While it may have been supplanted by the excellent iPhone 11, the iPhone XR is still a very tempting choice if you’re looking for a flagship-level iPhone for less. Of course, where iPhones are concerned “less” is definitely a relative term — but with a top-notch flagship processor, a beautiful design, and an amazing single-lens camera, it’s definitely worth Apple’s new asking price of $599. It’s also the perfect size, being a middle point between the compact iPhone XS and the super-sized iPhone XS Max.
While it may be more affordable, the iPhone XR comes with similar vulnerabilities to its more expensive siblings — the iPhone XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR’s stunning 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display is beautiful, but it can easily fall prey to cracks. In a similar vein, the colorful metallic body is also easy to dent or scratch. So if you’re gunning for Apple’s midsize iPhone XR, you might want to consider investing in some protection to stop your amazing new phone being spoiled by cracks and chips. Here are the best iPhone XR cases to keep your baby beautiful.
Ghostek Ariel Flowing Glitter Case
Phone cases are meant to protect your phone, but that doesn’t mean they have to look bad while doing it. Ghostek’s Ariel case is something quite unique from the company, and combines Ghostek’s celebrated protection with some stunning good looks. The case features a glossy design based around mermaid scales, and it glitters and sparkles thanks to a flowing liquid glitter that reacts to your movements. It’s certainly eye-catching, but it’s protective too. The Ariel case boasts enhanced shock protection along with a scratch-resistant back, and a raised bezel to protect the screen and camera lenses. $30 isn’t a bad asking price for it either.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
Phone always slipping from your fingers? Grip is the name of the game where Speck is concerned, and if you’re something of a butterfingers, then the Presidio Grip might be a good fit. Speck uses a special material known as “Impactium” to make its cases, and while the name is a little grandiose, the results speak for themselves. Speck claims the Presidio Grip has been tested to withstand multiple drops from 10 feet (3 meters). It has a scratch-resistant coating and a raised bezel to complete the protection, while the grip-boosting ribs provide the distinctive look Speck’s cases are known for. At $16, this is a bargain.
Kerfcase Wooden Case
Making a case from wood may seem counter-intuitive. After all, cases are usually made from lightweight materials that absorb impact energy. Wood isn’t usually included on that list. Still, there’s no denying Kerfcase’s wooden covers cast a striking look. Each case is made from a single piece of wood and comes with an ultra-suede lining to keep your phone snug and safe. You have the choice of 14 different kinds of wood, from the cherry pictured above to the gorgeous figured Sapele. Be warned though, these beautiful cases don’t come cheap. The cherry wood is one of the cheapest, and it costs $69 — figured Sapele will set you back $169.
Spigen Tough Armor XP
Spigen is one of the best names around where phone protection is concerned, and the Tough Armor series is one of its best. For the iPhone XR, Spigen has pulled out all the stops with the Tough Armor XP. A layer of all-new foam technology has been added to the case, adding even more shock protection to an already strong case. A dual-layer construction uses soft TPU and hard polycarbonate to protect against a variety of threats, while Spigen’s Air Cushion technology further reinforces protection for the corners of your device. There’s even a kickstand on the back. It adds a little bit of extra thickness to your iPhone XR, but if you want something a bit hardier, then the Tough Armor XP is a great call — especially for just $18.
UAG Plyo Series
Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is a pretty big name in protection, offering cases that meet military drop standards (MIL-STD 810G 516.6) for protection against drops, scratches, and other hazards. But it’s the design that really helps UAG stand out from the crowd. The Plyo’s sleek design is one of UAG’s more subtle entries, but it’s no less eye-catching. It’s made from an armor shell paired with an impact-resistant soft core, and the corners have been reinforced with air-soft cushions. It protects the screen with raised edges and your device’s buttons with oversized button covers. It’s expensive though.
Tech21 Pure Print Liberty Prunella
Many cases can be a little bare where design is concerned — not so with the Pure Print Liberty Prunella case from Tech21. It’s made from Tech21’s Bulletshield material, which absorbs energy from drops, bumps, and shocks. It’s so good that Tech 21 claims it’s damage-proof against drops from up to 3 meters high (10 feet). Despite this protection, it’s also extremely thin and barely adds any bulk to your phone. But it’s the beautiful print that really catches your eye. It uses morning glories, chrysanthemums, and roses to create a cluster of Asian-inspired florals. It’s a beautiful case, but keep in mind that you’ll have to pay top dollar for it. There are other designs available too if this one doesn’t catch your eye.
Vaja Grip Leather Case
The iPhone XR is made from premium materials, but there’s no material that can match leather for true luxury. Vaja specializes in crafting high-end protective cases made from only the most premium of materials. Vaja’s Grip case is made from a polycarbonate shell that’s wrapped in your choice of quality Argentine leather — either vegetable-tanned bridge leather or all-weather Floater leather — and your choice of style and color. These cases are built to last, and they’ll protect your device too. If you want more comprehensive protection, look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for everyday protection with style, then Vaja is a great choice. As the iPhone XR’s price has fallen, so have Vaja’s prices, making this an even better prospect.
Apple Clear Case
If you purchased the iPhone XR, there’s a good chance you’d like to show off its unique color. While Apple does not typically make clear cases, it made an exception for its multicolored flagship. Nearly invisible when applied to your phone, the iPhone XR Clear Case is made from thick polycarbonate with flexible TPU materials. It slides on easily but will provide you with protection from scratches and drops. Though it’s durable enough to protect your new iPhone, it’s not bulky enough to block the wireless charging coil, and being completely clear, there’s no change in style either. A great choice to show off your phone, while also keeping it safe.
Catalyst Impact Protection Case
Looking to add rugged protection to your iPhone XR without hiding it? Catalyst’s Impact Protection Case may be perfect. The case’s hard, translucent back lets you see your gorgeous new phone, while protecting it from dirt, scratches, debris, and otherwise. There’s a rubber bumper around the outside, along with a front-facing protruding lip that protects the phone from drops of up to almost 10 feet. And while the Catalyst Impact Protection Case will protect your iPhone XR from accidental drops, it’s still thin enough to support Qi wireless charging. It’s on the more expensive side though.
Otterbox Commuter Series
Protection is exceptionally important, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t fit your phone in your pocket when you need to. Otterbox‘s Commuter Series is crafted to sidestep that problem. Made from a dual-layer system of shock-absorbing TPU and hard polycarbonate (PC), the Commuter is all the protection you’d expect from Otterbox, with a slim profile that’s easy to slip in and out of a pocket. It’s exceptionally protective, thanks to the two durable materials, but Otterbox takes it a step further with port covers that keep out dust, and the addition of non-slip grippy sides that help you to keep hold of your phone. Like most Otterbox cases it’s not cheap — but it’s some of the best protection you can buy.
Looking for a slim case that’s also packed with cool features? Look no further than Moshi‘s Capto case. It comes with good protection for a slim case, using a hard shell to provide military-grade MIL-STD-810G protection against drops, as well as a raised bezel to protect the device when laid down. But the real magic comes from the strap on the back. When not in use, it clips to the back of the case, holding flat against your phone. But give it a tug and you can wrap it around your finger, using it to keep a tight hold of your iPhone and avoid dropping it. You can also clip it into place as a kickstand for watching your favorite media on the go. With additional utilities but no added bulk, the Capto is a great way to protect your slim iPhone XR.
Nomad Rugged Case
Nomad’s Rugged Case consistently makes our list of favorite cases because it’s both rugged and refined. The case is constructed of high-grade polycarbonate and trimmed with Horween leather. This case made to withstand the rigors of everyday living, developing a gorgeous patina as it ages. Even though it’s meant to withstand drops up to six feet, the Nomad Rugged Case is remarkably thin and fits the new iPhone XR like a glove. The price may put you off, but it’s a bargain for real leather.
Incipio Reprieve Sport
Incipio is well known for making solid protective cases, so it means a lot when Incipio says this is its most protective case. But despite that accolade, it’s a fairly subtle case. A clear polycarbonate back allows your phone’s style to shine through, while still keeping it protected. The outside is ringed with a tough but flexible TPU bumper that will help absorb shocks from falls. There are reinforcements at every corner, further bolstering the areas most likely to hit the ground first during a fall, and it’s been drop-tested up to 12 feet. It’s ideal for people who might be a bit accident-prone, and who want protection without losing their phone’s style.
Mous Limitless 2.0
Being slim and stylish, you might expect that Mous‘s Limitless 2.0 case isn’t as defensive as larger, bulkier cases can be. But Mous has leveraged some pretty awesome technology to craft the protective and good looking Limitless 2.0. and claims that the case will provide solid drop protection. It’s made from a material called Aeroshock; Mous’s cases are injected with micro-crystals that expand into micro-pockets of air when subjected to high temperatures. These pockets of air form thousands of tiny airbags within the case, minimizing the shock caused by impacts by dissipating energy within the case. The back panels are made from real materials, including bamboo, carbon fiber, and real shell. It might seem like it’s on the expensive side, but the Limitless 2.0 case is worth the outlay.
The iPhone XR has an impressive IP67-rating for dust and water-resistance, but you still don’t really want your phone to get wet. So if you know your phone is going to come in regular contact with water, consider investing in a completely waterproof Lifeproof case. The Fre’s résumé is certainly impressive — Lifeproof claims it’s protective against drops from up to 2 meters; completely sealed against water, dust, snow and more (even the ports and speakers are fully sealed); and offers 360-degree protection with a built-in screen protector. It’ll protect your phone against immersion in up to two meters of water for up to an hour. It’s not the cheapest case around — but it’s less expensive than a new phone.
The Olixar ArmaRing is a tough case that isn’t afraid to show it off. It’s made from two distinct layers that add to the case’s toughness. The first layer is a soft and absorbent TPU core that wraps around the phone, adding grip and excellent resistance against drops and bumps. The second is a hard polycarbonate (PC) shell that clips over the top, providing a rigid backbone that helps to resist other damage. But that’s not all — the back of the ArmaRing contains a ring that can be folded out. You can either loop a finger through for extra grip, or use it as a handy kickstand. It’s tough, has its own rugged style, and you can’t argue with that price.
This case isn’t just thin — it’s Totallee thin! Awful jokes aside, this is a very good case to keep your iPhone XR safe if you want slim protection to see off a variety of everyday threats. Totallee’s thin case is just 0.02 mm thick, weighs 0.1 ounces, and is completely branding free for that minimalist look. It’s not going to be as good at protecting against drops as other specialized cases, but it does offer excellent scratch-protection, as well as additional grip. There’s a raised lip around the camera to keep your lens safe, and it comes in multiple varieties. Leather offers sophistication, the glossy finish gives a minimal sheen, and matte allows Apple’s logo to shine through, loud and proud. Good all-round, fuss-free protection.
Snakehive Leather Wallet
Looking for sleek executive chic? Look no further than this wallet case from Snakehive. It’s made from European full-grain cowhide nubuck leather, so you can be sure you’re getting the real deal. Your phone is held in place by a plastic shell inside the leather, while the inner lining of the case is made from soft leather that won’t scratch or damage your phone’s screen. It folds all the way around your phone, ensuring full protection when not in use, and the inner lining also comes with space for up to three credit cards or some spare cash, enabling you to leave your wallet at home. Since this is real leather, your case won’t look exactly like the one in the picture — but it’ll develop its own patina as it ages, adding to its unique style.
Case-Mate Karat Mother of Pearl
Who needs minimalist and subtle style when you can have a case that’s literally covered in bits of pearl? If you can’t get enough loud style, then Case-Mate’s Karat series is perfect for you. It’s made from genuine materials encased in clear resin, to ensure that your shine never wears off or gets obscured. And it’s more protective than you’d think, with drop protection tested up to ten feet, and flexible sides that aid grip. It’s nicely finished, with metallic buttons and anti-scratch technology — and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s one of the pricier cases on this list, but with bold good looks and excellent protection, it’s a great choice if you like to make a statement.
Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 2
Every folio case is a wallet case, but not every wallet case is a folio. Confused? Take a look at this case for a good example of what we mean. Smartish’s Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 isn’t a folio case, but it does function as a wallet thanks to the stylish “backpack” on the case’s rear that can carry up to three payment cards or spare cash. It’s still thin, despite that addition, and it’s made from a tough material that should last your iPhone XR’s lifespan. The Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 comes with extra-grippy sides, and also comes with a slot parallel to the cardholder that functions as a kickstand. Just insert any credit card, and it’ll hold your phone in landscape — perfect for viewing on the go. Airbags in each corner help to resist drops, and a free screen protector completes the protection.
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