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Dog and Bone Splash44 and Wetsuit for Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Additional drop and waterproof protection

Dog & Bone just released a couple new cases for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. One adds some drop and screen protection while the other doubles the water resistant protection of the iPhone 7.

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Topic: Mobility
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Dog & Bone Wetsuit topless and Splash44 retail package

While the new Apple iPhone 7 Plus has an IP67 dust and water resistant rating, the Apple standard warranty does not cover water damage. If you plan to use your phone in a wet environment, and not just occasionally get it splashed, then you should consider one of these Dog & Bone cases.

The Wetsuit case is available for $89.95 in four different colors. It offers IP68 dust and water resistance with MIL-STD 810G two meter drop protection. It has an interesting approach to the display, which can be seen in later photos.

The Splash44 case doesn't increase the water resistance, but it does offer the same MIL-STD 810G two meter drop protection along with a tempered glass screen protector. The camera and Lightning port are also sealed up to try to improve the iPhone's water resistance. It is available in four color options for $59.95.

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Two pieces of the Dog & Bone Wetsuit case

The Wetsuit case is composed of a back piece and a front layer that snaps onto the display. There are very specific instructions provided inside the retail package that directs you to test out the case with a dummy insert piece prior to installing your own iPhone 7 Plus.

You need to make sure that everything seals properly and that you install your iPhone properly before trusting the case to keep your iPhone 7 Plus protected from the elements.

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Front piece with bright pink O-ring and openings

Dog & Bone placed a bright pink O-ring inside the front piece so that you can easily see it and verify its structural integrity before you snap it in place onto the back piece.

Also note that there is no plastic screen cover here on this case. It's topless so that you will interact directly on the display. You can purchase an optional tempered glass screen protector for more protection as well.

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Back piece of the Wetsuit case

The back piece has clear plastic covers over the flash and camera lenses. There is also a textured back and rigid side and corner designs on the back cover.

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iPhone 7 Plus mounted in the Wetsuit

There are openings for the front camera, speaker, and sensors. The case extends above the display to offer some protection in the case of slips or drops.

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Home button is still accessible

While there is a small piece of plastic that extends over the top of the home button/fingerprint scanner, my experiences show that the fingerprint is still recognized quickly. It may not be quite as responsive as it is without a case, but it works every time.

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Lightning port cover

There is a door over the Lightning port to help keep your iPhone safe. I took my iPhone 7 Plus fishing once and after falling in the water I noticed water in the Lightning port that kind of messed things up for a bit. This cover should prevent such issues in the future.

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Large buttons for volume and ringer switch

The volume buttons work fine, but I did find that the ringer switch didn't give me much tactile feedback so I had to pay attention to the alert on the display to confirm what mode it was in. There is no indicator on the case to tell you which position you have selected.

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Clear covers over the rear cameras and flash

Even though there is a protective cover over the cameras and flash, I did not experience any compromise on the photos and videos that I captured while having my iPhone 7 Plus mounted in the case.

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Back texture and orange frame

The Dog & Bone branding is found on the back of the case. There is a textured design on the back, but it's hard plastic and slides in and out of your pocket with ease. The raised colored frame piece improves the grip on your iPhone and looks good too.

I was sent an electric orange color to test. You can also purchase a Wetsuit in silvertail (gray), blackest black, and oceana (teal).

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Dog & Bone Wetsuit in the fountain

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Front of the Dog & Bone Wetsuit

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The Dog & Bone Splash44 package also contains two pieces

The Splash44 case includes a tempered glass screen protector and silicone back piece. You can choose whether or not to use the screen protector, but if you do use it make sure to first mount your iPhone in the case and then install the protector.

The eval unit is clear and orange in color, but you can also select purple, black, or pink as the highlight color of your case. The back is clear plastic so the color of your iPhone will show through as well.

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Rear camera covers

Similar to the Wetsuit case, the camera lenses and flash have clear plastic covers.

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Left side buttons

The left buttons for the ringer switch and volume buttons are similar to the Wetsuit case.

The Splash44 case only increases the thickness of your iPhone 7 Plus 1.8 mm, from 7.3 mm to 9.1 mm so it is a nice case for those looking for some protection without added bulk.

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Bottom Lightning port cover

There is also a Lightning port cover as the Splash44 case attempts to provide some protection from the elements.

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Raised front edge

The clear soft silicone around the case is raised above the display to add some display protection.

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