Christmas came early this year for Tim Cook. We can only imagine the Apple CEO’s reaction at the news of Samsung’s Note 7 recall because it was, you know, exploding.
In any event, the iPhone 7 will continue its run as the default smartphone until the reveal of the 7S a year from now (and the 8 a year after that, and the 8S a year after that, and on and on for eternity). That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The iPhone 7 has a lot going for it. Sure it looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6 and does away with the headphone jack, but the device also has some useful and unique features like water resistance, an improved battery, and better cameras. But it also isn’t cheap, coming in at $649 for a 32GB version. For that kind of cash you are going to want to protect your investment.
Buying a case for your iPhone can be tricky. You want something that will safeguard the device, but you don’t want to wrap your phone in Nerf foam either. One of the best aspects about the iPhone is its design—so if you’re going to cover it, you want something that will enhance the visual aesthetics and make a statement when you pull it out of your pocket.
Now that the device has been out for a little bit, most of the major case manufacturers have had a chance to roll out their iPhone 7 offerings. (Case companies don’t get a head’s up from Apple, so it can take a minute for them to get new products to market.) To keep your iPhone 7 looking sharp and working properly until it’s time for your next upgrade, try storing it in one of these seven cases.
Cases don’t get much more minimal than the Radius. The X-shaped design is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and weighs about a quarter of an ounce. It creates a striking appearance and raised edges around the corners of the screen and the camera help ensure that the most accident-prone areas of your phone are protected.
MUJJO LEATHER WALLET CASE
The phone case-card holder is a brilliant concept because it combines two of your EDC items into one. But it’s also a tough one to pull off in an elegant manner without feeling clunky. Mujjo’s leather wallet case manages to balance it all. It has a fine vegetable tanned leather that feels great in the hand and a suede liner because phones enjoy a luxury too. The card slots are discreet and the diagonal slit makes it easy to get cards in and out.
MOPHIE HOLD FORCE POWERSTATION PLUS MINI
$99.90 (for case and battery), mophie.com
For its latest innovation Mophie went with a modular approach. The Hold Force case has a magnet on the back so you can attach specially-designed accessories to it. There is a wallet attachment that comes in handy if you don’t always want to have your cards attached to your phone, but the one that’s most helpful is the battery pack that makes it easy to do on-the-go charging without having to manage two separate devices.
Buck naked, the iPhone 7 looks pretty awesome. But the brushed aluminum backplate of Moshi Armour case ratchets up the optics of the smartphone, especially in this gunmetal gray color. The design is so sleek you almost wish they hadn’t made a cutout to reveal the Apple logo and had preserved the seamless look of the case throughout.
SPECK PRESIDIO GRIP
If you’ve got bigger hands or are just a little klutzy, you will certainly appreciate the raised ridges on Speck’s Presidio Grip case. It sits securely and comfortably in your hand and the ridges make it easier to fish it out of your pocket or bag. The case also does an incredible job of protecting against impact without adding any bulk.
Using leather from Chicago’s famed Horween tannery, Nomad’s iPhone 7 case will take on a darker, richer patina. And since you handle your phone all day long, that process will occur faster than with a pair of shoes that you’re only wearing a couple times a week. The leather wraps all the way around the edges and rises just slightly above the glass for a precise fit and added protection.
The Veil is designed more to make your phone stand out in an age where everyone pretty much has the same phone. The adhesive backing is made from a beautiful rosewood that looks incredibly distinguished, and if you do decide you want a change later on, it is easy to remove.