Urban Armor Gear Monarch for iPhone 7 Plus

Urban Armor Gear is known for its line of highly protective iPhone cases, but with its new Monarch for iPhone 7 Plus the company takes its cases up a notch, with a premium case that’s been precision-engineered to add minimal bulk to the iPhone while still providing double the Military Standards for drop and shock protection.

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Logitech Rugged Combo Kids iPad Case

The iPad continues to make huge inroads into schools and other educational environments, but one obvious challenge faced by school administrators, particularly in grade schools, is the fact that the devices are still pretty fragile. Without a decent case, iPads need to be used under close supervision or risk frequent damage. This is where Logitech’s Rugged Case comes into play. Designed and marketed exclusively for classroom applications, the Rugged Case protects an enclosed iPad from drops as well as everyday wear and tear, surrounding it with a sturdy ribbed polymer frame that provides full button and port coverage and even extending the Lightning port, and can allow the iPad to survive drops from heights of up to 6 feet onto concrete.

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Joby GripTight Pro Video Mount

With the advanced videography capabilities offered by modern iPhones, for many users the iPhone is the only video camera they use, making camcorders seem like an anachronism. Of course, even with Apple’s advanced image stabilization features, if you’re serious about shooting videos on your iPhone, chances are at some point you’re going to want the benefit of an actual tripod or mount to keep things steady. This is where Joby comes in with its GripTight Pro Video Mount, the latest accessory in its well-known GorillaPod product lineup.

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$50 / $70 | Stands + Mounts

Native Union Cosmos Edition Lightning Cables

Although it’s generally hard to get too excited about Lightning cables these days, every so often something comes along that’s just different enough to get our attention. Such is the case with Native Union’s new Cosmos Cable Collection, a new lineup of four different rugged cables inspired by the Terrazo design trend. In addition to sporting an attractive look, each cable is made with DuPont Kevlar fiber with a coating of tough nylon braiding, making them six times stronger than typical charging cables — in fact, according to independent bend testing, they’re rated for a 10,000+ bend lifespan.

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$25 – $40 | Cables

Twelve South RelaxedLeather for iPhone 7 Plus

While Twelve South is best known for its folio cases — its classic BookBook and the more refined Journal are among the best folio cases we’ve ever used — it’s fair to say that not everybody wants a wallet-style case for their iPhone. Twelve South’s RelaxedLeather is the company’s answer to this: a traditional iPhone case with Twelve South’s luxury leather feel and design built in.

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$40 / $50 | Cases + Covers

Just Mobile Xtand Vent

A lot of folks are turning to car sharing services these days, especially in larger cities, as it’s often a more economical — and eco-conscious — alternative to car ownership. Of course, using your iPhone in a Zipcar or Car2go can present its own unique set of challenges, and a lot of the more traditional car mounts take a lot more effort to use and aren’t exactly easy to carry around when you’re hopping between different cars. This is where solutions like Just Mobile’s Xtand Vent particularly shine. While the concept of an iPhone holder that clips onto an air vent isn’t a new one, Just Mobile’s implementation is one of the better designs we’ve seen.

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$25 | Car Mounts

Twelve South Journal for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

If you like the idea of a luxurious wallet case for your iPhone but aren’t really a fan of the look that Twelve South’s BookBook offers, the company now has an alternative: Journal for iPhone is a premium, all-leather wallet case that takes the BookBook’s design up a notch, providing a more classic, clean wallet look and improved protection with many of the same features.

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DODOcase Leather Card Case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

DODOcase’s new Leather iPhone Case Card is an attractive low profile case for those who want an easy way to carry around a few cards with their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus without adding too much extra bulk. A premium leather backing can include an optional monogram, and provides a card pocket that can accommodate up to four cards. The sides of the case are made from rubber that won’t crack, and while it doesn’t offer a ton of extra protection, it does provide a nice, solid grip on the otherwise slippery iPhone aluminum. Oddly, the iPhone 7 Plus version includes side button coverage, while the iPhone 7 version the side buttons exposed. The edges are also thin enough that the case can work with some docks, although the soft rubber means it’s also easy to take on and off when you need to.

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Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

While not everybody is a fan of folio cases for an iPhone, Twelve South’s BookBook is among the classiest and most unique cases you’ll find in this style, and the company has of course updated its classic BookBook lineup with BookBook for iPhone 7 ($70) and BookBook for iPhone 7 Plus ($70). Still available in the classic colours of vintage brown leather and black, BookBook provides a wallet case that’s unlike any other, with generous room for storing cards — especially on the Plus version — and the aesthetic design of an old book.

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X-Doria Defense Lux Wood Line for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

X-Doria’s taken its classic Defense Lux case in a stylish new direction with its new Wooden Line, taking the same basic design of the Lux cases and backing them with a real wood finish. It adds a nice touch of old-world class to an already nice case design, and it’s worth mentioning that X-Doria’s done a good thing with the pricing on the entire Defense Lux line of cases since we first reviewed the iPhone 6 and 6s versions; the basic cases now sell for a considerably lower price of $35, with a $5 premium added onto the wood versions. Lux Wood is available in two colour options — bamboo with a silver metal frame and walnut with a black metal frame.

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Twelve South BookBook for iPad (Fifth-Generation)

We’ve long been fans of Twelve South’s style, and the company’s BookBook cases for iPhone and iPad devices are among the classiest we’ve seen. So we were quite pleased to see the company announce that its BookBook for iPad ($80) is fully compatible with Apple’s new fifth-generation iPad . Although we’re not entirely surprised — any non-fitted case for the original iPad Air should be able to handle the new iPad — it’s good to see companies taking the guesswork out of this by making it clear to their customers. BookBook for iPad is available in the same classic black and vintage brown colours ($80), or the special Rutledge Edition ($90).

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$80 / $90 | Cases + Covers

Gear4 Trafalgar for iPhone 7 Plus

Gear4’s Trafalgar ($40) for the iPhone 7 Plus is another one of the company’s stylish new protective cases built from D3O material for a high degree of drop protection without adding too much extra bulk. The slim protective cases feature a brushed metal look on the outside in either gold, rose gold, or silver colors, with D3O material inside for maximum shock absorption.

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Cover-Up Stone Explorer for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re looking for something a little different in a case for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll want to check out Cover-Up’s new Stone Explorer collection. Each case features attractive real, hand-finished slate on the back, and since it’s cut from real rock, no two cases will be exactly the same. The Explorer line also features a tough, shock absorbent outer shell with textured edges for a good grip and full button coverage, and it’s thin enough on the bottom that you shouldn’t have a problem with most Lightning docks. While these aren’t the most protective cases you’re going to find, they’re definitely some of the most interesting and unique.

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$43 – $50 | Cases + Covers

Gear4 Piccadilly and Soho for iPhone 7

Gear4’s Piccadilly ($40) and Soho ($40) are two new cases for the iPhone 7 that, thanks to the company’s use of D3O material, provide military-grade drop protection while remaining more stylish and unobtrusive compared to a lot of other drop-proof cases we’ve seen.

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Catalyst Case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

We’ve been pretty impressed with Catalyst’s cases for prior iPhone models and the iPad mini, which provide waterproof and drop protection at a pretty reasonable price. So we were quite pleased to see that Catalyst has continued the trend with the Catalyst Case for iPhone 7 ($80) and Catalyst Case for iPhone 7 Plus ($90). Both cases offer the kind of waterproof protection that Catalyst is known for, extending it to greater depths; although it’s only rated IP68, since that’s as high as the scale goes, Catalyst actually certifies it well beyond that standard for submersion in up to 33 feet (10m) of water — well beyond the iPhone 7’s own base IP67 rating.

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$80 / $90 | Cases + Covers
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