All eyes were on the iPhone 7 as it strutted down Apple’s Cupertino, California catwalk. This is a beautiful smartphone with an elegant design, but it’s a fragile beauty that needs to be protected. If you expose your iPhone to the world, there’s a significant chance it’s going to get damaged. All it takes is one slip and you can end up with a ding, scuff, or crack that will likely spoil those good looks. Get the style and protection you need by shopping for the best iPhone 7 cases and covers. Below are our current favorites.
Burkley Snap-on Case ($55)
You aren’t going to get serious drop protection from a case like this, but what you do get is a gorgeous, textured, real leather finish that makes the iPhone 7 more comfortable to hold and easier to grip. It’s a minimalist design, so there are cut-outs for everything and a simple, small bull logo on the back. These cases are pricey, but for leather lovers, they’re well worth a look. You can choose from black, turquoise, camel, or tan for the finishes.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Case ($60)
UAG has really stepped up its design with the new 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 over-sized 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 ($45)
You can’t help but be impressed by the craftsmanship of these San Francisco-made cases. The folio style provides all-round protection and the cases look like cute, little books. There’s a fabric finish, a leather spine, and an elastic closure to keep them securely closed. Your iPhone 7 slots into a thin shell inside which has generous openings for easy access to controls and ports. There is also a cut-out on the back, so you can use the camera. The color options are copper satin, pewter satin, and graphite satin.
Mujjo Leather Case ($44)
Crafted from full grain, vegetable-tanned leather, this slim shell case looks and feels fantastic. The leather layer on the outside and the soft suede lining inside are stuck to a tough polycarbonate frame that keeps your iPhone 7 snug and securely in place. It’s a fairly minimal design, there is a recessed logo on the back, but there are no other details. All the functions and controls are accessible thanks to generous openings cut into the shell. It looks good and the leather will age and change character over time, but we wouldn’t rely on this case for drop protection. You can get it in tan or black.
Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper ($25)
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.
Ballistic Tough Jacket Case ($35)
With heavily reinforced corners you can rely on the Tough Jacket for drop protection from up to 6 feet. It’s a dual layer design with a soft rubbery inner shell and a tough back plate that snaps over it. The focus here is on preventing cracks to the screen and so there’s also a raised bezel around it on the front of the case. You’ll also find generous openings for everything, including the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone 7. You can get this case in plain black, or black and white.
Speck Presidio Grip Case ($40)
For the new iPhone, Speck has revamped its entire range of cases to make them slimmer and more protective than ever. The Presidio range feature 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 and 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 cut-outs for the switch, camera, and ports and tactile button covers for the controls. It comes in a range of six different colors.
Cygnett WorkMate Pro Case ($30)
Here’s a rugged case that will provide decent protection from drop damage, scuffs, and scratches. The dual layer design includes a softer, flexible material on the inside and for button covers, while a tough shell, in a contrasting color, protects the exterior. There are openings for the camera, ports, and switch and a raised lip around the screen. The back is textured and the hexagonal design is eye-catching, but it also adds some grip. This case comes in four different color combinations including black and blue, grey and black, white and grey, or red and grey.