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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: SwitchEasy

Model: 0.35, LifePocket, Numbers

Price: $15-$40

Compatible: iPhone 6

SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers for iPhone 6

Three new cases from SwitchEasy represent a fairly wide array of different protective options for the iPhone 6. First up is 0.35 ($15), a 0.35mm thick layer of soft plastic sold in five colors. It just barely qualifies as a case thanks to the top, side, and back coverage, providing anti-scratch coverage but probably no help in the event of a drop; the bottom and screen are left entirely open. Next is LifePocket ($40), a wallet case with a nylon exterior, compartments for five cards and five bills, and a non-removable rubber iPhone 6 case glued to the back. An elastic strap holds the case closed; three color combinations are available. Last is Numbers ($20), a resized sequel to the company's basic TPU case, available in six colors. Offering protection for the majority of the iPhone 6, it has integrated port protectors but notably does not include a screen protector this time -- none of these cases do.

SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers for iPhone 6

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Core, and Slim for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Griffin has brought its expanded Survivor line — first seen for iPhone 5c — to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though a few of the names have changed again. The company's multi-layer Survivor case is now Survivor All-Terrain ($50-$60). The ultra-protective case houses an iPhone inside its polycarbonate shell, then surrounds it with a soft silicone outer layer. Screen and Touch ID protection is also built in, and the bottom ports and sleep/wake button are all covered as well. Survivor Core ($30) was previously known as Survivor Clear — it's a plastic shell with built-in rubber bumper, though that bumper is more substantial than what's found in the company's Reveal case. Survivor Slim ($40-45) keeps its name. However, the case, a partial polycarbonate shell with an outer silicone layer wrapping around it, is only slim when compared to the All-Terrain model. Slim also comes with screen film and a cleaning cloth. Griffin claims all of these cases can protect an iPhone from up to a 6.6 foot (2 meter) drop onto concrete.

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Core, and Slim for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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Company: Griffin Technology

Model: Identity for iPhone 6, Identity for iPhone 6 Plus, Reveal for iPhone 6, Reveal for iPhone 6 Plus

Price: $20-$40

Compatible: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Griffin Identity, Reveal cases for iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus

Griffin's Identity ($30-$40) is a two-piece case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Identity differs in price based on colors and textures, and Identity Performance also protects the front of the phone. The standard plastic and rubber Identity case which we received provides back and side protection, including coverage of the iPhone's volume controls and sleep/wake button. Griffin claims the slim Identity case can protect against 4' drops, while its simple Reveal ($20) case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can guard against 3' drops. Reveal is essentially a one layer transparent plastic shell with an affixed rubber bumper. The holes on the bottom of Reveal are specifically cut for each port — each speaker hole on the phone gets its own hole in the case — which we haven't seen in many iPhone cases thus far.

Griffin Identity, Reveal cases for iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus

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Company: Rokform

Website: www.Rokform.com

Model: Sport v3

Price: $39

Compatible: iPhone 6

Rokform Sport v3 for iPhone 6

Currently available in five color schemes and also referred to as "iPhone 6 Case - Mountable," Rokform's new Sport v3 for iPhone 6 ($39) is a hard plastic and rubber case with some unique features. The case feels really solid and is pitched as shock-absorbant, with full button protection and all the expected holes. Each case ships with two replaceable back panels -- one with an removable magnet pre-inserted, the other with a hole for attachment to Rokform's traditional wall mounting system, plus a recess to optionally hold the magnet. If you want to use magnets for mounting, a 3M adhesive-backed dot magnet mounting point and one wet cleaning wipe are included for attachment to your choice of surfaces. That said, Rokform's instructions note that the "magnet will disable NFC on phone," hence your ability to remove it from each of the mounts if you don't want it near your phone. A wrist strap is also included in the package.

Rokform Sport v3 for iPhone 6

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