Most people need basic phone protection, then there are people who need Pelican cases.
The Pelican name is associated with protecting valuables — particularly electronics and camera gear — against basically anything you can think of, and its Protector and Voyager phone cases bring that idea down to your Galaxy S6. The two cases each offer something different, but are both a step above any "average" cheap case you can throw on your phone.
Extra protection, a specialized look and a name that you can trust is what you get with Pelican cases — here's what they look like for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
The Protector case is more of an "every day" case that's likely the most appealing to regular users — but that doesn't mean it won't cover your phone from plenty of punishment. There are models for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge (the latter shown here), but both are basically the same.
You get a hard plastic and rubber case that's flexible enough to fit around the phone without any complex parts, but is rather tough otherwise. The hard plastic back is surrounded by rubber to help it from sliding off of surfaces, and it's thick enough to keep the camera pod from touching a surface when you set it down. You'll find the same softer material around the sides to help you grip it, so you hopefully won't even need the extra protection from drops.
It definitely isn't the slimmest case out there, but the Pelican Protector isn't going to change how you can use your phone. You have full access to the headphone jack, USB port, IR port and both microphones, but the power and volume keys are covered and accessible by rubber buttons that lay on top of them.
At $40 (retailing around $30 nowadays) you have to want the extra protection and the Pelican brand name, but the Protector is a nice step up from your average protective case. Pelican doesn't sell them directly, but we see them available direct from AT&T for normal prices, and you may be able to find them at other big box stores as well.
For those who need even more coverage, that's where the Voyager case comes in. Going head-to-head with the likes of OtterBox and LifeProof, Pelican's Voyager case is a hard plastic two-piece case that snaps securely around your Galaxy S6 (sorry, no GS6 edge model) that also comes with a scratchproof screen protector and multi-function holster.
The Pelican Voyager snaps on in two pieces, as it isn't flexible enough to fit around your phone. The back piece is a very hard plastic, with a rubber lining inside to cradle your phone, while the front piece is also hard plastic but coated in some rubberized material to help you grip it. The case connects so firmly that you need to use a key or coin (Pelican actually recommends this) in the corner to pry it apart — this thing isn't going to pop off if you drop your phone.
Adding to the protection are a scratchproof screen protector, which you can choose to install or not, and a rather large belt holster. The holster can hold the encased phone either screen-in for protection, or screen-out with the belt clip doubling as a kickstand for media watching. Even most of those who want this kind of phone protection probably won't want the belt holster, but you're not being charged much extra for it and it's completely optional.
This case is downright bulky, and there's no way to get around that. There's a sizable lip around the entire screen to protect it from accidental damage, and the edges about double the thickness of your otherwise svelte Galaxy S6. There are big covers over the ports on the bottom of the phone, with two that can flip down so you can access the headphone jack and USB port and a third that directs sound upward out of the speaker. The whole package is kind of unwieldy, and really shouldn't be considered unless you expect to really rough up your phone.
The Voyager is priced at $50 (available for about $40 now), so just $10 more than the Protector, and clearly offers more than a little extra protection for your phone. Again we see the Voyager model sold by AT&T, and you may have a shot at finding one at other carriers and big phone retailers.
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