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Ten cases to protect your new iPhone 7

The jet black iPhone 7 looks cool, but Apple's small print warns that it might be subject to 'micro-abrasions' that mar its high-gloss surface: so here's our guide to the best cases for your expensive new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
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By Cliff Joseph on
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1 of 10 Apple

Apple Smart Battery Case

Apple is obsessed with making everything 'thin and light', so the company came in for a bit of stick when it launched its own iPhone case with a bulging battery pack hanging off the back for the iPhone 6s last year. But if you travel a lot and you need to recharge your iPhone on the move, then a battery case such as this is something of a necessary evil.

Available in black or white, this new model for the iPhone 7 provides 21 hours of talk time, or 22 hours of web browsing. Oddly, though, there's no version available for the larger iPhone 7 Plus at the moment.

Price: £99 ($99)

Compatibility:iPhone 6s, iPhone 7

Available from: Apple Store

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2 of 10 Cygnett

Cygnett UrbanWallet

The UrbanWallet is two cases in one. There's a slim metal sleeve that encloses the iPhone, which fits inside a soft leather wallet and is held in place magnetically. The front cover of the wallet has a soft microfiber lining to protect the screen, and includes pockets to hold business cards or credit cards.

If you need to remove the iPhone from the wallet you can still leave it in the inner sleeve, keeping the phone protected while also being able to use it in different situations, such as a stand on the dashboard of your car. And it's available in any colour -- as long as it's black.

Price: £30 ($50)

Compatibility: iPhone 6s and above

Available from: Cygnett

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3 of 10 Foxwood

Foxwood Metallic Slim Folio

Foxwood is a young luxury brand based in Dorset in the UK, and it makes some unusual cases that use wood, and even concrete, to eye-catching effect.

But perhaps the most practical and straightforward case in the Foxwood range is the Metallic Slim Folio. As the name suggests, this case has a wraparound wallet design, as well as two holders for business cards on the inside. The metal frame of the case is coated in rubber for extra protection, and then finished off with soft leather that's available in a variety of colours. Currently only available for the iPhone 7, a version for the larger iPhone 7 Plus is due soon.

Price:£29.99

Compatibility:iPhone 7

Available from: Foxwood

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4 of 10 Gear4

Gear4 Oxford

Gear4 makes a number of cases that use the patented D3O technology. These smart polymers remain soft and flexible in normal use, but if you apply pressure by banging or dropping the phone then the molecules magically lock together and become more rigid in order to protect your phone.

With a folio wallet design, the Oxford case includes slots for credit cards or business cards, along with a clip that holds the case shut. You can also fold the front cover backwards and use it as a stand if you want to sit back and watch video or listen to some music. The case is available in a range of colours, and there are versions for most recent iPhone models, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S7 range.

Price:£34.99 ($50)

Compatibility: iPhone 5 or later

Available from: Gear4

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5 of 10 Knomo

Knomo Leather Folio

Knomo is a popular choice with fashion-conscious users (Samuel L Jackson is a fan, apparently), but its Leather Folio case is practical as well as smart, and not as expensive as some of Knomo's other cases and bags.

Knomo doesn't quote any figures for impact resistance, but the polycarbonate case feels nice and sturdy and should be more than adequate for general day-to-day use. The wraparound cover includes a small pocket for business cards, and the case has a smart leather finish that is available in fashionable hues such as 'caramel' and 'chili' as well as simple black and brown.

Price:£35 ($49)

Compatibility:iPhone 6 and above

Available from: Knomo

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6 of 10 Moshi

Moshi Armour

Moshi makes some of the best screen protectors for mobile devices, and its new range of cases for the iPhone 7 is equally smart and practical.

The Armour is our top selection from the range, with an aluminium backplate that's lined with an inner layer of shock-absorbing polymer. Available in several colours, the case is neatly designed, adding just 4mm to the overall height of the iPhone 7 and 3mm to its width. However, it still manages to provide military grade protection that can survive being dropped from a height of 2m. There's no screen protector included, sadly, but the case does have a raised bezel around the edge of the screen to help protect it when you place the phone face down.

Price: £35 ($50)

Compatibility:iPhone 6 and above

Available from: Moshi

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7 of 10 Otterbox

Otterbox Defender

Otterbox is the leading manufacturer of ruggedised cases for smartphones and other mobile devices, and its Defender Series is the ideal choice for people who need to work on building sites and other outdoor locations.

The chunky case consists of a sturdy polycarbonate shell wrapped inside a shock-absorbing rubber sleeve. There's also a built-in screen protector and a rubber cover that protects the iPhone's one remaining Lightning port from dust and dirt. Otterbox includes a belt clip with the case, which also doubles up as a kickstand when you're off-duty, and there's an optional armband accessory available as well.

Price: £39.99 ($49.95)

Compatibility:iPhone 6 and above

Available from: Otterbox

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8 of 10 Peli

Peli Adventurer

Peli's Adventurer case isn't much to look at -- in fact, this thoroughly utilitarian case eschews the varied hues and colours of its more fashionable rivals, and is only available in two shades of see-through grey.

The snap-on case is about as simple as it could be, but does provide good protection thanks to Peli's patented HPX material, which has a soft, easy-grip surface while still being able to survive drops from a height of 1.8m. It's one of the more affordable rugged cases, but there's no screen protector, so you might want to buy that separately for extra peace of mind.

Price:£29.99 ($39.99)

Compatibility: iPhone 6 and above

Available from: Peli

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9 of 10 Tech21

Tech21 Evo Wallet

The Evo Wallet is a little complicated, but it combines strong protection with a businesslike wallet design that includes a holder for your business cards.

Tech21 claims that the Evo Wallet's three layers of shock-absorbing material can protect the iPhone from drops as high as 3m, so it's certainly one of the toughest cases we've seen so far. The wraparound cover comes in two parts, with an inner layer that protects the iPhone screen, and a second, outer layer with a pocket that holds business cards. That bulks up the case a bit, but you can remove the card-holder when you're not at work if you want to.

Price:£39.95 ($49.95)

Compatibility: iPhone 7, 7 Plus

Available from: Tech21

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10 of 10 X-Doria

X-Doria Defense Lux

Rugged cases can often be a bit big and bulky, but the Defense Lux from X-Doria manages to combine sturdiness with an attractive, slimline design. The case consists of an aluminium outer frame that is lined with shock-absorbing polycarbonate, and then finished off with leather trim that is available in a variety of colours and styles.

The manufacturer claims that the case meets US military standard 810G and can survive being dropped from a height of 2m. The border around the edge of the screen is also raised, so you can lay the iPhone face down on a flat surface without worrying about scratches.

Price: £29.99 ($50)

Compatibility: iPhone 6 and above

Available from: X-Doria

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