iPhone 6 Case Reviews

I wanted to provide some iPhone 6 case reviews because if I’m sure there are others that are look for the same things that I do.  After I pre-ordered my iPhone 6, I immediately started looking for a case. There are those that believe cases are an abomination and ruin the aesthetics of phone. I’m all for design but I also like to keep my things in good condition. Growing up, my dad ingrained in me the idea that you have to take good care of your belongings. I definitely do and it annoys my wife when I “lecture” her.

Criteria

There are key things I look for when choosing a case. First, it has to be minimal/slim as possible. I can’t handle something like the Otterbox Defender case, they’re too bulky. I wouldn’t be able to put that in my pocket and I’m not about to wear a belt clip. If I do that, I’ll have officially turned in to my dad. The next step would be wearing a bluetooth headset all day long.

Second, it has to go all the way around covering not only the sides but the top and bottom.  There are a lot of slim cases that clip on but they don’t provide protection for the top and bottom edges of the phone.  I’ve seen my friends phones and a lot of them are banged up.  I just imagine a drop on the sidewalk and that’s enough for me.  I’m not particularly gentle with my phones either.  I would like to be able to throw it across the room on to my bed or a couch.  And sometimes it bounces off and falls on the floor or hits something else.

Third, it has to have a lip that extends slightly past the screen.  This allows me to put the phone face down without worrying about damaging the screen.  This should be more important than protecting the back actually.  I don’t really get why you’d get a case to protect the back and not the screen.

Fourth, it absolutely cannot have an Apple logo cutout on the back.  When I see these cases, I automatically assume that person is a douchebag.  I’m sorry, that’s just how it is.  Some of these people might not be as picky about cases and just picked one.  But if you purposely chose one because you wanted to show off the stupid apple, then you’re stupid.  I used to refrain from buying Apple products because a lot of fanboys are annoying sheep.  It’s just a phone people, why do you care what other people buy and use?

Then there are things like port and camera cutout size and button responsiveness.  Those aren’t vital but still important factors.  Next, I’ll go through the cases that I have hands-on experience with.  I got a little obsessive about this so there are a couple.

Tuft & Needle Ten Mattress Review

I suppose I’m due for a review for our new mattress.  I wanted to do it earlier but actually a month is a sufficient period of time to do a proper review of a mattress.  Once I had my order placed, I checked my shipping status every day.  If you’re like me (bad with money) and you order lots of things off the internet, you should have the UPS app.  It’s like tracking Santa with your gifts, only you bought them.  Yes it’s not going to ship with 2-day shipping but equally as good is FREE shipping and this is true for for all Tuft & Needle orders!  Of course you’ll have to wait a little longer but I would expect that with something as large as a mattress.

Delivery

Our Ten was delivered in just about a week.  As I stated before, I was pretty excited about getting it.  The UPS guy knocked on my door and made sure that there was space to put it down inside.  I think he said he needed a hand so I went out to help him.  He said it was heavy so I should be careful.  I had done research so I knew it comes rolled up in a box.  I picked up my end, it wasn’t that heavy.  I mean I’m a somewhat big guy and I lift heavy things at the gym but I’m no Zyzz.  I was able to lift it by myself so I threw it over my shoulder and headed inside.

Setup

The box was probably about 2’x2’x5′.  I slid the mattress roll out and brought it up to our bedroom.  After cutting off the plastic, it was pretty cool to watch the mattress unravel.  I wanted to take a Hyperlapse of it but I only have two hands.  Plus that might be the shortest Hyperlapse video ever.  I’ve read about a “chemical” smell bothering people, but it really wasn’t that bad to me.  I think I have a pretty sensitive nose too.

I laid down on it and it already felt pretty firm but I guess you’re supposed to let it fill out/expand for a couple hours.  I had to eat dinner anyway so I let it be.  Then I realized it was Tuesday, which is the night I play basketball.  You see, on basketball night my wife lets our daughter sleep with her so I have to sleep in her bed.  I’ve already waited over a week so what’s one more day?

Feelings

Our initial thoughts were that it was really firm.  I think it’s in part to being so used to this old now-soft mattress and it’s predecessors.  I really liked it but to be honest it took some getting used to.  The first morning, my body was a little sore.  After a few days I was fine.

I no longer feel achey in the mornings.  With a softer bed, I felt like I wasn’t getting the support I need.  Something that usually goes hand in hand with aches is feeling tired.  I definitely feel like I get a better night’s sleep.  I tend to be a side-sleeper and I told this to my masseuse.  She said that may be why I have neck and back aches.  I’ve always felt like when I sleep on my right side, the left side of my neck and shoulders would tense up and vice versa.  She recommended that I try to sleep on my back to avoid this.  I have found that it’s been easier to do this.  I think a softer mattress would give more in spots like your hips and shoulders.  So far I haven’t woken up with any knots, knock on wood.

I’ve noticed that when my wife gets in and out of bed, I don’t really notice it.  I don’t feel any of the movement I used to experience with a traditional mattress.  This is good because I typically go to bed later than my wife.  Another observation is about the edges of the bed.  When I sit down to put my socks on, it doesn’t have the same support of a traditional mattress.  Does this matter at all?  Absolutely not.

Wrapping It Up

I like that it only costs $500 for a queen size Ten.  I think that’s relatively low for a quality mattress considering I’ve had friends that have spent much more.  I’m very happy with the purchase.  I would definitely recommend a Tuft & Needle mattress to anyone that is looking.  Actually, I am considering buying a full size Ten to put on my daughter’s bed.  It would be a win-win for her and me!

Note:  This week, the company updated their warranty.  At the time of purchase the warranty for all mattresses was 7 years.  It’s now a nice round 10 years!