Scarf Minimalist Ultrathin case iPhone 6

We’ve been writing about a variety of accessories for the iPhone 6 for the past few months. These posts are to let you know what is out there so you can make better-informed decisions when choosing what to buy.

This is an accessory round up of what we believe are some of the best minimalist iPhone 6 cases we’ve been spotlighting lately. If you don’t see your favorite one on the list, feel free to add it in the comments section.

Totallee Scarf

Scarf Minimalist Ultrathin case for iPhone 6

This ultra slim case is one of the thinnest on the market at only 0.35mm. It is made of polypropylene, which is a soft, durable plastic material. The side comes right up to curved edge of the screen, but not over. So, you don’t get any screen protection, but it also barely looks like you have a case on it at all. The Scarf is available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Amazon for $10.

Elago Slimfit2

Elago S6 Slimfit2 1

Similar to the Scarf, this simple case measures in at a slim 0.5mm and is made from flexible polycarbonate. The outside is coated with a special soft texture material that helps with gripping. This case is designed with screen protection in mind. Although not much, it reaches out past the top edge of the iPhone to give you some protection from flat surface drops on the screen. It is available on Amazon for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $9 and $11 respectively.

Halo Hybrid

iBlason Halo Hybrid iPhone 6 Case 2

For the clearest solution to having a case, but not having a case, check out the Halo Hybrid by iBlason. This case has a strong scratch-resistant shell that snaps onto the backside of your iPhone. The volume and power controls are covered to protect from dust and debris. The case is surrounded by a soft, rubberized bumper to protect from accidental drops. It extends above the lip of the screen to help keep your display safe from scratches on flat surfaces. It is available on Amazon for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for between $10 and $14.

Rinke Fusion

Ringke Fusion iPhone 6 case

If you are looking for a mix between minimalism and protection, the Fusion is a nice balance. It is simple, but features a lot of rugged features you wouldn’t normally find on a minimalist case. For example, the Lightning and headphone ports are covered with dust caps to keep out unwanted debris. It also has added shock-absorbing protection on the corners, extended button covers, and a scratch-resistant coating. The lip extends over the screen to protect against scratches when you lay your device facedown on a flat surface. It is available on Amazon for between $10 and $17 for the iPhone 6 and $12 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple leather case

Apple Leather iPhone 6 Case

Apple is to tech design what John Pawson is to architecture. Simple is not enough. It also has to be stylish and classy. It makes sense that the company would make a case that looks good without calling too much attention. It meets all of the requirements for minimal protection, the buttons are covered and it has a raised lip, while still looking like the inside of a Mercedes Benz. The case comes in a variety of colors and is available from Apple for $45 for the iPhone 6 or $49 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Bumpies

Bumpies

If you are looking for some protection, but still want to feel like you are not using a case at all, the best option is to not use a case at all. Bumpies are corner guards that protect your iPhone against drops and nothing else. If it lands on a corner, or on the front or backside, you can be confident that the impact resistant caps will keep it safe. Of course, dust and scratches might plague your device, but at least you will be less likely to be walking around with a cracked screen. Bumpies come in a four-pack for $25 for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

What do you think is the best minimalist case for iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Eisenhorn1976

    I use Power Support’s Air Jacket — it’s the best minimalist case I’ve tried and even if it’s a bit fiddly to get on and off, it doesn’t scratch my iPhone 6+. No matter how many nice cases I try, I always wind up going back to it.

    • Eddie Jhay

      To much money…! “/

    • Alberto Espinal

      I just looked it up! Why so much money for this case, what makes it so special?

      • Eisenhorn1976

        Other than it looks good, it’s supposedly got some self-healing coating that gets rid of little nicks in the finish. It also comes with a high-quality screen protector.

        But to be perfectly honest, I don’t think 30 bucks is a lot of money at all so I just bought it after seeing it in the shop.

    • HotYellaTamales

      Power Support is way overpriced for what it is. And good luck getting it off without breaking it. That was a nightmare. Luckily, the Apple Store still let me return it.

      • Eisenhorn1976

        I’ve got both an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 2 Power Support (black + clear matte) cases for each and they’re definitely not the easiest cases to remove.

        That said, I’ve not experienced any breakage or cracking with the cases — nor have they damaged my devices — and I’ve taken my devices out more than a few times since I have cases from Spigen and other manufacturers that I want to use from time to time. There’s a small insert packed with the case that shows you how to remove it — you just have to get the hang of it.

        ‘Overpriced’ depends on your frame of reference. Accessories that cost thirty to fifty bucks don’t really bother me but if you’re on a tight budget, I can see why you’d say it’s overpriced.

  • Rounak

    The Veil by Caudabe
    It’s also.35 mm and a bit thick ring around camera to protect it.

  • Valinor

    I use the nillkin iphone 6 case from banggood. Very thin but thick enough that the camera ring doesnt touch the surface. Also protects all-around so also top and bottom. Good grip and has dust covers for the holes.

  • bostonphoneguy

    I use both the Power Support Air Jacket and The Veil by Caudabe. Best two cases I’ve found for the 6+. Swap out when a little more protection is warranted.

  • S.Curry

    I use my phone without a case until it scratches then i put a case on and cover it up

    • HotYellaTamales

      What? So you use a case until your phone is scratched? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  • Jacque Miller

    I just bought the Ringke Fusion case last week and I’m loving it so far!! I may just stick to clear cases from now on because It’s a nice thing that I can actually see my beautifully designed iPhone 6 plus that I spent so much of my hard earned money on! Thanks iDB for bringing my attention to it last week with your review!

  • gladicould

    For those in the US, Five Below sells the exact same case as the Scarf for…you guessed it…5 bucks. They also have the tempered glass overlay that Best Buy sells for $20-40.

  • Byron C Mayes

    What’s the slimmest case that comes with a front cover?

    I’m currently using a Spigen Tough Armor FX. Like it enough, but wondering what else it out there.

  • CS

    these are good for scratch protection but dropping an iPhone with any of these cases on is more than likely going to damage the case and may also damage the phone itself. I don’t see a point of having these types of cases unless you just always leave your phone at home when doing any kind of activity. Where’s the most protective case review?

  • adrian

    i use spigen air skin

    • Nice but too bad it has their lame name on it.

    • Eisenhorn1976

      I chose between this and the Power Support case when I first got my iPhone 6/6+ — I elected to go with the former because the bottom portion of Spigen’s is open.

      I’ve actually avoided a lot of otherwise nice cases (including Apple’s) because the bottom is open. I guess it makes sense to design it this way (leave the bottom open) for dock/accessory compatibility as well as ease of removal but I worry about leaving my device(s) in my pocket with keys and pulling them out to see that they’ve been scratched. That happened to me with my iPhone 5 (the chamfered edges got damaged by some coins in had in my pocket) and it was the primary reason I immediately upgraded to a 5s — I can’t stand it when my gadgets have visible scratches!

  • Aaryn Kruger

    Peel case by far is the best minimal case IMO

    • rahnolds

      Agreed, I’m surprised that it’s not on the list.

      I started off with an Air Skin (like adrian above) but mine cracked in less than a month– bottom left corner, not the result of a drop. Pretty disappointing experience.

      Then I came across the Peel case on Product Hunt, I haven’t looked back since. It checks all the boxes, super thin, perfect fit, and no branding.

      • Christopher Lee

        Other than the cracking – is there a real difference between the two?

      • rahnolds

        Hey Christopher, had you asked me that same question 3 months ago, I’d have told you no, they are essentially the same product. One is more expensive and comes branding free (Peel) while the other is cheaper and branded (Air Skin) and that’s it.

        Now 3 months later (2+ months longer than my Air Skin lasted) the Peel is still holding up very well. It has some minor scuffing but is still completely crack-free. The only change I’ve noticed is that the fit has loosened a little.

        More specifically, the lips on the bottom left and bottom right of the phone (on either side of the headphone & lightning ports / speaker & mic grills) aren’t as tight as they were when new. The phone now has about a millimeter of play and can slide up and down inside of the Peel. I first noticed this “wiggle” about a month ago, it hasn’t gotten any worse and doesn’t bother me.

        Overall, after over 3 months of daily use with the Peel, it’s holding up better than I expected. I’m still completely satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend the Peel.

      • Christopher Lee

        Thanks for the prompt response. Design wise are you happy with both?

        Only reason I ask is peel is 25 + 5 dollar shipping comes out to 30 bucks. Spigen air/Veil are 10-12 and I have amazon prime for free shipping.

      • rahnolds

        I was happy with the Air Skin’s design, as I am with the Peel. I like the Peel packaging more, but this isn’t about packaging 🙂

        The let down with the Air Skin was that it cracked, I’d be more concerned with the materials since the fit and finish are so close. Just remember that 3 months down the road the Air Skin might wind up in the trash, while the Peel will keep on truckin.

      • rahnolds

        Still using my Peel. About a month ago I picked up an attachable lens that can’t be used with a case, so the Peel has been working overtime. I figured that it’d eventually crack from coming off and on the phone a couple times a day or more. It’s holding up just fine. Still recommend it!

  • Titan3636

    How could you leave the caudabe veil xt off the list! .35mm. Thinnest case there is and has total coverage of bottom along with tiny raised lip around the camera since its thinner than the camera. Amazing case and customer service is great too.

    • Kelvin Lieu

      heard its back scratches really easily.

    • CardinalFan

      I have the Caudabe Veil XT as well. I also thought it was weird that it’s not on the list. Easily the best ultra thin considering it protects the camera and provides full coverage.

  • What about protection (not scratches) ? Does it protects the phone if it falls ?

  • Tommy

    Lol 10 bucks for the first case. In China, we can get one that’s 99% identical for RMB2. That’s about USD0.30.
    Imagine all the profits obtained by that company. Lmao.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Its very nice, i gonna give it a try, thanks for the info!

  • HotYellaTamales

    Hands down the Caudabe Veil is the best minimalist case. The full coverage version of the Veil blows away anything on this list. And their customer service definitely lives up to their reputation. These thin cases break easily and I’ve gotten almost-no-questions-asked replacements from them on two occasions. I’m not usually loyal towards any particular brand (other than Apple), but Caudabe does a great job.

    • oreke

      Does the Caudabe Veil improve the grip a lot or is it still somewhat slippery?