In my dealings with other iPhone users and with the numerous companies whose products I review, I’ve come to realize there are two distinct types of iPhone owners—those who swap cases frequently, and those who buy one and keep it on for the long haul. For the latter, Speck is always a very popular choice. These users don’t want to be bothered checking out new case designs or dropping more money in that direction, they just want to use their iPhone, and they want to know it’s safe while doing so.
I’m not in that group. I can’t be, what with all the case reviews I write. But if you are, the MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 is yet further indication of why so many customers turn to Speck.
Obviously, here, the MightyShell + Faceplate is a two-tiered system combining Speck’s already popular MightyShell with a protective faceplate for your iPhone screen.
We’ll look at the two individually, starting with the shell, which provides 2X military-grade protection. It does this via what Speck calls “radial impact geometry,” which lines the walls of the case. This allows the case to compress on impact, keeping the force away from your iPhone.
The bumper comprises three layers of protection—hard polycarbonate between two layers of TPU and TPE—and rises a full 2mm above the screen so you’re getting some protection there even without the Faceplate.
The drawback to all of this, of course, is that the MightyShell does add some bulk to your phone. You certainly won’t be able to dock it with most third-party accessories, and I wasn’t able to get my thumb into the deep silence switch opening; I had to use my finger. However, the openings on the bottom were wide enough to accommodate all headphones and third-party Lightning cables I tested. And although the MightyShell does make your iPhone 6 wider, it retains its rounded feel and provides a secure, comfortable grip.
Now, the FacePlate. Speck will tell you that, “This Faceplate film is composed of five different layers including a ‘shock-absorptive cushioning layer’ on top, which absorbs the energy from impact, and a ‘shock-dispersive rigid layer’ to reduce the chance of cracking your screen.”
- Hard layer guards against germs and scratches
- Rigid layer disperses energy from impact
- Ultra soft layer absorbs shock
- Semi-rigid layer spreads impact
- Adhesive layer bonds to screen with TrueTap™ technology
The FacePlate didn’t in any way interfere with screen’s touch capacity, and I actually found it a bit smoother to use when playing games that required a lot of swiping. It’s also better at repelling fingerprints than the iPhone’s screen, but you’ll still need to wipe it off from time to time. On the other hand, it did take some time to get used to high edges on each side, as well as the now-recessed home button between the two raised plastic ledges on either side of it.
Installing the FacePlate is a fairly simple process. You first put the phone inside the MightyShell, then make sure the screen is clear of grime and dust (you’ll get the appropriate wipes and dust stickers) and simply lay the Faceplate down inside the frame of the MightyShell. You can’t go too out of alignment, so the only reason you’d need to lift and reapply is if some pesky bubbles or dust got in there. That happened once in both regards, but the dust sticker on the underside of the Faceplate and a stiff card to press out the bubbles as I laid down the Faceplate gave me pretty much perfect installation on the second try.
Now, getting it off? Well, again, this isn’t the kind of case you want to take off. It’s about protection for the long haul, and it’ll certainly work in that regard. Having said that, you can remove and reapply the Faceplate, but you risk more bubbles and dust. If you decide you really need to see something different, I recommend changing your wallpaper…or just put a sticker on the back of the case. Speck left you a couple inches, because they’re good like that.
Provides: 360° scratch, scuff and drop protection
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 6 (also available for iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5/5s)
Availability: Now (in limited color options)
For more iPhone 6 case options, see our full iPhone 6 Case Review Roundup.