Review: Minimalist Protective Cases Let Your iPhone Color Shine Through

Review: Minimalist Protective Cases Let Your iPhone Color Shine Through

The Soho Case (starting at $34.99) from Gear4 is a minimalist yet protective iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case. In fact, Gear4 offers several such iPhone 7 cases that all feature protection with a minimal design. Some are completely clear, which lets you show off your beautiful iPhone in whatever color you own.

Good looks doesn't have to mean compromising on protection. Gear4 claims its devices protect from 9-foot drops and are scratch resistant. The cases start under $35, but can go up to the $50 range, but Gear4 does offer free shipping.


  • Mostly clear
  • Protects from 9-foot drops
  • Scratch resistant
  • Many color and style choices


  • Pricey, but free shipping

Final Verdict

When you just want a case that protects your iPhone, without detracting or distracting from the iPhone's looks, the cases from Gear4 are worth checking out.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.