One of my consistent complaints about the first run of iPhone 6 cases has been about the difficulty in removing most of them. This is in part because of having the sleep/wake and volume buttons opposite each other, because of the lack of ability to dock with third-party accessories, and because of the whole bendgate “problem.”
These will play less of a factor in my New Trent Trentium 6s iPhone 6 case rating, because the whole point of the case is to completely cover and protect your iPhone 6 from all manner of elements. If this is a major concern of yours, I’m guessing the ability to dock it on an alarm clock each night is not.
Three separate pieces comprise the Trentium 6S: a soft TPU exterior, a hard interior, and an exchangeable backplate. Black, silver and gold backplates are included, allowing you to change up the look of your case. But the backplate serves two other functions, as well—the circular cutout has a clear piece of plastic to protect your phone while also allowing the Apple logo to show through, and they prolong the life of the case…at least aesthetically. Should one backplate get scratched up, just snap on another.
Regarding protection, everything on your iPhone is covered by the Trentium 6S. All of the edge buttons and ports sit under the TPU liner, with flaps that allow access to the headphone and Lightning ports when necessary. They’re very tight, so you may not have luck trying to plug in Lightning cables or headphones that didn’t come in your iPhone 6 box. Case manufacturers really need to be more careful about this.
The only openings in the Trentium 6S, then, as the holes for the speaker, camera and flash. Even the screen is covered under a scratch-resistant protector. I found no issues with touch responsiveness under the screen protector, but it’s not as smooth to swipe on as a glass protector or a naked iPhone screen. It also causes some minor discoloration (that oil-like appearance between the protector and the screen) and made the Touch ID less responsive; it often took two or three tries before the Touch ID would recognize me.
I also find it surprising a case that offers this much protection doesn’t meet military drop-test standards. That should be a given for maximum protection cases like this.
And finally, although getting the iPhone 6 into the Trentium 6S, getting it out is another matter entirely. It’s very difficult to pry the TPU away from the hard plastic interior when your iPhone is in place. I eventually had to rely on the dull edge of a pocket knife to get the process started, but was then able to easily pull the rest away with my fingers.
The main benefit of the New Trent Trentium 6S is that it provides all-econmpasing dust and scratch/scuff protection without adding too much bulk, and it does so for only $21.95. But if you need that kind of complete protection, I’ll posit that you should pay more for it. There are better options out there, some of which we’ll be reviewing soon.
Provides: Complete protection from scuffs/scratches and dust, water resistant, shock resistant
Developer: New Trent
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 6
For more iPhone 6 case options, see our full iPhone 6 Case Review Roundup.