That being said, I was aware of this trade off, but wanted a rugged case anyway. My regular case has a naked screen and that is the main thing I will be trying to protect from sand and the multi-layered Drop Tech V2 - Ruggedized Case for the iPhone 6 Plus protects it without a problem. In the past, I have used cases that have this added layer of protection, but the screen protection ends up making the device feel more lethargic due to having to push down harder to make anything happen. With the Drop Tech, it may no bet as quick as operating without a screen, but it is close enough that it is rarely distracting. I pressed on icons, swiped back and forth, and moved from screen to screen (see video) without feeling much lag. It does have a different feel, like there is air between you and the screen, but it works fine. The upside to this approach is that the screen protector doesn't have bubbles that are next to impossible to remove and the protection comes off with the case.
To get the case on, you remove the silicon skin, pop open the case with some side clips and put your iPhone inside. Then you press the case together and put the skin back on. The case has a ridge around the front that enables the skin to fit tightly. The very first time, I was able to get everything put together in about a minute. Taking it apart took about twice as long, though.
The ports are deep and covered on this device. I was happy that the port over the headphone port is large. As expected, it works fine with Apple earbuds, but I also tried it out with my Ety ER4P in-ear headphones. They have a right angled connector which makes them impossible to work with most cases. However, with the Drop Tech, I was able to fit the connector into the slot and with a little pressure, I was able to listen to music without an adapter.
The one issue that some might have is that the camera lens and Touch ID are exposed without any protection. The lens and Touch ID are reportedly already protected by sapphire crystal and they are buried below the edge of the case, so I don't think shattering will be an issue. The upside is that without protection covering the lens, I can get cleaner looking photos.
The other controls on the iPhone are under the silicon case and I did not have any problem using them to adjust volume, turn the iPhone off or take a photo. The case seemed to fit everything perfectly. You may have to push down a little harder, but it isn't difficult to get the iPhone to respond.
While I am not usually a fan of belt clips, with this case and phone, it may be more necessary if you have small pockets. One benefit of the belt clip is that it also works as a stand. You simply open it and clip the top and the bottom stays open so you can rest it on a flat surface
While this case doesn't have water protection, it would probably be more expensive and I am not planning on taking my iPhone into the water ( I have an iPad 3 with a Lifeproof case for floating around the pool). Also, this case is a lot easier to get on and off and I don't feel that I am damaging the case every time I remove it like I do with other cases. For me, that is a very important feature because I don't plan to go with this type of case on a daily basis. It is mainly for getting a lot more protection and I think it will do the job.