What's the best case for iPhone 7? We have a few favorites that we know will hold up!
iPhone 7 is here. If you're upgrading, it won't be cheap, so you'll want a quality case from day one. Case makers know that, so they'll be flooding us with pre-orders and announcements. But how can you know what the best is when so few people have purchased one?
Note: iPhone 7 has just gone on pre-order. If you absolutely want to order a case and have it arrive day-and-date with your new iPhone 7, then we're going to do our best to provide you with the best options possible. If you're waiting, though, then we'll keep this list updated as more cases get released and we have more time with them!
- What to look for in a case
- Spigen Ultra Hybrid S
- Apple Smart Battery Case
- Caseology Parallax
- Ringke Fusion
- UAG Plasma
- Spigen Tough Armor
- Maxboost Vibrance
What to look for in a case
There are always a few things you should look for in a good case.
You'll want something shock-absorbent to prevent damage in case of a fall. A TPU bumper around the edge of your phone will do the trick, especially those cases that boast "air pockets" in the corners. Have you ever seen an iPhone that's been dropped on its corner? Spider web city.
You'll also want a case with a raised bezel around the front to protect your iPhone when you lay it face-down. Some folks may prefer a case without the bezel so that a screen protector fits, but you can find many cases with bezels that are compatible with screen protectors.
You'll want something textured. Shiny cases are pretty and hard polycarbonate shells are solid and strong, but they can be as slippery as eels. That's why it's a good idea to go with a "fusion" case that blends a polycarbonate back with a TPU bumper. The rubber will give you something to grip.
Lastly, you want a case that fits well. That might seem like a no-brainer, but read through reviews before making your purchase. If a case fits loosely on your iPhone 7, it'll firstly annoy the hell out of you because you'll feel it shifting constantly. Second, if it's ill-fitting, your iPhone could slip out or shift on impact, rendering any shock-absorbing qualities your case may have utterly useless.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid S
Spigen makes excellent phone cases. I've tested them extensively with a bunch of different phones and the same is true every time: they fit well, they feel great, and they work.
The Ultra Hybrid has been in Spigen's repertoire for quite some time, but the addition of that 'S' means something new and special – a built-in kickstand. The kickstand has a magnetic latch that just pops open when you want to use it and closes securely when you don't. It's the perfect extra feature for hands-free YouTube-watching or gaming on your new iPhone.
The Ultra Hybrid name means that you get a blend of hard polycarbonate and flexible-yet-sturdy TPU – polycarbonate on the back and TPU all around the edges. This gives you strong protection against bumps and scratches and shock-absorption where you need it most – the corners.
The Ultra Hybrid S is clear, preserving the natural beauty of your iPhone 7 and it's lightweight, so there's no unnecessary bulk in your pocket.
Apple Smart Battery Case
The iPhone 7 may have an hour or two longer battery life than its predecessor, but for many people, that's just not enough. Apple's already released a battery case that'll nearly double the life of your iPhone 7 on a single charge, and you can charge the case and your phone simultaneously.
If you're opting for the jet black iPhone 7 and don't want any scratches, then you'll be happy to hear that the Smart Battery Case has a soft microfiber lining that cradles and protects your phone from scratches and absorbs bumps. The outside is made of smooth silicone that's soft and silky – it might be a tad slippery if your hands are super dry.
What makes this case"smart"? When on your iPhone 7, the intelligent battery status is displayed on both your Lock screen and in Notification Center so that you always know how much charge you have left.
You have your choice of white or black (they go with everything!)
Yes, Parallax is a Green Lantern villain. Caseology's Parallax series is no relation. I promise.
The Parallax is a dual-layer case that features a TPU shell that cradles your iPhone 7, absorbing blows and leaving your hardware scratch-free. The second layer is a polycarbonate frame that fits around the edges of your phone, taking the brunt of the devastating smacks to the corners that have felled many an iPhone.
This case covers the buttons with hard TPU so that there's no change in responsiveness or feel, so turning the volume up and down or silencing a call in your pocket should be no problem.
The back of the TPU shell has a diamond pattern covered in a matte coating that offers extra grip and the polycarbonate frame holds everything securely in place.
And of course, cases don't have to be boring! You have your choice of six color combinations so that you can find a Parallax that parallels your personal style (see what I did there?). My favorite is the black/deep blue.
Ringke, like Spigen, makes an excellent fusion case. Having hard polycarbonate on the back and flexible TPU around the edges is the perfect way to keep your case minimalist, while offering solid protection without having to bulk up to a more rugged case.
Ringke's Fusion cases fit snugly, making your iPhone 7 feel totally solid in your hand – no shifting and wiggling in the case. The polycarbonate back is also a bit clearer than most clear cases, so the natural beauty of your new iPhone can shine through almost better than if there were no case at all. You'll be trying to tell that little kid in The Matrix that you have an awesome case and he's gonna be all "there is no case".
You don't have to opt for a totally clear case if you don't want to – the Ringke Fusion comes in two other versions with colored TPU bumper – Smoke Black and Rose Gold Crystal.
Urban Armor Gear's cases are for folks who need rugged protection for their iPhone 7. UAG calls this case a "feather-light composite", since it comprises a hard outer shell and a softer, more flexible inner core. This protects your iPhone 7 from sharp objects and scratches, while absorbing falls and bumps and dispersing the force across the whole phone instead of having it concentrated on the area of impact.
The UAG Plasma is drop-tested to meet military standards, which makes it more impact-resistant than any run-of-the-mill phone case on the market, so you know your iPhone 7 is in safe, capable hands.
Your iPhone's buttons are all covered, but the coverings are very responsive and provide a tactile response, so you know you're changing the volume or ignoring a call, even if it's in your pocket.
The Plasma not only fits your lifestyle but your personal style as well, available in eight colors, some of them translucent.
If you need rugged, reliable protection, then check out the UAG Plasma.
Spigen Tough Armor
Yet another Spigen case graces this roundup, and that's because we need to cover all of your case bases. If you like the idea of a fusion-style case but know you need something more protective, then Spigen's Tough Armor is perfect for your iPhone 7.
Tough Armor is military grade drop-tested and features Spigen's signature air cushions in the corners for just-about-as-good-as-it-gets shock absorption.
This case is made of a harder TPU that's still somewhat flexible, but much more resistant to punctures or tears. There's a hard polycarbonate shell that slips onto the back and once it's on, it's secure and almost becomes one with the TPU. Removal is fairly easy, but you'll actually have to try to separate the two, which is reassuring.
You can go with a gunmetal, black, or gold polycarbonate shell on black TPU, or you can opt for rose gold or silver on clear TPU.
Maxboost's Vibrance cases are sort of a fusion deal, but the inside is made of silicone and the outside is all polycarbonate, so the shock-absorption is inside, distributing any impact evenly over your whole iPhone 7 instead of just at pinpoints.
These cases are lovely and slim, so there's no real extra bulk being added to your new iPhone, and the polycarbonate isn't overly slippery. The rounded, raised front bezel is more than enough to protect your iPhone' screen when you lay it face-down and the camera cutout on the back is also raised to protect your lens.
You don't get a name like Vibrance with bland colors, so you won't find anything but pizzazz from Maxboost. You have four color combinations to choose from: Italian Rose/champagne gold, rose/champagne gold, turquoise/champagne gold, and white/champagne gold.
These are definitely the most stylish cases in this roundup, so if you're looking to punctuate your new phone with a hawt case, these are the ones for you!
What will you use?
Do you have a go-to brand that you'll use for your iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments below!