OnePlus 7T case roundup

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By hyperspacey, Senior Member on 1st May 2020, 02:15 PM
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Since I've bought a few different cases, I thought I'd do a roundup of them.

Nillkin Super Frosted Shield Matte:

Minimal case, but with a slight lip around the glass and camera bump protection. Full 360 degree coverage with tight cutouts and good buttons. A very tight, accurate fit; it won't bounce off if you drop it.

Covered with a bump pattern to make it grippy. Hard plastic that will likely crack on dropping.

For: people wanting to reduce the slipperiness of the phone, make the bump look less dumb, and protect from scratches and light drops.

Spigen Liquid Air:

Light by Spigen's chonky boi standards, this gives protection not far off their Rugged Armour series without the goofy carbon fibre accents. Looks good and fits great. Large protection lip around the screen and sufficient camera cover. Tasteful design. Not as grippy as you'd think, but better than just the phone.

For: serial phone-droppers who don't want to make their giant phone any more gigantic. A good compromise case.

Official "sandstone" bumper case:

More rugged than the Super Frosted Shield, but with openings for the rockers, buttons, and top and bottom.

Extremely grippy texture and a tight fit. Good screen lip protection and camera cover. Aesthetically a bit weird; a bit "HTC Desire era" with the big gaps all around. Tasteful OnePlus logo.

Colour and texture of an asteroid space station wall; really needs to have "REMEMBER THE CANT" spray painted on it.

For: official case fans who don't mind paying twice what it's worth (unless you find it on eBay). Daredevils. People who like to click the proper buttons.

All three are good, but if you spend the RRP on the official case, you should go get your face paint on and get to the circus, because you're a clown.
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5th May 2020, 03:36 PM |#2  
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Good write-up 👍. Though I tried a couple of cases - both military types and transparent types - I couldn't find any of them good. I still use the official transparent case that came with the phone. I couldn't find any better than this case.

For military types I hate them because of the thick bumper sides that eliminates the bezel-less nature of the phone. Yes the military types meant for that kinda protection but I don't like those cases. For the transparent ones none of them gives that extra bumper for the screen and back camera glass like the official Twitter m transparent case. All of them were sh*ts.

For my old Lenovo Z2 Plus, there were a vast variety of colored back covers with extra screen and back camera bumper protection. I had more than 20 cases in different types and colors. My MiA1 also has more than 10 different cases. Note that these weren't just cheap quality cases with some printed graphics, these were all in plain solid colors. I don't know why case manufacturers of 7T never make such kind of cases.

Two months ago I was planning to make a custom made plastic-printed case with the help of my friend, he has a 3d printer with him. I even made a 3d model of the phone and case in my PC. But due to the pandemic I had to stop the process. Not sure if I can do the further developments.

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6th May 2020, 12:59 AM |#3  
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I’ve never understood why “military grade” is considered a selling point. Have these people never met someone who was in the military? Everything’s made by the lowest bidder!

I agree with the lack of case options. I don’t think the OnePlus 7T sold all that well or something, it’s disappointing.
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14th May 2020, 02:43 AM |#4  
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I got my 7T used and it came with three official cases. I'll add to your list, if you don't mind.

Karbon Protective Case:

This case is just like the Sandstone in that the buttons, slider and top/bottom are exposed. The feel is interestingly rubbery, but a bit slippery. It is very thin and almost looks like a skin until you look closer. Not that it is that thin, but fits so well. It's so thin it adds nearly no weight. The OnePlus logo is far more pronounced than the Sandstone, and really pops being so silvery-white. It makes me wish the Sandstone had a silver/white logo, it's that good.

Sandstone Protective Case:

Basically everything you said. The grip is incredible and you will be hard-pressed to drop your phone unless you're being careless. An improvement over the 5T Sandstone as the texture is slightly better. My go-to case, really.

Red Silicone Bumper Case:

This thing is pure red. Wow, that red! It is noticeably more bulky than the Karbon and Sandstone. There is no lip for the camera bump because it's bulky enough to clear it. So the back is smooth all the way, no table wobble. The inside of the case is a nice suade. It actually is an awesome premium touch, and you feel good to know your phone is safe from even case scratches, lol. Covers all buttons, makes the slider a bit more difficult to reach (but not too much), and covers all the way around the top and bottom, leaving ample holes for the microphone, charging port and bottom speaker. There is an ample lip all the way around. The feel is similar to the Karbon but more grippy. Softer feeling. The logo is understated and just recessed in the silicone.

All of these cases feel very premium (to me) and the fit is so perfect I think they're worth the investment. Especially if they last as long as my Sandstone from the 5T I used since launch.
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