Apple makes some incredibly beautiful smartphones, but unfortunately durability has never been a major focus. If you want to preserve the elegant design of your new (or new to you) iPhone, then you’ll need to take a few precautions. The phone case market has exploded in recent years, making it difficult to decide upon the right case for your phone and lifestyle. To help you narrow down your choices, from all sorts of stylish finishes, solid drop protection, to added functionality, these are the best iPhone 6S cases and covers you can buy.
If you want a classic, luxurious look for your iPhone 6S, then iDeal’s new fashion cases might suit you. They come in all sorts of finishes, but the marble design is particularly eye-catching. These are slim, hard-shell cases with openings for your phone’s camera, buttons, and ports. There’s even a cut-out on the back to show off the Apple logo. If you want more protection, consider pairing the case with iDeal’s Swipe Wallet or the aptly titled Magnet Wallet ($45). The cases attach magnetically.
You can leave your wallet at home with the Hansmare wallet case. The navy exterior features a calf-skin texture and a magnetic closure. Inside, you’ll also find three card slots and a larger pocket that’s outfitted with a more traditional leather texture. The interior lining is soft and comes with a flexible, transparent shell that’s designed to securely hold your iPhone 6S in place. Prop the case open in landscape and you have a stand for watching movies.
Caseable Hard Case ($25)
Choose your own photo or design and have it printed on this hard case made of recycled water bottles. These cases function as slim shells, with cut-outs for accessing your phone’s many features. There’s a soft pad inside to help protect your iPhone, too, but it’s too minimal to provide rugged protection. The host of customization options are the real attraction, along with the bevy of stock options, many of which were developed in partnership with talented artists.
Twelve South SurfacePad Case($19-40)
This stylish leather cover feels luxurious. It’s a typical folio-style with a couple of slots in the cover to hold credit cards or ID. You can also fold it back to act as a landscape stand. Your iPhone 6S is completely accessible because, unusually, there’s no shell inside. You fit the iPhone onto an adhesive backing, and there’s a cut-out corner on the back to leave the camera open. It’s a slim, light case, and it will guard against scratches, but we wouldn’t rely on it for drop protection. You can choose from six different colors.
Here’s an eye-catching design that’s a bit different. This is another wallet-style case which opens to reveal a couple of slots in the cover for cards and a bigger pocket behind. Your iPhone 6S snaps into the transparent shell, and you can bend the cover back to prop your phone up in landscape view. The material feels durable and has a textured design that adds grip. There’s also a leather closure with a magnet in it, and a small leather Melkco logo stitched on the front.
One of our favorite case makers, Incipio, has taken a new approach with the Performance Series, allowing you to choose exactly the level of protection you want. There are five different levels, ranging from a slim, flexible case for basic protection to a rugged, military-grade offering with a built-in screen protector and holster. All the cases from level 2 and up feature a shock absorbent, honeycombed inner layer, with a polycarbonate shell around the outside for drop protection you can count on. They also come in a wide array of color combinations, and there’s a folio style option for the level 3 case.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Ex Case ($16-35)
This popular case from Spigen combines a flexible, clear TPU shell with a hard polycarbonate bumper. All of the cut-outs are generous and there are metallic button covers that are easy to find without looking. It provides a snug fit, the raised bezels at the front help to protect the screen, and it offers reasonable drop protection considering its slim build. Although the hard bumper comes in various different colors, we particularly like the rose gold and champagne gold options.
Vesel Wood Series Case ($141)
If you’re looking for something minimalist, protective, and luxurious, then Vesel’s gorgeous bumpers could be for you. Precisely cut from aluminum and quality woods, these hand-finished bumpers are eye-catching, but they don’t cramp the style of your iPhone 6S. You get a wee screwdriver in the box to help you securely fit your bumper and it extends from the front to the back to protect your phone. The cut-outs are accurate and there are aluminum button covers affixed to the wooden frame, each of which works with a simple click. Moreover, you can get a range of different finishes and woods, with the frozen titanium gray and walnut being our favorite.
If you favor a leather wallet-style case then this French-designed beauty should be on your radar. The hand-crafted case is finished with high quality leather, and you can choose the texture and color you want. It opens like a book and there are two credit card slots with a larger pocket hidden behind within the cover. A small kickstand pops out of the back for propping your iPhone 6S in landscape view, and there’s also a secure magnetic closure, so the case won’t pop open uninvited. The iPhone rests inside within a small cradle, one outfitted with large cut-outs that give you access to your iPhone’s ports, buttons, and camera.