Review: X-Doria Defense Gear Case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Sometimes you just want things to look tough. Armor, for example. Tires. Lunch ladies. My wants and needs don’t always fall towards the rugged, but when they do, I prefer items that exude confidence.
The X-Doria Defense Gear iPhone 7 case exudes confidence. Whether you go with the space gray (currently available), silver, gold or rose cold models, it looks as tough as a featured prop in a James Cameron sci-fi movie. Its cut and angles provide a high-tech look, with only minimal areas to allow your iPhone’s natural glory to peak through. You’ll want to consider those, though, to make sure your iPhone’s color complements the accents of the Defense Gear. The test unit provided to us by X-Doria is the silver model, and it works just fine with my matte black iPhone 7 Plus.
You can expect some hefty coverage from a cast that offers Military Grade Protection, MIL-STD-810G, to protect from drop at up to two meters, so the Defense Gear does add some bulk. However, the case was still dockable with my Henge Docks Gravitas, so you may not have to remove it with your third-park docks. The camera and mute switch openings are cut wide enough for unimpeded use, and the covered volume and hold buttons are marked for tactile feedback.
I especially like that the audio cutouts at the bottom are angled forward to direct the sound back to you when playing games, not out and away.
I do have one complaint, though, which is somewhat gaming related. The hard polycarbonate that provides the outer shell elements is not very friendly, for lack of a better term. I hate to say that, because it’s also quite rugged and works in tandem with the DropShield edge lining, TPU and anodized metal to provide the rugged protection I mentioned earlier, but it brings the aesthetic of the iPhone down a couple notches.
One could argue that this is something you have to give up in order to get quality protection, but I’ve used numerous defensive cases in the past that still retained a high-quality feel, including some from X-Doria.
So Here It Is
The X-Doria Defense Gear Case is a solid option for those who want a case that looks tough while offering tough protection. The hard angles and polycarbonate edges aren’t the most comfortable to hold for too long, but gamers will like the way the case redirects the audio of the bottom speakers up from the screen towards the player.