The Spigen Thin Fit Hybrid was the first case I picked up for my iPhone 6S Plus, but itâ€™s actually the case I use the least. That has little to do with the build quality or the ergonomics, and everything to do with how the matte white appears in the everyday.
When I purchase products in white, I want them to look white in most circumstances. The finish on the Spigen Thin Fit Hybrid looks all right in ambient light, but the moment you hold it up to sunlight (or have it under a lamp on a desk) youâ€™ll see that the coating is pearlescent white, rather than a pure white. Itâ€™s tricky to capture on camera, but thereâ€™s definitely a yellow tint to the case under bright light. I was disappointed to find this out, as I think it cheapens the look of an otherwise clean design.
After years of using Gelaskins as my go-to iOS decals, I decided to give the dbrand iPhone skins a try. All of the dbrand skins are applied in the same way, but theyâ€™ve got a wide variety of colours and textures. You can get faux wood, faux carbon fibre, and plain colours as well.
I first ordered one in Matte White because I liked the idea of a super-clean iPhone 6S Plus with a matted grip, but when the skin arrived, it really wasnâ€™t what I had expected. The matte white wasnâ€™t very reflective, but the texture wasnâ€™t grippy at all. For whatever reason, it seems like a matte white just doesnâ€™t have the same texture as a matte black. I had first learned this when ordering a matte white case years ago, but remembered my lesson when the first dbrand skin arrived.
Luckily, dbrandâ€™s customer support was very accommodating and offered to send me a matte black skin, free of charge. A few days later, I received in the mail, pulled out a hair dryer, and started to install the skin.
Appleâ€™s Silicone Case wasnâ€™t actually my first choice for a case. I bought their leather Saddle Brown case and used it for about a month. I loved the way the leather felt and looked on the device, and I thought the warmer-looking Saddle Brown was a huge improvement over the basic Brown leather case. However, I also like to wear jeans most days of the week, and the Saddle Brown dye did not appreciate that in the least. It didnâ€™t take long for me to sub out the leather case for a silicone one.
The white case was actually most appealing to me, but I was worried of repeating the blue staining Iâ€™d experienced with the leather case, so I went with Midnight Blue. Iâ€™ve had about six months with this case now, and although it isnâ€™t exactly exciting, itâ€™s definitely a keeper.