The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest of Apple’s latest flagships, with its 5.4-inch OLED screen, yet it still packs a punch. While not exactly diminutive, the phone is quite pocketable and offers a powerful and up-to-date alternative to users with smaller paws or who just prefer smaller phones. Aside from offering all of the key features of its bigger siblings (including a great camera and superb software), it has also been treated to a similarly wide range of excellent cases. We run through the best of them in this article.
You already have an Apple smartphone, so why not go the whole hog and buy an official Apple case to go with it? In true Apple fashion, this particular number benefits from a minimalistic design that complements the form of the iPhone 12 Mini, while it also throws in a nice Apple logo on the rear so passersby know you mean business. It’s built from a hard PC interior and softer silicone exterior, providing you with a nice soft texture to grip onto and prevent slips. Its main selling point (aside from being official Apple merchandise) is that it has been designed to be fully MagSafe compatible, so you can use your MagSafe charger and go crazy.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in stylish protection for your iPhone Mini, look no further than the cool, tough, semi-transparent camo style of the Ringke Fusion X. The rugged exterior features MIL-STD 810G-516.6 Certified Military Grade Drop Protection despite its slim profile. Phones were drop tested 26 times from a height of 4 feet on an impact surface. The back TPU and polycarbonate material allows the original color of your phone to show through. Upgraded durable thermoplastic urethane bumper tech resists impact, aided by reinforced corners. It supports wireless charging and is screen protector compatible. Active Touch Technology buttons offer a natural and responsive feeling when pushing the volume and power buttons.
OtterBox is one of the go-to brands if you want comprehensive protection and a nicely designed case. Its commuter series case for the iPhone 12 Mini is no exception, featuring a thin, lightweight profile and sturdy, dual-layer construction. It’s very snappily designed, while the use of a soft inner and hard outer layer means that it can withstand all manner of drops and impacts. Helpfully, it has been treated with a silver-based coating that will retard the vast majority of microbial growth, so it’s great for anyone paying more attention to their hygiene. The case also includes raised lips and grips on its sides, so you can be sure that your chances of dropping it accidentally are fairly minimal.
Have a look at this genuine, soft, premium leather case that sports a unique look for each phone. The ESR provides thin, lightweight protection for your handset, with a leather exterior that is augmented by a microfiber lining to keep your phone safe and looking new. The raised bezels around the screen and camera guard against dings, scratches, and drops.
If you don’t want to spend a wad of cash but still want some of the best protection around, then this Ultra Hybrid Case for the iPhone 12 Mini is a great bet. It’s a transparent slimline case that preserves the overall look of the phone, yet the TPU bumpers and durable PC back mean that it can also survive a fair amount of abuse. It slips on and off the phone very easily, while its pronounced buttons and clean cutouts also make it very practical to use. The inclusion of raised screen and camera bezels also provide extra protection against damage.
This slim and protective phone case offers a simple and clean design that fits snugly without adding bulk. Its scratch-resistant texture is made from a durable PC with a TPU bumper and precise cutouts and lined with soft PC material. The matte styling is soft and grippy while protecting from scratches, wear and tear, and accidental drops. The slim fit features high edges to lift the screen and camera off of flat surfaces.
If you have nightmares about your phone slipping out of your hands, then the Speck Presidio2 Grip Case for the iPhone 12 Mini is a great answer to your problems. Its distinctive selling point is the new no-slip grips it features around its sides and rears, offering more traction than you’re likely to receive from most other cases. Its other big draw is that it incorporates Speck’s Armor Cloud, meaning air cushions add additional protection against falls. In fact, Speck claims the case provides 13-foot drop protection, and while we don’t advise you test it at home to find out, we fairly confident that this claim would stand up to testing. As a bonus, it includes a Microban coating, which reduces bacteria growth by 99%.
A lovely clear case for the iPhone12 Mini lets the beauty of the phone shine through and ships with a two-pack of screen protectors. Made of high-quality materials to extend the life of your phone case, the hard PC backplate and soft TPU edges provide anti-scratch and anti-drop damage resistance, while the cushion design helps corners absorb shock and impact. Raised camera and screen edges help prevent scratches from rough surfaces, while precise cutouts let you access ports, speakers, cameras, buttons, and other features.
This case represents probably the most stylish way you can wrap your iPhone 12 Mini in military-grade protection. It has been drop-tested to a military standard, with its use of a dual-layer design and lightweight aluminum making it one of the most rugged covers on the market. At the same time, its design is attractively minimal and sleek, with the scratch-resistant transparent back showing off your iPhone’s Apple logo. If that weren’t enough, there are shock-absorbing corners, raised bezels, and it supports wireless charging and MagSafe.
The Totalee minimalist case keeps your phone looking like new by protecting it from scratches and bumps, despite its slim, unobtrusive profile. The case is matte plastic — tough yet flexible — and feels good in the hand. A raised lip around the camera shields the lenses from damage. It’s not going to be the most protective case, but if you want something unobtrusive, this is going to be perfect.
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