This easy-to-charge, Apple-designed case keeps the iPhone 7 battery fully charged, significantly extends its battery life, features accessible battery usage information and helps the blind user cope with the potential loss of simaltaneous charging and listening.
Apple describes this product as follows:
Engineered exclusively for iPhone 7, the Smart Battery Case gives you even longer battery life while offering great protection. Inside, a soft microfiber lining helps protect your iPhone. And on the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand. A soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off.
Charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 26 hours, Internet use up to 22 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback. With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.
This case supports Lightning accessories, such as the Lightning to USB Cable (included with your iPhone), and works with the iPhone Lightning Dock (sold separately).
In the Box
The box contains the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and some inaccessible paperwork.
The process of inserting the iPhone into the case was far easier than I expected. I simply bent back the flexible, silicone exterior, fit the case's lightning connector into the bottom of my phone and gently fit the case around it without difficulty. I have struggled with virtually every case I have ever owned for any piece of technology, but I can proudly say working with this case has been an absolute breeze.
The battery in the case keeps the iPhone constantly charged. Simply plug the charging cable into the lightning connector on the bottom of the case to charge both batteries. The phone's battery usage remains in the status bar on the top of the iPhone's screen, while the battery usage of the case can be found on the first page of the home screen or the Notification Center.
I used to have constant issues with battery life, but, since my iPhone has been wearing this case, I have been able to rely on it with confidence.
I have defected to this case from an Otterbox Defender, and my wife said she is relieved! She always thought the Otterbox was bulky and ugly, but, now, she is considering a Smart Battery Case for her iPhone 6S.
If you are looking for extended battery life and reasonable protection for your iPhone in an attractive package, then I think the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case can't be beat.
Apple's price: $99
- Significantly increases the battery life of the iPhone 7.
- Features fully accessible battery usage indicators.
- Retains much of the iPhone's visual attractiveness.
- Some report a slight distortion in the microphone while the iPhone 7 is in the case.
- The level of hardware protection is not as great as other cases such as Lifeproof or Otterbox.
- Adds some bulk to the iPhone.