In evaluating instances, we at instances needed to discover small variations between them to make our choices. If you happen to see a case listed right here that you simply occur to love, don’t essentially think about it a foul alternative; merely perceive that we thought of our picks to be higher for most individuals, for the explanations we’ve described.
New in 2018
It ought to come as no shock that Apple’s personal Silicone Case, accessible on the Apple Retailer, matches the iPhone completely. The fabric is easy but has a great quantity of grip, the digicam opening is exactly tailor-made across the digicam bump, and the buttons click on completely. However the case is a mud magnet and a bit too grippy—it may be onerous to tug it out of tight denims pockets. We’ve additionally heard complaints that after a 12 months, the case begins to crack and break. And we don’t love that the open backside edge leaves a part of the telephone’s metal body uncovered, although some individuals favor this design on the X-series telephones due to the swipe-up gestures that you simply continuously use with these telephones.
Caudabe’s The Sheath is now accessible in a design that we favor to the earlier model’s fake carbon fiber. This case is a stable alternative if you’re keen to sacrifice a bit little bit of safety in favor of a barely slimmer case, and a few of our panel testers most well-liked the way in which the buttons press in contrast with the Smartish Kung Fu Grip.
We dismissed Spigen’s Rugged Armor primarily based on the outlet on the again exposing the Apple emblem, a poor design choice that doesn’t look nice and leaves extra of the telephone uncovered than it ought to.
Incipio has redesigned its NGP TPU case. It now’s one-third frosted, two-thirds translucent, providing a much less delicate look than earlier than, and the iPhone X/XS model fails our protective-lip take a look at.
The lip across the display screen on Moshi’s Capto is just too quick, and its intelligent strap/kickstand feels low-cost with a plastic buckle painted to seem like metallic. The corporate’s Altra has raised rubber segments on the again that make the case onerous to slide into and out of a pocket, and the amount buttons are below one steady protector, making it onerous to distinguish them. It’s price contemplating if you’d like a case with a built-in wrist strap, although.
The 2 layers of Incipio’s DualPro can peel aside while you’re eradicating the case, and we’ve seen previous variations’ paint flake over time.
We don’t suppose everybody needs a fabric-covered case, however for those who do, Incipio’s Carnaby is sort of nice-looking and feels fairly nice.
We discovered that just about each case from ESR had too wanting a display screen lip to satisfy our requirements.
Case-Mate’s Barely There Leather-based (X/XS, XR) is bulkier than Apple’s or Mujjo’s leather-based instances, the XR model doesn’t cowl the telephone’s buttons, and its massive digicam opening is fairly ugly.
Mujjo’s Full Leather-based Pockets Case provides a card pocket to the again of the corporate’s high-quality leather-based case. It could maintain as much as three playing cards, but it surely’s a good match, and we fear that the pocket will stretch out over time. It’s price consideration if you’d like the options of a pockets in a leather-based case.
Twelve South’s Journal was beforehand our folio choose for iPhone X. It’s a wonderful leather-based case, and it protected extra of the iPhone X than nearly some other folio case we examined earlier than the Presidio Folio. But it surely’s one thing of a particular aesthetic, and as of this writing, it’s not accessible for the iPhone XS Max.
Apple’s iPhone XS Leather-based Folio is each the thinnest folio case we examined and the costliest. It’s kind of the corporate’s Leather-based Case with a canopy. It simply has room for 4 playing cards inside, and it features a pocket for money beneath—even when absolutely loaded, it feels thinner than the competitors. Very like an iPad Good Cowl for the iPad, the Leather-based Folio has embedded magnets that lock and unlock the iPhone’s display screen—a pleasant contact—however the cowl slides round when closed greater than our choose’s cowl. It’s onerous to justify spending $100 or extra on a case, nevertheless, which is why we don’t advocate this one, however for those who’re keen to splurge on the Apple Retailer, it’s a good selection.
Nomad’s Rugged Folio and Rugged Tri-Folio are extraordinarily related instances, with a rubber base coated in leather-based. The Tri-Folio has two cowl segments, which makes it too cumbersome, and the Rugged Folio makes use of a extra customary entrance flap with room for 3 playing cards and money. We started to see the leather-based layer draw back from the rubber, particularly the place the lid meets the case, so we’re involved about its long-term sturdiness.
Griffin’s Survivor Robust Pockets is likely one of the solely folios we’ve examined with a magnetic latch to carry the lid shut, which is a pleasant powerful. However we don’t just like the faux-leather exterior as a lot because the supplies from Speck, and it’s a bit bulkier than our folio choose.
Apple’s iPhone XR Clear Case is the one first-party case for the iPhone XR. Not like our choose from Spigen, it’s largely polycarbonate plastic, that means it’s inflexible and harder to put in, and though its buttons are extra versatile, they don’t click on with the crispness we like from Apple’s different instances. Fingerprints are apparent on the again of the case after just some seconds of dealing with. The iPhone’s backside edge is left uncovered, like with all of Apple’s instances, which is a much less protecting design, however chances are you’ll favor it for those who discover that decrease lip will get in the way in which of your thumb. However for most individuals, we expect it’s not price spending $40 on this case when you will get our choose for a 3rd of the worth.
Smartish’s Nudist is similar to our choose, save for its frosted again panel. We predict most individuals on the lookout for a clear case need one thing that’s completely clear, however for those who’re okay with a translucent again, it’s a stable alternative.
Speck’s Presidio Keep Clear is marketed as, nicely, staying clear, fixing a difficulty clear instances are identified to have. We will’t verify the way it does over time, however we do know that it’s bulkier and dearer than our choose. If you happen to’re on the lookout for a extra protecting clear case, we advocate it.
Casetify’s Affect Clear has unpleasant logos across the rear digicam.
Incase’s Protecting Clear Cowl has volume-button covers which are flush with the case’s physique, making it too onerous to search out them by really feel alone.
Griffin’s Survivor Clear and Incipio’s Reprieve Sport each have scratch- and fingerprint-prone hard-plastic backs.
Case-Mate’s Wallpapers and Speck’s Presidio V-Grip aren’t completely clear. The previous has graphics on the again, and the latter has uncomfortable coloured ridges round its edges.
Speck’s Presidio Grip is our former favourite case on this class. It takes the core of Presidio Professional and provides raised rubber ridges on the again of the case that assist enhance your maintain on it (the “Grip” within the identify). Sadly, these rubber items are likely to separate from the case over time.
OtterBox’s Assertion Collection and Traction Collection each add substantial bulk and are a bit tougher to put in and take away than most different instances.
Case-Mate’s Waterfall, Karat, Twinkle, and Ditsy Petals are all fashion-driven protectors. If you happen to like them, we are able to’t persuade you to not get them—and we’re not making an attempt to. However we don’t advocate them as a result of they’re thick instances designed extra for aesthetics than the rest. If you happen to just like the very particular appears to be like, they’re not unhealthy. All 4 instances are improved from 2017’s two-piece designs; they’re nonetheless fairly thick, however now the plastic and rubber layers are fused collectively. The again of the Waterfall case is outfitted with glitter and small ball bearings suspended in a liquid that sloshes round as you progress it, Karat is inlaid with mom of pearl, the Twinkle with glitter, and the Ditsy Petals case has actual pressed flowers sandwiched between layers of clear plastic.
Spigen’s Powerful Armor suffers from the poor design of an uncovered Apple emblem.
Griffin’s Survivor Robust has only a bit an excessive amount of of a rugged search for basic tastes, and the amount and facet buttons are too troublesome to search out by contact.
Spigen’s Skinny Match 360 is 2 skinny items of polycarbonate plastic that snap collectively across the telephone, with a glass display screen protector included for all-around safety. We don’t like the way in which the plastic body appears to be like across the Face ID sensors, although, and suppose the setup feels too low-cost.
Mophie’s Juice Pack Entry makes use of a novel design to handle a few of the points we’ve discovered with different Lightning-based battery instances. As a substitute of plugging into the Lightning port and subsequently blocking a wired audio connection, the case is a Qi charger, wirelessly powering the telephone (the case itself fees utilizing USB-C, although, so you may must pack a special cable). The size are nearly equivalent to these of Apple’s Good Battery Case, however the battery capability and cost potential are a lot decrease. In our checks with the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR, the Juice Pack Entry offered about half the cost because the first-party equivalents (42 and 40 p.c, respectively).
Mophie’s Juice Pack Air is a extra conventional battery case than the Juice Pack Entry, with a Lightning connector for charging the telephone fairly than Qi (though you may wirelessly cost the case itself). It’s additionally Mophie’s first case to characteristic Lightning enter as a substitute of Micro-USB or USB-C, one thing we’ve wished to see for years. Sadly the battery capacities are comparatively low: In our checks, the iPhone XS model offered solely a 52 p.c cost, in contrast with the Good Battery Case’s 85 p.c, and the iPhone XR mannequin gave a 36 p.c cost, whereas Apple’s case can cost to 77 p.c from empty. And though we’re completely happy to see the transition to Lightning enter over Micro-USB, the brand new port works just for energy; you may’t use it with wired headphones, together with these that include the iPhone. Regardless of the Mophie instances’ decrease costs and barely thinner designs, we expect the Apple Good Battery Case, with its larger charging output, is a greater possibility for most individuals.
Circumstances from our 2017 testing
Beneath are instances that we examined and dismissed in 2017 for the iPhone X. The 2018 variations are so related of their design, if not equivalent, that we didn’t take a look at them once more.
The AmazonBasics Textured Protecting Case felt only a bit cheaper than the opposite cheap, primary instances we examined, and its lip was just a bit shorter than the 1 mm that Apple recommends. The colour choice additionally appeared restricted.
With its fake carbon fiber and screws, the look of Anker’s Karapax Protect isn’t for everybody. Nevertheless, it matches nicely and all the things works as anticipated, so for those who just like the type, go for it. We simply don’t suppose it’s the aesthetic alternative for most individuals.
Our testing panel most well-liked the sleek but grippy instances we advocate over the textured really feel of the Incipio NGP Superior.
The highest 60 p.c or so of the Incipio NGP Sport case affords the identical really feel as the usual NGP does, however the backside is a glossier, grippier materials. The design appears to be like good, however we don’t suppose that’s definitely worth the premium Incipio fees for the case.
Spigen’s Skinny Match is an easy plastic, snap-on shell that gives minimal safety as a consequence of its absolutely uncovered high and backside edges.
Spigen’s Liquid Air has a textured again that our testing panel wasn’t as keen on in contrast with the smoother really feel of our choose, and gaps across the facet and quantity buttons supply a possibility for mud to get below the case.
Caudabe’s The Synthesis has a frosted clear again with a coloured border, and is a bit slick-feeling. It’s a pleasant case, however not higher than our choose at greater than twice the worth.
The Mujjo Full Leather-based Case is actually a clone of Apple’s Leather-based Case, minus the aluminum buttons and with Mujjo’s personal branding instead of Apple’s. Our assessment unit was a bit too tight on the backside, and the amount buttons felt too mushy by way of the case.
We favor a full-leather, wrap-style case, like Apple’s, over the hybrid strategy of Nomad’s Rugged Case, which has a leather-based again with rubber sides. In early testing we may already see some small fraying on the seams the place the 2 supplies met, and accessing the iPhone’s Ring/Silent swap by way of the thick case was notably powerful.
Speck’s Presidio Pockets is a superb various to Smartish’s pockets instances, with a feel and look fairly just like the design of the Pockets Slayer Vol. 1. The most important distinction is value: Speck’s case prices two to 3 instances as a lot.
The Case-Mate Powerful ID has a supple leather-based again with two card pockets. We discovered eradicating the playing cards troublesome (one thing that, to be honest, could enhance over time and with put on), and the case makes the Ring/Silent swap too onerous to flip except you’ve got longer nails.
Spigen’s Slim Armor CS is the one pockets case in our take a look at group that makes use of a slide-out door to cover your playing cards. It holds solely two of them, although, and the entire thing feels fairly cumbersome due to this design. We additionally discovered eradicating the final card troublesome with out lengthy fingernails, and the plastic door felt prefer it would possibly snap off below strain.
Smartish’s Pockets Slayer Vol. 2 is similar to our high pockets case choose, the Vol. 1, however as a substitute of a molded TPU card holder, it has an expandable pocket. We discovered accessing playing cards simpler with the Pockets Slayer Vol. 1, nevertheless, and we like that our choose hides extra of the playing cards than the Pockets Slayer Vol. 2.
Burkley’s Removable Leather-based Pockets Case is a great-looking leather-based folio, with room for 3 playing cards plus money. The telephone matches right into a detachable leather-based case that magnetically attaches to the within of the folio, permitting you to ditch the pockets portion while you don’t want it. Sadly, the iPhone’s display screen rises above the case’s lip—not a difficulty when the case is within the folio, but it surely means much less safety while you’re utilizing the case by itself—and the case’s embedded magnets forestall wi-fi charging.
Though the Case-Mate Pockets Folio is a robust contender, it doesn’t cowl the telephone’s buttons or high edge.
Smartish’s Folio Pockets is one other reasonably priced possibility that’s similar to the Spigen Pockets S. We don’t like this design’s vertical elastic band as a lot because the magnetic closure, although, and this case’s grainy texture isn’t as good.
The City Armor Gear Metropolis takes the corporate’s military-drop-test-rated case and provides a lid with a card slot. In our testing, we had been capable of match just one card within the slot, and the lid cowl flapped round greater than we wished when it was open.
Twelve South’s BookBook is the corporate’s flagship case. The design appeals to e book lovers probably the most (as a result of, nicely, it appears to be like like a e book), and we expect it’s fairly neat. It has room for as much as 4 playing cards, together with a transparent window for an ID, though due to how deep the playing cards slide in, it’s sort of onerous to take away them. Our favourite side of the folio is the detachable interior case, because it means you may ditch the considerably cumbersome outer folio while you don’t want it, although the way in which the case attaches to the folio makes it a little bit of a trouble to take away and reattach.
Our panelists most well-liked true clear instances over these with some clear parts mixed with different designs. That’s to not say that something that’s not completely clear is unhealthy, however for those who’re trying to exhibit your iPhone X as a lot as doable, it is sensible that you simply’ll need your case to be completely see-through.
The Incipio NGP Pure is sort of equivalent to our transparent-case choose, and an excellent possibility if the Spigen Liquid Crystal case is out of inventory. But it surely’s costly, and it has more-obvious branding than the Spigen.
A panel of fake leather-based occupies about half of the again of the X-Doria Sprint, so it isn’t a totally clear case.
X-Doria’s Protection Clear and Protection Protect are largely clear, however with coloured rubber or rubber and metallic borders, respectively, that make them lower than absolutely clear.
The Caudabe Lucid Clear is an easy plastic shell with no button protection, and it’s costly in addition.
Case-Mate’s Powerful Clear has a two-piece design that’s extra advanced than higher one-piece instances.
The Smartish Pureview incorporates a diamond sample contained in the clear backplate that isn’t as interesting as a easy clear case.
The Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal reveals fingerprints like loopy, and we don’t like the way in which the border and case can separate throughout set up and removing.
Spigen’s Rugged Crystal is cumbersome and doesn’t supply sufficient separation between the amount buttons, so discovering the proper quantity button with out trying is troublesome.
The polycarbonate again of the Spigen Extremely Hybrid reveals fingerprints extra readily than clear TPU instances. The Extremely Hybrid S is similar case, however the built-in kickstand is a pleasant contact.
City Armor Gear’s Plyo is bulkier than different instances, the button covers aren’t raised sufficient to make them simple to really feel, and you’ll see a rainbow distortion on the again while you maintain the case at off angles.
OtterBox’s Symmetry Collection Clear is a bit bulkier than a lot of the competitors. We don’t just like the seam alongside the border, and the again has prismatic distortion.
The buttons of the Speck Presidio Clear really feel a bit mushier than we favor, and this case is fairly costly.
The Anker Karapax Protect+ works as anticipated and matches nicely, however its design gained’t enchantment to everybody.
The identical goes for the far dearer City Armor Gear Monarch, which is a bit bulkier than the Karapax Protect+ however provides extra premium parts reminiscent of actual leather-and-metal accents that don’t inhibit wi-fi charging. It additionally has faux screws.
Anker’s Karapax Rise matches nicely and affords good safety. It has a built-in metallic loop that you need to use like a PopSocket for further grip or as a connection level for a strap or hook; the loop additionally rotates, so it will possibly prop up an iPhone in each portrait and panorama orientation. Though that characteristic is helpful, the black-carbon-fiber-on-red-rubber design is a bit garish, and the kickstand extends a bit beneath the decrease fringe of the case, that means it’d forestall docking with some equipment.
Anker’s Karapax Breeze is a sharp-looking case, however we didn’t like the texture of the layers separating from each other once we eliminated the telephone. We had related impressions of the Spigen Neo Hybrid.
We favored the feel and appear of the X-Doria Protection Lux, with its premium again materials (our assessment unit was woven nylon, but it surely’s additionally accessible in carbon fiber, leather-based, and rosewood variations) and metallic body, however gaps across the button protectors that might enable mud in had been sufficient to stop this case from being a high choose.
The Tech21 Evo Wave is bulkier than different protecting instances, together with fashions from the identical firm, with none apparent profit.
OtterBox’s Pursuit Collection is probably going overkill for most individuals. This costly, two-piece case appears to be like like it might stand as much as extra abuse than most, however for on a regular basis use by most individuals, it’s most likely greater than essential. We’ll rethink it if we select to guage ultra-tough instances.
Caudabe’s The Veil XT is the next-best skinny case. It’s equivalent to the remainder of the sector however comes with a one-year guarantee good for 2 redemptions.
Peel’s Tremendous Skinny is the costliest slim case we examined, even earlier than factoring in delivery. It’s equivalent to less-expensive fashions, and there’s no official guarantee.
Tozo’s Extremely Skinny Arduous Cowl is similar as the remainder of the competitors, with none guarantee.
Second’s Battery Photograph Case is the one different MFi-certified battery case for the iPhone X. It offered about 20 p.c extra cost to a drained iPhone than the Mophie Juice Pack Air in our checks, but it surely’s a lot bulkier. We discovered the camera-centric options, together with a bodily shutter button, to be too sophisticated for somebody who simply needs their telephone to final by way of the day. The bigger concern is that it’s not accessible from Amazon, which might be for the perfect, as 4 of its 5 consumer evaluations as of this writing gave it one star out of 5, with complaints of the shutter button being overly delicate, to the battery having hassle pairing with the telephone, to inconsistent battery life.