One of many cases in Griffin’s Survivor line, Survivor Skin for iPhone 5c ($20) seems to be a rebranding of the company’s Protector, which we previously covered for iPhone 5/5s. Unlike the flagship Survivor, it’s not a multi-component case, but rather a single pieced of molded rubber, currently only offered in black. Compared to the case that inspired it, though, we found ourselves a little disappointed, specifically when it comes to the fit.

Review: Griffin Survivor Skin for iPhone 5c

Review: Griffin Survivor Skin for iPhone 5c

Survivor Skin is thicker than most rubber skins, adding a respectable degree of shock protection, as well as button coverage. Because it includes material over the bezel, too, you have to stretch the case to fit the phone inside. This leads the one real drawback: the rubber above and below the screen doesn’t rest flat. While we saw a similar issue with Protector, but it’s much more pronounced here. It doesn’t impact the overall level of protection, but is very noticeable, taking away from the case’s visual appeal. Otherwise, the use of mixed textures and thicknesses, clicky button protectors — including the Home Button — and three separate holes on the bottom edge are all nice touches.


Review: Griffin Survivor Skin for iPhone 5c

Review: Griffin Survivor Skin for iPhone 5c

Although we liked Survivor Skin, the fact that it doesn’t quite rest flat on the front of the iPhone 5c dropped it to our general-level recommendation. It’s still a very nice case for the $20 price tag, but it needs to be tweaked so that it rests flat against the body of the phone; the current design means that dust and lint have an even larger opportunity to get inside the case than normal. If you’re willing to deal with the raised rubber, it’s otherwise a good option that’ll keep your iPhone 5c safe from most drops and bumps.

Our Rating


Company and Price

Company: Griffin Technology


Model: Survivor Skin

Price: $20

Compatible: iPhone 5c

Nick Guy

Nick Guy was an Accessories Editor at iLounge. He had reviewed thousands of iPhone, iPod and iPad accessories; provided visitors comprehensive evaluations of products on the industry-leading independent authority.