Society6 iPhone Case Review + Photos

I recently purchased a new iPhone and was in need of a case. I walked around for days with it in my old 1st generation classic ipod sleeve, the grey bag with a drawstring for those of you that remember. I needed a case for sure but I wasn\’t about to pick up just any case off the shelf. I wasn\’t too concerned about durability. My speck iPod Touch case has lasted me for over a year so I could have purchased the equivalent iPhone version. But I wanted something fun. So I chose a society6 iPhone case that I had designed myself!

Photo Review

The case took only a few days to be printed. They received my order in the afternoon and had it shipped the morning of the third day. It arrived in a tiny box that fit in our apartment complex mailbox (a plus for me not having to pick it up at the office). I couldn’t wait to open it so here is the opened packaging (opened by me).

Inside, the case came in a resealable Ziploc-type bag. Why the resealable bag? I don’t know.

Below, photos of the case alongside the iPhone 4s for visual comparison.

As you can see there is no interior protection what-so-ever, simply a flexible hard plastic covering. One of the features I do like about the soceity6/case-mate is that it does not have a bar covering either the top or the bottom of the phone. Such a long thin strip of plastic would easily be the first thing to break. Edit: please be aware that this is a review of the 2012 case. Interior padding has since been added.

The case snaps on like a glove. To remove it simply slip a fingernail in along the screen on the front of the case and slide it down the length of the phone. I’ve only removed mine once but it came off without much hassle, though I don’t think it could have fallen off on its own.

There is a thin strip of plastic over the volume buttons on the left side of the phone. So far I haven’t noticed a lot of pressure being applied there when I use it and it isn’t in any great danger of breaking off. Also along the side the printed image was ever so slightly stretched to wrap around the case. One would not normally notice this if your case image was anything other than a pattern.

And one last note. The colors are true to the submitted design. My images above reflect a slightly bluer version, but perhaps the aqua tint was lost in the image web upload. Not sure.

Do Buy if…

  • you’re looking for something unique, artsy, slim and/or minimal.
  • you have small hands (like me!) and want something that will fit comfortably in your palm.
  • you want the option to customize your case.

Don’t Buy if…

  • you’re looking for tough, rugged protection.
  • you want an inexpensive case (<$10).


  • Made by: society6/Case-mate
  • Size: iPhone 3  | 4/4S | 5/5s/5c | iPod touch | Galaxy S4
  • Material: flexible hard plastic
  • Cost: $35
  • Case Design: Wind & Waves

Overall I am really happy with my Soceity6 case! It was exactly what I wanted and what I expected to receive.

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  • Rachel says:

    I laughed about the resealable bag. ;-)

  • rebecca says:

    Hi Naomi – I am thinking of buying an iphone case from society 6, but wanted to know if yours has been relatively scratch resistant? I am worried that the design will get scratched easily. What has your experience been? Thanks, Rebecca

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Rebecca! It has been relatively scratch resistant. I’ve noticed only very faint scratches on the surface and these only when you tilt it at an angle and are looking for them. The design is still very clean and unscratched, no deep, white scratch lines where the plastic is showing through thankfully. Hope this helps! :)

  • nicole says:

    I have been looking into Society6 for a while now for a case as I’m soon to be an iPhone user for the first time and I’m so glad I found this review! I just have a few questions! What do the cases feel like? Are they slippery regular plastic or are they a little rubberized at all? Also, is there a beveled edge at all to protect the front for when I place it face down on a surface or if I accidentally drop it a small distance? Thank you!

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Nicole! I’m glad you asked. The cover is a smooth, slightly reflective hard plastic, nothing rubberized to collect lint. And the cover does extend ever so slightly out beyond the face, though there isn’t a huge buffer (barely 1mm), the glass is not touching the table. Hope this helps!

  • Candice says:

    Has the design scratched off at all? Or peeled on the edges?

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Candice! I’m happy to say the design hasn’t peeled or scratched off, even the edges around where I hold the phone aren’t even faded from use. Keep in mind I am one of those people that takes very good care of my electronics. Whatever Society6 uses to print these there isn’t a seam where the design ends, nothing that could be picked or peeled. It seems to be printed directly onto the plastic or sealed somehow.

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