Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber + Ice for iPhone 6

We’ve recently received a number of cases from Skech for the iPhone 6, including Crystal ($20), Hard Rubber ($30), and Ice ($30), plus Crystal for iPhone 6 Plus, which is the same price as the iPhone 6 edition. Crystal is a thin, transparent case with flexible sides and a hard back. Hard Rubber is a hard shell slider case with a soft touch feel, and Ice is a co-molded one-piece rubber and plastic case somewhat similar to Skech’s Glow, winner of our award for Best iPhone 5/5s case of 2014.

Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber + Ice for iPhone 6 2

Crystal is similar to a few iPhone 6 cases we’ve already seen. It’s an inexpensive plastic shell back with a rubber bumper. As the name suggests, Crystal is transparent to show off the phone. The design is simple, but effective. Button coverage on the volume controls and Sleep/Wake button is nice and responsive. We didn’t see any difference in performance for the iPhone 6 Plus version of the case.

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Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber + Ice for iPhone 6 4

Hard Rubber is a rarity these days: a slider case. Unlike many slider cases, Hard Rubber only has a small piece that comes off the bottom of the case. The hard shell case has a microfiber lining, as well as a plastic strip inside which makes it easier to remove an iPhone 6. Interestingly enough, Skech chose to forgo button coverage on Hard Rubber. While Hard Rubber has the welcome ability to work with docking accessories—including Apple’s Lightning to 30-Pin Adapters and some other Lightning docks—we’d generally prefer a case with more protection.

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Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber + Ice for iPhone 6 6

Ice is only slightly more expensive than last year’s Glow, and instead of using a hard glossy back panel as seen in that case, Skech has opted for a fully soft touch feel with Ice. The button coverage is well done, and protection is solid, all for a good price. Like Hard Rubber, Ice comes in a number of different colors.

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Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber + Ice for iPhone 6 8

Skech’s Ice is one of the better iPhone 6 cases we’ve seen so far. As with the company’s Glow, we consider Ice a worthy alternative to Speck’s CandyShell — the design isn’t quite as polished, but the price is slightly better. Ice comes highly recommended. Crystal is an inexpensive, no-frills case that offers decent protection while showing off an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and it earns our general recommendation. Hard Rubber isn’t a bad case — it feels nice and looks OK — but the slider function will only be of use to some people, and the lack of button coverage assures that it otherwise falls behind comparably priced cases. It’s worthy of our limited recommendation.

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Our Rating

A-
Highly Recommended

Ice

B
Recommended

Crystal for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

B-
Limited Recommendation

Hard Rubber

Company and Price

Company: Skech

Models: , Crystal for iPhone 6, Crystal for iPhone 6 Plus, Hard Rubber, Ice

Price: $20-$30

Compatible: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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