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The iPhone looks and feels best without a case. But Apple’s latest iPhone is expensive, and most of us use a protective case to prevent scratches and dents. I have tested the best protective cases for iPhone Xs and iPhone X to help you find the perfect accessory for your device.
While this review focuses mostly on plastic and rubber cases, you might also be interested in my review of the best full-grain leather and the top leather wallet cases for the iPhone Xs and iPhone X. It is worth mentioning that most of the stylish cases and covers I have reviewed are also available for other phone models.
These cases have offer special features, such as a built-in kickstand, they were made from an unusual material (such as glass) or are incredibly thin.
|Best Special Cases|
|Blvck by Design TOUGHGLASS *|
|ESR iPhone X Case|
|Speck Presidio Wallet Case|
|Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case|
|TOZO PP Ultra Thin|
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BlvckbyDesign uses a unique combination of tempered, scratch-proof glass and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), a rubber-like material that provides a cushion in case you drop your phone. While the TOUGHGLASS case may not provide mil-spec drop protection, I feel like it offers adequate protection for my needs. Despite the anti-slip strip of the TPU bumper, the case slides easily in and out of pockets. I have been using the TOUGHGLASS iPhone Case for the past week while traveling across Europe and had no issues with any of the pants I wore.
The quality of both the tempered glass and rubber bumper are top notch, and the case feels overall high-end and more expensive than it is.
Thanks to the glass back, this iPhone case is fully compatible with all charging pads I have tried. Thick rubber bumpers often interfere with the accessibility of the buttons, ports, or switches – but not this case. The bumper protecting the iPhone is sufficiently thin to provide easy access to all critical ports.
When I first picked up my iPhone with the TOUGHGLASS case on it, I thought it would be slippery due to the smooth glass back. But thanks to the TPU bumper and the special anti-slip strip, I have always had a secure grip on my phone.
BlvckbyDesign’s iPhone case doesn’t have any special features, other than being an awesome-looking case that has the potential of becoming my favorite iPhone accessory. The only thing I don’t like about this case is the branding on the back which includes the wording “Made in China.” That almost takes away from the exclusivity and uniqueness of the design, and I wish it weren’t there. The TOUGHGLASS iPhone Case is available in black and white.
The ESR case strikes the right balance between protection and thickness, at least, for my requirements. It’s got a durable rubber bumper with a raised lip all around that protects the corners, the camera lens as well as the screen.
When I got this case, the hinge of the kickstand was an area of concern because I figured that it would wear out quickly and ultimately break. But after a few weeks of use, the hinge feels and looks as reliable as on day one. It just makes a bit of a clicking noise, which could be due to dust or debris that got into it.
Despite the metal kickstand, the ESR case is 100% compatible with all the wireless charging stands and pads I have tried. ESR managed to achieve that compatibility by placing the kickstand in the lower quarter of the case, which is just below the Qi receiver in the phone.
All the buttons on the ESR case are responsive and easy to press, but I need to use my fingernail to toggle the mute switch. That’s an “issue” I have experienced with almost all cases in this review. Additionally, the case’s bumper makes the Lightning port inaccessible for some docking stations. Since replacing all docking stations in our house and car with wireless chargers, access to the Lightning port has become a non-issue for us.
What I love most about the ESR case is the integrated kickstand, which I don’t need every day, but when I do, I’m glad I have it. The kickstand is the reason why I haven’t taken this case off my phone yet. Typically when I review cases, I use them for a few days before moving on. The ESR case has been on my iPhone X since I got it a few weeks ago.
For its Presidio Wallet case, Speck offers military-grade drop protection and shock absorption that protect your iPhone X from a drop of up to 10-foot. To achieve that level of protection, Speck uses a combination of a polycarbonate shell with shock-absorbing Impactium rubber. Additionally, a third-party lab tests the case for its protective properties.
Much like the Twelve South Relaxed Leather case, the Speck Wallet case doesn’t add much bulk to my iPhone and thus fits easily into all of my pockets. I have been using Speck cases for the past few days and truly enjoyed it.
Speck offers conflicting information on its web page regarding compatibility with Qi charging pads. In my tests, the case worked flawlessly with wireless charging pads as long as I removed the credit cards from the slots on the back. I would recommend doing that anyway, because leaving credit cards in the wallet may damage (demagnetize) them.
Except for the mute switch, all buttons and ports are easy to reach and operate. The cut out for the mute switch is a bit small and thus requires the use of my fingernail to flip it.
Unfortunately, this case is not compatible with any of my charging stands because of the protruding cardholder and the thick bumper on the bottom. The good news is, the case comes on and off easily. So at night, I would take it off and put it back on in the morning.
What I like most about the Presidio Wallet case is the credit card slot that holds three cards while at the same time, making the case only marginally thicker than other Speck’s Presidio Show.
The Totallee Thin with its slim profile is arguably one of the thinnest, high-quality iPhone cases I have ever tested. Much like its cousin made from leather, this stylish case fits my iPhone Xs like a second skin. It’s available in different color options, including white, black, red, and navy blue.
Considering that the case is only 0.02 inches thin, I recommend putting the case on and off with care. If you don’t, you might risk tearing it around the button cutouts. But despite its incredibly slim profile, Totallee offers a raised camera bump that protects the lens of the iPhone’s dual camera from scratches and scuffs.
Unlike some less expensive brands of ultra-slim phone cases, Totallee used only the highest quality materials to prevent the case from warping or becoming loose over time. Additionally, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product.
The ultra-thin TOZO case only protects the iPhone X from scratches and scuffs. It’s so thin that it would not absorb the impact of a drop. But the case does offer a raised lip to protect the lens of the rear camera.
The PP Ultra Thin is the thinnest case I have tested and one of the thinnest cases on the market. It’s like a second skin that doesn’t add any bulk to your phone.
The TOZO PP Ultra Thin is a precision-cut case that is only 0.35 millimeters thick. The plastic looks quite durable, except the cutout for the Lightning port. TOZO recommends being careful when taking the case on and off, as the cutout could easily break because it is so thin.
Considering its ridiculously thin design and precision cut, all ports, buttons, and switches are easily accessible. The TOZO case is also fully compatible with all docks and stands that I have tried.
One-handed use is not a problem, and you won’t even notice you are using a case. Compared to silicone cases, the plastic TOZO uses for this phone case is a bit more slippery.
Protective cases are usually made from plastic or rubber and feature reinforced corners and bumpers. As a result, they may add bulk to your iPhone but, in return, offer superior, often military-grade protection.
|Best Rugged Cases|
|Jisoncase Silicone Case*|
|Nomad iPhone X Hexagon Case*|
|Ringke® [FLEX S]*|
|Speck Presidio Show Case|
|TOZO Crystal Clear Soft TPU Gel Skin*|
The Jisoncase silicone case offers reasonable drop protection that likely exceeds that of its leather cousin because silicone can absorb an impact better than leather. The case also offers raised edges to protect the screen from scratches and scuffs. Similar to the Jisoncase leather case, the case protects the rear camera lens from scratches, but only by a hair.
Jisoncase managed to create a relatively thin silicone case that doesn’t add much bulk to the phone. The only drawback of this case is the friction the silicone creates when you try to get the phone in or out of a pocket.
The case has a large cutout at the bottom, making it compatible with most charging stands, including the ones I use. Jisoncase also made the cutout of the mute switch wide enough to allow users to toggle the mute switch with their thumb.
Thanks to the friction of the silicone, this case offers an incredibly solid grip, making it less likely to drop the phone.
The Nomad Hexagon is a rugged case that offers 10 feet mil-spec drop protection. That means you can drop your phone from a height of up to 10 feet without damaging it. Additionally, the rubber bumper of this case has a raised lip that protects the screen from scratches and scuffs.
While the Hexagon case is not as thin as other cases in this review, I feel like Nomad has stricken the right balance between thickness and protection. My iPhone X doesn’t feel bulky with this case, and it has comfortably fit into all my pockets.
Nomad has used top-quality materials, such as durable polycarbonate for this case. It looks and feels well-made, and I have enjoyed using this case, especially while traveling.
Except for the Lightning port on the bottom, all buttons and switches are easily accessible. The Lighting port is also conveniently accessible, but the rubber bumper may not work with many charging stands, including some that I have tested.
The Nomad case feels incredibly comfortable in my hands while the rubber bumper and hexagon pattern give it some texture for a secure grip.
The Nomad Hexagon Case is also available for the iPhone 7 Plus, and 8 Plus.
I have combined both the [FUSION] and [FLEX] into a single section because both cases offer identical features and only differ in design.