Tech21 D30 Classic Shell Case Review

Posted on Dec 10 2014 - 10:30am by Richard Sharp
  • Value for money
  • Looks
  • Functionality
  • Durability

The iPhone 6 has been available for a good few months now and I was one of the lucky ones to get it early. Since then a multitude of cases, covers, bumpers and more have been created to protect Apple’s latest flagship phone. Tech21 were one of the first to send me their offerings; of which the D30 classic shell case fits my needs best.

In the box

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Thoughts after two months

With this case, and the reviews that follow, time was taken to really batter them for longevity testing. I carried it around in my pocket for two months and the case looks as good as new. Refreshingly it lets very little pocket lint/dust penetrate, which is often a problem with cases such as this. It basically does its job very well.

It does add some baulk to the phone, but the shock protection is great (it has fallen out of my pocket several times and survived to tell the tail). The case is also very grippy, so you’re less likely to drop it (without a case the iPhone 6 is remarkably slippery).  My only tiny gripe, which i’ve gotten over now, is that it adds girth to an already wider iPhone. So holding it in one hand does take some getting used to, especially if you have freakishly small hands like mine.

A screen protector and button overlay are included in the box. Both seemed to work as expected, but the screen protector did suffer from the usual bubbles when installing (and I am by no means a novice in this area). Also if you decide to use the home button protector the finger print ID tech is rendered useless; so I did not use it.


This is a visually appealing (again, very Apple) and fits superbly. It does add a little girth, but with this comes improved impact protection. If you like the slimline feel of the iPhone 6 then this isn’t for you. But if you want stylish protection, with a little added baulk, this certainly should be on your shortlist.

Update: The case lasted a fair while (over a year) but did like to collect dirt that wouldn’t wipe clean. I guess this is one of the downsides of having a tactile, ‘sticky’ case but overall I was happy with the longevity.

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Emil February 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    this Case is so cool (y)
    I want one 😀

  2. Alex July 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Great looking Case, but is it completyl Waterproofe?

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