Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Maximum Protection with Ease of Use

| Quick Look Review

Griffin has produced two new versions of its Survivor All-Terrain case for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. These cases are for users who require serious protection for their iPhones.

Griffin's All-Terrain Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The case will protect an iPhone from a 6.6 foot (2 meter) drop onto concrete. Ports are sealed and there is an inner crash shell with foam panels that acts as a deflector during impact. There is an anti-scratch screen shield that covers and protects the touchscreen and a protective camera cover. The case meets Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G standards.

The case includes three pieces: the base, the face cover, and a sturdy belt clip. The case can be used either with or without the belt clip. The case has rounded edges that mimic the rounded edges of the phones.


The base is made from foam-lined silicone. The clip on face protection is hard plastic—as is the belt clip. The color options include: black/black, black/blue, black/citron, olive/lime, and pink/black. 

The iPhone 6 case has an MSRP of US$49.99. The iPhone 6 Plus case is $59.99. It is available for purchase now. Each case includes a one year limited warranty.

Using The Product

The iPhone 6 case weighs 1.4 ounces (39.7 grams) without the clip. With the clip, the weight is 2.8 ounces (79.3 grams). The weight for the iPhone 6 plus case is 3.8 ounces (107.7 grams) without the clip and 5.1 ounces (144.5 grams) with the clip.

Even though the Survivir is very sturdy, I found it easy to both insert and remove my phone. The fact that the front cover clips on after the phone is installed plays a big part in that ease. The places to grab and lift are easy to distinguish. All the covered buttons are easy to push. The Apple logo is not visible after the case is installed.

Once the case is put together, there are no loose parts and all the ports are protected with fold over flaps. One advertised feature of this case is the ability to use the fingerprint scanner, Touch ID, while the phone is wearing the case. I tested this thoroughly and found that as long as I created the fingerprint scan after the phone was fully dressed, it did indeed work perfectly. I think this is a huge benefit to people who need this kind of protection for their phone.

The packages, which are standard cardboard designed to hang on the wall, include a flap that allows potential buyers to feel a portion of the case. This serves the purpose of determining the potential slipperiness of the case. However, the case is not slippery at all. Griffin’s URL is prominently displayed on the back of the package.

I had some concern about the field of view of pictures that I could take with the "camera cover" which is really just a protruding edge around the camera port. To test this I took a standard photo with my bare iPhone 6 and then repeated the process with the phone fully covered by this case. I found a tiny bit of difference between the two options, but personally didn’t feel it was any kind of deal breaker.

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Do I Recommend It?

I do. It is rugged, provides good protection, is made from high quality material, and is reasonably priced. It is light weight when considering the amount of protection it provides, and the ability to use the fingerprint scan iPhone feature is a very nice plus.

Product: Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

Company: Griffin Technology

List Price: US$49.99 (6) $59.99 (6 Plus)



It is rugged, provides good protection, is made from high quality material, and is reasonably priced. It is light in weight. It allows users to take advantage of the fingerprint scan option. It is also easy to insert and remove the phone.


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Many thanks, Nancy.

A couple of comments, notwithstanding that I have not yet purchased an upgrade for myself, despite having made 3/3 eligible for family members on my plan, I don’t quite qualify. Still I’m eyeing cases and carrying solutions.

First, I tend to side with John Martellaro that a case that obscures the Apple logo is probably a demerit. I had earlier thought that the truly rugged cases simply couldn’t do so with notable compromise to security, but even Lifeproof having added that feature with the iPhone 5 case, I now feel otherwise. Many people, present company included, who require a rugged case like to have at least one visible reminder about the jewel inside.

Second, because of their larger sizes, in your next product reviews, should they feature a belt clip as does this one, could you get someone to model it for perspective’s sake (just a waist shot from about 1 metre’s distance). It would be nice to how large the entire assembly is.


Nancy Gravley

wab95, wait a few days and check out my review of the other new case from Griffin - The Survivor Core. It offers most of the protections that the larger case offers, but it has a clear back that lets the world know you have an Apple.

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