Apple makes some incredibly beautiful smartphones, but unfortunately durability has never been a major focus. If you want to preserve the elegant design of your iPhone, then you’ll need to take a few precautions. The phone case market has exploded in recent years, making it difficult to decide upon the right case for your phone and lifestyle. To help you narrow down your choices, from all sorts of stylish finishes, solid drop protection, to added functionality, these are the best iPhone 6S cases and covers you can buy.
Vaja Embossed Leather Grip Case
There’s always room to make a phone even more luxurious, and a case from Vaja is a great way of doing that. This striking leather case is made from Vaja’s Natural Vegetable Bridge Leather, and will naturally age alongside your phone, creating a beautiful patina the longer you use it. An eye-catching circular design emphasizes the bold style of your phone, but also adds extra grip, helping keep your phone in your hands. The leather is layered over a strong but thin polycarbonate case, which adds some protection. Be advised, though, that this won’t be as protective as other cases — it’s mostly there for style. But what a style.
Ghostek Nautical Series Waterproof Case
Without any water-resistance, taking your iPhone 6S anywhere near water can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’re heading to the pool, or just want to keep your phone safe against all sorts of liquids, you should invest in Ghostek’s Nautical Series case. The completely sealed construction offers a super-strong IP68-rating for water and dust-resistance, and should be able to keep your phone safe if it slips into water. But it’s not just proof against water. The solid design uses shock-absorbing corners and an inner air cushion to keep your device protected against drops, bumps, and scratches. It’s a great case for most uses, but the somewhat odd looks might put you off.
Perhaps the biggest name in personal phone protection, few case lists would feel right without the presence of at least one of Otterbox’s cases. If you’re worried your iPhone 6S won’t make it out in one piece, then the Otterbox Defender is what you need. The Defender offers complete protection thanks to a tough polycarbonate shell paired with a grippy slipcover on the outside. A built-in screen protector keeps the front of your phone safe, while the optional holster works as a belt-clip and a horizontal kickstand. If you’re looking for a negative point, the style could certainly be better. But if you’re not put off by the bland look, then the Otterbox Defender is the complete package.
iDeal Marble Fashion Case
If you want a classic, luxurious look for your iPhone 6S, then iDeal’s new fashion cases might suit you. They come in all sorts of finishes, but the marble design is particularly eye-catching. These are slim, hard-shell cases with openings for your phone’s camera, buttons, and ports. There’s even a cut-out on the back to show off the Apple logo. If you want more protection, consider pairing the case with iDeal’s Swipe Wallet or the aptly titled Magnet Wallet ($45). The cases attach magnetically.
Caseable Hard Case
Choose your own photo or design and have it printed on this hard case made of recycled water bottles. These cases function as slim shells, with cut-outs for accessing your phone’s many features. There’s a soft pad inside to help protect your iPhone, too, but it’s too minimal to provide rugged protection. The host of customization options are the real attraction, along with the bevy of stock options, many of which were developed in partnership with talented artists.
Twelve South SurfacePad Case
This stylish leather cover feels luxurious. It’s a typical folio-style with a couple of slots in the cover to hold credit cards or ID. You can also fold it back to act as a landscape stand. Your iPhone 6S is completely accessible because, unusually, there’s no shell inside. You fit the iPhone onto an adhesive backing, and there’s a cut-out corner on the back to leave the camera open. It’s a slim, light case, and it will guard against scratches, but we wouldn’t rely on it for drop protection. You can choose from six different colors.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Ex Case
This popular case from Spigen combines a flexible, clear TPU shell with a hard polycarbonate bumper. All of the cut-outs are generous and there are metallic button covers that are easy to find without looking. It provides a snug fit, the raised bezels at the front help to protect the screen, and it offers reasonable drop protection considering its slim build. Although the hard bumper comes in various different colors, we particularly like the rose gold and champagne gold options.
Vesel Wood Series Case
If you’re looking for something minimalist, protective, and luxurious, then Vesel’s gorgeous bumpers could be for you. Precisely cut from aluminum and quality woods, these hand-finished bumpers are eye-catching, but they don’t cramp the style of your iPhone 6S. You get a wee screwdriver in the box to help you securely fit your bumper and it extends from the front to the back to protect your phone. The cut-outs are accurate and there are aluminum button covers affixed to the wooden frame, each of which works with a simple click. Moreover, you can get a range of different finishes and woods, with the frozen titanium gray and walnut being our favorite.
Noreve Tradition B Leather Case
If you favor a leather wallet-style case then this French-designed beauty should be on your radar. The hand-crafted case is finished with high quality leather, and you can choose the texture and color you want. It opens like a book and there are two credit card slots with a larger pocket hidden behind within the cover. A small kickstand pops out of the back for propping your iPhone 6S in landscape view, and there’s also a secure magnetic closure, so the case won’t pop open uninvited. The iPhone rests inside within a small cradle, one outfitted with large cut-outs that give you access to your iPhone’s ports, buttons, and camera.
Nodus Shell Case
We loved the folio style Access Case by Nodus, so we were excited to hear about the new design for the Shell case. It’s crafted from the same full-grain Italian leather, but this case is a slim, polycarbonate shell with a soft, microfiber lining that your iPhone 6S will fit snugly into. It’s very slim, has accurate cut-outs for your ports and the camera, and sports subtle button covers. There’s no distracting detail, just an embossed octopus logo on the back. The Shell case also comes with a small magnetic dock (a square of metal bearing that same stylish octopus logo) that you can stick wherever you want. It’s a handy way to keep your iPhone 6S safe while charging, or to use it hands-free.
Here’s another iPhone 6S case with a magnetic touch. The MagBak, as the name suggests, has a magnetic strip inside it, and it ships with two MagSticks, which are small magnetic strips with adhesive backs that you can stick on the car dash or the kitchen tile for mounting your iPhone. The case itself comes in four different colors, feels malleable and soft to the touch, and has a black microfiber lining inside. There are cut-outs for the ports, switch, and camera, and subtle button covers. It’s very slim, so it may not provide much drop protection, but the magnetic docks are potentially very handy.
Zagg DropGuard Case
This case from Zagg features something called Reflexion Technology. What this means is it’s durable and highly protective, meeting military drop test standards, but remains a fairly slim case. It certainly looks interesting, with a triangular pattern that will come in various colors. The colored, textured part of the case is soft and flexible, and there’s a transparent, hard plastic bumper around the outside. The button covers have a metallic finish. The openings for the ports, camera, and the switch are generous.
Speck CandyShell Clear Case
There are at least two good reasons to take a look at this new case from Speck: it’s crystal clear, so you can enjoy the iPhone 6S design, and it meets military drop test standard 810G, so it will survive a fall. This is the first clear case Speck has offered, but it didn’t have to compromise those protective credentials. Unlike other clear TPE cases, there’s a special layer to prevent yellowing over time, so it should keep its perfect transparent look. The cut-outs are exact and big enough that the case doesn’t interfere with everyday use. The button covers are easy to find without glancing at the case. There’s also a raised bezel to protect the screen.
Griffin Survivor Summit Case
Anyone seeking some serious protection for their new phone are going to want to check out the Summit case. This is part of Griffin’s Survivor series and capable of withstanding all the trials of a rugged outdoors adventure. It can handle drops from up to 10 feet, while still keeping your iPhone 6S safe inside. It’s also impervious to rain, sand, and dust. The textured finish provides added grip, there are covers for the buttons and ports, and there’s a built-in screen protector. It is quite chunky, so it masks Apple’s elegant design; but think of it as an overcoat for your phone, with a bulletproof vest inside.
Silk PureView Clear Case
Originally the cheapest case on this list is a slim bumper with an internal tread that promises to absorb shock. It has a clear back to allow Apple’s iPhone 6S design to shine through. The button covers are quite large, and there are big openings for the ports and camera. It looks quite good for such a cheap case and should provide basic protection. You can pick it up in gold, black, transparent frost, or grey. It’s easy to customize this case by slipping a picture into the clear back section — there’s even a template provided so you can trim the picture for a perfect fit. You also get a screen protector in the box.