The 8 Best iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry

OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry

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What We Like
  • Built-in PopGrip ensures it won’t fall off

  • Durable protection in a solid case

  • Switch up your PopGrip

What We Don't Like
  • May be too bulky for some

OtterBox and PopGrip have collaborated to create an innovative case that’s both durable and easy to hold. What’s a PopGrip? Usually stuck to the back of a smartphone with adhesive, these nifty gadgets pop out, allowing you to hold your phone easily from behind, great for selfies or calls. OtterBox is one of the first to offer a case with the PopGrip built-in — it screws in and out of the back of the case, which removes any chance of your PopGrip falling off and allows you to swap different colors in and out.

It comes in three pieces, so some assembly is required, and this case won't slip on and off super easily. Note that you may need to remove the PopGrip to use wireless charging and that it is not as slim or sleek as a lot of other cases on the market.

Best Slim Case: Totallee Thin Case

What We Like
  • One of the thinnest cases on the market

  • A raised edge protects the iPhone’s camera

  • Available in matte, translucent, and leather finishes

What We Don't Like
  • The matte and translucent versions tend to show fingerprints easily

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a streamlined, thin piece of tech, so why add a bulky phone case that will take away from its sleek style? The Totallee Thin case is designed with this in mind, and at 0.02 inches, it is one of the thinnest iPhone 11 Pro Max cases on the market.

It offers a raised lip to protect the phone’s camera, and its thin size makes it easy to slide into a pocket or small handbag without taking up extra space. It’s available in a matte color palette, as well as translucent or leather (although the leather is slightly thicker, at 1.06 inches). However, it would be great to see the matte design available in more colors, and both the matte and translucent cases can tend to show fingerprints easily.

Best Lightweight: UAG Monarch

UAG Monarch Series Case for Apple® iPhone® 11 Pro Max

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What We Like
  • A quality case that provides extreme protection

  • Adds only a tiny amount of weight to your phone

  • Claims to meet military-grade standards

What We Don't Like
  • The design and colors may have a limited appeal

Add some armor to your iPhone with UAG’s Monarch, a tough and rugged case for those who do a lot of outdoor activities or are otherwise prone to dropping their phone. The Monarch is a two-piece hardshell case that snaps together, while only adding minimal bulk and weight to the phone. It also meets military issue drop standards, offering peace of mind against accidental drops or falls. 

Made from polycarbonate, rubber, and leather, the case has a high quality feel that will appeal to many. However, the styles and designs available are very masculine, which might be off-putting to some.

Best Clear Case: Speck Presidio Stay Clear

Speck - Presidio STAY CLEAR Case for Apple® iPhone® 11 Pro Max

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What We Like
  • One of the best clear cases on the market

  • Protects your phone with slim and lightweight casing

What We Don't Like
  • Requires some effort to put on or remove

A clear case allows you to keep your phone on display — after all, what’s the fun of having a beautiful phone if the design is hidden by a thick case? If you’re in the market for a translucent case, the Speck Presidio Stay Clear is a well-designed case that will protect your iPhone without hindering its design.

The Presidio Stay Clear fits very snugly onto your phone, so snugly that it can take a bit of effort to get it on and off. It can also be a bit slippery and could do with some grips on the edges to make it easier to hold.

Best Budget: Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet

SnakeHive Vintage Navy Leather Wallet - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

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What We Like
  • Beautiful leather wallet ages well over time

  • Magnetic clasp keeps wallet closed, when not in use

  • Great value for the money

What We Don't Like
  • The wallet can be stiff until broken in

Leather iPhone wallets can be pricey, which is why the Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet is a fantastic choice. It’s budget-friendly but doesn’t sacrifice on quality. Made from cowhide nubuck leather, this wallet comes in a range of subdued colors that would appeal to anyone.

It has three card slots plus a compartment for cash. The case also converts into a viewing stand, useful for commuting or video calls. A magnetic clasp keeps the wallet closed and wireless charging works even when the case is shut. The leather and craftsmanship are top-notch, but the leather can be very stiff upon early use. Although it ages well over time, it makes it challenging for the case to stay open on its own until broken in.

Best Splurge: iPhone 11 Pro Max Leather Folio Case

What We Like
  • Beautiful leather wallet, designed by Apple to complement the iPhone

  • Room for cash and cards

  • Soft microfiber lining

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

If an official Apple case is the only thing that will do for your new Apple phone, you’ll be pleased to see the company now offers more than just their classic silicone case. For an upgrade, consider the iPhone 11 Pro Max Leather Folio Case. 

Created from European leather, this high-quality leather wallet case isn’t cheap, but it does have a luxury feel to it and may replace your current wallet altogether. There’s space for cards and cash, and the interior is lined with a soft and supple microfiber that feels great to the touch. The phone automatically goes to sleep when the case is closed and opens when the case opens. However, if you’re not tied to the Apple brand, you can find similar wallet cases at much lower price points.

Best Protection: Otterbox Defender Series Pro

What We Like
  • A rugged case that will protect your phone from what comes its way

  • Included phone holster that connects to the case

What We Don't Like
  • Not as stylish as other options

If you tend to drop your phone often or have young kids who might be inclined to do so, you’ll want a case that can withstand a tumble (or ten). If protection is the most important thing to you in an iPhone case, the Defender Series Pro from OtterBox delivers. 

It’s a multi-piece case, which includes an optional phone holster. The Defender Series Pro does add some bulk and weight to your phone, but the trade-off of knowing your phone is protected against just about anything may be worth it to you. The case also includes covers for ports, very beneficial for keeping them clean and free of dust, but having to constantly lift them up to plug in headphones or cables may be a nuisance to some.

Best Apple: iPhone 11 Pro Max Silicone Case

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Leather Folio

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What We Like
  • One of Apple’s official cases, we love the smooth silicone and classic design

  • Wide range of color options

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive and may peel over prolonged periods

Stay true to the brand with Apple’s official iPhone 11 Pro Max Silicone Case. Although less expensive silicone cases can be found, Apple’s case delivers the silky smooth silicone feel that their cases are known for, in a classic and minimalist design, complete with the subtle Apple logo on the reverse. Although the silicone feels great in your hand, it can wear over time, and also tends to become a bit slick if not occasionally wiped. 

Available in a range of pleasing colors, the wraparound case fits snugly around the phone, although users should consider adding on additional protection for the phone’s screen. It’s a product that you know was designed to complement the iPhone 11 Pro Max completely, a stylish and functional phone case. As you’d expect, it’s compatible with wireless charging.