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Apple’s newest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus bring a number of improvements to their spec sheet: they are more powerful, featuring a brand new system chip, they have improved cameras, and both phones are now also water-protected, but one thing they are not is unbreakable.
Quite the opposite: a several foot drop of that expensive new iPhone on a concrete floor could crack the screen and incur hundreds of dollars of damages. If luck is not on your side, a careless drop could even completely break your phone and require you to buy a new one. Even if you don’t drop or break your phone, though, scratches still accumulate (cough, Jet Black iPhones, cough) and reduce the resale price of your device. And after all, chances are you’d want to sell your phone for the best price once that next great thing comes along.
For all those reasons, you likely need a case and having one that is vigorously tested to protect your phone from even the most severe drops will bring you peace of mind. An additional compartment where you can put a couple of your cards is also a nice extra that might even convince you to not carry that bulky wallet with you everywhere. Well, there’s a case that does all that: it’s the Damda Glide iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case by VRS Design.
The Damda Glide comes in a vast selection of color options: there are 8 color options total, including a Black one that matches that stunning Jet Black color on the new iPhone 7 series. Other available options include a Steel Blue, Steel Silver, Satin Silver, Champagne Gold and Rose Gold (both great options if you have a gold iPhone), as well as the bold and striking Indie Yellow and Apple Red.
The magic of the Damda Glide case is without a doubt its semi-automatic card compartment. Its spring-loaded mechanism requires only a gentle push to open it and another push to pull it back in a closed position. Official specs say that you can load it up with two cards, but we managed to fit in three of our cards. Don’t count on our number, but do keep in mind that unless you have bulky cards, it could be possible to have one extra card stored in there.
The most essential function of a case, though, is to protect your phone from all sorts of damage. The VRS Damda Glide is an excellent option when protection is concerned: it meets and exceeds military standard drop tests (MIL STD 810G-516.6). What does that mean? This specification guarantees extra toughness and VRS has rigorously tested it, dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices in a Damda Glide case 26 times from a 4-foot distance without any damage incurred to the phones.
Look at the case and you’d see where does that extra protection comes from: a hard polycarbonate outer shell provides external protection, while a soft polyurethane membrane cushions the handset from the inside. Yes, the case does add quite a bit of bulk to the otherwise slim iPhones, but in exchange provides all of that additional protection. Look closer and you also notice that extra padding around the four corners – critical first impact zones – also contributes to to protecting the device. Up front, the case rises just slightly above the display, but enough so that you can lay the phone flat with the screen down on a table and the screen glass won’t come in contact with the table surface.
It’s also worth noting just how easy and effortless it is to insert the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus inside the Damda Glide, and it’s equally as easy to take the phone out. Other tough cases require extremely complicated procedures to simply insert the phone, so we’re glad that we don’t have to deal with such complexities here.
Big cutouts at the bottom of the phone make it easy to access the Lightning port, and that is important as now people would be using that phone for both charging and to plug in the built-in EarPod headphones. The speaker and mics on the bottom are also not obstructed in any way, and while it is a bit harder to reach the mute switch, it’s still within everyone’s reach. At the same time, the physical buttons on the sides – the lock key and volume rocker – are covered by the case. Luckily, these buttons still feel very clicky and responsive.
So, how do you get your iPhone dressed and protected in such a case? The VRS Damda Glide for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is already available for $39.99. You can buy it and learn more about it at the VRS Design online store at the links right below. Standard shipping is free and takes 3 to 5 days in the United States (it’s even faster if you’re in California), while international shipping rates vary by country.
Apple iPhone 7 VRS cases hands-on
Apple iPhone 7 VRS cases hands-on