iPhone Cases

Must-Have Picks for Ev­ery Oc­ca­sion, Style, and Bud­get

iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - by Rheanne Tay­lor

CaseMate Bril­liance Tough ($67.99–$80) This case has be­come one of my ab­so­lute fa­vorites. Al­though it's a bit flashy for some, that's one of the many rea­sons I love it so much. Not only is it just plain glam­orous, but it's pretty rugged too. While test­ing this case, I dropped it quite a few times, and my phone made it out com­pletely un­scathed (and, re­mark­ably, the case did too). I'll ad­mit, I was pretty con­cerned about the gems on the back fall­ing off, as that's what hap­pens to most cases like this, but I've had no such prob­lem with the Bril­liance Tough. The only down­side is that it's not su­per easy to take on and off, which isn't a prob­lem if you only re­move your case to swap it out for an­other, but can get frus­trat­ing if you (like me) fre­quently use ex­ter­nal lenses that re­quire a naked iPhone.

DODO­case Leather Card­case ($34.95) If I'm at a con­cert or out on the town, then there are re­ally only three things I need: my phone, my credit card, and my ID. Any­thing else is cum­ber­some and un­nec­es­sary. This case has been the per­fect so­lu­tion. It isn't as rugged as some of the other op­tions listed here, but its slim de­sign makes it per­fect for your pocket. The case fea­tures a leather back­ing and card pocket, which can stretch to ac­com­mo­date up to four cards. I slid two cards into the pocket and found that they stayed firmly in place, so I didn't worry about los­ing them at any point. You can also in­clude a gold mono­gram on the leather back­ing if you so choose. This is a great case for ac­tiv­i­ties that re­quire you to pack as light as pos­si­ble.

Mo­phie Charge Force Case ($59.95) I take a lot of photos and videos when I travel. That means that my bat­tery drains much faster than I would like. Al­though I have a ton of ex­ter­nal bat­ter­ies that I pack on my trips, all of them re­quire me to plug my phone into them for it to charge. That usu­ally ends up putting my phone out of com­mis­sion un­til it reaches 100 per­cent again. Mo­phie's Charge Force case is a great al­ter­na­tive. The case is com­pat­i­ble with nearly all wire­less charg­ers, but I use Mo­phie's Charge Force Pow­er­sta­tion Mini ($49.95). All I have to do is charge the Pow­er­sta­tion be­fore my trip, and then it's ready to use next time my phone's bat­tery runs low. The Pow­er­sta­tion mag­net­i­cally ad­heres to the back of my phone and be­gins charg­ing in­stantly, so I can con­tinue us­ing my phone with no is­sues—no wires nec­es­sary!

Ot­ter­box De­fender Se­ries Case ($23.95–$49.95) Ot­ter­box is a house­hold name when it comes to pro­tec­tive iPhone cases—and for good rea­son! This case not only pro­tects your iPhone against drops with its rugged de­sign, but its built-in screen pro­tec­tor safe­guards your de­vice against cracks and scratches as well. Most of my friends who work out­doors (es­pe­cially in con­struc­tion) swear by Ot­ter­box, and it's been hard to con­vince them to try any­thing else. They've shared many sto­ries about drop­ping phones from roofs or ac­ci­dently leav­ing them on their car as they drove away, and in each sce­nario their de­vices mirac­u­lously es­caped un­scathed. I've used the prod­uct my­self in the past, and al­though it was a bit bulky for my lik­ing, it would be a dis­ser­vice not to men­tion it in this roundup, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing how many of my close friends love it so much. If you reg­u­larly work out­doors, then I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend the Ot­ter­box De­fender Se­ries.

Lifeproof FRĒ Case ($18.99–$89.99) I don't let haz­ards like rivers and rocky slopes stand in my way when I'm tak­ing pic­tures. Even though the iPhone 7 has proven it­self to be in­cred­i­bly re­sis­tant to wa­ter, I don't trust that it can with­stand some of the sit­u­a­tions I place it in (I re­ally like cap­tur­ing un­der­wa­ter shots). This case is my go-to for all out­door ad­ven­tures. I re­cently took it on a four-day camp­ing trip along the Chat­tooga River in South Carolina, and I thor­oughly freaked out my com­pan­ions ev­ery time I dipped my phone be­low the wa­ter's sur­face to snap a photo of a fish. I did this a lot, and never once did a drop of wa­ter man­age to sneak into the case. And de­spite its slim de­sign, it of­fered in­cred­i­ble pro­tec­tion against the jagged rocks I oc­ca­sion­ally dropped it on. The only down­side is that it's nearly im­pos­si­ble to use the screen while it's sub­merged.

RE­VEAL Na­ture Tech Col­lec­tion (Start­ing at $25) This case isn't de­signed to be very pro­tec­tive, but it is one of the few en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly op­tions avail­able and it looks beau­ti­ful too. RE­VEAL's case eas­ily guards against dents and scratches, but I cer­tainly wouldn't feel safe drop­ping my phone while us­ing it. Re­gard­less, I love the de­sign and found it to of­fer a suf­fi­cient amount of pro­tec­tion for ev­ery­day use. Not only is RE­VEAL's Na­ture Tech line made from re­new­able cork and bam­boo, but through the com­pany's part­ner­ship with the non­profit Amer­i­can Forests, it also prom­ises to plant a tree for ev­ery prod­uct bought from the col­lec­tion. To date, the non­profit has al­ready planted over 50 mil­lion trees world­wide, which is cer­tainly sig­nif­i­cant. If you're try­ing to live a more sus­tain­able life­style, then it's hard to go wrong with this case.

Speck Pre­sidio Pro­tec­tive Cases ($18.99–$39.95) Speck's cases may seem ba­sic, but they haven't let me down yet! De­spite their slim de­sign, they are in­cred­i­bly re­silient. In fact, they boast 10-foot pro­tec­tion against drops—and trust me, I've dropped my phone more times than I care to ad­mit. Speck's top-sell­ing case is the Pre­sidio Clear (which pro­tects your iPhone while al­low­ing you to ap­pre­ci­ate its de­sign) but my per­sonal fa­vorite has been the Pre­sidio Inked, which comes in a va­ri­ety of col­or­ful op­tions. The com­pany also of­fers the Pre­sidio WAL­LET (which al­lows you to eas­ily store your credit card and ID) and the Pre­sidio GRIP (which fea­tures a ridged ex­te­rior that pre­vents your iPhone from slip­ping out of your hands). I've been im­pressed with how this case has held up for me. It has never felt too bulky, which is im­por­tant to me, but has of­fered just the right amount of pro­tec­tion.

X-Do­ria Case De­fense Lux Wood ($24.95–$39.99) I'm a sucker for beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral-look­ing de­signs, but even so, I never ex­pected that I would grow to love this case as much as I have. Its smooth wooden back­ing is right up my al­ley, and its soft rub­ber in­te­rior and alu­minum frame of­fer just the right amount of pro­tec­tion against drops with­out mak­ing the case too bulky. I used this case for a solid three months in all man­ner of con­di­tions, and it held up amaz­ingly well. Many cases start show­ing signs of wear and tear early on, but this one looks al­most the same as the day I first put it on, which is in­cred­i­ble in and of it­self. The metal latch on the case's side is easy to lock and un­lock, which makes re­mov­ing the phone fairly easy, and its raised lip edges have no doubt pro­tected my screen more times than I re­al­ize (which is great, be­cause I've boldly cho­sen not to use a screen pro­tec­tor).

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