In a world of solutions that don’t need the problem, the Drive 6+ hits a home run. That’s because this iPhone 6+ (compatible w/6S+) case solves a real problem: keeping the phone front and center in a car where it can be viewed during its use as a GPS device (think Google Maps). But before we get to the Drive+’s abilities, let’s stop and applaud the fact that the iPhone 6/6S Plus has a large enough screen to make looking at it not just possible but doable — remember we’re talking about being in a car and having to glance at a screen other than that of the windshield. No one should be so naive as to think that this is something that isn’t potentially dangerous, but having a bigger screen can makes for a quicker look.
But with that said, what makes the Drive 6+ superior to that of a suction cup-enabled windshield or dashboard mounted phone securing system? It’s the fact that it doesn’t work on either of those surfaces. So good, your attention is now directed at how it does what it does. But wanting to know and getting to know are two different things, because the car isn’t the only place it’s used.
As the Drive 6+ is a case that is used overall, taking a look at its exterior seems sensible first. Obviously the iPhone fits inside of it, with the ports and controls exposed for easy access (meaning it’s not waterproofed). As the case is made from a hardened material, day-to-day normal protection is assured — by that it means it’s not military grade but sensible grade against the average slip out of the hand onto a table it’s being held over, or from keys and coins when placed in a pocket. Tired of having to hold the phone when looking at a video or any horizontally-inclined app? Then the built-in Kickstand that extrudes out of the back will come in handy. So much for that.
Because getting back to the unique method in which the Drive 6+ comports itself when inside a car is the big deal. There’s another extrusion on the back, but it’s not to compete with the Kickstand. This extrusion is designed to fit inside the horizontal air vents that predominate any car when it comes to exhausting heat or air conditioning. You pull out the extrusion and insert it into the vent and give a jiggle and BOOM – it stays in place, holding the phone horizontally and safely. That’s all it does but it does do that precisely and well. When it’s time to exit the car, pull it out of the vent and leave: there’s nothing to put away or leave in the car to draw unneeded attention.
The Drive 6+ comes in a neutral gray but also blue and orange — colors to avoid as they cause attention while driving so stay with the gray. But if the desire is to have a ready view of the iPhone when it’s mimicking a GPS, or just so as to have it more handy than in a cup holder or pocket, then spending the $39.99 will seem painless.