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7 Cases That Do More Than Protect Your iPhone

posted by on October 19, 2017 in Phone Accessories, Phones and Mobile, Guides & Reviews :: 3 comments

If you just got your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, the next step is getting a case to keep it safe. But why settle for a case that's just a case? Cases can charge your battery, serve as your wallet and more. Let's take a look at seven cases that will protect your iPhone 8—or give your iPhone 6/6s or 7 an upgrade—and more. One caveat: Keep in mind that most cases, including those listed below, will interfere with the ability to wirelessly charge the iPhone 8. 

Modular cases that do it all

If you can't decide whether you want a battery case, a folio case or something completely different, a modular case may be the answer. These cases are typically basic, with a plain outer shell and attachments that let you customize the case to do anything you'd like. It's the ultimate in flexibility.

However, there's a downside: style. You usually won't have many color options with a modular case, and the accessories can make the cases bulky. They look as if you've stuck a big battery pack to the back of your sleek iPhone — basically exactly what you've done. Still, if you want options and you aren't bothered by the looks, a modular case is a good fit.

Mophie Hold Force

Mophie Hold Force

The Mophie Hold Force's modular system is very straightforward. The case has a magnetic back where the accessories attach. All you do is snap the accessories to the back. If you want to swap, just snap them off again. The downside to this case is the limited selection of accessories. There are only three available: a battery pack, a folio cover (which holds credit cards and acts as a kickstand) or a simple wallet.

The styling is straightforward. The case is slim and form-fitting, in solid colors (or clear) or with a contrasting stripe across the back. The wallet and folio add-ons add some bulk but manage to keep with the case's sleek styling, but the battery definitely increases the overall size, and you may find the cable awkward.

Available for: iPhone 7/8, 7/8 Plus

Price: $15 for the base case for iPhone 7 and 8 or starting at $23 for the case plus wallet or folio for iPhone 7 or 8, $12 for the base case for iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus or starting at  $22 for the case plus wallet or folio for iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus, plus $48 for battery pack

Otterbox UniVERSE Case

Otterbox UniVERSE Case

While the iPhone is designed to be sturdy, dropping it can still leave you with a smashed screen or dead phone. Otterbox has long produced cases with heavy-duty drop protection, and its UniVERSE system lets you swap in modular add-ons to extend your phone's functionality. The UniVERSE offers more accessories than the Mophie Hold Force. In addition to the standard wallet and battery, the UniVERSE also has Olloclip camera lenses, speakers, extra storage options and more.

Its high protection factor makes the Otterbox a bit bulkier than the Mophie, which may be a deal breaker if you want to keep the iPhone's slender profile. If you're concerned about style, you may find the lack of color options to be worse; the case is only offered in black and white (or white only for the iPhone 6 and 6s).

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus

Price: Starting at $28 for iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 6/6s, starting at  $54 for iPhone 7/8 Plus and iPhone 6/6s Plus; accessory costs vary

Cases as wallet replacements

The most common wallet-style cases are folios that fold over your phone, typically covering both the front and back. The protection they offer is basic. While they'll protect the front and back of your phone from scuffs and scratches, you won't want to play any games of catch with your phone. Some folio cases include pockets for business cards, credit cards or your ID, and some fold into a kickstand, which can be handy.

In terms of style, folio cases often have a wallet-like appearance and are sometimes made of leather for a luxurious look.

Shieldon Wallet Case

Shieldon Wallet Case

The simple Shieldon Wallet Case consists of a plastic shell that holds your phone, protecting all the corners, attached to a leather folio that folds over the screen. The cover is held closed with either a magnet or a snap. The back can fold into a kickstand with multiple viewing angles — though only in a horizontal position — that makes it good for watching videos. Slots on the left side of the case can hold credit cards or cash.

This case offers basic styling and is available only in black or tan. Assuming one of those colors is what you want, it's a solid case for a reasonable price.

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus

Price: $25 for iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 6/6s, $26 for  iPhone 7/8 Plus and 6/6s Plus

Burkley Case

Burkley Case

If you're looking for a style upgrade from the Shieldon case, this leather folio from Burkley may be perfect. Instead of a leather folio attached to a plastic shell, the Burkley is an all-leather case that wraps snugly around your phone. It isn't a true folio design; the back cover doesn't fold over the front of the phone, although it does fold back into a kickstand and includes slots for credit cards.  

Or, you could opt for Burkley's Detachable Leather Wallet case. The case that attached to your phone provides full protection and the wallet uses magnets to attach. The wallet also serves as a kickstand. 

The cases come in camel, coffee, burnished tan, turquoise (iPhone 7/8 snap-on only) and black. 

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus

Price: $39 for the the snap-on case for Phone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus, from $68 for the wallet case for iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus

Spigen Slim Armor Case

Spigen Slim Armor Case

The unusual Spigen Silm Armor Case looks nothing like a wallet. Instead, it looks like an ordinary phone case, except it slides open to reveal space for two cards hidden in the back of the case. The end result? You can carry your phone with no need to worry about a bulky wallet. Unlike most folio cases, this case provides good protection, with air cushion technology to absorb the shock of drops and keep your iPhone safe.

The case looks much like any other iPhone case, but that generic look is exactly what makes it a great place to hide your ID or credit cards. It offers several color options, including black, gunmetal, red, white and rose gold.

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus

Price: from $16 for iPhone 7/8, from $17 for iPhone 7/8 Plus

Wristlet cases for a mini iPhone carryall

Yes, you could just buy a wristlet (or even a small purse) for carrying your phone, but a wristlet designed specifically for your phone is better at keeping it secure and safe. Many wristlet-style phone cases are similar to folio cases, with a cover that fits all the way around the phone and slots for credit cards and other wallet essentials.

Case-Mate Leather Folio Wristlet

Case-Mate Leather Folio Wristlet

As you might guess from the name, the Case-Mate Leather Folio Wristlet is basically a folio case with a magnetic closure and a wrist strap. It's a leather cover lined with a soft microsuede that's easy on your phone's screen. The case holds four credit cards and has a pocket for cash. A wrist strap for easy carrying completes the case. The case comes in black, iridescent and rose gold leather.

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus

Price: from $42 for iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus

Charging cases to keep you powered up

Running out of battery power is a complaint for nearly every phone owner, but you can banish the issue with the right case. The downside to charging battery cases is that they make your phone thicker and heavier, something you won't enjoy if you chose your iPhone for its slender profile. So do you want more battery power or a smaller phone?

Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case

Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case

You don't have to look far to find a good battery case: Apple’s iPhone Smart Battery Case snugly fits the iPhone 7. The battery status shows on your phone's lock screen and in the notification center, so you always know exactly how much time you have left. The case increases your talk time up to 26 hours, and the iPhone 6/6s case increases talk time up to 25 hours. Keeping both the phone and case charged is a snap. Just plug your Lightning cable into the case to charge both. The case comes in black, white and red.

Available for: iPhone 7 and iPhone 6/6s

Price: starting at $87 for iPhone 7, $99 for iPhone 6/6s

Screen protector to avoid scratches and scuffs

Screen protectors are an important part of keeping your phone safe. Putting a protector over your phone screen can help keep it free from scratches, which is especially important if you have a tendency to toss your phone into your purse or slip it into a pocket with your keys.

Maxboost iPhone screen protector

Maxbook iPhone screen protector

This extra-thin screen protector — it's only 0.2mm thick — is made of tempered glass, which offers the best possible protection for your phone screen. The protector only covers the flat part of the screen, not the iPhone's curved edges. That may seem like a disadvantage, but it actually helps the protector be compatible with more cases that tend to curve around the edges. Best of all, this protector resists fingerprints. Hooray!

Available for: iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus, iPhone 8/7/6s/6

Price: $8 for iPhone 6/6s/7/8 Plus and 6/6s Plus, $8 for iPhone 6/6s/7/8

Updated on 10/19/2017

[Image credit: Mophie, Otterbox, Shieldon, Burkley, Spigen, Case-Mate Apple, Maxboost]

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Credit cards and magnets

From Bob on October 19, 2017 :: 1:30 pm

The cases with magnetic closures or attachments run the risk of demagnetizing the credit cards don’t they?



Good question. I've contacted Case-Mate

From Suzanne Kantra on October 19, 2017 :: 2:46 pm

Good question. I’ve contacted Case-Mate for comment on this and will let you know their answer.



Case-Mate says, "the magnet has

From Suzanne Kantra on October 20, 2017 :: 11:20 am

Case-Mate says, “the magnet has a steel backing to make the magnet function only in one direction, away from the cards so you’re protected!”


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