Griffin Cases for iPhone - Top 5 Protective Cases
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Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective Cases

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Keeping your iPhone protected should be one of the things you need to do after getting one. So today we will review the Top 5 Griffin cases for iPhone that provides the best protection.

Griffin is a popular brand that has a very good collection of iPhone rugged cases to choose from. Whether your are going on hiking or camping, or you’re an avid traveler, or just simply at home or in the office, there’s a Griffin case that is designed for you.

Each of the top 5 cases below has its own unique quality that you will surely like so let’s find out which one will best suit your needs.

 


#5. Survivor Core


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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon (iPhone 6/6s) (iPhone 6/6s Plus) (iPhone 5/5s)
Price: $16 -$20
Warranty: One year
My Overall Rating: 6.8/10


Drop Protection:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Scratch Protection:3 Stars (3 / 10)
Dust Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Water Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Design, Durability, Portability:6 Stars (6 / 10)

The most striking feature of the Survivor Core is its ultra-thin design and the awesome drop protection provided by the tough rubber material at the edges. Like the other Survivor cases, it can provide up to 6.6 ft drop protection even onto concrete.

Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective CasesWhat you will really like about this case is that it maintains the attractive looks of the iPhone because of its clear back and its slimness. This is perfect if one of the primary reasons you bought an iPhone is its design and color.

I like that the case ridge is not protruding too much to maintain the slimness of the case. Although it’s not too visible, it can still provide protection to the display when dropped on a flat surface.

It has no front cover so you still have to buy a separate screen protector. The back of the case may easily get scratches, although not too visible, it may annoy some people. 🙁

When it comes to the retail price, it is cheaper than the Otterbox Symmetry Series case which is its closest competitor.  But personally, I would go for the Otterbox Symmetry Series because I like a clear case with a higher degree of scratch resistance.


 

Pros:

  • Provides a high drop protection (up to 6.6 ft.)
  • Ultra-thin and light
  • Clear case shows the beauty of the iPhone
  • The case ridge provides additional protection for the phone’s display
  • The sides and back of the phone are covered and protected from scratches
  • Beautiful and stylish
  • Lower price than the closest competitor

Cons:

  • The case has no screen cover, you must buy them separately
  • The back of the case easily gets scratches
  • No dust protection
  • No water protection

 


#4. Survivor Journey


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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon (iPhone 6/6s) (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus)
Price: $25 -$38
Warranty: One year
My Overall Rating: 7.1/10


Drop Protection:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)
Scratch Protection:3 Stars (3 / 10)
Dust Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Water Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Design, Durability, Portability:7 Stars (7 / 10)

Survivor Journey is one of the slimmest case in the Griffin Survivor Series and also provides 6.6 ft drop protection even onto concrete. Although the same maximum drop height with the previous case, it can handle a more intense impact because of its Impact Dispersion System.

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Impact Dispersion System

What I personally like about colored Griffin cases is the long lasting color. Even after many months of use, it will still look good as new. I like the beautifully colored lines at the back of the case which gives accent and style.

The case does not also come with a screen cover but you can buy a separate screen protector. The back is not made of clear material so scratches won’t be too visible like in a clear case.

The retail price is $29.99 for iPhone 6/6s and $39.99 iPhone 6/6s Plus. I think it is worth the price. It is cheaper than the Otterbox Symmetry Series case which is also its closest competitor.

If you want a discounted price, the online store of Griffin in Amazon makes lower offers.

It is advisable that the product page should contain the clause “Sold by Griffin Tech and Fulfilled by Amazon.com” or “Ships from and sold by Griffin Tech” or “Ships from and sold by Amazon” to ensure that the case is 100% authentic.

This indicates that you are buying directly from Griffin or Amazon and not from a third-party Amazon reseller.

In summary, the Survivor Core is the perfect case for iPhone owners who do not want too much bulk but still have a high level of drop protection for their iPhone.


 

Pros:

  • Provides a high drop protection (up to 6.6 ft.) with Impact Dispersion System
  • Super slim and lightweight
  • The case ridge is not too visible and provides additional protection for the phone’s display
  • The sides and back of the phone are covered and protected from scratches
  • Beautiful and stylish design that lasts longer
  • Lower price than the closest competitor

Cons:

  • The case does not come with a screen cover, you can buy a separate tempered glass protector
  • The case hides the color of the iPhone
  • No dust protection
  • No water protection

 


#3. Survivor Slim


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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon (iPhone 6/6s) (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus) (iPhone 5/5s) (iPhone 5c)
Price: $19- $26
My Overall Rating: 7.8/10


Drop Protection:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)
Scratch Protection:5 Stars (5 / 10)
Dust Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Water Protection:0 Stars (0 / 10)
Design, Durability, Portability:8 Stars (8 / 10)

The most striking feature of the Survivor Slim case is its silicone jacket (1st layer) and polycarbonate shell (2nd layer) that can absorb up to 6.6 ft drop impact.

The silicone jacket serves as the outer layer while the polycarbonate shell serves as the inner layer of the case that directly covers the phone.

I got this case for my iPhone 6 Plus and I really like the silicone jacket because it’s semi-soft and provides a very good grip. A good grip is important especially for big phones like the iPhone 6 Plus so that it is less prone to drop.

Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective CasesWhat is awesome with the silicone jacket is it does not easily stain. Even after 8 months of use (until I changed my phone model), the color never faded and it’s still as good as new.

It is thin and fits into pockets. It may not easily slide in because of the texture of the silicone but the good thing is it will not easily slide out as well.

It comes with a plastic screen protector but it is a little too narrow and not made of tempered material. You can buy a separate tempered glass protector instead. It will work fine with the case.

The silicone jacket will cover the edges of your tempered glass protector. This way you can already have your full protection from drops and scratches.

The retail price is $39.99 for iPhone 6/6s and 49.99 iPhone 6/6s Plus. It is slightly higher than the Otterbox Commuter Series. But for the awesome drop protection and excellent design, it is still worth the price.

If you think the price is a little high, the online store of Griffin in Amazon also makes lower offers for this case. Just take note above on how to ensure that you are buying 100% authentic cases in Amazon.


 

Pros:

  • Provides a high drop protection (up to 6.6 ft.)
  • Slim profile for pockets
  • The silicone jacket is soft to hold and provides good grip
  • The sides and back of the phone are covered and protected from scratches
  • Beautiful color and design that last very long
  • Does not easily stain

Cons:

  • The case screen protector is too narrow, you can buy a separate tempered glass protector
  • No dust protection
  • No water protection

 


#2. Survivor Summit


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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon (iPhone 6/6s) (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus)
Price: $48 – $59.99
Warranty: One year
My Overall Rating: 9/10


Drop Protection:10 Stars (10 / 10)
Scratch Protection:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Dust Protection:9 Stars (9 / 10)
Water Protection:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Design, Durability, Portability:5 Stars (5 / 10)

The most awesome feature of this case is that it provides the second best drop protection among the Griffin cases. Although there is no disclosure of compliance with US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G for protection, it can protect your phone from drops of up to 10 ft even onto concrete. That’s 10 ft! 😀

Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective CasesAnother cool thing is that unlike the previous cases, it provides dust protection with an IP5 rating, which means that dust will not be able to enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the phone.

With this feature, you can save from future repair cost from dust buildup. 🙂

Another awesome feature of this case is that it provides water protection with an IP5 rating. An IP5 rating means that the device is protected from water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) from any direction.

It also means that it is better than splash-resistant cases (IP4) like the Amzer Crusta. This is also its advantage over Otterbox cases because the Otterbox cases do not disclose any water protection.

When it comes to size, compared to the previous cases, the Survivor Summit is quite bulky. This is very common to super rugged cases.

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Belt Clip

There is also a very little gap between the screen and the screen protector which may bother some people.

The retail price is the same with the Survivor All-Terrain but it’s cheaper than the Otterbox Defender Series. So for me, the price is worth it.

The Survivor Summit case is perfect if you are going out of town in a very harsh environment. It will protect your phone from rain, moisture, dirt, drops, and dust.

If you are mostly indoors, I suggest you try the previous 3 cases instead.


 

Pros:

  • Provides a very high drop protection with military grade strength (up to 10 ft.)
  • The front, sides, and back of the phone are covered and protected from scratches
  • Dust protection with IP5 rating
  • Water protection with IP5 rating
  • Comes with a rotating belt clip which also functions as a video stand
  • If you select the back clear case model, it will show off the color of the iPhone

Cons:

  • Bulky case
  • Volume button may be a little hard to push
  • Decrease in sound of phone calls
  • There is a very little gap between screen protector and screen

 


#1. Survivor All-Terrain


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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon (iPhone 6/6s) (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus)
Price: $19 – $ 48.99
Warranty: One year
My Overall Rating: 9.15/10


Drop Protection:10 Stars (10 / 10)
Scratch Protection:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Dust Protection:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)
Water Protection:6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)
Design, Durability, Portability:6 Stars (6 / 10)

The most striking feature of the Survivor All-Terrain is its awesome military grade protection which is the best in the list. Your iPhone will be safe even if dropped up to 6.6 ft onto concrete but aside from that, it meets or exceeds the standards published in the US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G for protection.

Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective CasesAside from the very high drop protection, it can also keep your phone away from dust and sand. It also provides water protection. Although not water-resistant, your phone will be safe from wind blown rain and wet dirt.

Because of its awesome drop, dust, and water protection, it is bulky in size like the Survivor Summit.

Like the Survivor Summit and the Otterbox Defender Series, the volume buttons may become a little bit difficult to push. Also, due to the tightness of the case, it may reduce the volume of your calls.

There is also a very little gap between the screen protector and the screen of the phone which may be a little uncomfortable for some people. I think this is common for super rugged cases.

Griffin Cases for iPhone – Top 5 Protective CasesWhen it comes to the retail price, it is the same with the Survivor Summit and it is cheaper than the Otterbox Defender Series. Despite being cheaper than Otterbox, it provides better water protection and almost the same drop protection.

In summary, the Survivor Summit will definitely provide the best protection you can have in a very harsh environment. It is also not a case designed for everyone.

If you are always going out for adventure and you need your phone to be very well protected, this is the perfect case.

But if you are mostly indoors, and the risk of dust and water damage is not much of a concern, the Survivor Slim, Survivor Journey, or Survivor Core would be a better choice.


 

Pros:

  • Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G standard for protection (up to 6.6 ft drop height)
  • The front, sides, and back of the phone are covered and protected from scratches
  • Dust-resistant (no disclosure of IP rating)
  • Splash-resistant (no disclosure of IP rating)
  • Comes with a detachable heavy-duty rotating clip secures your phone to your belt or bag strap

Cons:

  • Bulky case
  • Volume button may be a little hard to push
  • Decrease in volume of phone calls
  • There is a very little gap between screen protector and screen

 

* The criteria used to compute the overall score of this case is the same criteria used for the review of the other cases in this website.

 

What do you think of these Griffin cases? Anything in particular that you like?  Let me know you opinion by leaving a comment below. 😃

 

 

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