Waiting on an iPhone upgrade? Now is the time to pounce, as the newest additions to Apple's legendary roster were confirmed at its September 2023 event. The belles of the ball this year have to be the upgraded iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models, which have finally received the design update the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max received last year. Now equipped with the Dynamic Island across the hole-punch selfie camera, the gulf between the iPhone and iPhone Pro has lessened again.
If you're eagerly awaiting your upgrade, or if this is your first iPhone, you'll be wanting to keep it safe. Smartphones tend to be with us throughout our day, and that means they can fall prey to any one of a number of hazards. Bumps, drops, even scratches from sharing your pocket with keys or coins; the list is near endless. The last thing you want is for your new phone to end up scratched, chipped, or even completely broken. Thankfully, a good protective case can stop that from happening. Here are some of the best Apple iPhone 15 cases you can buy right now.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Clear Case
The best clear iPhone 15 case
- Completely clear
- Good hybrid protection
- Slim and lightweight
- Can still yellow as it ages
The iPhone 15 has a fun, vibrant color scheme, so why hide that behind chunky plastic? Spigen's Ultra Hybrid case is completely clear, which means your chosen color can shine through, while the good hybrid build means you don't sacrifice protection for choosing clarity. It's made from a hard polycarbonate (PC) frame with a TPU bumper, which means good strength across the board.
While it won't be as protective as bigger, more rugged cases, it's more than good enough for everyday protection. It can fall prey to the usual pitfalls for clear cases though, specifically the yellowing of TPU as it ages. Spigen has given it an anti-yellowing coating though, which should help to slow the process down. It's available at a great price, offers good durability, and is completely clear: The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is a great case.
Ringke Fusion-X case
The best slim iPhone 15 case
- Strong hybrid design
- Slim and lightweight
- QuikCatch lanyard attachments
- Unique style may not be for everyone
It's a strange looking case, but it's also a very effective one. Ringke's Fusion-X case is a mainstay of our case round-ups for a number of very good reasons, and it's because it's lightweight, protective, and also comes with some useful features you don't find in many other cases.
This is a hybrid case, meaning it's made from a blend of soft TPU and hard polycarbonate, giving it a broad range of protective qualities that will protect it from bumps, drops, and scratches. The really unique feature are the three QuikCatch lanyard holes in the sides of the case. You can use these points to attach a wrist or shoulder strap, and further reduce the chances of a catastrophic drop disabling your device — a real must-buy for the clumsy amongst us.
Speck Presidio2 ClickLock Cases
The best accessorizing iPhone 15 case
- Exclusive ClickLock accessories
- Many styles available
- Anti-microbial protection
- Drop protection up to 13 feet
These days, a case shouldn’t just be a case. You carry your iPhone everywhere you go, so in addition to protecting your expensive investment, the case should also offer some practicality. Cue the Speck ClickLock Presidio 2 and Presidio Perfect-Clear cases for the four 2023 iPhone models. It includes patent-pending ClickLock technology with a no-slip interlock for MagSafe accessories. The magnetically attracted bolt – built into– automatically extends to attach to the case ‘receptacle,’ forming a mechanical interlock. It’s a welcome enhancement that keeps the related accessories securely connected to the back of the case, with no slippage and no unwanted detachments.
Compatible ClickLock accessories include a hands-free car vent phone mount, an attachable wallet, and a 360-degree adjustable finger grip with a kickstand. Isn’t it about time your iPhone case did more for you? There are 169 new cases from Speck in 17 designs and 20 custom colors. Of those, 57 include Speck’s ClickLock interlocking technology. These cases will transform your mobile experience for the better. Until October 15th, you can use code DIGITAL15 to get 15% off your entire order sitewide.
i-Blason Ares Mag iPhone 15 Case
The best feature-rich iPhone case
- Durable and rugged design
- Build-in screen protector and kickstand
- Drop protection up to 10 feet
- Lots of styles
- Not MIL grade
iPhones are not cheap, so if you’re going to bring yours with you everywhere, as you should, you’ll want top-notch protection for all of its surfaces and parts. That’s precisely what the i-Blason Ares Mag iPhone 15 Pro case offers. You get a built-in screen protector, edge protection with a raised camera and screen bezel and 10-foot drop protection with full 360-degree coverage around every surface of the device. It works excellent with Apple’s MagSafe technology, actually improving on it with twelve times stronger N55 magnets to keep your accessories and chargers in place. A built-in kickstand allows you to prop up the phone when you need it. Style options include more basic colors like blacks and grays but also more vibrant colors like pink, red, and purple, so there’s certainly a lot of customization available. But here’s the best part. Where most iPhone 15 cases are quite expensive, especially when you add in rugged protection, the i-Blason cases are incredibly affordable. For a limited time, Digital Trends readers can use promo code 15DTRENDS to get 15% off any iPhone 15 cases, until October 7.
RhinoShield SolidSuit Protective Case
The best protective iPhone 15 case
- Strong protective design
- Big variety of color options
- MagSafe option
- Boring design
It's not the world's most exciting case where looks are concerned, but RhinoShield's SolidSuit is strong, comes in a large variety of colors, and even has some significant eco-credentials to back it up. The SolidSuit is made from ShockSpread ECO, a TPE material that's been crafted from sustainable (i.e. recycled) plastics, so it's eco-conscious as well as protective.
RhinoShield boast that it doesn't feel plasticy, but still offers a strong grip, great durability, and it's even easy-to-clean. Yes, it's not a great looking case, but the different colorways on offer do help that a lot.
Torro Leather Bumper Case
The best leather iPhone 15 case
- High quality leather
- MagSafe compatible
- Advanced protection
It's common to assume a leather case is a wallet case, but that's not always true. This Torro case isn't a full leather option, but it uses top grain U.S. leather to create a luxurious leather backplate on a protective bumper.
The bumper has Torro's GEO-AS-3 technology, a series of geometric air holes which help to absorb shock, and when combined with the inner microfibre coating, help to keep your phone safe and scratch-free. It's fully compatible with MagSafe, and while it's on the expensive side for a case, this isn't a bad price for premium leather and good protection.
Mous Clarity 2.0 Case
Best drop-proof iPhone 15 case
- Gorgeous clear or iridescent colorways
- Strong drop protection
- Slim and lightweight
You likely know Mous from its long-running video campaign showing its cases being dropped from ladders, out of windows, and even off buildings. Mous set out to create protective cases with ludicrously effective drop-proofing, and it largely succeeded in that goal.
While no case is truly proof against damage, Mous's cases are one of the best to get if the idea of dropping your phone breaks you out in a cold sweat. It's fully MagSafe compatible, has two lanyard attachment points, and has some lovely colorway options, including the stunning iridescent option. It's certainly on the more expensive side, though surely any price is worth keeping your shiny new iPhone 15 safe, right?
Blackbrook Leather 2-in-1 Wallet Case
The best leather wallet iPhone 15 case
- High quality leather case
- Detachable wallet section
- RFID protection
- Very expensive
The iPhone 15 may not be at the top of the iPhone pile any more (that's the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max), but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve some real luxury. Blackbrook's leather wallet cases come in a number of forms, but this is one of the more high-end and useful versions.
The case section is made entirely from premium full-grain leather that ages gracefully and gives a super-soft and smooth feel in the hand. Strong magnets attach it to the wallet section, giving you the option to leave your wallet at home and carry payment cards with your phone. It also morphs into a stand, if needed. A great case with a lot to offer.
OtterBox Commuter Rugged Case
The best rugged iPhone 15 case
- Strong rugged protection
- Slim and lightweight
- Exceed military standards by three-times
- Boring design
OtterBox is the first place you look when you want a rugged case, and the Commuter series is its everyday case that still packs serious protective credentials. The hybrid dual-layer construction is made from a mix of 35% recycled rubber with a rigid outer shell. OtterBox loves to exceed expectations, so it's rated to withstand three-times the military standards for drop-protection.
In short, it's protective and rugged, but since it's the everyday version of OtterBox's case range, it's also slim and lightweight, giving you the best of both worlds. It's on the expensive side, as are most of OtterBox's offerings, and it's a bit boring to look at. But if you want something protective, the OtterBox Commuter is for you.
Ghostek Nautical Waterproof Case
The best waterproof iPhone 15 case
- Strong rugged protection
- Clear back
- IP68-rated waterproofing
The iPhone 15 is waterproof, but if you're taking your iPhone near a pool, the sea, or anywhere with deep water, you may want to make sure your precious phone is extra protected against the destructive power of water. That's where a waterproof case comes in extra handy, and Ghostek has made a name for itself by creating waterproof cases you can rely on.
It can withstand water ingress for up to six feet deep for up to 90 minutes, protection enabled by its watertight port seals. It's not lacking in protection elsewhere either, with drop resistance up to an incredible 12 feet, raised edges for the camera lenses, and a shockproof construction. It's an expensive case for sure, but considering the amount of protection this offers, it's worth the expense.
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