Juice Pack Air
iPhone battery life has never been spectacular. Fortunately companies like Mophie offer decent solutions for handsets in need of a juice boost, and the Air for 6S finds the sweet spot between extra life and additional bulk.
The extra 100 grams of weight just over doubled our standby and yapping time, while the included headphone adaptor and micro USB cable ensured a fast charge and minimal connection faff (unless you want to charge just the handset, which unlike earlier models requires that you remove the phone).
The case itself is a tad slippy but the Air still protects well against knocks and bumps.
Distil Union Wally Wallet
Wallet cases don’t get more minimalist than this offering from Distil Union. Its polycarbonate bumper casing is quite simple, providing decent edge buffering for your phone with a clean matte finish, but the soft, genuine leather covering on the back is where it’s at.
The low-profile stash holds up to four cards or a fistful of notes, and it even has a discreet tab that pulls out to reveal the contents. It’s the perfect ‘smart’ wallet, if you like.
Style and added protection come together in almost-perfect harmony with the slimline ShockGuard. A raised edge keeps the screen safe when face down, while shocks are absorbed and redistributed throughout the case, enough for it to meet the sort of hardhat military specs that we usually only expect from the likes of Griffin or Otterbox.
Twin it with Zagg’s legendary InvisibleShield screen protector and this has all the makings of a bad-ass case. It’s just a shame it’s a bit of fiddle to get at the mute button once it’s on.