If you’ve ordered an iPhone X, or are planning to, you’re going to want to strongly consider picking up a case. Not only is it Apple’s most expensive handset ever, but it features large glass panels on both the front and back. I don’t care how “durable” they say it is, all it takes is one awkward fall for that glass to shatter.
Given that the phone was announced a month before its actual launch, there are already several cases available for it, including thinner slim-fit cases, bulkier rugged cases, and cases with built-in credit card slots. So we decided to put together a roundup of some of our favorites in an effort to help you make your pick.
Totallee thin iPhone X case
For years, the thin [scarf] case from Totallee has been my go-to case. Other companies claim to make “minimal” or “ultra-thin” cases, but few live up to the description better than Totallee. This case measures just 0.02-inches thin, weighs just 0.1 oz, is extremely easy to put on and remove, and features no visible branding or gaudy designs. It’s not going to save your iPhone in the event of a nasty drop, but it will give it a grippier texture and protect it from scuffs and scratches.
Nomad Rugged Case
The Rugged Case from Nomad is a minimalist combination of protection and class. It features a high grade polycarbonate fused to a rubber TPE bumper and a premium vegetable-tanned Horween leather back. The bumper sits raised above the display for added protection and the leather develops a rich patina through extended use. Nomad says the case can withstand drops from up to 10ft.
Incipio Dualpro Sport Case
Incipio is another staple in the world of iPhone cases. They’re a little more what I call “designer,” with unique designs and branding, and a little more expensive, but they typically have a premium feel to them. For the iPhone X, I really like the Dualpro Sport Case. As the name indicates, the case has a hybrid design with a rigid Plextonium shell and impact-absorbing silicon, meaning it was built to withstand drops. It’s soft to the touch, and features a sharp-looking crosshatch pattern (though it’s not nearly as bold in-person as it appears in the above photo).
Speck Presidio Clear Case
The Presidio from Speck is another one of my favorites. It’s transparent, so you can still show off the beautiful design of the iPhone X, and it features just a tiny Speck logo in the upper right hand corner. But it’s thicker than some of the ultra-thin cases, like the totallee mentioned above, for greater protection. It features a polycarbonate shell construction with Impactium—a dynamic shock-absorbing material— and raised bezels that protect the screen. Speck says the case has been tested to withstand falls from up to 8 feet.
Case-Mate Wallet Folio Case
Looking for a wallet case for your new iPhone X? There are quite a few out there, but check out this one from Case-Mate. It features a classy folio design, with just a tiny Case-Mate logo visible on the front in the bottom right-hand corner. The case is made with genuine handcrafted leather, and it has a rigid polycarbonate cradle that holds your iPhone securely in place. Inside the folio cover, you’ll find slots for 3 credit cards and a laminated ID cubby, as well as a place to stash your cash. Comes with a lifetime warranty.
OtterBox Commuter Series Case
If you’re in need of a more rugged iPhone X case, designed to take a little more punishment, check out the Commuter Series from OtterBox. The name OtterBox is synonymous with toughness, and their long-running Commuter case line offers superior protection without the bulk. The iPhone X case features a lightweight 2-piece design capable of withstanding drops, as well as port covers to protect against dust and dirt. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Caudabe Veil XT Ultra Thin Case
The Veil XT case from Caudabe is another ultra-thin case that eschews gaudy branding and design for a more minimal look (although there is a small logo located towards the Lightning port). It measures just 0.35mm thin, but it’s thick enough on the back to protect the iPhone’s protruding iSight camera. It also features a snug fit and cutouts for all buttons and ports.
Obviously, this is just a few of the iPhone X cases out there. We will be adding to this list as we get more review units and as more become available to order. If you know of a case available right now that you think deserves to be on this list, let us know in the comments below!