Thinking of giving your $999 iPhone X more protection? Fear not! Here's what we think are the BEST cases for the iPhone X. And yes, we've personally reviewed everyone of them!
Our top picks for Slim, Ultra-Thin, Tough & Unique Cases + Our Personal Favourite!
In this article, we will mention some brands that haven’t come out with iPhone X cases yet. But the manufacturers created ones for the iPhone 5-6-7-8 that were so good that they might be worth waiting for. Besides, case manufacturers won't change their case designs for different sized iPhoneʼs. They just make them smaller or bigger. We've got a dozen Spigen Tough Armor's across six different devices and the only thing different is the size.!
Slim cases for us are anything that doesnʼt look like a brick. Itʼs a pretty loose term as some of the cases in this list are quite large. If you need something thinner, check out the Ultra-Thin cases. The majority of the cases on the list below havenʼt changed much between the iPhone 7ʼs, 8ʼs and Xʼs.
It should also be noted that Catalyst Impact Protection would also fall into our slim case category.
Speck Presidio Grip
Speck Presidio Grip is our #1 top pick for a Slim Case because of the texutre. Itʼs the grippiest case on this list. Speck Presidio Grip is a case that we constantly gravitate towards because of how well an iPhone handles in the case.
The ribs on the case definitely help with the handling of the iPhone. The ribs prevents it from sliding around. Though some have noted that the ribs do come off over time. Also, donʼt drop it from 10 ft face first because a naked iPhone screen might not survive. Based from our experience anyways.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch
The Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Monarch is on this list because like the Speck Presidio Grip, it has a lot of texture to the case. But it isnʼt as grippy as the Speck Presidio Grip. The UAG Monarch has several different types of materials in the case which include metal and leather which what sets this case apart from the others. The only downside is the size of the case. It is not small.
Silk Innovation Base Grip
If youʼre on a budget, get the Silk Innovation Base Grip. For 12 bucks you get a grippy case and a plastic screen protector. That will provide you with the bare minimum in terms of protection. For people like us, who donʼt drop their phones a lot, thatʼs all the protection the iPhone needs.
The RhinoShield MOD is one of the few cases that we know will protect your iPhone from an 11 ft, face first drop. In fact, we tossed an iPhone 8 up 25 ft and the iPhone was "fine". The phone wasnʼt actually damage as the screen just popped out. But all we had to do was to unscrew the P2ʼs at the bottom and pop the screen back in.
Apart from the amazing drop protection, the RhinoShield MOD allows you to customize the back plates as well as the buttons on the case. It also turns from a bumper to case in a matter of minutes. We personally like to switch things up on our iPhone every once in a while so being able to do so with one product is very appealing.
The buttons on the RhinoShield MOD are incredible. It feels like your actually pressing naked iPhone buttons instead of going through a case. If youʼre into photography, you can easily add lenses to the MOD which is pretty neat.
The only downside from our perspective is the fact that the edges of the case are quite slick and are larger than the average case edge.
Tech 21 Evo Check
Tech 21 Evo Check is another case that handles quite well. In fact, this is the only case on the list that youʼd be able to get at the Apple store. If youʼre concerned about grip, the Tech 21 Evo Check and all itʼs variations are decent cases to get. The texture of the edges handles well in your hands but doesnʼt get caught on your pockets.
Our only concern with the Evo Check is the extra-width that the case adds. This is a big concern for us with the iPhone 8 Plus. But since the iPhone X is a bit smaller, you might be able to get away with it. The case edges are bit more shallow so definitely get a screen protector with this case.
SEE ALSO: Tech 21 Evo Check Wallet, if you want a wallet case,
Spigen Tough Armor
We have a soft spot for the Spigen Tough Armor. Especially when Spigen decided to use the soft-rubber coating on the PC portions of the case.
From our perspective, if you donʼt really care about a case or haven’t found one that your really liked, go and get a Tough Armor. It handles decently, the buttons are nice and the iPhone X version now comes with a standard kickstand. The thicker material of the case will definitely hold up to every day accidents.
It should be noted however that the iPhone 8 and X versions of the case arenʼt as tough as the 7 as Spigen decided to move away from having a little extra protection around the speakers.
Spigen Neo Hybrid
The Spigen Neo Hybrid is a slightly above average case. But we are pointing it out because we really like what Spigen has done to it. The case is thin and light and Spigen has included a few extra pieces of soft-rubber coated polycarbonate which greatly enhances the handling of the case. The TPU has their Herringbone™ design on it and it has enough texture to improve the handling of the iPhone X. We donʼt have anything negative to say about this case as it is just an average case with a nice texture to it.
Thule Atmos X4
If youʼve been watching our videos for a while or been visiting this website, youʼll know that we’re a fan of the Thule Atmos line. Sadly, Thule hasnʼt released an iPhone X version when we created this list. But hopefully weʼll see an X4 in the next few months for the iPhone X. Or they should at least release the X3.
Weʼve grown quite fond of ultra-thin cases because we primarily use the Plus-sized iPhones. In this section, we’re going to start with thinnest case that we have used and then work our way up to slightly thicker ones.
Caudabe Veil XT
For the ultra-minimalist, the Caudabe Veil XT is going to be the case to get for your iPhone X. We actually prefer the Veil XT over a skin as we’re able to remove whenever we want to . Removing skins on a device is pretty painful to do.
The texture of the Caudabe Veil XT is much better than the Caudabe Peel in our opinion and wonʼt show scratches as easily. We personally love the red Caudabe Veil XT on our iPhone 8 Plus. It just looks awesome.
If youʼre wondering why the score is lower, our scoring system takes into account the protection a product offers an iPhone and every case in this list is going to offer less protection than every product in the slim case list.
A step up from the Caudabe< Veil XT would be the Caudabe Sheath, as well as the Spigen Liquid Air. The textures of both products are quite similar. It doesnʼt have the tacky feel of a regular glossy TPU but still has enough texture that they wonʼt slip out of my hand like a clear polycarbonate case would.
We know there are lots of clear TPU sleeves out there which we’re not a big fan of. Mostly because theyʼll yellow over time and nothing says “cheap” than a yellow case on your white iPhone.
A step up from the Caudabe Sheath and Spigen Liquid Air would be the standard Apple Silicone Case. Sure itʼs thicker but itʼs hard to argue with the texture of the case.
Tough cases use to be incredibly popular. This type of case, like waterproof cases, seem to be a dying breed. With that being said, there is one case in this grouping that beats all the other slim cases.
Catalyst Impact Protection
The Catalyst Impact Protection case is one the BEST cases we have used to date. Itʼs thin, the buttons are great, the mute switch is easily accessible and the entire case handles quite well. One of the craziest things about this case is the 3m drop protection it claims to have. We honestly canʼt think of anything bad with this case.
It doesnʼt get full marks, however, because it lacks an included screen protector. And the is quite wide and thereʼs only one special feature about it.
The Otterbox Defender is the staple of iPhone tough cases. If you just need something to protect your iPhone like a tank. Get an Otterbox Defender.
Sure the general design hasnʼt changed in ages but you canʼt argue with the protection it offers your iPhone. We know companies who have policies mandating that every iPhone be in an Otterbox Defender. Thatʼs how reliable it is. Oh! and it comes with a belt holster which is still a thing.
If youʼre looking for something thatʼs “Defender”-esque, check out the Poetic Revolution. It has a plastic screen protector thatʼs built into the case. Other than that, itʼs going to perform like an average iPhone case.
If you get this case, weʼd recommend cleaning out the cavity of the case every once in a while as dust will accumulate between the screen protector and iPhone because of the cutouts at the top of the screen protector.
.Unique Cases are well...unique. The cases are focused more on making your iPhone different from a regular iPhone. And if that’s a good thing or not, you will be a judge for that.
Casemate has some of the craziest cases weʼve ever seen. There are ones that light up. Cases that change color based on your temperature. Cases that have particles suspended in them that sound like a waterfall. Cases with mirrors built into them for the selfie-monger, and a ton of other cases that come in very unique designs. You can probably think of a crazy design in you head right now and CaseMate already have it.
Whenever we show people our case collection, they’ll always gravitate to the brightest, shiniest cases which is usually a CaseMate case.
Now every one of these CaseMate cases has a strong personality to them. But theyʼre going to offer your iPhone a decent amount of protection. Your device is going to sit in a TPU frame which snaps into a polycarbonate back. Once the case is installed, it is incredibly tough to take the case off. If you need something that sets you apart in the crowd, your best bet is going to be one of these CaseMate cases.
Now there isnʼt an iPhone X version of the Ludicase just yet. But we've been told theyʼre working on it. The Ludicase is the perfect case for people who need something to play with all the time. Fidget spinners were all the rage a while back but the Ludicase takes it a step further.
Not only will you be able to click away with the buttons at the top of case. But you can also spin your thumb round and round on the spinner in the middle. You can flip it around and spin the iPhone X like a top if you really wanted to. The bottom of the case has a unique texture to it and the bottom corner has three slippery spheres for your fingers to play with.
The case is currently on Indiegogo so go help them out if you want one.
The Olixar X-Ranger is going to be a great case for the handy person in the family.
This normal looking case hides one those wallet tools that has several different tools on them. We counted about 20 different tools with the case which seems like a lot. We wouldnʼt consider this a serious tool but itʼs going to be handy in a pinch.
Like when you need to quickly cut open a package that has an annoying sticker on it. Or when the screws in your glasses get loose, or when you need to get your drink on and you need a bottle opener. Or thereʼs a bolt that quickly needs a slight adjustment.
The only downside to the tool is that there are a lot of sharp things on it so be careful. And the tool rattles in the case as well. Which might get annoying after a while.
This is the only wood case on this list. Weʼve got several cases that are wood. But Wud is the only one we feel that is worth talking about. Because their cases are VERY unique. The packaging is pretty awesome as well. Most wood cases look like a piece of wood but the case from Wud looks amazing.
The only downside is the case isnʼt as tough as any of the case in the slim case list. They also have a case made from actual rock which is equally as impressive because itʼs a piece of rough rock thatʼs on the back of the iPhone. Pretty damn cool!
Hey, you reached this far or maybe click on this section purposefully, that means you value our judgement. Thank you! The case you listed on this section is a case we use quite a lot. So rest assured that the trust you placed on us are well placed.
Our personal favourite case is the Loopy Case. We know itʼs basically a regular case with a rubber band on it. But the Loop just makes using our iPhone X that much easier.
Itʼs incredibly handy when your hands are full. For example, when youʼre at the grocery store and you need to push a cart but still have your recipe list handy. Itʼs also amazing for taking pictures of your fidgety newborn as you donʼt have to worry about dropping your iPhone when he headbutts you or squirms out of your arms.
The moment your finger is in the loop, your iPhone is going to accidentally fall. Unless you fall. Which would be the bigger problem.
For the iPhone Xʼs, Loopy has made the case portion a lot more robust. Previous versions didnʼt provide the iPhone much protection. But the latest iteration will protect your iPhone form the occasional drop when your fingers arenʼt in the loop.
Out of all the cases on this list, the Loopy is the only case that we would say is made for real life. It greatly simplifies the how we use my iPhone in every aspect of our life. Except for wireless charging but letʼs face it, Qi-charging isnʼt very good.