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Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus Case Review
      #47225 - 10/28/14 06:36 PM

Griffin Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 Plus Case Review

The Griffin Survivor Slim is not so slim, and provides no better protection than Griffin's Survivor Core line for a 25% higher price, and twice the bulk.

Design

The Survivor Slim, despite its name, is a rather bulky case, thanks to its legacy design of silicone over ABS plastic. Although it doesn't add an unreasonable amount of width and length to your iPhone 6, it will approximately double its thickness. The fit is up to Griffin's typically high standards, however, with the Slim giving full access to all ports, switches, and buttons.



Features and Quality

Griffin's Survivor Slim line of cases is a curious beast because it seems that there isn't quite enough room between Griffin's Survivor All-Terrain and Survivor Core lines to justify its existence. Further, it is the only line of Griffin cases that still uses the old-style design of silicone over ABS plastic, which makes it even more of an albatross because its larger than it needs to be for the level of protection it provides. At first glance, the Slim's drop protection seems impressive (2 meters onto concrete) until you notice that Griffin's Survivor Core offers the same level of drop protection for 25% less money at a fraction of the size. "But the silicone skin!" you say, "must be good for keeping out moisture!" If you were using this product line with an iPad Air, you'd be right, thanks to the snap-down screen cover and hinged plugs. Unfortunately, the version available for the iPhone 6/6 Plus doesn't offer either of those features, and instead ships with a standard electrostatic screen protector as its advertised third layer of protection, which by the way, is slightly too narrow, for some reason. This disparity between devices within a single product line is confusing, especially considering the fact that the main product page shows only the superior iPad Air version. There are also inherent problems associated with the use of a silicone skin as an outer layer in a phone case, such as gathering lint, clinging to pockets when removed, and stretching into uselessness. For this reason, unless you have a particular penchant for an old-school case, I recommend you spend a little more or a little less and buy from one of Griffin's other excellent product lines.



Style

The Survivor Slim is available for the iPhone 6/6 Plus in black, grey, mineral blue, and turquoise, and features an hourglass-shaped accent line on its back. In particular, the grey and turquoise versions look the nicest thanks to Griffin's choice of accent colors (orange for the grey case, yellow for the turquoise case).





Summary

If you're looking for all-weather protection, look to Griffin's Survivor All-Terrain, and if you're looking for everyday drop protection, I recommend the Survivor Core. I can't really recommend the iPhone 6/6 Plus Survivor Slim to anybody. It's good at what it sets out to do (basic drop protection), but achieves it through bulk and brute force rather than clever engineering.



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 2
What's Hot: Provides drop protection on par with Griffin's Survivor Core line.
What's Not: Needlessly bulky. No moisture protection. Silicone outer skin prone to stretching. Included screen protector is too small.
Price: $39.99
Web site: Griffin

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton








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