Do you drop your iPhone a lot? Then the RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper Case this may be the best bumper for you.
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Anyways, let’s check it out.
Straight out of the box, this is a super simple single piece of rubber. You’d almost feel like you’ve been ripped off if you didn’t know it could handle this.
It’s a bumper style case so it only wraps around the perimeter of your iPhone. Made of a soft matte rubber on the outside that has a stiff structure all around with a hexagon patterned interior, that they claim to help with this.
Installation is simple, stick it into a corner and just start squeezing other corners into place. Removal is a little tricky since the bumper is stiff throughout, but just apply a little force on a corner and I promise you it will pop out eventually.
Looking around the case, the buttons are covered and cutout through the thick rubber. Which can be difficult to click at times, requiring a little extra force. The mute rocker cutout has been updated to be much wider than their previous generation, making it easy to access.
Although the camera is left completely exposed, the bumper edge is tall enough to keep it safe from table tops. The Lightning port has also been updated with a wider cutout, albeit still deep thanks to that thick rubber. It’ll fit cables just fine, including most third party cables but isn’t able to the good ol classic Lightning dock.
To complete the package though, they also sell a screen protector and back cover. It includes an installation kit of a microfiber cloth, dust removal stickers, and a squeegee card.
I tried my best on the back, it doesn’t stick as well around the Apple logo but for the sake of this review, it does the job. So this is a great way to show off your brand spanking new iPhone.
But more importantly, you want to keep showing it off, so you need to make sure it can handle a drop. There’s a thick lip on both the front and back side of the case and even though it’s open throughout, the screen protectors cover the rest.
With the full 360 degrees of protection, I feel completely confident day to day and even in extreme conditions like handing this over to a child. Unlike others who throw steel balls at their screen to test it, I don’t think that’s realistic, as most people don’t have balls of steel.
So in my classic key and change test, something your iPhone will actually be battling day to day in your pocket, it marks up from sharp impact, but surprisingly doesn’t cause any cracks. The same goes for the back side as well.
Removing the screen protector and my screen looks good as new. Even around back, not a single scratch. Removing the case now and my iPhone looks just like new, no dents, bends, or any scuffs.
It’s advertised as no bulk, and while it doesn’t add any bulk to the surfaces of the device, the edges add up in size. In comparison, it’s almost adding half the size of the iPhone.
Especially for the already large 7 Plus, it’s difficult to grasp onto due to the tall and curved edges causing your fingers to easily slide off. Thankfully it works fine for the smaller iPhone 7 model, as the redesigned curved edges will sit comfortably in the hand itself.
It will still easily slide in and out of pockets, but this is just something to keep in mind if you have the Plus model but don’t have Sasquatch hands. A small tradeoff for solid protection though.
You’re getting protection in the ranks of an OtterBox Defender but without the bulk of one. I definitely prefer the grip on the Defender, but for those who absolutely hate bulking up but dropped their phone while just reading this review. Well, this is for you.
BUY RHINOSHIELD CRASHGUARD
BUY RHINOSHIELD SCREEN PROTECTOR
BUY RHINOSHIELD BACK PROTECTOR