Many of us take our iPhones everywhere, including on our outdoor adventures. Whether you run, cycle, ski, ride, boat, or take part in some other outdoor activity there are a few solid choices to protect your iPhone 6 Plus from the toughest elements.
The LifeProof case consists of a front and back piece. A test piece is included so you can perform a waterproof test before you risk ruining your expensive iPhone 6 Plus.
There are rubber seal pieces in the corners of the front LifeProof Nuud case.
The LifeProof Nuud case supports TouchID with a plastic seal window. There are also sealed door covers for the headset jack and Lightning port.
It is easy to place your iPhone 6 Plus in the front of the LifeProof Nuud. It rests in the rubber seal.
LifeProof took an interesting approach to sealing your iPhone 6 Plus. There is no integrated screen protector. Instead LifeProof has a rubber gasket around the display. A plastic screen protector is included if you want to apply it, but it's not necessary.
The back piece if made of rigid plastic with windows for the camera and flash. An O-ring is set in a channel and there is a clamp to keep the case locked in place.
The suction mount can be used to mount your iPhone in the car while the bike mount attaches to your handlebars.
You can place the mounting clip on the back of the LifeProof to use your iPhone 6 Plus in landscape or portrait orientation.
It is very easy to simply lock the mount on your bike and then slip the mounting bracket into the socket opening.
Using my iPhone 6 Plus in portrait orientation.
Whether you use the vertical or horizontal mounting clip orientation, you can always rotate your iPhone 6 Plus in the Nuud case using the socket ball and rotation mechanism.
Like the other two iPhone 6 Plus systems, the Seidio OBEX case is composed of two pieces.
The package also included the belt clip that is part of the Quest mounting system.
Your iPhone 6 Plus rests in the front piece with the back piece containing gaskets and clips to secure it in place.
There is an opening for the Apple Logo with a honeycomb back structure for drop protection.
The Seidio OBEX is the largest of the three cases.
There is an opening in the bottom corner that you use to start prying the two halves apart to remove your iPhone 6 Plus.
The volume buttons and ringer switch are activated using the case buttons.
There are a couple substantial covers for the headphone jack and Lightning port on the Seidio OBEX case.
The back is made of durable plastic material.
I doubt I would use the belt clip case on a daily basis as the entire package is pretty massive.
The Catalyst iPhone 6 Plus case uses a slightly different approach with a focus on the sealing O-ring. It is available for $74.99, the lowest price of these three options.
There is no bike or car mount solution, but Catalyst does have a floating lanyard accessory.
Like the Seidio OBEX, the Catalyst case employs an integrated screen cover. It's glossy plastic and I noticed some degradation in touch sensitivity with this case.
The back of the Catalyst is clear so you see your iPhone, similar to the LifeProof case.
There is a single piece for sealing the bottom ports on the Catalyst case.
It's quick and easy to place your iPhone 6 Plus into the front piece.
The fit is tight and usage of all buttons is maintained in the Catalyst.
The back piece is pretty minimal with a large O-ring that goes all around the outside of the back piece. The back actually rests inside of the front piece to create the seal.
The Catalyst and LifeProof cases have about the same dimensions and provide great protection with minimal bulk.