Review: i-Blason Transformer for iPhone 6 Plus

Summary: You don’t have to look very hard to find cases for the iPhone. Here’s a case for the iPhone 6 Plus that does everything.

By James Kendrick for Mobile News | December 3, 2014 — 12:11 GMT (04:11 PST)

By James Kendrick for Mobile News | December 3, 2014 — 12:11 GMT (04:11 PST)

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It didn’t take long after the release of the newest iPhones for hundreds of cases to hit the market. They range from simple affairs that protect the back of the iPhone to wallets that can hold the phone and also have room for credit cards.

The i-Blason Transformer is a slim case that protects the iPhone 6 Plus in the event the phone is dropped. It’s not ruggedized, but is designed to give a little shock absorption for protection.

The case is made from thin polycarbonate that adds little weight. The iPhone in the case is not much thicker than the iPhone alone. The case is textured, which provides a secure grip for the otherwise slippery iPhone. It has cutouts for phone controls and the rear camera.

What sets this case apart from most iPhone cases are two features. The first is a kickstand on the back. This is a long kickstand that securely props up the iPhone 6 Plus in either landscape or portrait orientation. It is easy to open and, when closed, is completely flush with the case back. The mechanism for manipulating the kickstand is sturdy and should last for many cycles.

The kickstand offers an unexpected benefit for those with tired hands from holding the wide iPhone 6 Plus. The V-shaped kickstand can serve as a finger grip for holding the iPhone with one finger or thumb. This is more useful than it sounds, and quite nice in practice. Holding the iPhone 6 Plus this way is quite comfortable, as the problem with the phone is that it’s wide but light.  

The second special feature of the i-Blason Transformer is a separate holster. This is a thin plastic tray with a spring-loaded clip for attaching to a belt or a strap on a bag. The iPhone 6 Plus slides into the holster, which securely grips it for transport.

The belt clip on the holster has an indented wheel that lets you wear the iPhone 6 Plus either horizontally or vertically. The indentation is rigid and holds the phone in the desired position.

The combination of build quality and features makes the i-Blason Transformer a good case for the iPhone 6 Plus. It handles transport and protection of the phone, and allows you to use the phone with the kickstand without having to hold it.

The i-Blason Transformer is available for $19.99. There is a model for the smaller iPhone 6.

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Reviewer’s rating: 9.5 out of 10

The textured back provides a secure grip for the iPhone.

Topics: Mobility, iPhone, Reviews

James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long.

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