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Finding the best iPhone X case means protecting your investment (and, let's face it, modern smartphones aren't cheap) and providing peace of mind, and doing so in style. The best cases take advantage of modern materials and advances in technology to ensure not only that you don't end up with a cracked screen, but that the case itself remains free of unsightly scratches, scuffs, and other blemishes.
While the cases of yesteryear tended to be bulky monsters, often adding almost a second phone's worth of bulk to what's supposed be a portable device, modern cases capitalize on advances in the material sciences to protect the best iPhones and best Android phones without unnecessarily stretching and bulging your pockets. And investing a few bucks in a case can mean tremendous savings down the line, money you might otherwise have to sink into repairing a screen, fixing loose ports or a cracked case, or in the worst-case scenario, replacing the entire phone.
Top notch protection
Slim single layer
Available in a multitude of colors
Divisive clear back
Spigen, as a brand, has a great track record in mobile phone protection. Their Ultra Hybrid case is the flagship iPhone X protection case and it comes in five colors: black, gray, white, tan and burgundy. But the back of each case is perfectly clear to show the beauty of the iPhone X itself. They’ve even designed that clear plastic layer with a specially engineered material that won’t collect dirt and yellow over its lifetime.
That protection includes drop and scratch resistance in a single layer (no need to add an exoskeleton to a soft rubber inner case), while the colored side bumpers offer air cushion technology for everyday drops. There are ports cut out for access to your buttons and inputs, and the whole design is slim and non-intrusive.
Awesome drop protection
Celled Impactium material
Case wears somewhat more easily than others
Speck has been in the case game for a long while now, and they’ve done so with a pretty slim product line, both in numbers and in profile on your phone, too. The Presidio line is the company’s flagship set and they’ve been protecting iPhones for several generations with drop protection and a sleek look. This Grip iteration comes with matte rubber grooves on the back to prevent the phone from slipping out of your hands. The iPhone X version promises up to 10 feet of drop protection, a figure that was independently found and verified by a third-party lab.
They’ve developed a shockproof, celled material to build into their cases called Impactium, and there’s a raised bezel on the front to protect the screen from drops. They’ve put additional research into the design to create the slimmest, lowest profile dual layer case they’ve ever made. You can get all of that in seven different colors, too, so there’s an impressive number of options for an equally impressive case.
Shock-absorbent air pockets
Raised case can make edge gestures difficult
For a well-rounded mix of protection, design, and price, the Silk iPhone X case is money well spent. At less than $20, the Silk offers a modest level of durability, featuring shock-absorbent air pockets in each corner of the case — described as “airbags” for your phone. Additionally, its “Kung Fu Grip” texture keeps the device secure in your hand, preventing drops before they happen. Still, for 360-degree protection, the case’s “Base Grip” forms an elevated edge around your phone’s open surface, so even if it falls face-down, the screen won’t shatter on the hard ground.
Compared to other budget-friendly models, the Silk case is remarkably slim, fitting comfortably into the tightest jean pockets. The side buttons have been improved from past versions for a higher tactile response, and overall, the case provides satisfactory protection without impeding the phone’s general functions. The Silk iPhone case includes a free screen protector and is available in six colors including crimson red, blue jade, purple orchid, and gunmetal gray.
Slim, attractive fit
Not much protection
Spigen is a brand known for offering slim and stylish cases and the Air Skin for the iPhone X is no exception. It's one of the most minimalist cases you can get, fitting your phone like a second skin. It's made of rigid polypropylene and has a clear finish that's still fingerprint-resistant. The cutouts are perfect placed so you can still plug in with EarPods if you want.
The case will protect against scratches, though don't expect it to handle larger drops and bumps. But if looks are the most important thing to you, the Air Skin is a great option for some protection without compromising on style.
Rugged TPU material
Pocket for cards
Side pocket is slightly too small
Available in a plethora of colors, this sleek, stylish case will not only shield your phone from big drops but provides some storage to stash your cards and cash. It combines a hard PC cover with an impact-resistant shockproof soft rubber bumper to ensure your iPhone remains inviolate, and has a slide-open case where you can securely stash a couple of cards.
The thoughtfully designed borders ensure easy access to all the phone's ports and buttons, with perfectly placed and fitted cutaways so you won't have to apply any more pressure than to the naked phone. The SAMONPOW is so snug it barely looks like you've added anything to your phone at all, but rugged enough to stand up to some severe abuse.
Tempered glass screen protector
The Alphatronix BXX battery case has a 4,200 mAh battery that is UL-certified, which gives you an extra 150 percent charge on the phone (more than doubling the charged life of your iPhone X). You can charge that battery (and pass that charge through to the phone itself) via the micro USB port on the bottom or with the built-in Qi wireless charging capability.
The hard plastic exterior has 360-degree protection from scratches and drops. The front edges are raised with lips that protect the screen, and Alphatronix has even included a tempered glass screen protector to add to the safety. Finally, installation is simple with a two-piece design, including a standard slide-off section that frees you up to slide the phone into the case. It’s all protected by a factory warranty, too, for good measure.
Solid amount of extra charge
Supports wireless charging
Slimmer build than most cases
Not as much capacity as other case
If your iPhone X keeps running out of juice, the Swaller Battery Case is a good option to add an extra bit of battery capacity without turning your device into a brick. The case adds 4,000mAh of capacity, which isn't as much as the 4,200mAh Alphatronix case, but it's slimmer and more portable. The battery case doesn't extend all the way to the top of the phone, making it a bit easy to slip in your pocket, but still retains 360-degree protection. The case is even compatible with the EarPods.
Overall, the case can add an extra 10 hours of talk time or 9 hours of web browsing. There's a built-in Qi wireless charging coil so you don't have to sacrifice wireless charging for the extra juice.
Water, snow, dust, and shock proof
Scratch-proof screen protector
Double the water resistance of most cases
When shopping for a waterproof phone case, be sure to look for products with an IP68 rating. This means that the product can withstand 30 minutes of full submersion — in up a meter of water. Any brand that can promise this standard is delivering a quality product. However, if you want the highest level of protection, then the LifeProof FRE is a product that goes the extra mile. It features a longer underwater life than its competitors, promising a full hour, rather than thirty minutes. It’s also certifiably snow-proof, dust-proof, and even meets the military’s shock-proof standard for quality when it comes to withstanding a two-meter drop.
The LifeProof FRE comes with a scratch-proof screen protector which is practically unnoticeable by sight and touch. Even though this case will cost you a pretty penny, it’s not as expensive as other competitors, and the bonus features make it worth the investment.
Full scratch and shock resistance
Premium look and feel
PU leather may turn off some
If you’re looking for the convenience of wallet storage, but you’re looking for something a little more stylish for your iPhone X, look no further than this Fly Hawk PU Leather Wallet Case. It’s made of premium-looking (and feeling) PU faux leather, so you’ll have the look you want and durability that exceeds genuine leather. That faux leather has an added functional benefit as it provides 360-degree, full protection against scratches and shock resistance against drops. A soft rubber case holds your phone inside, and it’s designed specifically for the iPhone X so all ports and buttons are accessible.
The fold-over design stays shut via a delicate magnetic clasp, which gives you an old school, all-leather look and a secure closure. Inside, the Fly Hawk contains three card slots and space for cash, so you can keep everything you need in one place and leave your bulky wallet at home. The cover also folds back to become a kickstand that props up your phone for hands-free horizontal viewing.
Excellent durable build
Certified drop protection
Otterbox is one of the best known brands in the business when it comes to offering durable, drop-resistant phone cases. That tends to add a lot of bulk, but the Otterbox Pursuit Series case for the iPhone X/Xs offers a great combination of toughness and size. It's thinner and more pocketable than most other durable cases, but still has seals, port covers, and a transparent mesh to protect the phone's speakers.
Otterbox is so certain that the case will protect your iPhone X it offers certified drop protection. Aside from that, the case is easy to install, consisting of a main case with an additional snap-on bumper.
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid wins top honors for its hybrid blend of rigid and flexible components, low price, and understated, attractive design. The Speck Presidio is a great alternative given its rugged composition (including proprietary material Impactium) and slim dual-layer case.
We haven’t tested any iPhone X cases yet, but when our expert reviewers and testers get their hands on them, they’ll be judging them based on several key factors: design, fit, and protection offered. We will use the cases on the same iPhone X, and evaluate how well it fits into the case, if the case leaves ports and speakers accessible, and how the case stands up to drops and day to day use. We’ll also look at any extra features like military standard ratings, drop protection, and waterproofing. Finally, we’ll take a look at the price and how each case measures up against similar rivals in the same price range to make a value judgement. Lifewire purchases all review units; we don’t accept any from manufacturers.
Jason Schneider is an experienced tech journalist with more than a decade of experience under his belt. His background in computer science, including a BS from Northeastern University, reflects a lifelong passion for technology, and we chose him for our iPhone X cases roundup specifically on the strength of his expertise with Apple products and accessories.
Alan Bradley has been covering and writing about tech for over a decade now and has hands-on experience with two of the portable chargers on our list. As a tech editor, he's had broad experience with Apple products, including every recent iteration of the iPhone and iPad, and has been covering the company since even before the smartphone revolution.
Durability - The most obvious factor when choosing a phone case is how well it will fill its primary purpose: protecting your phone from hazards. The best phones will shield the screen as well as the rear of the phone, whether they've got fold-over panels or not, and will also shield the phone from spills, shocks, dust, and a wide range of potentially disastrous incidents.
Form factor - Smartphones are best when they're slim, sleek, and portable, so any case you add shouldn't interfere with tucking your phone away in a pocket or purse. Luckily, cases no longer need to be massive and bulky to adequately protect your phone, but you do need to pay attention to the materials that go into a case's construction to make sure it's up to performing its primary function.
Aesthetics - Phone manufacturers are now pouring millions of dollars into crafting what are essentially electronic pieces of modern art, so swathing all that careful design work in an ugly shell is a terrible shame. Luckily, the range of options most modern smartphone cases provide means there are options as (or more) visually striking than the vanilla template.