Hands-on With The OnePlus Sandstone Case For The IPhone 6/6s

By 12:41 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 Comments

OnePlus caused quite the buzz a few days ago, when it announced the Sandstone case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Wait, what? A smartphone maker is releasing a case for a smartphone made by another smartphone maker? The internet was bewildered.

It's honest to say then that the marketing stunt did what it was supposed to. People were talking and OnePlus was in the news thanks to a piece of plastic. We got one too and figured we'd share a few impressions.

OnePlus Sandstone Case for the iPhone 6s - press images

First up - presentation. The case comes in a box, made to a standard well worthy of holding a phone, not the tacky plastic or thin cardboard packages in which most other cases arrive at your doorstep. The pullout tab in the signature OnePlus red color is a nice touch, both functionally and in terms of design.

Inside there's a plastic scratch card that in our case held an invite for an Onyx OnePlus X, but others may be for the Ceramic version. The luckiest of buyers might be getting a free smartphone, OnePlus announced.

The case itself is very well made and is an excellent fit for an iPhone 6s. We didn't have an iPhone 6 lying around to test it, but we figure that OnePlus knows what it's doing by advertising it for both models. The minuscule incompatibility of 0.2mm in thickness is unlikely to be of significance.

The case measures 138.7 x 70.2 x 10.5mm, and covers the back and the sides, but not the top and bottom. Still the extreme corners are reasonably well protected. The capturing camera doesn't stick out either - the back is thick enough to haged it recessed.

We’re polarized on the surface, just as we were about the OnePlus 2. The general thought is that the coarse texture evokes the same feeling you acquire when someone scratches a chalk board. Then again there were those of us that appreciate that the material doesn’t hrecent fingerprints, and is naturally very grippy too.

Now, it’s debatable whether iPhone users would be inclined to put on a case made by OnePlus. Not only that, but it completely covers the Apple logo, replacing it with OnePlus’ and that seems like a gigantic no-no. That aside, the case is pretty fine if you’re okay with the texture. And by the way, it’s now discounted too, selling at $17.99/€17.99/£14.39.



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