The 8 Best iPhone SE Cases to Buy in 2018

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When Apple repackaged the brains of the iPhone 6S into the smaller body of the iPhone 5/5S, the tech community cheered — it turns out the smaller, less-fragile models had a lot of fans. This resized iPhone, known as the iPhone SE, may be smaller than its contemporaries, but it’s no slouch. In fact, it surpasses newer iPhones in terms of its resistance to scratches, bumps and drops. But just because your phone is tougher doesn’t mean you should test it (we've seen way too many cracked screens). That’s where a good case comes in. Luckily, almost every kind of iPhone has a deep selection of protective cases, and the SE is no exception. There’s something for everyone, regardless of budget or style. So whether you're looking for a rugged case, a stylish leather option or one that doubles as a wallet, we've got you covered. Continue reading to see the most highly-recommended cases to pick up today.

Best Overall: Speck Candyshell Grip

A rugged case with stylish good looks, the Speck Candyshell Grip is the best option for iPhone SE owners. Available in a variety of colors, the Speck has been specially designed to fit every corner of the iPhone SE, ensuring a snug fit. The two-in-one construction includes a hard polycarbonate exterior that disperses impact and a soft interior to prevent scratches. Raised rubber ridges on the back create a grip that’s best-in-class. The shock-absorbent Speck also has a military-standard drop rating to prevent accidental damage and a raised lip around the edge to protect the phone screen. The case also covers the volume control and lock buttons without impeding their functionality. 

Best Wallet: Silk Wallet Case

Tired of checking your pockets for both your phone and your wallet? You can combine two into one with the Silk iPhone SE Wallet Case. The back of the case contains a discreet slot with just enough room for a few cards and some cash, so you can have all your essentials in one place and right on hand. The Silk has a durable one-piece construction that creates full-frame security around the entire device, and the interior has a reinforced shock-absorbing rib structure to disperse impact from accidental drops. To protect the screen, the Silk is designed with a lip around the edge, so it's not flush with a hard surface when the phone is placed face-down. This, combined with the reassuringly "grippy" soft-touch finish, is sure to reduce the accidental damage your phone incurs. 

Best Budget: JETech Crystal Clear Cover

The JETech Crystal Clear Cover offers an appealing transparent design and decent protection at a budget-friendly price. Encased in polycarbonate and TPU material, your iPhone is shielded from minimal scratches and bumps, and the screen protected by a raised bezel around the front. Each corner of the JETech is air cushioned to absorb shock and minimize damage when dropped. It also leaves easy access to the speakers, the volume and mute controls and a cutout for the rear camera.

Best Leather: Apple Leather Case

Apple's own leather iPhone SE case is a great choice if you’re looking for a classic style that will wear well over time. Manufactured from specially finished European leather (with super-soft microfiber inside), this precision-crafted case is bound to fit your phone like a glove. For subtle, elegant style and a luxurious feel, Apple's super-streamlined leather case is the way to go. 

Best Battery: Mophie Juice Pack Air

The Mophie Juice Pack Air is a backup battery and protective case that adds up to six extra hours of talk time on 4G and LTE and eight extra hours on 3G. The 1,700mAh battery inside this case can also facilitate up to 40 hours of music listening and 10 hours of video playback. Activate the Mophie's battery support with the simple flip of a switch. Four LED lights indicate how much power is left. The exterior of the case has a soft-touch finish with easy access to the volume buttons and mute switch. Plus, you can charge both devices together with the included microSD cable, so you never need to take the case off to power up.

Best Waterproof: LifeProof FRE Series

Whether it's rain or the occasional dunk in the toilet, protecting your iPhone SE from water is critical. No case does it better than the LifeProof FRE. Sealed against snow, ice, dirt, dust and water, the LifeProof can withstand drops from 6.6 feet and even be submerged for up to an hour without damaging your phone. The waterproof seals on the ports can be easily removed for charging or plugging in headphones. The screen is covered by a built-in scratch protector that keeps the elements out and allows you to use your screen and camera unobstructed. Should any part of the Lifeproof case fail, a one-year warranty is included for added peace of mind.

Best Slim: Spigen Thin Fit

Bringing together affordability and basic protection, the Spigen Thin Fit is a good choice for iPhone SE owners who don't want anything extra. Composed of hard polycarbonate to cushion against minor bumps, the Spigen introduces a scratch-free defense across the rear and sides of the case where both the mute button and volume controls are exposed for easy access. At 0.64 ounces, the Spigen snaps onto the iPhone easily and leaves the bottom of the device exposed for quick and unobstructed access to the charging ports and headphone jack. As for screen protection, the Spigen rises 1.1mm above the display to add some space between the screen and a flat surface if the phone is laid down on its face.

Best Rugged: Otterbox Defender Case

Otterbox is known for its rugged smartphone cases, and the Otterbox Defender Case lives up to the brand's reputation. Triple layered for durability, the Otterbox incorporates a two-piece internal shell and interior foam padding to provide maximum cushioning. A rubber slipcover directly protects against the impact of a drop, and the port covers seal out dust, debris and even liquids. This, combined with an integrated screen protector, creates 360 degrees of defense around your device. In the event you want to keep your iPhone completely safe from the contents of your pocket, Otterbox includes a belt clip to keep the Defender securely at your side.