A recurring point of contention in my iPhone 6 case reviews thus far has been the ease with which you can get the case on and off. This is because of two issues new to the iPhone 6.
First, with the sleep/wake button opposite the volume buttons, you no longer have a completely flat edge over which to snap a case; you’re worried about hitting buttons (the wrong way) on all sides. Second, there’s “Bendgate,” and although that’s an irrational fear (much like getting ebola on a New York City subway car), it’s a fear nonetheless, so most consumers won’t enjoy applying too much pressure to get their case on and off.
Seidio addresses this with their Surface iPhone 6 case by utilizing a two piece system.
The top two-thirds detach from the bottom third, allowing you easily and smoothly slide your iPhone into the bottom portion. You then slide the top portion into place, where it click-locks to the bottom portion. Done. The buttons aren’t touched at all when doing so, and there’s no snapping involved.
To remove the case, you press down on the indicated area of the bottom piece, then slide it away much like the cover of a battery compartment. It’ll take a couple tries for you to get the pressure right, but it’s very simple once you do.
You’re going to need to get the bottom off easily, because the openings are pretty tight and won’t allow for docking with third-party products when the case is on. All other buttons and switches are accessible when in the case, although the screen edge does jut out far enough that it interferes slightly with button use. In addition, both the top and bottom of the edges are angled quite sharply, which eliminates the rounded feel of the iPhone 6 and makes the case less comfortable to hold. On the other hand, the soft touch coating on the case provides for a nice, smooth grip.
And finally, as the name implies, the Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand comes with a metal kickstand. It only provides one horizontal angle, but I found it useful on quite a few occasions. And when you don’t need it, it magnetically snaps away.
As for whether that’s worth the extra $5.00 beyond the model without the kickstand, I leave that to you.
Now, although the Seidio Surface is strong enough to withstand pocket pressure and small enough to fit in easily, you can purchase a Surface holster separately for $29.95, or get the two in a package for $54.95. With the package, you can still select your Surface color, choosing from black, royal blue, garnet red, violet, gold, orchid, orange, and electric blue.
And so, I quite like the Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand. Its ease of application and full protection make it one of my favorite iPhone 6 cases I’ve tried yet, and I can see it becoming a go-to case for the life of my iPhone 6.
Provides: Protection from scuffs, scratches and minor drops, built-in angled display
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 6
Price: $34.95 (available for $29.95 without kickstand)
For more iPhone 6 case options, see our full iPhone 6 Case Review Roundup.