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BodyGuardz cases for Apple iPhone 12: Unequal drop protection and antimicrobial treatment

BodyGuardz incorporates its Unequal technology to help protect your phone from drops. The cases do not add much weight or thickness, but provide a nice option for protection for less than $50.
By Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
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BodyGuardz Avenue, Stack, and Refract cases for the iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 is an expensive smartphone with glass on the front and back. BodyGuardz sent along three of its latest cases to test out and they work with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

I spent some time with the Refract, Stack, and Avenue cases. The cases range in price from $29.95 to $44.95.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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BodyGuard Refract case for Apple iPhone 12

The BodyGuardz Refract case is available for $29.95 in clear or black. The case offers 6-feet drop protection so it should help protect your iPhone if you drop it from your hand at waist level or just a bit higher.

The rear camera cutout is reinforced and offers some protection of the camera lenses.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Metallic buttons and edge ridges

The buttons of the Refract case are metallic and make using the right side button and volume buttons much easier than the default Apple buttons. 

The protective ribbing on the edges protects the iPhone and also makes it easy to hold onto your iPhone.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Left side buttons and opening

The volume buttons are also metallic and provide buttons that are much better than the flat ones that Apple provides. The clear shell shows off the color of your iPhone 12.

The case also has Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial protection that reduces up to 99% of bacteria.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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BodyGuardz Stack case with dual color/finish

The BodyGuardz Stack case is available in four color options with a matte finish color on the lower portion of the case and a glossy finish in another color on the upper portion.

The matte finish on the lower portion is excellent for helping you grip the iPhone and making it less likely to slide around on a flat surface.

Unequal technology is part of the case so that 10-feet drop protection is provided. 

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Raised edge of the Stack case

The edges rise just above the display so that your display will not rest on a surface when you place it face down. The case also snaps securely into place on your iPhone 12 so there are no worries with it falling out of the case.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Bottom of the BodyGuardz Stack case

The material of the Stack case covers most of the bottom with openings for the speaker, microphone, and Lightning port. The extra material along the bottom helps protect your iPhone from drops.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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BodyGuardz Avenue case for the iPhone 12

The BodyGuardz Avenue case has a design similar to the Stack with 10-feet drop protection and Unequal technology. It is a single color case with the blue or gray color option appearing in the right and left sides of the case.

The rigid clear back material shows off your iPhone 12 color with a reinforced bezel around the camera array on the back. 

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Soft, matte tactile edges

The sides of the BodyGuardz Avenue case has a matte finish with soft silicone material. I was able to very easily hold onto my iPhone 12 with this case wrapped around it.

Distinct, tactile buttons are provided to activate the right side actions.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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Left side buttons and opening

The volume buttons are easy to press now with the BodyGuardz Avenue in place. Without a case, I have a hard time finding the volume controls on the iPhone 12.

An ample opening is provided for the ringer switch too.

The edges and corners are well protected to help your iPhone 12 survive a short drop or bump.

See alsoApple iPhone 12 review and Apple iPhone 12 Pro review

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