One of Spigen's most rugged cases promises excellent all-around protection with a handy kickstand on the back.

The Spigen Tough Armor for the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6 Plus is a two-layer case with a flexible rubber core and a hard plastic outer shell. We were happy with how it held up with day to day use, though not perfectly.

Form and function

Installing the Spigen Tough Armor is a total breeze. Just pop out the rubber interior from the case, wrap it around your iPhone, then clip on the hard plastic section. The shell is on the glossy side, leaving little influence on grip. If anything, the additional thickness gives a little more to hold onto, but the texture itself doesn't necessarily help. The rubber extension across the top and bottom do give your palm something to catch onto.

Rear of the Spigen Tough Armor case for the iPhone 6s Plus

The sharp bevel of the edge affords the Tough Armor case a decidedly military look, but also mitigate impact intelligently. Black, grey, gold, and pink color options are all available, ensuring your case matches your iPhone 6s Plus. Admittedly, the case's blocky style clashes with the iPhone's curvy tendencies and isn't nearly as ergonomic. Small raised bumpers on the rear provide clearance for the case itself when placed flat on a table. A tiny dimple on the inside of each corner of the case provides a tiny air cushion, where the case can safely collapse on impact without applying pressure to your iPhone 6s Plus. Pass-through buttons provide easy access to volume keys and power keys, plus there are roomy cutouts for the mute switch, lightning connector, headphone jack, camera, speaker grille, and Apple logo.

In terms of pure protection, I was amply satisfied with what the Tough Armor case had to offer. There's enough padding there to cover day-to-day drops, and the lip raises up enough over the screen to protect from face-down spills. My biggest issue was with the built-in kickstand. It's nearly impossible to pop it open with a fingernail, which means you'll have to have a slim tool to get it open. This is far from convenient, and generally resulted in me not bothering with using it. That said, the kickstand is very secure, and if it's not a thing you anticipate using very often, it can happily be ignored.

Bottom Line

Though the design is a bit stern and the kickstand is impractically difficult to prop open, the protection offered by the Spigen Tough Armor is hard to ignore. With this case on your iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 6 Plus, you really won't have a thing to worry about.

$34.99 from Amazon