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Griffin Survivor All-Terrain for iPhone 6 Plus Case Review
      #47186 - 10/22/14 03:30 PM

The Griffin Survivor All-Terrain is a super rugged case for your iPhone 6 Plus that will make your device all but bullet-proof, but will also turn your already huge iPhone 6 Plus into an unwieldy behemoth.



Size and Fit

First of all, it's big; really big. Once installed, your iPhone 6 Plus will measure 6.75" x 3.5", and will be almost 1/2" thick. This is not to say that it is any bigger and bulkier than any other rugged case on the market. It's just that when you put a phone the size of the 6 Plus in a rugged case, you should expect to transform it into an aircraft carrier. Don't say I didn't warn you. Perhaps Griffin is aware of this, which is why they thoughtfully include a very sturdy belt/bag clip with every Survivor All-Terrain. In spite of it's super tough design, it's surprisingly simple to install/remove; just pop open the six clips on the edges to remove the top cover and screen protector, drop in your device, and snap it back into place. Once installed, all controls and ports are easily accessible, including the Lightning Port and headphone jack, which are protected by hinged silicone plugs.



Features and Quality

Griffin's Survivor line of iPhone cases is well-represented in the iPhone 6 Plus version of their All-Terrain. The design is familiar, as is the quality. It doesn't break any new ground, with the appearance at least, but closer inspection reveals a nicely evolved construction. In the first generations of rugged iPhone cases, almost every manufacturer used an outer silicone skin that hugged an inner polycarbonate skeleton. The problem with this approach is that silicone stretches over time, and all of these cases ended up looking shabby. Fortunately, the All-Terrain features an outer silicone layer that is bonded to the polycarbonate shell, eliminating the question of future floppiness. Even the hard plastic backplates serve a purpose by allowing Griffin to bond a cushy foam to their inner side to help cushion and protect your device.



The Survivor All-Terrain is rated at MIL-STD-810G, which means it will protect your device from water jets, humidity, sand/dust, and most importantly, drops. In order to achieve this standard of protection, the All-Terrain must be able to protect your device from 26 different drop angles at an altitude of 6.6 feet onto 2 inches of plywood over concrete. That's about as good as you're going to find in a consumer product. It's important to note, however, that the Survivor All-Terrain is not designed to protect your device against submersion so don't take it swimming. Lastly, if you've been using one of the new iPhones for more than a few hours, chances are you are already pretty used to Apple's Touch ID system. Rest assured, even with its built-in screen protector, Touch ID works with the Griffin All-Terrain case.

Style

The Survivor All-Terrain is available for the iPhone 6 Plus in black/black, black/blue, olive/lime, and pink/black so if you intend to take your device into combat, you can do so both armed, and fabulous.



Summary

The Survivor All-Terrain from Griffin is a super-tough case for the iPhone 6 that lives up to its name. While it can generally be argued that more protection is always better than less, this may not be true for every 6 Plus owner due to the device's already overwhelming size. Still, if size is not an issue for you, you're not going to find a better rugged case for Apple's phablet than the Survivor All-Terrain.


Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Serious drop protection. Also protects from dust, sand, and airborne moisture. Included belt clip is very secure. Easy installation/removal. Works with Touch ID
What's Not: Will make your enormous iPhone 6 Plus even more enormous. Will not protect your device from submersion.
Price: $59.99
Web site: Griffin

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton








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