The 10 Best iPhone 7 Cases
10. UAG Pathfinder
9. Apple Smart Battery
8. Ballistic Tough Jacket Maxx
7. Spigen Ultra Hybrid
6. Yesgo Shockproof
5. Silk Vault Wallet
4. Apple Leather Case
3. OtterBox Defender
2. Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style
1. Silk Grip
Protecting The Pricey But Delicate iPhone 7
Led by booming iPhone 7 sales, iPhone ownership reached an all-time high in the United States in 2017, with more than an estimated 85.8 million iPhones in the hands of American consumers. This growth in market share of Apple's handset brought along with it a demand for cases to protect what for many is their primary computer.
Hundreds of manufacturers have stepped up to fill this need, including Apple itself. There truly is a case for just about every need, including underwater cases, fashion cases, battery boosting cases, and even obscenely expensive cases for those interested in flaunting their wealth.
Cases are in competition with iPhone insurance policies, which also offer protection for the device, albeit in a different way. These insurance policies appeal to users who prefer a device without added bulk. For those iPhone owners there are a number of low-profile, slim iPhone cases that complement the sleek design of Apple's flagship smartphone.
While cellular phones have advanced by leaps and bounds since the year 2000, and boast more power than the NASA Apollo computers, they remain tragically fragile.
The cracked smartphone screen is a ubiquitous sight, and for good reason. In addition to being brittle, iPhone 7 screens are costly to repair. An appropriate case can spare consumers the drama of those alarming moments after their gorgeous phone slips from their grasp and to the ground.
The iPhone case also increases the likelihood that your device will be in a condition suitable for resale when the time comes. This is especially important considering the Apple phone holds its value better than any other smart phone.
The Right Case For Your Lifestyle
With so many options, choosing an iPhone 7 case can be challenging. Consider the following points before making a purchase.
How do you use your device? If you're away from home for many hours at a time, a case that boosts the battery may be worthy of consideration. These battery cases can, in some instances, more than double the effective battery life of your iPhone.
If you rarely pull your mobile phone from your pocket, a svelte and fashionable case that offers protection from car key scrapes and dings may be all you need.
However, if you frequently handle the phone, a bulkier case is more suitable.
While many cases do not sport a built-in screen protector, the feature is advised for those who often transfer their phone from pocket to desktop, and for the clumsy among us. Screen protectors can also be purchased separately, if the case you like most does not include one.
For many, the iPhone 7 is primarily used for media consumption, to the dismay of many in the entertainment industry. Kickstand cases were developed with this function in mind, and are a popular choice.
Cases that add features to your device are also worthy of consideration. If wireless or inductive charging interests you, there are cases that grant your iPhone this ability. There are also cases that add ports to the notoriously port-anemic device, including the headphone jack, which is conspicuously absent from the iPhone 7.
A Brief History Of iPhone Protection
Released in June 2007, the iPhone was the obsession of late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. Described by Jobs at MacWorld in January 2007 as an "iPod with touch controls," a "revolutionary mobile phone," and a "breakthrough Internet communicator," the iPhone was an instant success.
Apple sold the millionth iPhone only 74 days after its June release, and because the device was significantly more expensive than traditional cellular phones on sale at the time, demand for cases was immediate.
When Apple chose to enter the iPhone case business in 2010 with the iPhone 4 bumper case, they joined a market that was already thriving. Numerous third party manufacturers had offered cases since the release of the first generation iPhone.
As the iPhone improved in the following years, so too did the cases designed to protect it.
Many cases for the original iPhone were bulky and ill-fitting, owing in part to that model's rounded form factor. Early cases often prioritized belt-clipping capability over protection. But with the release of the glamorous glass and metal iPhone 4, the Apple device moved from the hip to the pocket. This change meant the belt clip was no longer a priority for case manufacturers.
Cases for the 4 and the nearly identical 4S model which followed were slimmer than their predecessors, and lent the fragile device significantly more durability. They also added protection for the increasingly important camera lens, which, with the popularization of mobile video making, became a key iPhone feature.
Manufacturers like Otter Box and Life Proof established themselves on the backs of these sleeker iPhone designs, adding waterproof and genuine shatterproof functionality to the fifth generation iPhone. These two companies would later become one when Otter Box acquired Life Proof in 2013.
When the iPhone 7 was released in September 2016, the case market was more diverse than ever. Quality bumper cases at the bottom of the market remained popular, and upmarket alternatives were produced by designers like Louis Vuitton.