I’m on a mission to find and test the best looking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases, and then pick a winner. I love the design of the iPhone 6 and I think it’s a necessary shame to have to cover it up.
In case you’re not in the mood to read the previous review’s preamble, let me break down what I’m looking for in a case worthy of being called “the best looking” iPhone 6 case.
I’m looking for a case that gets out of the way and basically disappears as much as possible. That means being thin and transparent to let as much of the iPhone 6’s beautiful design shine through as possible. After that, I’m looking for quality, durability and usability.
The Griffin Reveal is the second iPhone 6 case I’ve tested as part of this series. I’m not going in any particular order: merely the order in which the test samples arrived at my door.
There’s a lot the Griffin Reveal has to offer an iPhone 6 owner looking for an ultra-minimal case.
Let’s start with the way it feels in-hand. It’s thin (adding just over a millimeter of thickness to the device) and that’s a good thing. The iPhone 6 takes up enough space as it is. Even though the Griffin Reveal doesn’t add much bulk to the iPhone 6 it does add something very useful: grip.
Without the Griffin Reveal, the naked iPhone 6 feels pretty slippery. With the Reveal in place, I feel like breathing a sigh of relief. I feel like dropping my phone becomes much less likely—and even if I did, it would have some decent protection.
Griffin’s Reveal, which nobody would confuse with a “heavy-duty” case, leaves me with the right amount of peace of mind in terms of protection. If I dropped the phone out of my pocket I wouldn’t be scared it would have any serious damage when clothed in the Reveal. In fact, it does feel more solid/secure/padded than the Incipio NGP.
That said, the Incipio beats the Griffin case in one very important area: button use. Like the Incipio NGP, the Griffin Reveal covers the iPhone 6’s power and volume buttons. Unlike the NGP, the Reveal makes the buttons noticeably tougher to push.
It’s a crucial difference when it comes to snapping a quick photo. Imagine trying to capture a baby’s smile or a butterfly while it’s wings are open… seconds can make all the difference. It also means that I end up pressing harder to take photos using the volume-up button which is directly opposite the power/sleep button making it much more likely that I will put my screen to sleep instead.
It excacerbates one of the iPhone 6’s two design flaws/compromises: the position of the power button across from the camera shortcut button and the bulging camera rim that isn’t flush with the iPhone’s back.
I love how the Griffin Reveal is completely transparent in the back. It lets the iPhone’s design sing through with nothing but a frame. But the frame, available in black, pink or white, is unfortunate in my opinion. I wish it was also transparent. As I mentioned in the Incipio review, I’m sure some people will like the ability to add a splash of color or personalization. In any case, it’s still one of the sharpest looking iPhone cases available.
From the front, I don’t love the way the reveal looks. But to be fair, I don’t love the way ANY iPhone 6 case makes my iPhone look from the front. It looks bulkier than it really is (same with the Incipio case). But at least you can match the bumper/frame color with the iPhone model you have (black or white) to help it blend in more.
At this point would I recommend the Incipio NGP or the Griffin Reveal? It really comes down to how much you take photos using the shortcut button (the volume up button) and your personal aesthetic preferences.
Aesthetics completely aside (they’re both failrly similar, really), her’es what I’ll say. If you take a lot of photos I’d recommend the Incipio NGP. If you take less photos or simply don’t mind having to press a bit harder on the camera button, or want a case that feels more “solid” I’d recommend the Griffin Reveal.
As for me, a person who does take A LOT of photos and video, I’m going to stick with the Griffin Reveal for now. But that’s just me.