Review: Just Mobile TENC case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
TENC stands for The Emperor’s New Clothes. It’s a pretty clever name for Just Mobile’s auto-healing case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (as well as earlier models, of course) as it provides basic scratch/scuff protection while allowing your iPhone to look mostly naked.
Clear iPhone cases of varied construction are nothing new. There’s an appeal to protecting your iPhone while allowing its Apple-given design to show through, after all. But many of these are made of plastic that is easily scuffed, causing them to look worn and ugly within a matter of days or weeks. Yes, protection is the important part, but what’s the point of clearing way for the iPhone design if that design is all mucked up?
Just Mobile’s answer to this is the TENC; a polycarbonate case with a self-healing coating. It’s available in clear, matte clear and matte black. The review unit provided by Just Mobile is the clear version, and as you can see from the photos in this review, it’s looking pretty good after a month of consistent use. Dusty around the edges, but you’ll have that, and it’s easily cleaned.
Also, our clear model likes to show off finger prints. If you don’t want to be perpetually wiping those away, the matte clear option may be the way to go.
It’s worth mentioning, too, that the polycarbonate construction is fairly rigid, so don’t expect to just slip the TENC on and off the phone. For the occasional cleaning, fine. But if you’re having trouble docking it with your third-party devices, it gets annoying. To their credit, Just Mobile eases the process a bit with two slits at to the bottom corners to make it easier to pry off. And honsetly, the case is thin enough (0.6mm) and the port openings wide enough that you may have no need to remove it. I dock mine each night on the Henge Dock Gravitas without trouble.
For protection, you of course have better options. The TENC has a minimal design and provides minimal protection, but it’ll serve you well for normal use. The lip rises slightly above the screen to keep it off flat surfaces, but there’s no padding to help prevent damage from drops. A screen protector would also be a good idea.
Now, this being a gaming site, I of course have to point out that the Just Mobile TENC is an early favorite amongst the cases I’ve been using (and will be reviewing). Contoured to the phone itself, the TENC feels like I’m holding only my iPhone 7 Plus. The audio plays through just fine, and accessing the screen for quick taps and swips feels fully natural.
So Here it Is
If you’re looking for a minimalist case that allows your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to look and feel the way it’s meant to, the Just Mobile TENC is an excellent, inexpensive option. The ability to heal itself from minor scrapes and scratches (it won’t survive a knife attack, but is safe from your keys) means it’ll look better longer, and its thin contoured construction makes it easy to dock or slip into your pocket when you’re not gaming.
Provides: Auto healing cratch/scuff protection
Developer: Just Mobile
Compatibility: iPhone 7 / 7 Plus (also available for iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6/6s Plus, 12.9″ iPad Pro)
Price: iPhone 7 – $24.95; iPhone 7 Plus – $29.95
Availability: Now at Just-Mobile.com