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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Lifeproof FRĒ Waterproof Case for iPhone 7
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.
Dog & Bone Wetsuit Case
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 Marine Case
Pelican has an impressive pedigree when it comes to protective cases, and the Marine case also safeguards your iPhone 7 against drops, bumps, and all the elements. This waterproof iPhone case scores an IP68 rating, so it can be completely submerged in water to a depth of 6.6 feet for up to an hour. It seals your phone inside, but the Touch ID, touchscreen, and camera work just fine. There are button covers for the controls and ports for audio, though you may find sound is a bit muffled at times.
Vansky Floatable Waterproof Case
If you need waterproof protection for your iPhone 7 only occasionally, then it makes sense to consider a simple dry bag like the Vansky. Pop your iPhone in the bag and seal it, and you’re good to go. The case has an IPx8 rating and promises to protect your handset in depths of up to 100 feet. It has an adjustable lanyard strap, so you can hang it around your neck or use the optional armband. Both the front and back are clear, and you can use your iPhone while it’s in the bag. The other advantage of this bag is that it floats, so if you drop your iPhone, it won’t disappear into the depths.
Otbba Waterproof Case
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 rugged drop protection and protects your device from falls of up to 6.5 feet. It comes with 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 sound is muffled, as is typical with most waterproof offerings.
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