What do I think are the 10 best clear cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? I’ve used over 100 iPhone 7 cases to date and approx. 30 of them are clear. So the cases I’m listing below are going to be quite decent.
But before we get started, there are a couple of things to note if you’re thinking about getting a clear case.
Clear cases will show fingerprinting and cases quicker. Cases with frosted backs generally do better with fingerprinting than perfectly clear cases. Also, certain types of clear cases will yellow quicker than others. I’ve been trying to figure out which ones go yellow by leaving them out in the sun for hours on end in my car.
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#10 UAG Plasma: a pretty big fan of UAG products. Their UAG monarch is one of the best cases I’ve reviewed for the iPhone 7. The Plasma comes in a variety of different colors so you don’t necessarily have to settle for a regular clear case. There is a lot of texture on this case so it won’t slide out of your hand easily. The biggest downside in our opinion is the headphone jack cutout.
#9 Incipio Octane: Incipio Octane is a case that has titan like grip along the edges and and slip-n-side for a back. I like how the edges of the case have been improved over the iPhone 6 version. The frosted back will show off the color of your iPhone and hide scratches quite easily.
#8 Spigen Crystal Hybrid: biggest selling point of the Hybrid, other than the fact that it is a clear case is the fact that it comes with a kickstand. This feature isn’t very common so if you spend a decent amount of time watching things on your iPhone, the Crystal Hybrid might be worth getting.
#7 Caudabe Synthesis: Synthesis is similar to the Incipio Octane in the sense that the back is quite slick. The biggest difference between the Octane and the Synthesis is the size as this Caudabe case is just a tad thinner. The edges of Synthesis doesn’t have as much texture as the Octane but still keeps your iPhone in your hand.
#6 Spigen Crystal Shell: is the highest rated Spigen clear case on the list. It isn’t as rigid as other cases but there is so much texture on this case that your iPhone isn’t going to slip out of your hand. The larger than average corners on the case help with handling.
#5 Tech 21 Evo Mesh: Tech 21 Evo Mesh is one of the grippiest cases that I’ve used. If you’re worried about your iPhone falling out of your hand, you should consider the Tech 21 Evo Mesh. Our biggest concern with this case is the extra width it will add to your device.
#4 Tech 21 Impact Clear: Tech 21 Impact Clear doesn’t have as much texture as the Tech 21 Evo Mesh but doesn’t add as much bulk as the Tech 21 Evo Mesh. The reduced bulk also comes at a cost in terms of protection as the Impact Clear is only drop-rated to 5 ft. The Evo Mesh is drop-rated to 6 ft.
#3 Ballistic Jewel: is the only manufacturer that purposely makes their cases bigger. The Jewel, which is basically a transparent Urbanite has larger than average corners which allows the iPhone to sit better in your hand. The increased size also improves the drop protection the corners offer your iPhone.
#2 Incipio Reprieve Sport: Reprieve Sport is a tough, clear case. Now don’t be fooled by the 12 ft drop protection claim as the 12 ft refers to only the corners, not the entire case so don’t expect this case to protect your iPhone from a perfect face first drop. The edges of the case quite rubbery and the large corners means that the case will sit better in your hand.
#1 Ghostek Cloak: Ghostek Cloak is the #1 case only for one reason. It comes with a tempered screen protector and offers just as much protection as all the other cases on this list. The only issue I noticed with this case is that it is a smidge slicker than every other case here.
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