iPhone case manufacturers are likely slapping themselves in the forehead right now, or at least descending upon the conference to figure out what they’re going to do about “bendgate.” Now, you and I—because we’re smart, handsome people—know “bendgate” is pretty much a farce. It’s a way for Android developers to sell their phones when their phones can’t sell themselves. But it doesn’t change the fact that those who are easily swayed by the commission-driven sales folks at Verizon and Best Buy think there’s something wrong with the iPhone 6.
And truth be told, their irrational fears have made me a bit more cautious; I don’t want to be the guy who proves them right. So, I’ve been more meticulous with handling my iPhone 6 than I have with previous models, and that works all the way down to applying and removing cases. I’ve never liked when I’ve had to work too hard to force a case off my iPhone, and now I just outright hate it. If I’m applying too much pressure to remove the case, I’m not going to put the case back on. This is what happened with the PureGear Slim Shell, which is too bad, because it’s otherwise a pretty good case.
The main selling point of the Slim Shell, of course, is its sleek design. It’s quite thin, but provides complete protection with its rigid polycarbonate construction. The edges are lined with a comfortable material that’s easy to grip and gives it a sporty look, and I especially like the responsiveness (and look) of the exterior metal volume and sleep/wake buttons.
The Slim Shell comes in seven color combinations. Our review unit was the clear/black combo, which allows your iPhone’s color (or third-party skin) to show through. However, I don’t recommend this option, as the clear construction scuffs easily, and dust, crumbs and such will eventually work their way inside. Better to go with one of the color options that better hide these issues. Credit PureGear with at least delaying the scuff issue a bit, though, as the back of the case has three small pegs that will keep it off of surfaces (you can see them in the top photo). On the flip side, the edges rise above the screen to keep that off of surfaces, too.
Now, the bottom tightly protects your Lightning port and headphone jack, meaning you can’t connect with a third-party dock while your iPhone is in the Slim Shell.
As I mentioned, this is an issue because the Slim Shell is difficult to get off your phone, despite what the website says. There is little flexibility in the back and the edges, so you practically have to pry it off. Not a huge problem with previous iPhones, but I don’t like doing that with the iPhone 6.
If you’re the type to put a case on your phone and leave it there for a long time, the Slim Shell is fine. If not, then follow me onward.