The two most important things to considerwhen evaluating and all-purpose iPhone case are its size and it's ability to protect thephone from drops.
While there are many other factors we'll need to consider, this PlayProofcase by evolutive labs certainly nails those two.
They claim that this case is drop ratedto 11.
5 feet while only adding 2mm of thickness to the iPhone.
Evolutive labs was kind enoughto send me these cases for review and in this review we'll put the PlayProof through itspaces and show you why this case is one of my new top picks for an iPhone case.
Evolutive Labs is more well known for theirRhinoshield CrashGuard bumper as well as their Rhinoshield Impact screen protector, whichI had on my iPhone 6S during this PlayProof review.
If you haven't yet seen David Poguetake an iPhone and throw it to the ground from the top of an A frame ladder while usingthis CrashGuard bumper, click the i to head over and see that now.
Also, if you're interestedin seeing Evolutive Labs take a hammer to an iPhone protected with their Impact screenprotector, click the i to see that as well.
You can buy the solid color PlayProof for$25 or one of the many custom prints for $30.
Additionally you can purchase a bundle witha discounted Impact screen protector for $40 or $45 respectively.
That's a $10 savingsoff the regular price.
I highly recommend you get the bundle as this screen protectorprovides insane amounts of protection.
As with most screen protectors you have to bereally careful when lining this up as it only covers the actual screen itself.
Now for the drop testing.
My normal pocketand texting height drops aren't an issue.
I felt so sure of this case that I also tossedit down my brick steps twice.
The Impact screen protector and PlayProof case kept my iPhonewell protected.
To install the case you start from a cornerand work your way around the edges.
The case fits really tightly but isn't too difficultto install.
Removal is very similar.
Like most cases, I usually start from the moreflexible corner by the volume buttons and slowly pry the case off.
Here you can seethe honeycomb inside which helps with shock protection as well.
Each of these providesa little pocket of air against the back of your phone to act as an airbag.
Evolutivelabs refers to this as their Eggdrop technology.
The case is composed of a hard outer shellfused together with a soft inner lining.
The result is a fairly rigged case with very littlegive.
The power and volume buttons are completelycovered and are still fairly easy to press.
The mute switch cutout is probably my biggestcomplaint about this case.
I generally have to use my index fingernail although my thumbworks occasionally as well.
This cutout could definitely stand to be a little larger.
Theheadphone jack and lightning port cutouts are decently sized and you shouldn't havemuch problem with third party connectors.
However, if you have an oversized headphoneplug you may run into issues here.
The Impact screen protector claims to resistsmudging and fingerprints.
That's not my experience and it acted more like a fingerprint magnet.
However, once you turn on the display it's not noticed.
If you're the type of personthat has to have a clean screen though, this may be an issue for you.
The custom backs are referred to as 2.
On this wood plank version you can actually feel the grooves between the boards even downto the knots on the planks themselves.
They have many different styles and add new stylesevery week.
The designs are printed directly onto the back of the solid color cases andif damaged will reveal the solid color beneath.
However, this one has been pretty durableconsidering what I've put it through.
My other top iPhone case choice is a more tacticallooking case by Urban Armor Gear.
It's a fantastic case but not the look that everyone is goingfor.
With the PlayProof there are so many choices that there's a case design for almosteveryone.
The other print I received had colorful polka dots on the back and you can see howeach dot is raised off the back of the case.
The PlayProof is so thin and hugs to the contoursof the iPhone so closely that it almost feels like it's part of the phone.
If Apple madean iPhone 6C with a plastic back, this is what it would feel like.
The only downsideto this material is it's more slippery than some people will prefer.
I personally likethat better though so that the phone is easily removed from my pocket.
The back is going to be too slippery for some,but honestly, with this kind of protection, it's not that big of a deal.
Evolutive Labs makes a big deal about thematerial science behind these cases.
That's because these aren't made from your typicalTPU.
Instead it's a custom blend of polymers developed exclusively by Evolutive Labs andthat's what gives them their crazy 11.
5 foot drop protection.
Not only that but they continueto make improvements to the material so if you're watching this review 6 months to ayear from now, chances are the PlayProof that you'll receive is a new and improved materialcompared to the one I'm reviewing today.
The only flexible part of the case is thesection around the volume buttons and mute switch.
I've pulled on it repeatedly and itcontinues to pop right back into place.
After a month of heavy use and inserting andremoving the phone frequently, I have started to experience some separation of the two materials.
It currently doesn't present any problems but does make me wonder about the longevityof this case.
Surprisingly, Evolutive Labs said this isn't a defect and wouldn't be coveredby their warranty.
They did offer to sell me a discounted replacement at 40% off though.
The PlayProof comes with a lifetime warranty.
Should anything happen that's deemed a manufacturer's defect Evolutive Labs will replace it completelyfree of charge.
However they're not going to cover cosmetic damage like scratches frombeing dropped to brick or concrete.
I had really high expectations for this caseand it's lived up to them all.
I really enjoy the gray and white look against a white iPhoneand it's stayed really clean even when used in dirty environments.
Evolutive Labs alsosays their cases clean very well when soaked in detergent and cold water overnight.
Theonly downsides worth mentioning on this case are the small mute switch cutout, the slipperyback, and my concerns over the durability of the materials over time.
For most peoplethose will be outweighed by the benefits of a case this thin and light with such extremedrop protection.
If you have any questions I didn't cover feel free to leave those inthe comments and I'll get back to you.
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