6 cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that are actually good

A naked iPhone is an unsafe iPhone

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I'm no stranger to danger, which is why I've always let my iPhone roam the world without a case. I've always loved the way smartphones look in their natural form, and frankly, I'm suffering from the delusion that I won't one day accidentally drop my phone on the ground like a great, big doofus. Without an Apple Care plan, I know that I'm tempting fate. Deep down, I recognize that this type of thinking is both arrogant and foolish.

In short: I am an idiot. Seriously—don't be like me.

If you've just spent a pretty penny on a brand new iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus, you really ought to protect it with some kind of case.

When it comes to iPhone cases, it can be tough to separate the wheat from the chaff. We've narrowed it down to a handful of choices that should please everyone, whether you're looking for something minimal or heavy-duty.

Caseology iPhone 7 Plus case with grip (for all iPhone color variants)

This handsome iPhone 7 case from Caseology is slim enough to fit in your pocket but durable enough to earn its "military grade" distinction.

The case itself is a tough-as-nails mix of acrylic and polycarbonate and has passed several rounds of drop testing.

The outside of the case is transparent and the grip is colored to match whatever flavor of iPhone 7 you call your own, be it Gold, Matte Black, Silver, Jet Black, or Rose Gold. And, at around $12-$14, it's also pretty dang affordable.

Ranvoo anti-scratch/shock-proof case for iPhone 7 (several color variants)

There may not be a red iPhone 7 variant, but that didn't stop Ranvoo from including it in its collection of anti-scratch, shock-proof cases for Apple's newest iPhone.

The case is also available in every color that the iPhone 7 comes in. Around the rims of the tough, matte-finished build are shiny, chrome-like highlights which add to the case's relatively simple look.

This probably isn't a good pick for folks who are looking for something more heavy-duty, though it should offer a good amount of protection for casual, everyday use.

OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 7 case (several color variants)

If you do consider yourself somewhat of an outdoorsy person (or you just want an absolute monster of a case for your iPhone 7), consider the Defender Series from OtterBox.

Known for its no-frills approach to bulky, beefy smartphone cases, OtterBox has earned the trust and admiration of people for its emphasis on durability. This OtterBox case for iPhone 7 features three layers of protection, a built-in screen protector, and enough color options to please everyone, regardless of their aesthetic.

At around $40, it's certainly not the cheapest option around, but it's ridiculously tough and comes with a one-year warranty.

Caseology iPhone 7 Plus case with grip (for all iPhone color variants)

So, you sprang for the iPhone 7 Plus, with its dual camera lenses and big, phablet-sized build. This, my friend, was a very fine choice.

But don't let that investment turn into heartbreak. When it comes to protective cases, Caseology has you covered yet again.

It's essentially the same as its smaller, iPhone 7-compatible case, except it'll fit that ginormous 7 Plus you just landed. And, like its smaller, iPhone 7 counterpart, it's also available in every color the iPhone 7 Plus is available in, so it looks like it belongs there.

Atgoin shock-absorbing back panel bumper case for iPhone 7 Plus (Crystal Clear)

As my poor, case-free iPhone will tell you, I'm somewhat of a minimalist. After all, it's the reason I (stupidly) don't own an iPhone case to begin with.

For all intents and purposes, this case from Atgoin is the one I should own; it's completely clear, so it won't really obscure the lovely color and sparkly texture of my iPhone.

The backplate is polycarbonate, which will protect your new 7 Plus from nicks, dings, and scratches, but because its design is so basic, it won't bulk-up your pocket with a ton of weight. With its sterling reputation among Amazon customers and its price tag of just eight bucks, you really can't go wrong here.

Yesgo heavy-duty shock-proof/anti-scratch case for iPhone 7 Plus (Gunmetal or Matte Black)

This heavy-duty, dual-layered iPhone 7 Plus case is perfect for someone looking for a rugged case with a boat-load of protection.

Available in "Gunmetal" or "Matte Black," the Yesgo shock-proof case comes with a built-in screen protector and a separate micro-fiber cloth for easy clean-up. Around the sides of the case is a non-slip material that'll help you maintain a grip on the case's relatively bulky outfit.

At around $14 it's a solid choice that won't break the bank, and it also comes with a one-year warranty from Yesgo.

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