When you have a £700 phone that is basically all glass the last thing you want to do is drop it. Obviously, it is impossible to avoid the inevitable drop, and Apple claims the glass used in their new iPhone 8 is the most durable ever, and the glass rear is reinforced with metal.
However, a big drop or landing in an awkward position is always likely to crack if not shatter glass, whether that is the front or rear of the phone in this case. If you do not have the £79 AppleCare+ cover then screen repair costs £156.44, other damage, which we assume includes the rear, costs a staggering £356.44!
So, anyone in their right mind needs to be using a case on their phone and Tech21 produce some excellent cases for a wide range of phones, including the iPhone 8. Knowing how easy it is to break your phone, tech21 design their cases to not only look nice but withstand significant drops.
In the case of the Evo Check case I have been sent, it has been designed to withstand a 3-metre drop (or 10ft if you are old/American). That is the height of 2 small people, so unless you are climbing ladders with your phone it is unlikely you will ever drop it from 3 metres. The official technology Tech21 claim they use is FlexShock which is a unique 3-layer impact absorption system.
The model I was sent is clear with white edges and is a rubbery Polyurethane material. The bumpers around the edges are fatter than the standard case that I typically use from rival brands but it doesn’t add too much heft and is the reason why this case can help the phone withstand a 3M drop.
Fitting the case is simple, the case itself is rubbery and bendy and it just snaps on. The power and volume buttons also have protection around them, whilst there are cut-outs for the do not disturb switch, speakers and lightening socket. The case doesn’t interfere with the lightening socket at all. On the rear of the device, there is a cut out for the camera, and it looks like the case is thinker than the camera bulge, so you should avoid any damage to that if you drop your phone. On the front, the bumpers extend slightly beyond the screen giving you protection if you drop your phone face first onto the floor.
The rear of the case is clear with a crisscross design, so you still get to show off the chosen colour of your iPhone.
Even though the bumpers add a little bit of size to the phone, overall it looks great and doesn’t interfere with the daily use of the phone.
I don’t have the nerve to fully test the protection of the case, but during my weeklong use I have dropped my phone a couple of time (I am clumsy) and there has never been an issue.
This particular case costs £29.95 which is a bit more expensive than your standard case, but the added protection is worth it. It represents just 10% of the cost of an out of insurance/warranty repair from Apple which would make it well worth it! Due to my clumsiness, it is the case that I will continue to use, as it gives me a little more reassurance when I drop my phone!
Tech21 sell a variety of other designs for the iPhone 8 too, some of them seem to appear a little slimmer, but offer slightly less protection such as the Evo Elite or if you prefer wallet design cases there is the Evo Wallet Active Edition
You can also get the cases for pretty much all the current leading smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and nearly released Google Pixel 2.
You can buy the Evo Check iPhone 8 case here for £29.95