My iPhone 6 Plus is still showing as “preorder processing” with a delivery date of 11/09 – 11/27 (ugh!), but Kev’s shiny space gray 128GB AT&T iPhone 6 arrived on Friday. Already here — and ready to protect it — was the new Incipio DualPro SHINE iPhone 6 Case. It’s attractive and sleek; not bad for just under $35!
The DualPro SHINE case consists of two pieces — the dLAST™ TPE inner core and the impact-resistant ABS polymer frame, the outer shell of which has a brushed “aluminum style” finish. You honestly could have fooled me that it wasn’t real aluminum; I had to tap it several times to be sure, but okay, fine — it does have the dull thud of plastic rather than the metallic “ting” of metal. It looks great, though. The case is available in six different color combinations; I was sent the gun-metal and black, which Kev likes, and I think looks great with his space gray iPhone 6.
The core is shock-resistant and it is perfectly molded to tightly hold your iPhone 6 in preparation for …
… slipping it into the ABS polymer frame. I found that the easiest way to do this (because the fit is so tight) is to start by placing the left side of the iPhone (which should already be inside the rubbery core) into the ABS outer shell and then pressing the right side down. It will click into place, and the iPhone will be solidly installed.
Let’s do a quick spin around of the Incipio DualPro SHINE; you’ll note that there is a wide cutout around the camera and LED on the back.
The new side power button is covered.
The speaker button on the bottom is left uncovered, as is the sync/charge port and the 3.5 headphone jack. I’ve tried several aftermarket cables with the case, and so far all have worked.
The volume up and down buttons are covered, but the mute switch is left uncovered; it can be a little bit difficult to flip the switch if you have short nails. The only other caveat worth mentioning is that if you remove cases fairly often, you will find that it is no small feat to get this one off; once installed, it doesn’t want to be removed! That’s actually good news if you have it installed on a teen’s phone, though, and you don’t want them easily pulling their expensive iPhone from the case.
I like that the Incipio DualPro SHINE adds very little bulk or weight to the svelte iPhone 6. It’s just enough protection so that the phone feels solid enough to take a corner bounce, and the sides and back are completely protected. There is also a fair bit of face protection provided by the sides when the case is laying face-down. Kev likes that his fancy new iPhone with the huge screen isn’t going to get snapped in two anytime soon; he upgraded from an iPhone 4S, so this is a big change for him. 😉
The Incipio DualPro SHINE Brushed Aluminum iPhone 6 Case retails for $34.99, and it is available directly from the manufacturer and from other retailers.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Lightweight protection that doesn’t add a lot of bulk
What Needs Improvement: Flipping the mute switch can be a bit difficult with shorter nails; Removing the iPhone 6 from the case is tricky