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Tech Armor Shock Flex Case for iPhone 7/7 Plus Review
      #49760 - 12/16/16 06:48 PM

The Shock Flex from Tech Armor is their top-of-the-line protective case. Constructed with a polycarbonate back plate for rigidity, and TPU rubber sides for easy installation and shock absorption; the Shock Flex offers impressive protection at a low price. All buttons are covered for protection, but are still responsive and easy to access. The mute switch, camera, speakers, and Lightning Port are all uncovered, however. This is not particularly an issue for the iPhone 7/7+, thanks to their water resistance, but, as with most other cases, owners of the 6 and 6+ series of phones will want to be careful about exposure to moisture.

Due to the Shock Flex' construction, it is extremely lightweight; so much so that you may be tempted to think that it is flimsy or cheaply made. This is not the case. In fact, Tech Armor will provide a free replacement if you ever damage your case or simply wear it out. That's a pretty strong indicator that the Shock Flex is built to last. For daily, the polycarbonate back can feel a bit slick in your hand, but the TPU rubber sides offer just enough grip to keep it from feeling perilous in your hands, although I prefer a softer rubber for extra security. The big question, however, is what happens if/when you do drop it? Exactly how much protection does it provide? Normally, I don't press manufacturers of daily use cases on drop ratings, but with a name like Shock Flex, and the fact that it is described as providing the manufacturer's "strongest" impact protection, I feel it's a valid point to raise. Regardless of the case you use, it's wise to always treat your phone like it's not only completely naked, but also filled with nitroglycerine. If it does go to ground, however, you will almost certainly be far better off with a case like the Shock Flex that is designed to provide drop protection, than one that is not. Lastly, it is important to remember that cases with drop ratings splashed on their packaging don't necessarily live up to their claims as there is no certifying agency that monitors these ratings.

The Shock Flex comes in three colors: frosted black, frosted space grey, and frosted clear. The frosting they're referring to is the clear back plate that allows the color of your phone to show through.

The Shock Flex is a fantastic bargain at $18, especially considering it's industry-leading replacement policy. It's lightweight, looks great, and will provide solid protection from the bumps of normal use.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Inexpensive and lightweight bump/scuff/drop protection. Lifetime replacement for damaged/worn cases. 3 colors available.
What's Not: Level of drop protection not specified.
Price: $17.95
Website: Tech Armor

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton




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