Apple may have ditched the headphone port, but it brought water resistance to its iPhones with the iPhone 7. The increased durability is welcome, but as we mentioned in our iPhone 7 review, Apple’s 2016 handset is a sleek smartphone with an elegant glass design that needs to be protected. There’s always a risk your iPhone may get damaged, as all it takes is a single slip to end up with a ding, scuff, or crack that will spoil those good looks. That’s why you need to invest in one of the best iPhone 7 cases. Check out a few of our current favorites below.
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Killspencer Snap Case
For a snap-on case with a stylish, durable, leather finish and plenty of character, look no further than Killspencer’s Snap Case. The case has a basic, slim shell with generous cutouts for your phone’s camera, ports, and side switch. There are also well-defined button covers and an optional strap for added security, which is good because this case is more about style than protection. It currently only comes in black, but you can add a two-character monogram if you want. The case usually costs $60, though it’s discounted to $40 right now, and the monogram will cost you an extra $50.
Noreve Tradition Leather Case
This classy cover for the iPhone 7 is made of high-quality leather. A thin, plastic shell holds your iPhone in place, and it is wrapped in a padded-leather exterior that completely envelopes your phone, protecting it from all angles. The front cover has a magnetic closure, which opens to reveal a couple of handy slots for stowing credit cards. There are also cutouts for your phone’s speaker, camera, buttons, and ports. The case is currently available in a variety of different finishes and colors. It starts at around $65.
CM4 Q Card Case
Leave your wallet or purse at home with the Q Card Case from CM4. This case combines a number of clever features. The durable plastic shell will fit your iPhone perfectly. You’ll also find tactile button covers, accurate cutouts, and textured strips on the sides for enhanced grip. The back sports a leather-style pocket that can hold a couple of credit cards and some cash. There’s also a smart slot that you can slide a card into, allowing you to prop up your phone in landscape view. It costs $20 to $25 and comes in black, gray, gold, or pink.
Utomic Edge Corner Protectors
The most annoying thing about most iPhone 7 cases is that they cover up Apple’s gorgeous design. Thankfully, Utomic has a minimalist alternative that still provides some protection in the form of corner protectors. These are small, flexible bumpers that are attached using an adhesive that takes 24 hours to properly set. They stick to each corner of your iPhone and extend from front to back to prevent your phone from touching down on flat surfaces. You also get wipes and an installation sleeve, allowing for the perfect fit. They come in an array of colors, too, and provide decent protection against falls of up to 4 feet, provided your phone doesn’t land on an uneven surface. They cost $20.
Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet
Snakehive’s leather folio cases are an absolute steal. The leather has a fine grain on the outside, which is pleasant to the touch, and a traditional leather finish on the inside for protection and longevity. We love the black and navy color scheme here, but it’s available in other colors too. Your phone fits perfectly inside, and there’s a very handy magnetic clasp to keep the cover closed. It doubles as a stand for your phone as well. You can pick one up for $30.
Mous iPhone 7 Case
A super-successful Indiegogo campaign launched these slick cases, which are available in wood, marble, bamboo, leather, or Kevlar finishes. The cases look great, with the protective Airo-Shock interior keeping the phone safe even when dropped from a great height. Yet the cases have style and class, rather than the rugged toughness usually associated with such protection. They cost $50 apiece.
Vesel Wood Series Case
There’s no denying that these bumper-style cases from Vesel are very expensive at well over $100, but they’re also beautifully crafted. The combination of aluminum and wood is seriously stylish. You can mix and match gold, rose, black, or silver aluminum with oak, walnut, maple, or pear wood to get the exact look you want. The premium packaging also includes a small screwdriver, so you can fit the bumper securely around your phone. The button covers work well and there’s a generous opening for your phone’s Lightning port. The case extends from the front to the back to safeguard your iPhone 7, though you may want to pair it with a screen protector for some additional peace of mind.
Incipio Esquire Wallet Series Case
This wallet case combines style and substance. The black shell is made from impact-resistant TPU, and it’s partially covered in dark gray leather material. Flip the back open, and you’ll find space for two cards. The door can also double as a landscape stand. There are tactile button covers for the volume and power and an opening for the switch. You’ll also find accurate cutouts for the camera, port, and speakers. It’s a good-looking case, but it’s also a practical choice.
Mikol Carrara White Marble Case
Marble has been a sign of opulence since antiquity. It is usually found in pillars, statues, and tiles for the wall or floor, but Mikol has expanded that list to iPhone cases. These svelte shell cases are hard plastic with a real marble panel inlaid on the back. It’s cool to the touch and the veining is unique in each case. Mikol has combined fiberglass with the marble to prevent it from shattering if you drop it, but it’s certainly not rugged, so don’t expect much drop protection. It’s a very slim case with generous cutouts for all your iPhone’s features, but it will set you back $100.
Nodus Shell Case
Purveyor of the finest Italian leather cases, Nodus is a brand that deserves to be on your radar. The Shell case has a strong polycarbonate core with a microfiber lining on the inside to cushion your iPhone 7. It’s covered in gorgeous full-grain leather. There are subtle button covers for the volume and power controls, and cutouts for everything else. You get a small magnet dock with the case and it can be fixed anywhere you want to be able to attach your phone. It comes in brown, black, or gray, but our favorite color is the dark teal. It’s a minimal case from a protection point of view and it costs around $60, but it’s super-stylish, comfortable to hold, and the magnet dock is handy.
Pad & Quill Woodline Case
These real hardwood cases are made in Minnesota and every one features its own unique wood grain. You have four choices: American Cherry, Rosewood, Zebra, or American Walnut. For extra strength, the wood has been combined with a polymer core. It’s a simple design. You snap your iPhone into place and there are generous openings for full access to the camera, port, and buttons. It will guard against bumps and scuffs, but we wouldn’t rely on this case for drop protection. It costs $50.
Carved Traveler Case
At Carved, you’ll find a wide range of gorgeous cases that you can’t get anywhere else. There are plain finishes in different types of wood and loads of eye-catching designs to choose from, many of which are the result of partnerships with talented artists. They set the wood inlays into basic, black plastic shells that have accurate cutouts for the camera and ports, as well as thin button covers. There’s also a ridged texture on the sides to enhance grip. Even the interior has a stylish Carved design. If you want something beautiful with a natural feel, then you should check them out.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Case
UAG stepped up its design with the Monarch Series, bringing real leather panels and aluminum screws to its classic industrial aesthetic. You’ll still enjoy rugged drop protection, with a protective lip around the screen and oversized button covers, but the Monarch also looks and feels a bit classier. The textured pattern on the sides adds grip, and there are accurate openings for the camera, ports, and switch. This case is surprisingly light and comes in a silvery platinum finish or darker graphite.
Dodocase Bookcase Metallics Collection Case
You can’t help but be impressed by the craftsmanship of these San Francisco-made cases. The folio style provides all-around protection, and the cases look like cute, little books. There’s a fabric finish, a leather spine, and an elastic closure to keep them secured. Your iPhone 7 slots into a thin shell, which has generous openings for easy access to controls and ports. There is also a cutout on the back, so you can use the camera. The color options are copper satin, pewter satin, and graphite satin.
Casetify Classic Grip Case
If you want to customize your case and get the perfect blend of color and design, then Casetify is well worth a visit. The Classic Grip case combines a flexible TPU bumper that’s easy to grip with a translucent back panel that features a wide range of different designs. The fit is perfect, the button covers are good, and there’s a raised lip to protect your screen. This iPhone 7 case will also guard against drops from up to 4 feet. The design pictured is called Moody Jungle, but there are loads to choose from, or you can design your own. They start at $40.
Griffin Survivor Clear Case
This protective offering showcases Apple’s minimalist design, allowing you to maintain the look and feel of your smartphone. This is one of Griffin’s slimmest cases for the iPhone 7, but it still offers drop protection from up to 4 feet. It’s made of tough polycarbonate and features a flexible TPU frame. The back is scratch-resistant and is available in either a translucent design or one with a subtle tinge of color. The button covers are responsive, and there are accurate openings for your phone’s ports, as well as generous cutouts on the back that ensure you’ll be able to use your phone’s camera and flash without interference.
Otterbox Defender Series Case
Protection is the name of the game for Otterbox, and this is the most protective case it offers, which is why it always makes our list of the best rugged iPhone cases. It’s reinforced to safeguard your iPhone 7 from drop damage, and it has a port cover and a screen protector built-in, so there’s no risk of dirt, dust, or scratches. It also comes with a handy belt clip and holster, which can also double up as a stand. It’s very bulky, the port may be a little tight for some accessories, and not everyone is going to like the built-in screen protector, but it will keep your iPhone 7 in top condition.
Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper
This tough bumper offers impressive drop protection, safeguarding your iPhone 7 from falls of up to 11 feet. The bumper extends quite a bit front and back, so the screen and aluminum body should be protected. It also features chunky button covers and generous openings for ports and other features. It’s quite bulky, but it leaves the display and back of the iPhone completely open, which makes it an interesting alternative to a traditional rugged case. You can also pair it with a screen protector.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
For the iPhone 7, Speck has revamped its entire range of cases to make them slimmer and more protective than ever. The Presidio range features polycarbonate exteriors with Speck’s proprietary “impactium” material inside to absorb the shock of any impact. Our top pick is the Presidio Grip, which has been drop-tested up to 10 feet, exceeding the usual military drop-test standards. It sports a ridged pattern that’s eye-catching and also functional, adding grip on the back and sides of your iPhone 7. You’ll also find cutouts for the switch, camera, and ports, as well as tactile button covers for the controls. It comes in six colors.
Caseology Envoy Series Case
These cases nail a classy look without the big price tag. They are made from TPU, with a strong polycarbonate bumper around the outside. Most of the options in this range have a polyurethane, or faux leather, panel on the back, but there is also a carbon fiber option. You can opt for beige, cherry oak, green, or navy blue, and each is paired with a gold bumper. The openings are accurate, the button covers are responsive, and there’s a raised lip to safeguard the screen. These cases offer some drop protection, but they aren’t really rugged, so look elsewhere if drop protection is your top priority.
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