Evo Xplorer iPhone case Review
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The ultimate phone protection test

Are you looking for the best iPhone case to protect your phone?

Could your phone survive a drop into the toilet by an inquisitive toddler? What about being buried under sand at the beach or little sticky, food covered hands and drool?

Phones aren’t cheap, not to mention all that data (photos and contacts etc) so it pays to protect it!

My current iPhone case is a leather, wallet style type that offers very little protection as far as water and dropping goes. This week I received the tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone 6/6s Case to review, and my first impression was good.

Evo Xplorer iPhone Case

The Evo Xplorer Case offers the ultimate protection for your phone. It’s a nice looking case and quite lightweight. The packaging was slick and it looked like a quality product. The box had installation instructions and information but there was also a great little instruction book that was easy to understand.

Not only did I receive the case, I also received a box full of stuff to help me put the Evo Xplorer to the Ultimate Phone Protection Test.

Evo Xplorer iPhone case review

I’ll get to the testing in a moment but first a little about tech21 and the Evo Xplorer. Tech21 has been around since 2005 and is known for their cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices. tech21 have also developed FlexShockTM, an ultra thin, lightweight impact material that absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops of up to 2 metres!

tech21 have a great range of device (not just iPhone) protection products that vary in price so there is something for every budget. The Evo Xplorer is the top of the line protection and will set you back $139.95. Although it’s on the higher $ side this case is a good investment – what you would pay to get your phone back if it was damaged beyond repair? (I bet it’s more than $139.95). The Evo Xplorer is waterproof, dustproof and snow proof and in addition, after testing I’ve found it’s baby proof, toilet proof and beach proof.

Some of the other features are:

  • Waterproof up to 3m (will survive the toilet, kitchen sink and beach!)
  • With FlexShock™, the Evo Xplorer provides 2m drop protection (will survive drops from the high chair and pram!)

A couple of things I really liked about the Evo Xplorer, first was the earphone jack. You unscrew the cap and insert the jack extension supplied with the case. The jack extension screws into place keeping the phone waterproof.

Ultimate phone protection test

The second thing I loved about this phone case was you still had access to everything and using the phone didn’t change (or wasn’t harder) even though this is a pretty extreme case. The case has a clip at the bottom that opens up to reveal the charging port. The other function of the clip is to prevent the case from splitting open when it’s dropped. I did find the clip a little tough to open on occasion, but I suppose that’s a good thing really.

So on to the fun stuff, the Ultimate Phone Protection Test!

With the help of my eleven year-old son/videographer, I began to put the Evo Explorer to the test. It’s important to note that prior to testing we had to ensure the phone was inserted correctly. There’s easy to follow instructions in the booklet and if you don’t insert the phone correctly you may compromise the protection.

Evo Xplorer iPhone Case installation

We did all the following tests and then opened the case and took the iPhone out to inspect the damage (if any). To see all the tests in action and to see if the phone survived, scroll down to the video below.

Challenge One – Baby Proof

We got messy, and squirted a whole heap of baby food over the case and then we rubbed it in, just like a toddler would.

Ultimate phone protection test

Challenge Two – Beach proof

We covered the phone in sand and then poured sea water all over it!

Evo Xplorer iPhone Case review

Challenge Three – Toilet Proof

This one is pretty obvious; we put the phone in the toilet – eeek!

waterproof iphone case

The Evo Xplorer Case passed with flying colours, watch the video here:

When my kids were younger they were obsessed with my iPhone. I bought ‘toy’ phones but there was no fooling them, they wanted the real deal. There have been times when my phone has got into the wrong little hands however I’ve always made sure I have some sort of case or protection so it hasn’t led to complete annihilation of my phone.

The Evo Xplorer gives your phone awesome protection without making it difficult to use all the phone features and it’s not just parents who will appreciate this phone case, it’s perfect for anyone because you never know what life may throw your way!

Evo Xplorer waterproof iPhone caseEvo Xplorer waterproof iphone case

The Evo Xplorer case for iPhone 6/6s can be purchased for $139.95 at major retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and online at tech21.com.


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win Competition Closed – Winners announced soon.

Major winner: Sarah Mary E

Runners Up: Emily, Shannon W, Bethany C, Ernie D, Shani F, Tatum S, Tanya A, Genevieve F, [Casey-Anne T, no contact after 2 weeks/2 attempts Redraw runner up winner: Kelly R]

Win a tech21 Evo Xplorer Case for iPhone 6/6s or one of 9 runner-up prizes!

Win an Evo Xplorer iPhone Case

The winner will receive the featured tech21 Evo Xplorer case for iPhone 6/6s, while the nine runner up entries will win a case for their phone from the tech21 range from the following available selection:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Evo Check
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Evo Frame Wallet
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Evo Check
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Evo Frame
  • HTC One M9 Evo Check
  • iPhone 6/6s Evo Mesh
  • iPhone 6/6s Plus Evo Mesh

To enter: Comment below and tell me what is your favourite feature of the Evo Xplorer and why?

Competition closes midnight 20 May 2016. Full terms & conditions can be found here.

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  • cheryl mckibbin
    May 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    waterproof! will protect it from sweat when i run as i usually tuck it into my crop top!

  • Emma Trueman
    May 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Definitely the fact that it’s waterproof….never ONCE have I shattered a screen, but i’ve killed two phones with water, one in the toilet and the other in the arm compartment of my camp chair after rain – on Christmas Day!

  • Alicia
    May 20, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Waterproof to 3m…My phone was dropped into the edge of a dam on our last holiday!

  • Shani Fernando
    May 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

    All these features sound amazing but 2 metre drop protection?! How fantastic is that, especially when you’re as clutzy and uncoordinated as me!
    I can’t even tell you how many times I have dropped my phone, even from short heights.
    This feature saves all the hassle associated with broken screens, broken phones and repair cost due to flimsy phone covers!

  • Belinda
    May 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Waterproof! I’m a clutz when it comes to keeping my phone water damage free! 🙂

  • Renee
    May 19, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Water proof is a big plus

  • Jarrad Hansen
    May 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I need this in my life.

  • ange
    May 19, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Water proofing, so many funny things don’t happen people are terrified of the water hurting their phone

  • Angela Ready
    May 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Being waterproof is the biggest pluses for me… I’ve dopped phones in the loo, in the sink, in the bath and once in a glass of beer…

  • Becky Downey
    May 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Waterproof. And cake proof. Just general slop proof. I have accidentally dropped so much on mine, and dropped it in things too!

  • Sharai Haddock
    May 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    DROP PROOF!! seriously the amount of times I DROP my phone in ONE DAY is ridiculous!
    WATERPROOF!! I NEED this in my life!! We often go out bush and I’m always WISHING I could have my phone on me whilst SWIMMING so I could take photos of my gorgeous children making memories!
    And all this in a NON BULKY case so it will still FIT in my pocket?!!

  • Eva Kiraly
    May 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    It’s waterproof! How cool is that, I’ve had so many phones ruined because of a little water mishap!

  • Genevieve French
    May 18, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Oh my goodness I need this in my life!!!
    Favourite feature is definitely the waterproofing. My special needs Master 4 year old has a bad habit of ‘borrowing’ my phone. Let’s just say he doesn’t quite understand that iPhones and water don’t mix!!

  • Tracey taylor
    May 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Putting phone in back pocket and down the loo it went.Definitely need a water proof phone.After fishing it out and trying all suggestions ended up spending $150 to get it fixed.Never the same again.

  • Jonathan
    May 17, 2016 at 2:01 am

    My favourite feature is the feature that lets me keep my features featured because my features always feature a crack in its feature!

    • Mummahh
      May 17, 2016 at 10:17 am


  • Mazz
    May 17, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I understand it will be the only thing left working after a nuclear bomb blast… But can it stand up to a young 20 year old – drinking, dancing, dropping, vomiting, sleeping on and I don’t wanna know what else..

  • Casey-Anne Thomsett
    May 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    My partner is absolutely HOPELESS when it comes to phones. Seriously, I’ve never met anyone with worse luck! He’s been through SIX phones in the last 5 months. 3 of them were in ONE day. He left one on top of his car roof and it got ran over, he dropped another in a bucket of plaster at work, and when he went to pick up the third from his mothers he fumbled and it smashed on the tiles and the screen just went blank. Lol! It was horrible! So I finally said no more phones for you and went and bought him a $19 Nokia to teach him to be more careful. This would totally inspire me to give him his phone back and for you to prove the ultimate challenge!

  • Tatum
    May 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Drop Protection is ideal for when my little one has a tantrum and the phone goes flying

  • Karen
    May 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Water proof means projectile vomit proof. A necessity with young kids.

  • Kelly Ryan
    May 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    The shockproof feature as I’m always dropping my phone whilst juggling everything or my 3 year old drops it when I see her trying to unlock it.

  • Teena L
    May 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Great protection, would save me a fortune on getting phones fixed, my last one dropped and smashed when I was trying to put it in its new case 🙁

  • Bella Ki
    May 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

    It’s waterproof! I’m always near a source of water and now I don’t have to worry about someone knocking my phone into the sink or the toilet!

  • Jen MacCulloch
    May 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The increased protection from cracked screen is AWESOME! Our youngest is a little clumsy (!) so it’s good peace of mind. 🙂

  • Jennifer B.
    May 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Drowning’s never been a problem: I’m careful perhaps.
    But my fingers are getting older, arthritic and sometimes just lax…
    I LOVE FlexShock™ that copes with increasing inevitable deadly impacts!

  • Tammy Dimachki
    May 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This is the answer to my stresses – a case which has the ability to ACTUALLY protect…
    Against the beautiful blessings that are my children… who are innovative and literal in their ways, this includes “cleaning” my phone in a toilet bowl, feeding the screen animation their breakfast, involving my device in a mid-flight tantrum across the room.

    So, my favourite feature of the Evo Xplorer is that it is CHILDPROOF and still fashionably stylish! I currently use a tradie case and can barely hear the people who contact me due to its “durability” and turn off my phone mid screen-shot due to the “toughness” of my case.

    This Evo Xplorer is everything I desire!

  • Stav Mataia
    May 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Love that it’s light weight with a great price range and massive protection against damage to the phone.

  • Emily
    May 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Going to the loo, and what do you do?
    Go to sit down and your phone drops… EW.
    Day by the pool, you’re pushed in by a fool,
    Your phone’s in your pocket, try to keep your cool!
    Sunday morning, washing time,
    Sheets from the washer and what do you find?
    Your phone was inside, you silly goof.
    Thank god the Evo Xplorer’s case is waterproof!

  • melissa
    May 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    that its totally water proof cos I’ve accidentally spilt drinks on my phone or had water bottles leak on it several times. this would be a phone saver!!

  • sarah mary
    May 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love the idea of ‘Protection without compromise’! The Evo Explorer has fantastic durability, not to mention being waterproof and shock proof. As long as it’s MAN proof too, as my partner seems to go through phones like no tomorrow! Living in Tasmania, I was also excited to see the Evo Explorer being SNOW proof, as it does get mightily icy down here!

  • tanya armitage
    May 12, 2016 at 10:46 am

    My fav feature of the tech 21 evo explorer is the screw in earphone jack. Allowing your phone not only to be water proof but preventing sand getting stuck in there from the playground. not only from the children dropping but when I drop it taking photos of them having fun.

  • Kristie Wassermann
    May 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

    The durability and protection from cracked screens! With young kids that are a little clumsy, this is a very exciting new must have!

  • David
    May 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I have gone through 4 phones in the past 6 months, whether I drop it in the shower, toilet, or off a balcony. This case would be great, and sure would save me thousands 😂😂😂

  • Ashley Beech
    May 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I love the 2m drop protection…my youngest always gets hold of my phone and throws it. Maybe this way too, if I get angry after a phone call I can throw the phone and get the same sensation of being able to slam the phone down like you could years ago!

  • Maddison Dean
    May 11, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Its beach proof. I work at the beach so it is a definite must for me!

  • Shannon Wotton
    May 10, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I love that the Evo Xplorer case with FlexShock is drop proof to 2m AND waterproof to 3m! Hopefully that means that it will not only make my phone child-proof but husband-proof also!

  • julie bennett
    May 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    That it is baby proof,
    I have four children they are like tornados that break everything we have replaced my phone twice already.

  • Donna Roberts ICE
    May 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Amazing how quick your reactions are when phone plops into toilet bowl lightening! LOL

  • Toni
    May 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Love that it’s sand proof. I don’t know how many times we’ve had issues with our phones after a trip to the beach!

  • Hannah
    May 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm


    May 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Waterproof is essential! I could say my 4 year old son is the culprit but it’s ME! I have dropped my phone in a puddle outside our garage door this morning trying to carry too many things at once and make sure he doesn’t jam his fingers in the door! It’s a daily juggle and a bit of a struggle I must say – especially on school days, and knowing my precious phone is safe would be one less thing to worry about!

  • Elisabeth Martins
    May 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Waterproof for sure,
    the kids love throwing the phone in water,
    and licking the thing all the time.
    This is perfect! 🙂

  • Bethany Challen
    May 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I love that you can be confident that your phone is really well protected but are still able to use the device as normal. Sooooo frustrating when it makes functions more difficult!

  • Amy Ginis
    May 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love that it is life proof!! I am expecting a child in October and I have no doubt that I am going to need all of the protection I can get!

  • Teresa Clark
    May 9, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Love that it is toilet proof!!!

  • Kirsten W
    May 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    It’s baby proof, toilet proof and beach proof. But is it TODDLER PROOF??!!

  • cheryl ellis
    May 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    This is definitely a prize I would love to win and my son or daughter will have to fight over it as they are both guilty of dropping their phones and breaking screens

  • john szabo
    May 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Protects your phone and lets you stay connected

  • briony
    May 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    definately toilet proof feature, have lost 2 to the toilet. one feel out of pocket into the loo, and another phone kids tried to flush down the toilet drain. but wouldnt fit

  • sapna
    May 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Its sleek design and ability to keep my phone waterproof while listening to music is the best feature I like of EVO Xplorer. This means I can use my iphone as a phone, music device, gps guidance etc. even when I am exposed to nature’s elements while being on the move either on my feet, my bike or motorbike, ensuring my investment is protected at every step.

  • Mish
    May 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Definatley waterproof and dust proof – have lost a phone to the toilet and would be great for the beach. Shockproof too !

  • Ern
    May 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Toilet proof. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped one of my phones in the dunny and killed it. Once even in a public toilet, where I let it stay because there was no way on this earth I was going to stick my hand in to retrieve it.

  • Penny George
    May 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    The FlexShock feature sold me. I use my phone for teaching and am always dropping it when I get too enthusiastic and wave my arms around!

  • Karina L
    May 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    It’s waterproof for all those occasions it may land in the toilet!

  • Joanne Connor
    May 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Being waterproof is pretty amazing.

  • Dave
    May 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Waterproof is amazing! I have run out of excuses for new phones and numbers as a result of seeing my phone sitting in the porcelain throne.

  • james PIZZEY
    May 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    waterproof, dustproof baby proof, toilet proof and beach proof

  • Kathleen Jackson
    May 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Waterproof, dust-proof and snow-proof all come as standard. No matter what nature throws at it. It’s Impact Protection is on a whole new level.

  • Anastasia
    May 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Knowing that it can withstand drops from 2metre heights. I am forever holding my children’s things for them and constantly drop my phone!

  • Rosemarie De Bari
    May 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Toilet proof! Say no more, I want one.

  • elizabeth
    May 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Definitely that it is waterproof. My last iphone – perfect mint condition … took a dip in the loo. There was no coming back from that dip, she drowned & I cried!! Fingers crossed 🙂

  • Narelle Abbie
    May 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    being scratch proof, my phone is always ending up at the bottom of my bag covered in keys and goodness knows what else!

  • Scott Crumlin
    May 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Water proofing! Bathroom, kitchen counter and in summer beach or pool. VERY important!

  • Lucia Saal
    May 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I love that it is waterproof. I’ve lost many a phones that way! Now if it had a way to not lose your phone that would be great!

  • Brooke
    May 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    The toilet and drop proofing! I have had 2 iPhones toilet dunked in the last 6 months so this would provide the ultimate safeguard for me!

  • Nicola James
    May 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I love the fact that it is toilet proof and still usable after the dip!

  • Katrina O'Connor
    May 4, 2016 at 6:45 am

    would have to be scratch proof and waterproof

  • Sara Johnston
    May 4, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I’ve tried a few phone cases now, and have to say that my favourite feature of the Evo Xplorer is that it doesn’t make the current features of my phone hard to use! 🙂

  • Laura green
    May 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

    The fact that its so well protected on manh occasions ive dropped phones and cracked the screens this looks great

  • Michelle Vamvas
    April 30, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Knowing that it is waterproof is my favourite feature. My husband damaged two phones on two seperate occasions (once down the toilet, once when he dived into the ocean with the phone still in his pocket!)

  • paula
    April 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    You had me at toilet proof…..yes, I’ve made that mistake before and mine definitely wasn’t toilet proof >_<