Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

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Last October, we reviewed Speck’s MightyShell for iPhone 6, a slightly bulkier, more protective version of the company’s classic CandyShell case. Now the company will soon be releasing an iPhone 6 Plus version of MightyShell. Additionally, the company has recently introduced its Faceplate, a front film cover that Speck claims has five layers of protection to prevent screen damage. We’ll be offering two separate ratings in this review — one for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell ($55) and another for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell + Faceplate ($70).

Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

MightyShell feels similar to its iPhone 6 brother, which is a good thing. While it’s $15 more than Speck’s CandyShell Grip for iPhone 6 Plus — oddly, Speck has yet to release a regular version of CandyShell for iPhone 6 Plus — MightyShell does feel like it offers more protection, and it should hold up well over time. It’s a good alternative to bulkier, more involved cases which also offer good-to-great protection. Refer to our review of the iPhone 6 case for more details.

Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus
Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

Faceplate is similar to other film protectors when it comes to application — you stick it onto the front of an iPhone and smooth out any bubbles under the surface. Unlike other protectors, however, Faceplate comes with a built-in plastic bezel. Speck claims Faceplate guards against scratches and drops, but whether it’s worth an extra $15 is open for debate.

Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

We like MightyShell’s clean look, and though its extra bulk pushes the limits of how big we want our iPhone 6 Plus case to be, this is offset by the extra protection. As it was for the iPhone 6, MightyShell again earns our strong general recommendation for iPhone 6 Plus.

However, the $15 premium placed on the MightyShell + Faceplate gives us pause. There are likely some users who will be looking for iPhone screen protection anyway — for those, it’s a good solution, as you’re getting a very good case with a solid screen protector from a trusted brand. But we’ve never considered front screen protection a necessity with a proper case, and $70 for an iPhone case that doesn’t offer waterproof protection or anything similar is a lot to swallow. As such, MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus earns our general recommendation.

Our Rating

B+
Recommended

MightyShell for iPhone 6 Plus

B
Recommended

MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

Company and Price

Company: Speck

Models: MightyShell, MightyShell + Faceplate

Price: $55-70

Compatible: iPhone 6 Plus

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Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.