This review is based on the RhinoShield SolidSuit for a previous version of the iPhone. We've since been testing the newer model—and the new SolidSuit case. Overall, it's pretty similar but fits much tighter (in a good way).
- Available in a wide variety of colors, materials, and patterns
- Will protect your phone in most circumstances
- Fits RhinoShield lenses
- It takes a couple of weeks to break in
- Rubber can look a little beaten up over time
- Won’t protect your screen if dropped straight down
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Unless you’re one of those people who’ve never dropped their phone—not that we’re convinced you exist—you’re going to need a case. There are a million cases to choose from, but the RhinoShield SolidSuit Case is one solid (heh) option. This case is slick, available in a multitude of colors and styles, and strong enough to keep your smartphone protected in all but the most unlucky of circumstances.
Plus, RhinoShield sells a 2-in-1 Wide and Macro lens, which connects to the RhinoShield SolidSuit case with the help of a mount (sold separately). The RhinoShield ecosystem is great for travel—and we’re fans of the lens—so let’s check out this case.
Materials & Aesthetic
When it comes to phone cases, style is undoubtedly important. You’ll be staring at this thing for years, so it’ll be nice not to hate it. While the original black SolidSuit case we’ve been testing isn’t anything particularly stylish, it’s simple and polished enough most people will, at the very least, not find it offensive. And we like its minimalist, sharp vibe (not a surprise if you’re familiar with our brand).
If you want extra style points, the case is available in several different colorways and prints (how many depends on which material you choose for the backing). No matter your style, we think you’ll be able to find one that calls out to you. And if that’s not enough, you can also buy extra buttons available in a ton of different colors for some additional customization and color.
And—if you want to go real wild—you can get the case custom engraved. Ours has a simple, white PH carved into the bottom (because Pack Hacker). That, with the overall matte black case and white side buttons, gives our case an air of sophistication that we’re certainly digging. Additionally, the case is relatively thin, so it doesn’t have that bulky look other durable cases tend to have.
The SolidSuit is available in eight different materials for the backing: classic, oak, walnut, carbon fiber, leather, microfiber, and brushed steel. The rest of the case is made from RhinoShield’s “specially-formulated custom polymer” that’s BPA/BPS-free, and in the case of the “classic” case that we’ve been testing, it’s all made from this material.
Features & Usage
One of the best features of this case is the raised lip cover that folds over the screen of the phone, adding an extra layer of protection and keeping your phone almost suspended.
One of the more common ways a screen cracks is when it hits just right (or wrong) on the edge of the glass. The lip on the SolidSuit case stops this from happening.
Of course, if you drop your phone screen-down and it hits a sharp edge directly, you’re probably going to have problems. That’s why RhinoShield also sells a screen protector that you can easily stick over your screen. In full transparency, we haven’t used this screen protector ourselves, so we can’t say how well (or poorly) it works. We prefer to live life on the edge.
The interior of the case has a honeycomb pattern for better shock absorbency. We’re not case-scientists over here at Pack Hacker, so we can’t tell you why exactly this honeycomb style works, but we can say it’s worked for us so far.
The case itself is snug and holds the phone tightly. It’s somewhat tricky to put on and take off, but we think of that as a positive thing. A loose case won’t do anything for you.
Now, another feature of the SolidSuit case is its role in the greater RhinoShield ecosystem. To use one of RhinoShield’s camera lenses, you need a RhinoShield case (we’ve heard the lenses will fit on some other cases out there, but we can’t recommend that). While we haven’t tested all of RhinoShield’s available lenses, we have been fans of the 4K HD Wide + Macro Lens, which takes beautiful photos and attaches securely to the case—we’ve never been worried about the lens falling off. And using RhinoShield lens or lenses will take up a lot less space in your bag than packing a separate camera.
But, if you have no interest in using a RhinoShield lens, the SolidSuit case is still a great case on its own.
Durability & Testing
We’ve been testing the RhinoShield SolidSuit case for two months now. And, so far, our phone hasn’t endured a single scrape, crack, dent, loose wire, etc. The case itself hasn’t fared quite as well—there are a few scrapes along the edge of the rubber coating. But that’s the purpose of the case—to take a beating so our phones can stay safe. While the “damage” doesn’t look particularly lovely, it isn’t anything concerning durability-wise. We expect the case will continue to hold up for quite a while.
One annoying quirk of the SolidSuit case is that it’s a bit stiff—at least at first. Out of the box, the case sits rigidly around the phone it’s protecting. You can feel the space between phone and case and can even press the phone in a few millimeters or so (almost like a button). We were initially worried this would mean the case wouldn’t work, but our concerns were unfounded, and after about two weeks, the case broke in.
Overall, we’re happy to say the RhinoShield SolidSuit is good at its job. It’s not the most durable case on the market, and it’s quick to show some wear, but with the rest of the RhinoShield ecosystem, it’s a great option to take on the road.
- Challenging to get on and off at first.
- Dig the ability to customize the case with colored button add-ons.
- The lip design adds protection to the screen if the phone is dropped on a flat surface.
Finally broke-in and fits our phone more snuggly
Can see a bit of damage to the side of the case
The RhinoShield SolidSuit Case is a solid case that’s done a nice job protecting our phone for two months and counting. Available in a multitude of colors, materials, and patterns, RhinoShield has something for everyone. While it takes a couple of weeks to break in, and won’t protect your screen if you drop it straight down, it’ll still keep your phone safe in most circumstances. Plus, it allows you to use RhinoShield’s different smartphone lenses, which is a nice perk.
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