Running about without a case on your brand new phone is a great way to tempt fate. Trust us, the dent on the corner of our new iPhone 7 can attest to that. So buy yourself a case! These are a few of our favourites so far.
Tech21's cases are simple and lightweight, but at the same time they offer significant drop protection — keeping the corners and screens of your new iPhone safe from accidental fumbles as far as 3 metres in the air. If you don't want to hide the back of your new Black or Jet Black or Rose Gold phone, too, there's a clear option in the Impact Clear, or other designs in the Evo Check and Evo Elite. The same range is also available for the larger iPhone 7 Plus. [Tech21]
EFM is an Aussie brand that has an exclusive contract with D3O, a company that specialises in smart impact-resistant materials, using non-Newtownian substances. All of that might be a little bit confusing to you as a punter, but the end result is a case that can resist up to 107 per cent more damage than its competitors — a very big claim, but we've got an Aspen case on our test iPhone 7 Plus at the moment, and it's very impressive so far. [EFM]
If Kevlar weave is your thing, you should check out the 3SIXT Aramid, a surprisingly thin, light and affordable case for the iPhone 7 that has an attractive woven design on it. This is a case that barely adds any bulk to your iPhone at all; it's only 10 grams and 0.7mm thick. There's also one available for the iPhone 7 Plus, but if it doesn't catch your attention then the rest of 3SIXT's case range also looks pretty damn good — we've also tried the SlimFolio before on a Samsung. [3SIXT]
If you don't want to shell out $70 for Apple's official iPhone cases or you want something a little more versatile, then Dutch designer Mujjo has some beautiful alternatives available for the the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. There's a straight-up leather case available in black, grey or tan, and slightly thicker cases that will also hide away a credit card or two. A larger wallet sleeve, too, will hold more cards and protects the screen of your phone from scratches at the same time. [Mujjo]
Otterbox's Commuter cases have been a mainstay of rugged phone protection for years now, and there's a good reason why — they work. We've used Otterbox cases on the last couple of long-term phones we've owned, and they've consistently done a good job protecting screens and edges from accidental smashes. Otterbox also lets you customise your own case from an internal silicon case and slipcover, so you've got a bunch of colour choices available. [Otterbox]
Cygnett is another Aussie company that made it big based on the success of its phone accessories, and from looking at the range of iPhone 7 cases available we can understand why. Cygnett's UrbanShield and AeroShield cases are clean and simple, but do a good job of keeping the back of your phone, its corners and the oh-so-important front glass from getting smashed up. They're also reasonably priced, too, which is important after you've dropped a stack of hundreds on your new iPhone. [Cygnett]