RhinoShield PlayProof Case for iPhone 7 Plus — Review

RhinoShield PlayProof Case for iPhone 7 Plus

The RhinoShield PlayProof Case has quickly become my favorite tough case for my iPhone 7 Plus but it’s almost a crime to call it a tough case due to how slim it is. I smash it with a hammer and karate chop it with my hand, I don’t think I’ve ever tested a case this durable.


Camera cutout

Unlike their CrashGuard Bumper, the PlayProof is a full case design made of polycarbonate, a softer rubber around the lip, and a hard shell on the back. The inside has their hexagon patterned interior that’s designed to absorb impact.

To install, it’s easiest to go in volume side first, then squeeze the opposite corners into place. Just in case you get into a fizzle, removal is simply doing to opposite, and peeling the corners off one at a time, easy peasy.

Volume button covers and mute rocker cutout

The buttons are covered, with tall cutouts, making them easy to find, and although a little stiff to click, they provide a good tactile response. The mute rocker cutout is a tight though, requiring some digging and a few tries to get to and there’s a large camera cutout that’s tall enough to keep your lens off your dirty ass floors.

Speaker grills and Lightning port cutout

Along the bottom are precise speaker grill cutouts, a large Lightning cutout, enough to fit third party cables and also the classic Apple Lightning Dock.

The Winter Deer design in black

The PlayProof is available in plain colors, but you’re not boring, you’re loud and awesome, and RhinoShield knows that. Don’t let the fact that this is a protective case put a kink in your cool ass style. They offer a wide range of designs, but the The Winter Deer, Bear In The Forest, and classic logo designs are my favorite, because how doesn’t it speak to you, it’s a bear in a f*cking forest!

Bear In The Forest Design in white

As a case, it’s got a matte finish that feels really good in the hand and doesn’t smudge up as easily from your greasy hands. Some reviews state it can be slippery, but as long as your hands aren’t drier than prunes, it’s much better than holding the naked iPhone.

RhinoShield PlayProof Case drop test

Even if it does slip, you’ll be fine thanks to the tough nature of it. But as a protective case, it’s almost worrisome how thin it is, only adding about 2mm in thickness, but able to withstand drop over drop in my tests. Add to that how easily it slides in and out of pocket, really, it’s almost contradictory to call this case a tough protective case.

RhinoShield PlayProof Case drop test

Until you remember it can withstand drops from over 11ft high. This is accomplished with their soft polycarbonate lip around the screen combined with the hexagon interior.

But you may be asking, what about the screen? Don’t you fret a thing, because like their CrashGuard Bumper, you can pair it with their wicked hammer smashing resistant screen protector.

RhinoShield Screen Protector hammer test

Don’t believe how awesome this combo is? It withstood my hammer test (watch video review above for some hammer POV action) — the real question is what can’t it withstand? Seriously though, what are you waiting for, stop reading this and grab one here.

In case you still aren’t convinced, you’ll have to watch the whole review above to watch me karate chop and drop this case more times than you can count.

Now dropping is all fun and games, but some people are normal and only throw their phones in their pockets, where their keys, coins, and other sharp objects exist — like candy wrappers. In my scatch test (also watchable in the video review), the graphics didn’t scratch off and barely left a mark on the back of the case

Condition of iPhone 7 Plus after all the drops and hammer tests

So what are we left with after all my testing and emotional abuse consisting of hammers, keys, karate chops, and the dozens of drops? The front screen has no sign it made love with a hammer, the back is scratch free, the iPhone is straight as an arrow, and all buttons and functions work as normal — including 3D Touch. I’m genuinely impressed.


The case retails for $25 and I highly, 304%, recommend getting the screen protector which also retails for $25. Just go. It’s an investment now that will save you way more down the road when you don’t need to run to the Apple Store crying about a broken screen

This review is sponsored by RhinoShield but I had complete creative freedom and all opinions expressed are my own, I honestly really standby this case.


iPhone 7 — $24.99

iPhone 7 Plus — $24.99


Front — $24.99

Back — $7.99