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Best Protective Cases for iPhone Xs and iPhone X

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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.

Cases marked with an * indicate that it’s an iPhone X case that should fit on the iPhone Xs. It’s usually only a matter of time before a dedicated iPhone Xs case becomes available. Note that none of the reviewed cases comes with a lifetime warranty, but some brands offer an extended warranty of up to two years.

Best Protective Cases with Special Features

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 *

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ESR iPhone X Case

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Speck Presidio Wallet Case

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Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case

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TOZO PP Ultra Thin

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BlvckbyDesign TOUGHGLASS

TOUGHGLASS iPhone Case
TOUGHGLASS iPhone Case
 Pros
  • Unique design featuring a glass back
  • Has a rubber bumper with an anti-slip strip
  • Easy access to all ports and switches
 Cons
  • Branding on the back, including “Made in China” wording

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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.

TOUGHGLASS Anti-slip Strip
Anti-slip Strip

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.

Style

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.

Availability for other phone models

The TOUGHGLASS is also available for the iPhone 6, 7, 8 and its respective Plus sizes.

ESR iPhone X Case

ESR iPhone X case
ESR iPhone X case
 Pros
  • Excellent versatility
  • Outstanding protection
  • Responsive buttons
 Cons
  • Kickstand makes a clicking noise

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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.

Additional Features

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.

Availability for other phone models

The ESR case is also available for the iPhone 7, 8 and its respective Plus sizes.

Speck Presidio Wallet

Speck Presidio Wallet - Back
Speck Presidio Wallet
 Pros
  • Shock absorbent- military-grade protection
  • High-end materials and port covers
  • Doubles as a wallet and credit card holder
 Cons
  • Not wireless charger compatible with credit cards inserted
  • The thick bumper is not compatible with all charging stands
  • Small cutout for the mute switch

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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 Impactium Shock Protection
Speck Impactium Shock Protection

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.

Additional Features

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.

Availability for other phone models

The tough Presidio Wallet case is also available for the iPhone 6, 7, 8 and its respective Plus sizes as well as for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case

Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case
 Pros
  • Ultra-thin – only 0.02 inches “thick”
  • Raised camera bump to protect the lens
  • High-quality materials
 Cons
  • Delicate to take on and off
  • Limited drop protection

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.

Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case Camera Protection

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.

Availability for other phone models

The Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Case is available for numerous other phone models, including the iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, Google Pixel 3 and others.

TOZO PP Ultra Thin

TOZO PP Ultra Thin Case
TOZO PP Ultra Thin Case
 Pros
  • Incredibly Thin
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Easy access to all buttons and ports
  • Offers a raized bezel to protect the rear camera lens
 Cons
  • Offers only protection from scratches
  • Cutout for the Lightning port is prone to breaking

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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.

TOZO PP Ultra Thin Case protects the rear camera
TOZO PP Ultra Thin Case protects the rear camera

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.

Availability for other phone models

The TOZO PP Ultra Thin Case is also available for the iPhone 7 and 8 and its Plus sizes.

Best Protective Cases for iPhone Xs

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*

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Nomad iPhone X Hexagon Case*

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Ringke® [FUSION]

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Ringke® [FLEX S]*

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Speck Presidio Show Case

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TOZO Crystal Clear Soft TPU Gel Skin*

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Jisoncase Silicone Case

Jisoncase - Silicone Case
Jisoncase – Silicone Case
 Pros
  • Offers decent protection
  • Soft and flexible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Thinness
 Cons
  • Difficult to get in and out of pockets

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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.

Jisoncase - Silicone Case is super flexible
Jisoncase – Silicone Case is super flexible

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.

Nomad iPhone X Hexagon Case

Nomad iPhone X Hexagon Case
Nomad iPhone X Hexagon Case
 Pros
  • Offers military-grade protection
  • High-end materials
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Allows easy access to all buttons
 Cons
  • The thick bumper is not compatible with all charging stands

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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.

Nomad Hexagon Case - Lightning Port Access
Nomad Hexagon Case – Lightning Port Access

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.

Availability for other phone models

The Nomad Hexagon Case is also available for the iPhone 7 Plus, and 8 Plus.

Ringke® [FUSION] and [FLEX]

I have combined both the [FUSION] and [FLEX] into a single section because both cases offer identical features and only differ in design.

Ringke [FUSION] case