New Trent Alixo Review

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This slim, transparent case shows off the iPhone 5, 5S, 6, or 6 Plus while protecting it with tough, rubbery TPU material and a built-in screen protector.

In New Trent Alixo reviews, users give this iPhone case -- available for the iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus -- overwhelmingly high ratings. Experts and consumers laud the fairly uncommon design, which protects the phone from all angles without adding bulk. Hard, scratch-resistant polycarbonate covers both the front and the back of the phone; this is the only one of our top picks that includes a built-in screen protector. The edges are made of TPU, or thermoplastic polyurethane, which is more rubbery than plastic and better at absorbing shock.

Users who have posted reviews on Amazon praise the combination of materials, noting that the TPU sides make the phone feel secure in the hand. The enhanced grip is especially beneficial for owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in light of reports that the slim, new models tend to be slippery. In terms of performance, the New Trent Alixo (starting at $16, Amazon) has earned numerous testimonials for protecting phones from somewhat dramatic drops, curious and destructive kids, and even small liquid spills. It's important to note, though, that this case is not waterproof.

CNET praises the sleek look of the New Trent Alixo in a roundup of the best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases. Consumers like that the case is transparent, so the Apple logo and the design of the iPhone itself remain visible. Users want to show off the latest iPhones, which come in gold, silver, or space gray. To match the phones, the case comes with two front covers, one rimmed with black and one with white.

The New Trent Alixo incorporates covers for the ports on the bottom of the iPhone, which makes them a bit difficult to access but also keeps out dust and other potentially harmful agents. There are some minor complaints that the case is hard to put on and the front panel causes a faint rainbow effect, like oil in water.

One concern we saw consistently: The newest iPhones come with a fingerprint scanner built in to the home button, and the screen protector built into this case tends to interfere with that feature, requiring a few tries to get it to work. That's the biggest strike against this case in the eyes of experts at The Wirecutter, who otherwise admire the level of protection for the money. Users advise that you have to peel back the membrane that covers the home button in order to make the fingerprint sensor work. Many consumers consider this an easy fix and are otherwise fully satisfied with the case. Its invisible look, sleek design, and reliable protection make it a winner.

Gina Martinez

Gina Martinez is a freelance writer who teaches college-level composition and literature courses and has an M.A. in English. She lives on the cheap in New York City with her majestic lapdog.

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