Review: X-Doria Defense Shield for iPhone 6/6s
X-Doria's new Defense Shield ($50) for iPhone 6/6s is the latest case we've seen that features a frame over some type of an inner shell. These cases add extra side protection while still giving an iPhone a slim profile, and they've apparently been catching on in popularity, if our recent reviews are any indication. Defense Shield does offer a few differences than some of its competitors, pairing an aluminum frame with a clear back, to show off the rear of the iPhone 6 or 6s. The case has proper, responsive button coverage. Defense Shield comes in a variety of colors, including rose gold, gold, and silver. We received the multi-colored "iridescent" frame version of the case.
Defense Shield attempts to distinguish itself by having a rubber inner lining beneath its metal frame, and a hard polycarbonate back, and it does feel at least as solid as any similar case we’ve seen. Protection shouldn’t be a problem as an everyday case. The case isn’t without issue, however. Its rigid frame and relatively smaller Lightning port hole mean that some third-party Lightning cables might have a tight fit. Also, we found it tough to install the frame without the small taped-on piece underneath the volume controls sticking out a bit — that’s more of an aesthetic issue than anything else. Many casemakers have resorted to these thin strips to get the buttons to work properly. And as with most of these cases, the ringer switch can be problematic to get to in a pinch. Overall, Defense Shield isn’t too much different than the company’s Defense Lux. Like Lux, Shield earns our limited recommendation — the price is a bit higher than competitors, but you might find the colorful metal frame worth it.