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The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2018
iPhone 7 cases: best ways to protect your iPhone
Product: Hardware Group Test | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone
 
   
Updated 3rd June: We've added some new cases to keep your iPhone 7 safe into the summer.




The iPhone 7 has been a massive sales success since it launched more than a year ago, and while the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are now on the market, we'll have to wait a while until they're in as many hands as last year's model.

Apple continues to offer the iPhone 7 as new, so it makes sense to round-up of some of the best cases around for it. Needless to say, there's a thriving third-party case ecosystem for the phone.

It's also worth noting that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 have very similar measurements, so cases for one will tend to fit the other.

We haven't directly featured any iPhone 7 Plus examples, because the general rule is that case manufacturers make the same case for both sizes - so treat these as recommendations for both models.

Dockem Sleeve

Here's the thing with cases - they invariably compromise the design and feel of your smartphone. This sleeve offers a low-tech but surprisingly effective solution, protecting your phone in transit while giving you the full naked phone experience.

Suggested price: £8
Buy from Amazon




JimmyCASE wallet

Here's a handsome, premium iPhone 7 case that stands out from the crowd. The JimmyCASE wallet incorporates a genuine mahogany back, a sturdy plastic bumper, and a stretchy elastic pocket.

Suggested price: £45
Buy from jimmyCASE





Mujjo Full Leather Wallet

Mujjo's Full Leather Wallet is essentially a cheaper alternative to Apple's leather case, with the added bonus of an external wallet compartment for your cards.

Suggested price: £40
Buy from Amazon






Case-Mate Tough

With its reinforced corners and shock protection for drops of up to 10 feet, the Case-Mate Tough offers a lot for its money. It also has a metal kickstand that's oriented for portrait view support, which is unusual.

Suggested price: £19
Buy from Amazon





Silk Base Grip case

Silk makes some of the best plain and simple iPhone cases in the business, without excessive adornment or gimmicks. This is a simple one-piece TPU case that fits nice and tightly, and keeps your £700 phone safe without hurting your eyes or your wallet. What more do you want?

Suggested price: £15
Buy from Amazon





Speck Presidio Grip

A case that's thin and goes big on protection? That's the ambitious idea with the Presidio Grip, which will keep your iPhone 7 safe from drops of up to 10 feet, but doesn't look like a breeze block. Oh, and as the name suggests, it makes your iPhone very grippy too.

Suggested price: £28
Buy from Amazon





Mophie Juice Pack Air

Like the idea of Apple's Smart Battery Case, but don't like that funny bump on the back? This Mophie case provides a bump-free alternative, whilst boosting your iPhone 7's battery life to a total of 27 hours. It also supports wireless charging, which Apple's solution doesn't.

Suggested price: £57
Buy from Amazon






GEAR4 Carnaby

iPhone cases can be a little humdrum and predictable in their design. It's nice when something a bit different appears, like the GEAR4 Carnaby. You get a smart holey design that lets some of Apple's own design magic shine through. Despite this, the case still provides protection against falls of up to 3 metres in height.

Suggested price: £24
Buy from Amazon






Incipio Esquire

Tired of the usual plastic and leather options for your phone case? The Incipio Esquire offers an attractive alternative - the kind of stylish cloth you might associate more with a jacket or jumper.

Suggested price: £20
Buy from Amazon







Olixar X-Duo

If you're the sort of person who digs that cutting edge racing car aesthetic, the Olixar X-Duo will doubtless rev your engine. It's got a distinctive carbon fibre-style design and an admirable lack of garish logos. Beyond that, it just keeps your iPhone 7 nice and snug and safe.

Suggested price: £20
Buy from Amazon





Apple Leather case


It should come as no surprise to learn that Apple's own iPhone 7 case is the most handsome and snug-fitting out there - nor that it's the most expensive. Still, if you must accessorise your accessories, this is the one.

Suggested price: £20
Buy from Amazon






Apple Smart Battery Case

Want your case to give your iPhone a little more juice? Apple's Smart Battery Case boosts talk time by up to 12 hours - with only a slightly unsightly bulge to show for it.

Suggested price: £100
Buy from Amazon






Silk Vault

Silk really shows Apple how case bulges needn't be unsightly with the Silk Vault - a moulded, angular delight of a thing. The extra space is here put to uses storing up to three of your bank cards, which is handy.

Suggested price: £11
Buy from Amazon






Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen is another of the top case makers out there, and the Ultra Hybrid combines subtle semi-transparent looks with a reassuring air-cushioned bymber that will absorb most droppages.

Suggested price: £8
Buy from Amazon






TOZO Ultra-Thin iPhone 7 case

This one looks perfect for those who don't want their cases to sing louder than their phones. Slim, subtle, understated - and cheap.

Suggested price: £8
Buy from Amazon





UAG Trooper

UAG makes big butch cases that can help your phone survive a pretty extreme droppage. This one is no exception, but it'll also hold your bank cards for you.

Suggested price: £30
Buy from Amazon






SwitchEasy Numbers

SwitchEasy has been making the no-nonsense Numbers range for a number of iPhone generations now. They're solid, unassuming, lightweight cases that also keep the lint out of your Lightning port with a handy plug.

Suggested price: £15
Buy from Amazon





Torro Leather Case

If you prefer the all-round protection that a folio case provides, the Torro Leather Case provides such a thing with an extra dose of class. It's made from genuine premium Italian cowhide leather.

Suggested price: £22
Buy from Amazon





Vena vCommute

Vena's case doesn't just fit the iPhone 7 snugly and provide solid protection, it also has a handy kickstand and a wallet compartment on the back. It's the case that keeps on giving.

Suggested price: £12
Buy from Amazon





Nodus Access Case

If you want some high-end class for your high-end phone, check out the Nodus Access Case. It's a leather folio case with a suede inner and a novel micro suction pad mounting system.

Suggested price: £50
Buy from Amazon


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#1 Apple Leather Case

It should come as no surprise to learn that Apple's own iPhone 7 case is the most handsome and snug-fitting out there - nor that it's the most expensive. Still, if you must accessorise your accessories, this is the one.

Suggested price: £45
Buy from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Mobile-Phone-Cases-Covers/Apple-Leather-Back-Cover-Case-iPhone-Black/B01LWUPR2L

#2 Apple Smart Battery Case

Want your case to give your iPhone a little more juice? Apple's Smart Battery Case boosts talk time by up to 12 hours - with only a slightly unsightly bulge to show for it.

Suggested price: £80
Buy from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Battery-Elastomer-Silicone-iPhone/dp/B01LW36AMO

#3 Silk Vault

Silk really shows Apple how case bulges needn't be unsightly with the Silk Vault - a moulded, angular delight of a thing. The extra space is here put to uses storing up to three of your bank cards, which is handy.

Suggest price: £13
Buy from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silk-Protective-Vault-Wallet-iPhone/dp/B01JTI48LK

#4 Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen is another of the top case makers out there, and the Ultra Hybrid combines subtle semi-transparent looks with a reassuring air-cushioned bymber that will absorb most droppages.

Suggested price: £8
Buy from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/iPhone-Spigen-Hybrid-CUSHION-bumper/dp/B01GIVXBVY

#5 Tozo Ultra-Thin iPhone 7 case

This one looks perfect for those who don't want their cases to sing louder than their phones. Slim, subtle, understated - and cheap.

Suggested price: £8
Buy from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Thin-Perfect-Thinnest-Semi-transparent-Lightweight/dp/B01LDFGW3E

 

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Jon Mundy 20 November 2017
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