The Spigen lineup for the iPhone XS made us sad. They left out two cases that we really liked for the iPhone X! However, we do admit it’s very interesting seeing Spigen evolved throughout the years. When we first started reviewing cases Spigen’s weren’t that great but nowadays we’ve grown to appreciate Spigen’s products. So what are the best Spigen cases for the iPhone XS? See below!
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Spigen Tough Armor
Spigen Tough Armor is #8 on our Top 10 Cases for the iPhone XS and XS MAX. Honestly, if you just need a good, tough case that will protect your iPhone from day-to-day mishaps, go with the Spigen Tough Armor.
The general design of the Spigen Tough Armor hasnʼt really changed over the years. They only added a soft rubber coating back in 2015 but the kickstand was always uncoated. We noticed that this yearʼs version has a soft rubber coating and the camera cutout is actually smaller. The smaller cutout isnʼt going to have an effect on the operation of the camera.
The Spigen Tough Armor is going to be one of Spigenʼs tougher cases as it can easily handle drops from waist height and phone call height. We do remember making fun of Spigenʼs Air cushion technology a few years ago as we thought it was marketing fluff. But, nowadays, lots of cases now have empty air pockets in their corners.
If we had to be picky with the Spigen Tough Armor, weʼd say that certain parts of the case might be too angular for some people. The edges of the case arenʼt as high as others but we’re being very picky here.
Spigen Rugged Armor
Weʼll be honest with you, weʼve grown fond of the Spigen Rugged Armor over the years. From our perspective, if you need a no-nonsense case, the Spigen Rugged Armor is a decent choice. Spigen Rugged Armor is a thicker than average TPU case that has enough texture that we wonʼt complain about it all the time. It doesnʼt handle like a bar of soap but itʼs not in your face like something from Speck.
The Spigen Rugged Armor has the same pizza pockets that adds to the corner protection. Personally, we think this case will do well with waist height corner drops. However face drops would be a bit iffy.
Spigen Slim Armor CS
The word Slim is in the case name but the Spigen Slim Armor CS is an on-the-go wallet case that can fit 2 cards,
3 if you feel like fighting with your wallet case.
The TPU frame of the Spigen Slim Armor CS isnʼt as thick as the Spigen Tough Armor. The buttons also donʼt fully cover the buttons. Weʼll be honest with you, this is probably the only product in this list that we personally wouldnʼt get. Even the non-CS version of the Spigen Slim Armor. The average darker coloured Spigen case has a soft rubber coating but Spigen Slim Armor CS does not. This results in handling that is akin to a wet bar of soap.
Spigen Thin Fit
Spigen Thin Fit is going to be a great case for those who donʼt drop their iPhoneʼs much. The Spigen Thin Fit exposes the top and bottom of the iPhone so get a screen protector with this case. The back of the Spigen Thin Fit is thinner. This allows you to add one of Spigenʼs QNMP magnets which adds magnetic mounting to the case. However, this magnets nullifies the incredibly useful Qi-charging on the iPhones.
The newest version of the Spigen Thin Fit, Spigenʼs somehow figured out how to apply the soft-rubber coating to lighter coloured PCʼs. The champagne coloured case now handles just as well as the dark one. Without all the grease marks.
Spigen Liquid Crystal
Spigen Liquid Crystal is one of the thinner cases on this list, it is also one of the better handling ones. To be honest, there isnʼt anything terribly special about the Spigen Liquid Crystal as it looks like your standard TPU sleeve. Fingerprinting is going to be an issue like the average clear case. However, the Spigen Liquid Crystal does have a series of dots on the back which breaks up the all the greasiness a bit.
The standout feature of Spigen Liquid Crystal is the fact that you can put it on a flat surface without going anywhere. The back is so flat that it almost creates a bit of suction.
Depending on your iPhone model, Spigen also has several unique designs for the Spigen Liquid Crystal.
Spigen Liquid Air
The Spigen Liquid Air is basically a Spigen Liquid Crystal that isnʼt clear or a Spigen Rugged Armor thatʼs lost a few pounds. Personally, the Spigen Liquid Air is one of our least favourite Spigen cases. Spigen Liquid Air doesnʼt have any of the great handling of the Spigen Liquid Crystal nor does it have the texture of the Rugged Armor. The hatching on the back of the case looks like it helps with handling but it does not.
Spigen Neo Hybrid
The Spigen Neo Hybrid was one of our favourite cases for the iPhone Xʼs. However, it’s not the case with the iPhone XSʼs. The gunmetal grey case that we got didnʼt come with a soft rubber coating. On the iPhone X versions, they did and that made a world of difference when it came to handling. It is honestly night and day for handling when it comes to that coating.
But assuming we got a bad case, we personally think this is one of Spigenʼs best looking cases. Thereʼs just something about the texture of the case and PC frame that stands out. The Spigen Neo Hybrid punches way above its belt when it comes to looks.
Spigen Thin Fit 360
Spigen Thin Fit 360 is one of our favourite cases. Spigen Thin Fit 360 is one of the very few cases that can come close to offering 100% coverage for your iPhone. The fit of Spigen Thin Fit 360 is just amazing. We’re not a clumsy person so we donʼt need a lot of drop protection for our devices But we donʼt like using our devices without any of protection. The Spigen Thin Fit 360 fits perfectly into how we use our iPhones.
The Spigen Thin Fit 360 comes in two pieces with the front piece protecting the corners of the iPhone and the back part the sides. Spigen uses interlocking teeth with their case. This is a step up from other manufacturers who have a similar product. The best part of Spigen Thin Fit 360 is the two screen protectors that Spigen includes. Itʼs a steal of a deal at $20 dollars! Spigenʼs screen protectors are your mid-grade screen protectors so you know theyʼll hold up better than the average screen protector.
Like the regular Spigen Thin Fit, Spigen Thin Fit 360 is compatible with Spigenʼs QNMP magnets. This makes the cases even more useful if you enjoy using magnetic car mounts. Oh, and donʼt be a dumbass and buy the iPhone X version for the XS.
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Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal
If you need a clear case, the Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal should be one of the top cases you should consider. Most clear cases are only TPU which doesnʼt provide a lot rigidity when it comes to face first drop protection.
The Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal is one of the better cases in this list when it comes to sliding around on a flat surface. When it comes to protection, we would say Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal is good from waist height. The case doesnʼt have the air pockets like the other cases on this list does and the PC bumper will also scuff up if dropped.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is basically the combination of the edge of the Spigen Liquid Air and the back of the Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal. We do think Spigen Ultra Hybrid is a good looking case, especially if youʼre using a white or gold iPhone. However, the edges handle poorly because itʼs the same materials as the Spigen Liquid Air. Why?
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Spigen GlasTr EZ Fit
Let’s be honest majority of the product listed above where almost similar to the products we review before. In many ways, weʼve basically repeated ourselves when it comes to case reviews over the last few years. Cases rarely change so when something is slightly different. We get excited. This year, itʼs the Spigen GlasTR EZ Fit.
Spigen has included an installation tray for the screen protectors. Spigen’s implementation of the tray is smart as it takes out the guess work of lining up the screen protector with your screen. You put the tray on the front, press it down, slide your finger to start the adhesive and BAM! perfect screen protector install.
This setup is much more useful than the standard tray that comes with mid-grade screen protectors, it’s not as tedious as WhiteStone Dome glass’s liquid adhesive and gets you the same result as Apple’s fancy Belkin installation kit. In the world of slow changing iPhone accessories, the introduction of this installation tray is awesome!
Spigen GLAStR Nano Liquid
If youʼre looking for a way to make your smartphone screen or any device a little smoother, use a liquid screen protector. If you want the maximum amount of protection for your device, slap down a layer of liquid screen protector before adding another screen protector on top of it.
We donʼt think a liquid screen protector is a full-on replacement for a normal screen protector but an extra option if youʼre looking to get the most out of your device. The biggest benefit of a liquid screen protector is the fact that you can slather it on multiple devices if you buy it once.
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Which cases got cut?
There were two cases that we really enjoyed using for the iPhone X that got cut from the iPhone XS lineup. They were the Spigen Reventon and Spigen ProGuard. Spigen marketed these cases as premium cases. These cases cost around $50 dollars which is a bit steep but these cases were just awesome. The Spigen Reventon was basically an evolved Spigen Thin Fit 360 and the Spigen ProGuard was a Spigen Tough Armor on legal performance enhancing drugs. Both products had incredible fit, the Spigen Reventon handled incredibly well and the Spigen ProGuard was surrounded by so much TPU that it could rival the Otterbox Defender in term of total weight of plastic used in the case. But these cases didnʼt perform well so Spigen stopped making them for the iPhone XSʼs.
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