UAG’s new top of the line case, the Monarch, features 2x military drop test standard protection, upscale leather panels, an enhanced grip, and comes with a ten year warranty. It is also $20 more expensive than their standard cases, at $59.99. Is it worth the extra $20? Well, it all depends upon what you are looking for in a phone case. The Monarch does have a fancier appearance, and the increased drop protection is definitely an attractive feature. I’m also a fan of the grippier sides, and I like the fact that the Monarch is somewhat easier to install and remove than UAG’s other case lines. But a 10 year warranty is a little bit pointless in a phone case. It’s nice in that it would seem to indicate that the case is well made, but the number of people who would keep a smartphone for that amount of time must be vanishingly small.
- Protects your phone to twice the military drop test standard (which is four feet), so it should survive an 8 ft drop.
- Top grain leather insets give this case a more upscale appearance.
- Grippy sides are a pleasure to hold.
- Good protective lip around the screen.
- Enlarged corners jut out slightly to provide enhanced drop and scratch protection.
- Nice clicky buttons.
- Easy install and removal; the softer, more rubbery sides of the Monarch make this case easier to get on and off than UAG’s other case lines.
- 10 year warranty is presumably an indicator of product durability over time.
- 10 year warranty is way too long: no one would ever be using a smartphone for that length of time. UAG should just call it a four year warranty, or something else more reasonable.
- Considerable price bump over UAG’s standard cases.
- UAG’s decision to make this case compatible with both the iPhone 7 Plus and 6s Plus is questionable, as the port openings don’t look quite right when the case is on the iPhone 7 Plus, and the camera opening will be hugely oversized if the case is used on an iPhone 6s Plus.
Conclusion: Overall, UAG Monarch is a great case and I really enjoy using it on my iPhone 7 Plus. It is on the pricy side for a slim protective case, but some people will definitely find the enhanced protection and other new features to be worth the price. Available in Platinum as well as the Graphite seen in this review, the Monarch retails for $59.95 and is available directly from UAG as well as from other retailers. Many thanks to UAG for sending this case out to me to review.
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