Will military-grade protection really keep your phone safe?
The Galaxy S7 edge deserves a case that does not detract from its sleek design. You want a case that protects your device from everyday wear and those dreaded corner drops. Does this case meet these requirements?
Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design to determine if this is the case for you.
The Rugged Armor case is a one-piece sleeve made of TPU that slides easily over your phone. It has two carbon-fiber texture pockets on the back that do not seem to serve any functional purpose. They do, however, give a bit of variation to the otherwise flat case.
Black is your only option for color, so if you bought your phone as a fashion statement you might want to pick a case available in more colors.
Because the sides of the case are fairly smooth (other than the buttons), it tends to slip from the hand quite easily. Moisture conditions might change this, but testing with dry hands and dry case saw the phone on the ground.
If you've ever watched your cat knock things off a shelf, you understand the pain of leaving your phone uncased while it wirelessly charges. Worry not — Rugged Armor is compatible with your wireless charger. Unfortunately the simplicity of this case does not allow for a built-in kickstand. The case is, however, flat on the back and can accept Spigen's Style Ring (sold separately).
The beautiful S7 screen does not fare well when dropped on its corner while not in a case. Rugged Armor has certified military-grade protection featuring air cushions on the corners for extra protection against dreaded corner drops. The entire case acts as a shock absorber to protect your phone's innards against everyday damage while it rides around in your pocket.
The case has a raised bezel along the top and bottom to protect the screen when it's laid flat. Because of the S7 edge's screen design there is no raised bezel on the sides. Dropping your phone on its side or on the edge of the screen could result in damage.
Although this case is form fitted for the S7 edge, it seemed to be a bit loose — perhaps due to the lack of outer shell or perhaps just a faulty model. Either way, keep this in mind when purchasing and remember there might be some extra stretching as the case ages.
The buttons on the side of the phone are covered without impairing functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are uncovered, as is the entirety of the phone's face. Nice if you're fighting against creating a bulky everyday carry.
The Bottom Line
This case lives up to the claim of being slim, however it does seem less rugged than other cases featuring an outer shell.
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