The 8 Best iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus Cases to Buy in 2017

These top cases are sure to keep your iPhone 7 protected

Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone 8,  iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus are among the best-looking smartphones on the market, and it's important to protect them from scratches, dents and drops (replacing an iPhone usually costs a pretty penny). One of the best ways to keep your phone safe is by adding a case, which is also how you can personalize it and even add extra backup power for when you're running low on battery. So whether you're looking for a stylish case, want one that doubles as a wallet or just need the most durable one out there, these eight cases are sure to provide great protection.

The Maxboost hits all the right checkboxes in our book: the 3200 mAH li-polymer battery will provide up to 110% additional charge, which translates to up to 18 additional hours of talk time and 14 additional hours of data use. The sync-through technology allows you to sync with your computer just like a caseless iPhone without the need to, well, go caseless. That same technology applies to charging because plugging in a micro USB charger will charge both the case’s battery and your iPhone’s at the same time. The slim design and button access cutouts allow for seamless use of your phone, while the LED battery indicator light on the back will make sure you know exactly how much juice is in your Maxboost at any one time. Finally, the rugged two piece design is engineered to protect against drops and sit comfortably in your hand. 

It’s hard to argue with a phone case that has such ridiculously good reviews from more than 700 buyers, so it’s possibly not a surprise that this slim Spigin case tops our non-battery list. And don’t let the relative lack of brand recognition sway you—this case protects your phone solidly in an elegant, unassuming way. There is a durable TPU layer that will protect your phone, and the shell is form-fitted while also including air cushioning on the edges for added drop protection. The finish itself on the outside is matte with a criss-cross geometric pattern that provides both a beautiful look and a reliable grip for your fingers. The precisely cutout button access points will provide equal precision on navigating your phone. Finally, if you elect to use this case on the equally sized iPhone 8, then it will also pass through the wireless charging technology.

Silk’s Vault 2.1-ounce slim wallet case has long been a favorite of iPhone owners and their newest iteration for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 is no exception. Capable of comfortably fitting three cards (credit cards, IDs, etc.), the ultra-slim design is paired with high-grip textured sides to enhance comfort in the hand and prevent drops. The durable, one-piece construction is designed to provide full-frame protection with a shock-absorbed reinforced ribbed substructure that will disperse the shock from a drop around and away from your iPhone. Additionally, Silk includes a scratch-resistant screen protector with every case to further protect the device, but unfortunately it isn’t tempered glass. The card-carrying case has a tensioning spring that helps securely hold the loaded cards in place just in case you drop the device. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is available in black onyx, blue jade, gunmetal gray and purple orchid.

Otterbox is the premier name in iPhone protection and its Defender series is among the toughest cases on the market. A robust, ultra-tough three-layer polycarbonate protective case and synthetic rubber slipcover with a built-in screen offer premium protection against scratches, drops and bumps. Additionally, port covers help protect against dust and debris. Few companies take testing products as seriously as Otterbox; its “Drop+” protection includes 24+ tests over 238 hours before a case design is certified.

At 4.64 ounces, it’s on the heavy side of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 cases, but that’s due to the ultra-protective nature and rugged build. As an added bonus, Otterbox includes an optional polycarbonate holster that doubles as a belt clip and hands-free kickstand. A one-year warranty from the original purchase date offers a full replacement at no charge for any defects. Colors come in black, blazer blue, tempest blue and rosemarine.

For a field once dominated by third-party brands, Apple’s entrance into the smart battery case race has been a very good thing. While the company's pricing may be higher than the competition, options like intelligent battery display showing on the iPhone lock screen has won over die-hard Apple fans. As a “smart” case, Apple has pre-programmed software that tells the case when to charge and when to turn off, leaving the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 owner at the mercy of the case itself. The soft-touch silicone exterior feels really great in the hand, even if the bump on the backside is awkwardly placed. A soft elastomer hinge will offer easy on and easy off even though the bulgy design will have to grow on you.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 charging case will include 2,365mAh of battery life, compared to 1,877mAh for the iPhone 6S version. Ultimately, that amounts to around talk time of around 26 hours, 22 hours on an LTE network for Internet and even longer audio and video playback times. It’ll come as no surprise that Apple’s own case supports Lightning accessories, such as the Lightning to USB cable, as well as the Lightning dock. At 7.2 ounces, the smart battery case adds a bit of weight to the overall feel in the hand, and while we’d like to manually control the on/off battery, Apple’s own case is a great fit that feels better than it looks.

For those who want the benefits of a battery case without the added bulk, this Sgrice case could be the perfect choice. The 2700 mAH lithium battery, while not as high capacity as many battery cases, is still a formidable backup on long trips—it still essentially doubles the battery life of your phone when the case is on and fully charged. It employs that standard sync-through tech that both syncs while the case is on (through micro USB) and charges the case and phone simultaneously. They’ve designed in a really cool, top-loading hatch that makes it easy to put on and remove the case. But the real selling point is its size. The thing weighs in at only 3.14 ounces, and at only 12mm (you read that right), this thing will slip into your pocket and no one else will be any the wiser.

Sometimes to get a battery case, you have to break the bank for quality. Other times, you have to sacrifice sleek and slim design for high capacity. The 4000 mAH battery on this thing will charge your phone an additional 130% which is kind of astounding for the price. But this thing doesn’t stop there: it’s also super thin at 0.43 inches and mega light at only 1.58 ounces. There’s a four-state LED on the back that ensures more accuracy in battery level indication, and the sleek red design is a real looker on any iPhone. It’s rounded out by easy sync through technology which means you’ll never have to take this jacket off your phone.

The Trianium Atomic Pro could go toe-to-toe with many of the battery cases on this list, feature for feature. It provides 3200 mAH of additional charge which will double an iPhone 7’s life, which will, in turn, give you 10 additional hours of that precious social media and browsing time. The LED light indicators keep you up to date on the level of charge, while the charge through technology standard on battery cases passes your micro USB signal straight through to the lightning connector. But the 360-degree protection provided by the full bumper technology and rugged hardshell back earns this case its spot as most durable. And to add to that peace of mind, Trianium is confident enough in the product that they’re including a lifetime warranty to replace the case if it fails due to normal wear and tear.

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