We knew the 10th-anniversary edition of Apple’s influential iPhone was going to be something special. The iPhone X sports a big and beautiful, edge-to-edge bezel-less screen, packs some serious power under the hood, and boasts a dual-lens camera. We lauded the phone’s gorgeous design in our iPhone X review, but the glass panels located on the front and back of the phone make it fragile. Below are the best iPhone X cases and covers available, whether you want stylish protection or something more durable.
Our top picks
After trying on a number of different iPhone X cases and taking them for a spin, we have identified these three cases are our top picks.
Nodus Access Case
This classy wallet case is made from Italian leather and comes in brown, black, gray, and teal. The neatly stitched, textured leather exterior is stylish and practical. Inside, things are a little different from the majority of wallet cases, because there’s no plastic shell. Your iPhone X is held in place by a micro suction pad of adhesive that won’t mark your device. It’s strong enough to hold your iPhone X in place, even if you dangle it as we did in the last picture above, but you can remove your phone easily when you need to. There’s a single, large pocket for cards or cash in the cover and you can fold it back to act as a landscape stand. The interior has a soft, microfiber finish and, because there’s no shell, you have easy access to ports, controls, and other features. There’s also a cutout on the back for the dual camera. Prices are fairly steep at around $64, but these are quality wallet cases.
Skech Stark Case
It can be frustrating having to cover up your gorgeous iPhone X to protect it properly, and that’s why Skech has developed the Stark case. This is a minimalist case that focuses protection on the corners and the top and bottom edges of your phone. The sides are left completely open and it comes in clear or black and clear varieties, both of which allow Apple’s design to shine through. There are generous cutouts for the port, speaker, and camera, while those top and bottom edges protrude slightly to safeguard that stunning OLED screen. It adds barely any bulk and won’t interfere with wireless charging. Best of all, this svelte offering has been drop-tested up to 8 feet. It’s a very tight fit, but we think the protection offered here, in such a minimal package, is impressive.
Mikol Waitomo Ruby Travertine Case
Seeking something different? Mikol offers a stunning range of marble, amethyst, and other stone cases. This travertine case is very expensive at $175, but it boasts Italian limestone that gets its special look from mineral springs — it also glows in the dark. The case itself features black plastic with accurate cutouts for easy access to everything. The hand-cut and sanded stone is unique, and you can get your initials or name engraved in gold on the back for an extra $25. This case is really all about style, and it’s sure to turn heads wherever you go. We don’t think it will provide much in the way of drop protection — in fact, the stone may be at risk of damage if you fumble it.
And the rest
Lumee Duo Vibes Case
If you like to capture photos in dark environments, whether you’re partying in a bar with friends, or tearing up the dance floor in a club, Lumee’s light-up cases could be just what you need. Even during the day, extra lighting can help you get better photos. There are LED strips front and back on this case that go way beyond your iPhone flash to light up any scene. Press the button on the back to cycle through your lighting options, which include a fun strobe effect. The case is charged via a Micro USB port and it will last up to two hours at full brightness, but there are different settings. This case should also keep your iPhone safe from drop damage, but it is quite chunky and expensive.
Moshi Talos Case
This protective iPhone X case is a change of pace for Moshi. It offers military-grade drop protection, so falls shouldn’t be a problem. There are ridges along both sides, which really enhance grip, and the lip around the screen is pronounced. There are precise cutouts, a cover for the Lightning port, and flush button covers. We really like the angular style with the carbon fiber pattern on the back. It adds a bit of bulk, but wireless charging still works with the case on. If you tend to be clumsy with your phone, this is a good choice for solid protection. It comes in black or gray.
Incipio Carnaby Esquire Case
Fabric is a nice alternative to plastic that’s always comfortable to hold and really enhances your grip on your iPhone X. Incipio does a slim version that’s like this case, but the Carnaby has a protective layer of shock absorbent TPE inside that protects from drops of up to 6 feet. You’ll also find chunky button covers and a raised bezel around the screen. The fabric comes in the blue pictured or a couple of different shades of gray and there’s a subtle metallic black bar with the Incipio logo to break up the pattern.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
It’s certainly on the chunky side, but we love the Presidio Grip. A fusion of polycarbonate and Speck’s proprietary flexible rubber blend, known as Impactium, this case protects your iPhone X from falls of up to 10 feet. The ridges don’t just dissipate shock and provide an eye-catching design, they also make it much easier to grip your phone. Pronounced button covers, accurate openings, and a raised lip around the screen complete one of the best protective iPhone cases you can buy.
Silk Base Grip Case
This is a thin, flexible, and affordable TPU case that boasts a smart design. The frame of the case is roughly textured, making it stick in your hand while reducing the risk that you’ll drop your iPhone X. There’s also air cushion protection in the corners, a raised lip around the screen, and tactile button covers. It’s very slim so it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging, though we’re not sure how much drop protection you can expect. It’s also not the best-looking case, even with gloss highlights and a choice of colors, but if grip is high on your list, you won’t find anything better.
RhinoShield SolidSuit Case
Originally taking the market by storm with its highly protective CrashGuard bumper, RhinoShield has moved on to full cases, and the SolidSuit range will tempt iPhone X owners. All of these cases offer the same impressive drop protection from up to 11 feet. There’s a protective lip for the screen, tactile button covers, and precise cutouts. The cases are also compatible with RhinoShield’s tempered-glass screen protector and the nifty lens adapters for things like wide-angle and macro photography. You can opt for various finishes, including plain black or white plastic, carbon fiber, and a range of wood finishes — our favorite is dark walnut with a black bumper. RhinoShield also has leather, microfiber, and brushed steel cases in the works.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch Case
With five layers of protection, the Monarch case from UAG is every bit as tough as it looks. We like the platinum finish, which is actually polycarbonate over leather with a textured area that really enhances your grip. If your prized possession does slip from your hands, have no fear — this case will safeguard your iPhone X from falls and bumps. Despite the chunky look, it’s actually quite slim and very lightweight. It also doesn’t interfere with wireless charging or Apple Pay.
Totallee Thin Case
At just 0.02 inches thick, this is among the thinnest iPhone X cases around. If you don’t want to cramp Apple’s style, then this could be for you. Don’t expect much in the way of drop protection, but there is a raised lip around the camera and the finish will enhance your grip. The button covers and openings are precise, and this case feels like a second skin. There’s a clear version and frosted cases in various colors that are translucent, or you can opt for matte white or black.
Noreve Tradition Case
Stylish padded leather from France is a nice way to dress your iPhone X, providing an elegant look and ensuring protection against damage. This case flips open with a hinge at the bottom and a secure snap closure at the top. The iPhone X is held snug and secure and you’ll find cutouts for the buttons, camera, and port. You can choose the precise leather grain and color you want to achieve your ideal leather iPhone X case, but prices start around $65 and go up from there.
Grovemade Walnut iPhone Case
When you shop for rugged iPhone cases, it can be difficult to find solid protection that doesn’t compromise on style. An industrial, durable aesthetic isn’t going to work for everyone, and that’s why Portland, Oregon-based Grovemade has developed a new line of iPhone X cases that blend drop protection with stylish, natural materials. These wood cases and bumpers come in a variety of finishes and, while the wood may chip or crack, the iPhone X inside won’t. Our top pick is the walnut case at $100, but you can add a leather cover for $30 or just go with a bumper for $60. Grovemade also offers maple cases.
Rokform Crystal Case
The big attraction of Rokform’s cases is the clever mounting system for securely fixing your iPhone to your bike, car, motorcycle, or anything else. You don’t just get Rokform’s clever locking system — there’s also a magnet on the back and each case ships with a magnetic mount for the air vent in your car. These cases meet military drop-test standards and mix clear polycarbonate with flexible, black TPU padding where you need it most. The Crystal is the slim option and it comes in a range of different colors, but Rokform also does a Rugged Case with a textured finish for the same price.
Nomad Clear Case
Nomad always makes great use of leather in its cases, and the Clear Case for the iPhone X may be our favorite design from the company yet. It doesn’t overdo the leather, restricting it to a single panel on the back of the phone to enhance grip and give the case a classy look. The rear panel is crystal-clear polycarbonate, which is blended into softer, protective TPU on the sides. Nomad has put the case through some serious protection tests, and says it’s good for drops from up to 6 feet. Nomad also makes the same case for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Native Union Clic Canvas
Native Union always delivers style in spades with its Clic smartphone cases, and the new Clic Canvas for the iPhone X is no exception. It delivers plenty of drop-proofing, with strong reinforced edges that extend over the screen for facedown, table-top protection, as well as around the camera lens. It’s the canvas section that makes the Clic Canvas look and feel great. It’s tactile, durable, and looks cool. The Native Union logo is raised, giving the back an even classier look. It’s also lightweight and easy to fit and remove. The button covers are quite hard to press when the case is new, though.
Gear4 D3O Piccadilly Case
Crafted using the remarkable D3O material, this case from Gear4 can handle drops and bumps with ease, protecting your iPhone X from falls of up to 10 feet. The case is clear, with accurate cutouts for the camera, side button, and port, as well as tactile button covers. The chunky, colored, rounded frame adds some grip and extends beyond the screen to take the sting out of impacts. It comes in white, rose gold, gold, or black.
Mous Limitless Case
Here’s another case manufacturer intent on delivering military-grade protection in a stylish package. The Limitless case from Mous is a fairly slim shell with an inlaid back panel that comes in a range of different materials including wood, carbon fiber, leather, and marble. Mous relies on “AiroShock,” a smart material that can absorb a lot of impact and take the sting out of falls. The case design includes the usual range of button covers and cutouts for easy access to all your iPhone’s functions.
Snakehive Pastel Collection Wallet Case
Designed in the U.K. and handcrafted in Europe, these soft leather wallet cases for your iPhone X come in a range of appealing pastel colors for a different look. The nubuck leather exterior is sanded to give it a soft suede texture that’s comfortable to hold. There’s a magnetic closure on the cover and you’ll find space inside for a few cards. The cover can also fold back to act as landscape stand. There’s a plastic shell inside to hold your iPhone X in place, while openings and button covers provide full access to everything.
Karapax Shield Case
This one-piece shell case combines polycarbonate with TPU to safeguard your iPhone X from tumbles and bumps. It feels flexible, sports cutouts in all the right places, and has soft button covers that are easy to press. The back features an industrial design with black gloss and carbon fiber highlights. If you’ve never heard the name Karapax before, that’s because it’s a new case brand from one of our favorite portable battery charger manufacturers, Anker. This iPhone X case offers decent drop protection at a low price.
Mujjo Leather Wallet Case
Leather feels good in hand and it ages gracefully, acquiring more character as it breaks in, so Mujjo’s full-grain leather cases are well worth a look. We like the wallet variety because it includes a simple, slanted leather pocket stitched onto the back that’s capable of holding a couple of credit cards and your ID. There are leather button covers, openings for the camera and other features, and a slight bezel around the screen. The inside of the case is super-soft microfiber.
Case-Mate Brilliance Tough Case
For serious eye-catching sparkle, the Case-Mate Brilliance range cannot be beaten. Each case features more than 800 real crystals framed by metal accents. The underlying dual-layer shell meets military drop-test standards, so your iPhone X can survive a fall with this case on. You’ll also find a raised lip to safeguard the screen, metallic button covers, and generous openings for ports and other functions. The Iridescent version is pictured, but this also comes in rose gold, lace, and champagne.
Otterbox Strada Series Folio Case
One name comes up again and again when you talk about smartphone protection: Otterbox. Otterbox cases are put through a stringent series of tests, from normal drop tests to makeup resistance, so you can be sure that Otterbox cases are built to last. Its Strada folio series is of particular interest to anyone who wants to keep their device protected, but still give off an air of executive style. A wrap-round premium leather cover keeps the touchscreen protected when not in use, and comes with a vertical card slot to keep credit cards or cash close at hand. The polycarbonate shell snaps onto your iPhone, has a raised edge to protect the screen even when uncovered, and is covered by Otterbox’s Certified Drop+ Protection. This case pairs excellent protection with style you’ll be happy to show off.
Moment Photo Case
If you’re looking forward to iPhone X photography, then this case from Moment will help take your shooting game to the next level. The thin but durable body of the case protects against drops and bumps, while the back panel of black canvas provides a textured surface to help keep your grip while taking the perfect shot. A layer of microsuede inside the case cushions and protects your phone, and the bottom of the case even has a wrist-strap attachment for ultimate peace of mind. And what sort of Moment case would this be without attachments for each of Moment’s premium photo lenses. It’s the perfect case for any smartphone photography enthusiast.
Spigen Hybrid Armor Tough Case
Spigen‘s newest addition to its line of classic cases, the Hybrid Armor is a double-whammy of protection. An inner layer of shock-absorbent TPU protects the phone from bumps and adds grip, while the outer layer of polycarbonate adds firm protection and doubles-down on defense. Spigen’s Air Cushion technology protects the vulnerable corners of the iPhone X, and raised edges along the outside of the screen and the camera cutout elevate those areas from surfaces and keep them away from potential hazards. The look screams protection, and the case itself feels solid in your hand, while still not adding too much bulk to your sleek and svelte phone. It’s another potential hit for Spigen.
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