Offering an impressive 9 ft of drop protection, Gear4’s new case lineup for the iPhone 7 Plus packs a protective punch. Slim and pleasant feeling in the hand, these cases feature Gear4’s new color-matched metallic D3O impact protection material and offer an attractive and stylish protective case option.
Gear4 was kind enough to send me out three iPhone 7 Plus case models to review: the Piccadilly: a slim TPU case with a clear polycarbonate back and color matched metallic D3O sides; the Oxford: a wallet case with two card slots, color matched metallic D3O, and a media stand; and the Mayfair: a nicely made leather case with hidden panels of impact protective D3O in its traditional orange hue. All three are easy to get on and off the iPhone 7 Plus and have a nice fit and finish. Their buttons are pleasantly easy to click, they feature generous lightning port openings and they provide plenty of protection for the protruding camera of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Piccadilly: MSRP: $34.99. With a clear polycarbonate back and flexible TPU sides injected with metallic D3O in your choice of Rose Gold, Gold or Silver, this slimline case has a nice feel in the hand and looks good on your iPhone. The TPU sides give it a pleasant degree of grip. The case is treated with a scratch resistant coating, which should be helpful, but its glossy polycarbonate back is almost certain to scratch anyway. In addition, when used with one of the darker iPhone colors, the clear back will act like a mirror and any stray dust or fibers will be extremely obvious. Other than that, this is a very nice protective case which provides impressive protection for your iPhone.
Oxford: MSRP: $39.99. A folio style wallet case, the Oxford is quite similar to some of Tech21’s wallet case offerings of the past several years. It features two card slots on the inside of the folio cover, a media stand, and comes in four color matched metallic D3O hues: Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. As a wallet case, it works quite well; it has a strong clasp that closes well even with two cards on board. However, this same clasp mechanism is remarkably obtrusive when the case’s folio cover is folded back and makes the Oxford less than comfortable in that position.
Mayfair: MSRP: $49.99. It is rare to come across a slim leather case that is drop protective, much less one that protects to a 9 ft drop, but the Mayfair does exactly that. With a smooth, slightly pebbled, genuine leather exterior and D3O enhanced TPU interior, this case is easy to get on and off your iPhone and has a classic, refined appearance. The Mayfair is available in both brown and black leather.