Making sure that you slap on the best waterproof case for iPhone 7 might just be the thing that saves it this summer, but how do you choose one? Here’s why your “water-resistant” iPhone 7 still needs added protection from water, and how you can give that to your phone.
Technology these days has been designed in a way that is rugged and protected from the elements around us. Whether it is the engineered glass on the front of smartphones that prevents easy shattering and scratches, to the raised corners that ensure your device survives an unfortunate tumble – technology is ready for everything that you throw at it. This wasn’t always the case back in the early days of mobile technology, where one drop into the sink or the pool meant certain death, even if you were carrying around an Android device.
Samsung started the trend of water-resistant smartphones with the Galaxy S5, and the trend just took off when Apple unveiled the iPhone 7. One of the reasons the iPhone 7 was monumental is that it was the first iPhone to ever come with an IP (ingress protection) rating, turning the device into a water-resistant and dust-resistant beast. However, the IPX67 rating isn’t the highest on the table, which means that the iPhone 7 isn’t entirely waterproof. Meaning that it might be able to survive light rain and a drop-and-grab in the sink, but won’t live through anything more than 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
Best Waterproof Case for iPhone 7
Whether you’re one to hit the beach every now and then, or go to the local swimming pool often, or just have kids around that could suck the life out of your iPhone with just one slip-up, the idea of getting an iPhone 7 waterproof case should not seem one step too far. Additionally, if you do have a waterproof case installed on your iPhone, you could also safely use it for some cool underwater photography shots without risking its early demise. We’ve compiled a collection of the best iPhone 7 waterproof cases that you can buy, making no compromise on style while you’re at it.
Starting the list off with possibly the most renowned name in proactive mobile cases is the Lifeproof FR? Series for iPhone 7. Highly recommended by thousands of satisfied users, the FR? Series case comes with a thin chassis that goes all around the iPhone, protecting the back, as well as the front with a built-in screen protector.
The camera lens on the back is covered with an optical-glass anti-reflective lens to allow photography no matter what the environment is. The TouchID button is entirely useable even with the case installed, while the tactile buttons, along with convenient access to the charging port gives the Lifeproof case official IPX68 rating, along with MIL-STD protection.
There are protective cases for iPhone that looks like a tank and feel like it too, but the Ghostek Nautical case looks sleek and slender while holding nothing back in terms of protection. The case comes with three parts in general – the rear panel built out of strong polycarbonate cover, along with a screen protector that entirely touches compatible, and both of these pieces are held together with an anti-drop mainframe.
In terms of tactile use, the buttons do a decent job, while the laser cutout for the lighting port to keep the fluids and moisture out, works flawlessly. Offering 20 meters depth of what resistance for up to 1 hour is what the manufacturer guarantees, but don’t be surprised if it exceeds those expectations.
While it may not be the most well-known brand in mobile accessories, ImpactStrong has certainly made its name as one of the best waterproof case for iPhone 7 you can buy right now. Available in a range of colors (11 different ones, to be precise), the case is compatible with both, iPhone 7 and the newer iPhone 8 as well.
It certainly isn’t a protective case that you can put up and take off in an instant since you need a prying tool to get it off. The closely sealed front and rear cover stick together to keep any and all forms of moisture and dust out. Additionally, you get a lanyard free with the case, that gives you a better way to hold on to your phone and identify it if you ever seem to drop it at the beach or in the pool.
This addition to the list takes away the prize of “Amazon’s Choice”, owing to the thousands of happy buyers that have vouched for its quality. The ORDTBY iPhone 7 waterproof case makes up for a relatively unknown brand name with sheer excellence in the quality of the product, backed by an IPX68 rating to keep the dust, snow, and water out of the sensitive areas.
Available in Clear and Black color schemes to choose from, the protective case is comprised of the front bumper that doubles up into a screen protector, along with a back panel that includes soft cotton lining to make sure that phone chassis is not damaged while the case is installed. The wheel for the mute switch and the cover slots for the microphone and lighting port ensures that underwater photography is not compromised.
A veteran in the mobile accessories market, Mpow has been at the center of some of the most affordable and versatile tech gadgets. The Mpow universal waterproof case is just as the name suggests – a perfect travel companion pouch that turns the iPhone, or any phone for that matter, a waterproof device.
Available in packs of two at a low price, and in different color schemes such as Black, Yellow, Pink, and Green, the simple rubber seal from the top makes it the easiest waterproof case to use. With the ability to fix even larger phones like the iPhone XS Max, this waterproof case has just one downside where you can’t use the TouchID button while the phone is inside the case.
Another one of the cheaper cases from LifeProof that we couldn’t leave out from the buying guide, is the NÜÜD Series, which offers a far more transparent look to the device. This protective iPhone waterproof case takes out the only downside, by giving the user a barely-there style, and 4 different color schemes to choose from.
What makes the LifeProof NÜÜD case for iPhone 7 different from the rest, is the absence of front protector plastic screen that most of the cases have on the list. The color variants, slim chassis, and access to all of the ports and buttons makes it functional while making sure it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
Another name on the list that has risen to popularity based on the stellar reviews received from buyers, the OUNNE iPhone 7 waterproof case is available in solid black and translucent color schemes. The combination of a matte finish back raised lens cover for the camera, and a front protector with plastic cover makes the phone sealed tight for any water-related accidents.
The added attention to detail with a slot for the lanyard, along with an oversized port cover to make sure that larger power cables can be used with the iPhone, the OUNNE iPhone case holds up to the name well with an IPX68 rating to back it.
The Apple iPhone is known and revered for its camera, so it is only fair that you get to use it underwater, which is what the Huakay case wants to promote. Available in Black and Blue color variants, the front screen protector, along with the back cover with its raised edges have a rubber gasket in between, creating the perfect seal to leave the moisture out.
Rubberized buttons give back a satisfactory click, while the wheel on the side ensures that you can use the mute switch effortlessly even with the case installed. Despite the multiple layers of protection, the Huakay case markets wireless charging, which isn’t actually a feature of the iPhone 7, but can be used with iPhone 8, since the case is compatible with it too.
Out of all the best waterproof case for iPhone 7 that you will find on the list, the LOVE BEIDI stands out not just with its unconventional name, but attractive design. Designed to be slim and minimalist, but change the appeal of the iPhone entirely, you can get the LOVE BEIDI case in a range of different colors such as Black, Mint Green, Purple, and Gray.
Verified by a strong IPX68 rating against dust, water, and snow, you can easily submerge the phone underwater for more than an hour without risking any damage. From the tactile buttons to the laser cutouts, the manufacturer is confident enough with the product’s build quality of offer 3 months of free replacement warranty.
The problem with most of the iPhone 7 waterproof cases in the market is that they add up too much weight and bulk to the exterior of the device. Right out of the box, the CellEver iPhone case is available in 7 different color schemes to choose from, all of which are compatible with iPhone 8 as well, since the dimensions of the two devices are the same.
In comparison to the other protective cases on the list, the CellEver case keeps the front screen of the device rather open, with access to the TouchID home button as well. The inclusion of a rugged and raised bumper ensures that the device survives any unfortunate tumble or fall, while an extra loop for the lanyard is ideal to keep a hold of the phone when you’re enjoying some splash photography and need to keep a hold of the device.
The Apple iPhone has certainly come a long way since its first unveiling back in the year 2007 by the late Steve Jobs. The iPhone 7 may be notoriously known for the very first iPhone to ditch the headphone jack (which has not become the norm), but that wasn’t the only first for this device. It was also the very first iPhone to offer water resistance out of the box, but this won’t keep you safe from taking the phone underwater for long durations. Pairing up with the best waterproof case for iPhone 7 can keep the device geared up for some splash photography, and also give it some much-needed protection against a fall or drop.
Which of the best iPhone 7 waterproof case are you going to slap on to your smartphone to protect it entirely from water damage? If there another great pick that we’ve ended up skipping in the list, be sure to mention it in the comments section down below.
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