The iPhone 7 is now a certified oldie but goodie. It also carries an IP67 rating, meaning it’s dustproof and water-resistant with the ability to survive in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes all by itself. But you may require more than that, as water-resistant does not equal waterproof. While there are a few cases out there that only match the iPhone 7’s IP67 rating, if you want better protection for your old standby, we suggest getting a waterproof case to harden your aging handset’s defenses against the elements.
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This rugged case from Lifeproof boasts an IP68 rating, which means it can be immersed in water at a depth of up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) for an hour. It keeps dirt, snow, and rain from damaging your iPhone 7, and also provides impact protection so your iPhone can survive drops of up to 6.6 feet unscathed when it’s inside the case. It’s a fairly bulky case with a built-in screen protector, chunky button, and port covers, but it still provides easy access to all of your favorite iPhone features.
The Dog & Bone Wetsuit — which combines silicone, polycarbonate, and rubber for a secure fit — is a tough iPhone case that offers IP68 protection and drop protection at up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). It provides a secure port cover, button covers, and accurate cutouts for the camera and Touch ID, but there’s no screen protector — this case forms a seal with the touchscreen instead. While the open screen ensures touch sensitivity, it does leave your screen exposed. The rubber bumper and textured back add extra grip.
While the Catalyst case scores an IP68 rating, the company tests each unit to even greater depths and promises that its cases are waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters). You also get good drop protection for falls from up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). The soft rubber exterior is comfortable to hold and adds some grip, and there’s easy access to the Touch ID, buttons, and camera. A thin screen protector is built in, which doesn’t interfere with touch sensitivity, and a rotating crown dial operates the mute switch.
Pelican offers an array of top-tier protective cases with stellar reputations as some of the best on the market. They continue their high-quality legacy with this Marine case for iPhone 7, which not only prohibits any water damage but also protects against falls or other forms of impact. This waterproof iPhone case scores an IP68 rating, meaning it can be completely submerged in water to a depth of 6.6 feet for up to an hour. It seals your phone inside while allowing the Touch ID, touchscreen, and camera to work just fine. There are button covers for the controls and ports for audio, however, you may notice the sound is a bit muffled occasionally.
If you don’t need constant waterproof protection for your iPhone 7, then a better option for you could simply be a dry bag like the Vansky. Pop your iPhone in the bag and seal it, and you’re set. The case has an IPx8 rating and vows to keep your handset safe in depths of up to 100 feet. It comes with a strap that you can shrink or enlarge to fit your neck, arm, wrist, or ankle. Both the front and back are clear, allowing you to use your iPhone while it’s in the bag. Another cool thing that sets this bag apart is that it floats, so if you drop your iPhone, it won’t disappear into the depths.
This chunky, waterproof case boasts an IP68 rating, which means your iPhone can be submerged in up to 10 feet of water for up to two hours. Otbba also promises that with their case you have rugged drop protection and protection if your device falls up to 6.5 feet. It includes a built-in screen protector and covers all of your phone’s buttons and ports. Your camera and Touch ID sensor work with the case on, but unfortunately, the sound is muffled. You’ll find that this is a common issue that manufacturers face with waterproof cases.
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