X-Doria Defense 360° iPhone 6 and 6s Case Review

What we think

The X-Doria Defense 360° is a fine case, but not great. While it is nice to have an iPhone case that constantly protects the screen while still allowing you to tap and swipe on it, it feels too flimsy to offer the protection we would expect from a case, and is too expensive for our liking.

Design

The X-Doria Defense 360° case comes in two separate parts, which clip onto the front and back of your iPhone 6 or 6s. They fit pretty snug around the phone, which is good, and it was very easy to attach the pieces together.

I found removing the case to be very fiddly, and I was worried about snapping it due to its fragility. Obviously phone cases generally remain in place the entire time, but it was still a little concerning to have such a hassle removing it from the phone.

The case is only available as a transparent version, which I personally prefer anyway as it allows for the iPhone to still be ‘shown off’ through the case.

The case is very slim and lightweight, but I can’t help feeling that this comes at a cost – and not just financially. The case feels incredibly flimsy and frail, and I don’t have confidence in a precious iPhone 6 or 6s surviving all the time whenever the phone is dropped, even if it’s from a low height.

    Pros

  • Covers entire phone well
  • Touchscreen still responsive

    Cons

  • Seems rather cheap
  • Not convincing protection
  • Expensive
  • Feels very flimsy

    Rating

  • Performance:2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Design: 2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:2 out of 5 stars
Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Functionality

The major characteristic of the X-Doria Defense 360° case is that the front is constantly protected from scratches, marks and other damage. This is possible through X-Doria designing the transparent polycarbonate material to work with full touch control, so all of your swipes and taps are registered, despite you not technically touching the screen.

This is a good feature, and it works well the majority of the time, but sometimes I experienced issues where it wouldn’t register my touch, which could be the difference between life and death – depending on which app I’m playing.

I (nervously) dropped my iPhone 6 onto the floor and my desk a few times, and it didn’t suffer any damage. However, I was constantly wary and didn’t feel confident enough to drop it from the usual height I would when testing a phone case, due to its fragile feel.

If X-Doria could guarantee this case is very safe, and make it stronger than it is right now, then I would genuinely be a fan of the case. I don’t really like flip-cases, as the flap can often get in the way when using your phone, and the downside of cases that only cover the back and sides is that the front screen is open to damage, unfortunately.

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Price

At the time of writing, the X-Doria Defense 360° is available for slightly under £20. I feel like this cost is unreasonably high, because I have doubts on the level of the protection it offers. We all know how expensive iPhones are, and therefore I think it’s important to protect it suitably.

I don’t mind paying £20 for a phone case at all, but it still needs to represent good value for money, which the Defense 360° does not in my opinion.

The X-Doria Defense Lux is available for around £20 too, considerably lower than its RRP, and provides much greater protection. I know which case I would go for, in spite of having a strong personal preference for clear phone cases.

Conclusion

I think the X-Doria Defense 360° case is very average on the whole, frankly. It is nice that it offers protection all around – that much is obvious from its name – but I think that there are many other cases out there providing sturdier protection.

If I forked out £20 on a new phone case, I would expect it to be a lot stronger than this case is. For a similar price you can get the Defense Lux case from X-Doria, which we rate much more highly than the Defense 360° version, and recommend over this one. If the Defense 360° was available for £10 or less, it would be a different story.

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