I am about as AR as it gets when it comes to my tech-gear. I do my very best to keep it in perfect condition but hate bulky cases that take away from the devices’ sleek and slim form factor. I would prefer using my smartphone naked (aka no case) but would mentally kick myself if anything bad happened to it. Minimalistic cases help but still take something away from the feel of the naked device. The Naked Case Kickstarter effort is about as not there as you can get. The Naked Case is engineered to help those with Apple’s latest flagship smartphones protect their finish with the same space-age material that protects expensive supercars from scratches and rock chips.
Naked Cases are made from the same high-end film that goes on Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Jaguars, Teslas etc to protect their very expensive finishes and paint jobs. I have several cars with the invisible bra covering the entire front and hood. The material is wonderful and continues to protect my cars over a decade after it was applied. I am fairly certain that the film will out last the cars themselves…
The Naked Case is CNC cut to perfectly fit the iPhone 7/7+. The film is non-yellowing, less than 2 millimeters thick, self-healing, and once it is applied you barely know it is there. The original concept of the Naked Case film was to protect Apple’s new Jet Black finish that is known for its susceptibility to scratches. But can be used to protect any of the latest iPhones from being marred.
The installation process is pretty old school and involves a dish/pan and warm soapy water. First you clean off the back and sides of your iPhone 7/7+.
Next you let it soak in the warm water and soap solution. Then you remove the film’s protective backing and place the Naked Case on the back of your smartphone.
The installation process is a bit messy to say the least. You, your device and the surrounding area will get wet but thankfully the device is waterproof. Once you place the film on your device you carefully remove the extra material from around the CNC cut shape. After that you get it perfectly situated, you then squeegee out the excess water and bubbles on the flat back of your iPhone. The small amount of excess moisture and tiny water bubbles will dissipate with time.
Then you press the edges around the curves of the iPhone. This part takes time and patience before it finally adheres to the sides of the smartphone.
The Naked Case does not cover the corners or bottom edge…perhaps protecting only 50-60% of the sides of the iPhone. A funny note: the Naked Case transforms my iPhone’s matte black finish into a glossy one. The film does show fingerprints and smudges just like the Jet Black finish. It has a slight tackiness to it and gives some grippability to the slippery iPhone.
As of the writing of this review, the Naked Case Kickstarter campaign has 7 days left to be funded. It is currently about 40% of the way to its goal of $8,436. While on the expensive side of the protective skin-spectrum, the Naked Case is an excellent, well done and thought out product. Its CNC precision cut design is perfectly fitted for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and is engineered to protect the Jet Black and other finishes of Apple’s latest smartphones.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Naked Cases. Please visit their Kickstarter website for more info and to back their effort.