I was the adornments proofreader at iLounge for barely three years. Amid my residency there, I looked into in excess of 1,000 items, the vast majority of which were cases. I've additionally been Wirecutter's case analyst for as long as three years,
where I've inspected hundreds more cases. Those numbers traverse different ages of Apple gadgets, including each iPhone since the iPhone 4 and each iPad. I've most likely taken care of more iPhone cases than nearly anybody on the planet, so I have an especially experienced point of view and profundity of information with regards to these things.

How we picked and tried

We considered countless while picking the best cases, from target measures, for example, physical measurements and level of insurance to subjective contemplations of look and feel. In spite of the fact that we have an assortment of proposals crosswise over different styles, the majority of our picks fulfill the accompanying criteria:

Drop assurance: We looked for models that could sufficiently secure a telephone without including superfluous embellishments or an excessive amount of mass. We didn't direct drop tests, yet we looked for cases that would clearly have the capacity to withstand some effect. (Indeed, even in a substantial obligation case, there's no assurance that your telephone will survive each situation flawless—for instance, an immediate hit to the screen will in any case do harm.)

Full scope: when in doubt, the a greater amount of the telephone that a case ensures, the better; we favored cases that secured everything except for the telephone's screen. The best even furnished catch assurance with incredible physicality, emulating—or in a few occurrences notwithstanding improving—the way the catches felt on an exposed iPhone. We additionally preferred cases that didn't leave the best or base edge of the telephone uncovered, however that isn't really a dealbreaker. Then again, we didn't consider cases with a round opening to uncover the Apple logo on the back of the telephone since they offered less general security with no genuine advantage.

Raised front lip: As Apple's case rules clarify, "[E]xposed glass on the Apple gadget must not come surprisingly close to a level surface, for example, a table or floor, in any introduction when the case is appended." This lip around the edges of the telephone's show forestalls split screens—one of the greatest stresses with any cell phone—yet it additionally shields the screen from getting scratched in the event that you put the telephone screen-down. We utilized a 0.85-millimeter antenna measure, per Apple's rules, to test each case.

No remote obstruction: A case shouldn't lessen execution with any remote signs—Wi-Fi, cell, NFC (close field correspondence, important to utilize Apple Pay), or Qi remote charging. We confirmed that every one of those highlights worked with the case on. Furthermore, the case shouldn't keep you from utilizing any signals, a particularly vital thought with the iPhone X, which depends on you swiping up from the base edge of the screen as an essential association.

Wide tasteful interest: Although you can discover a case for any stylish inclination, we searched for cases that had straightforward, exquisite plans—ones that would speak to a great many people—as opposed to models that clung to particular tasteful decisions.

An iphone X sitting over four beat up iphone cases.

A portion of our case picks. Photo: Michael Hession

When we gathered an immense accumulation of cases, we put every one on our iPhone X to perceive how well it fit and worked. To get a more extensive scope of assessments, we gathered a board of Wirecutter staff members to look at a portion of the best cases and offer their considerations. At last, for yet another point of view, we asked non-tech-centered companions to reveal to us what they pondered the finalists.

We've coursed every one of our picks among the Wirecutter staff for long haul testing with the goal that we can perceive how they hold up after some time.

Because we reject a case in the opposition area or don't say it in this guide doesn't mean it's bad. The accompanying are basically our picks for the best cases for a great many people—you may have particular needs, or particular elaborate inclinations, that present an alternate defense better for you.


The Silk Base Grip is the encapsulation of what an incredible case ought to be. We know from long stretches of criticism from perusers, Wirecutter staff, and family and companions that a great many people need a case that is thin, obviously outlined, dependably defensive, and cheap. The Silk Base Grip is precisely that—it's a basic case that hits all the correct notes.

The Base Grip is a one-piece case made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, an adaptable plastic). It has recently enough provide for make it simple to introduce, without being loose to the point that the sides pull away—something that can be an issue on second rate cases. Silk has kept up the case's surface from the adaptation we prescribe for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus: The back board has a rubbery grasp (enough to not slide around a lot in your grasp, but rather less that it's hard to slide in or out of a pocket), and the edges have a rougher, pebbly surface. Joined, the two components present this defense feel secure in the hand; we never stressed over our iPhone X slipping out of our hand while utilizing this case.

A nearby of the Silk Base Grip's side catch scope and volume indent pattern.

We like the Base Grip's legitimately measured patterns, clicky catches, and finished hold. Photograph: Michael Hession

The openings for the telephone's Lightning-connector port, speaker, and mouthpiece are very much measured without leaving excessively of the telephone's steel outline uncovered, and the catches remain charmingly clicky through the TPU. The lip around the screen is sufficiently tall to meet Apple's suggestion for averting harm to the screen on the off chance that you put the telephone confront down on a work area or table, and Silk incorporates a screen-defender film as a reward. (On the off chance that you intend to utilize a screen defender, however, we propose spending a couple of additional bucks to get the screen defender we suggest.)

Our pick: Flaws yet not dealbreakers

The Silk Base Grip is a nitty gritty case. It's unquestionably not ugly, but rather it won't catch everyone's eye. It has the organization logo stamped on it, however the plan is negligible and situated toward the base, where your hand will probably cover it. In spite of the fact that the four shading decisions are fine, we'd love a considerably more extensive determination. Similarly as with any case that endeavors to locate a decent harmony amongst mass and insurance, the Base Grip won't ensure against each effect—no case can. On the off chance that you need to be additional sheltered, investigate our more-security pick.

Note: The underlying adaptation of the Base Grip for iPhone X, sold in late 2017, utilized another, more adaptable material, however in the event that extended it wouldn't come back to its unique shape. The present rendition utilizes an indistinguishable material from the past age Base Grip, so it's not in danger of losing its shape—something we've affirmed following quite a while of constant testing of the iPhone X adaptation and months utilizing the iPhone 7/8 variant. The organization has offered substitutions to any individual who acquired the underlying form.

Similarly as with past iPhone models, Apple's iPhone X Leather Case is our most loved cowhide defender for the iPhone X. It offers enough scope of the telephone's body to prepare for most scrapes and minor drops, and it has a sufficient lip ensuring the screen, however it's still thin and light. At the season of this written work, the Leather Case was accessible in nine hues, however Apple some of the time swaps new hues in and out amid the iPhone's life cycle; you can see them face to face at an Apple Store. It offers for a high however not absurd cost, and it looks and feels extraordinary. Utilizing this case rather than a more defensive one resembles the contrast between wearing a cowhide dress boot and a climbing boot—beyond any doubt, the climbing boot would be more defensive and agreeable, however in the event that you're not climbing, renouncing a touch of security and solace for style and extravagance is at times beneficial. Other cowhide cases are regularly massive or insane costly, and every one of them will indicate wear after some time, so despite the fact that Apple's case isn't flawless, we think it speaks to the best bargain.

An iphone x with the apple cowhide case on, sitting screen up.

Apple's Leather Case extends sufficiently far around the edge of the screen to help shield your handset from confront down drops, yet the base edge is open. Photo: Michael Hession

Beginning with the iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus forms of the Leather Case, Apple included aluminum catch covers rather than covers shaped into the calfskin. Gratefully, the organization conveyed this outline decision over to the iPhone X form. The catch covers give a perfect material ordeal when you're clicking, and they're estimated and molded to make it simple to discover the catches by contact. The metal likewise gives a decent shading accent to the cowhide.

Cowhide case: Flaws yet not dealbreakers

Apple's Leather Case leaves the base edge of your telephone uncovered, which implies that on the off chance that you drop your telephone the wrong way, you could harm the front edge, or the region around the Lightning-connector port. We wish Apple would include more security in that spot, however after a few ages of this case utilizing a comparative outline, it doesn't resemble that will happen at any point in the near future. Tastefully, calfskin wears more obviously than plastic, so in case you're anticipating that a case should appear to be identical in a year as it did on the principal day, no cowhide case will be the correct pick for you. A few people lean toward the patina that ragged calfskin creates.

This case is famous among Wirecutter staff members, and a couple of associates have said that their Leather Case for past iPhones broke after about a year or somewhere in the vicinity, generally beginning with breaks in the corners from drops. We would say, corner drops frequently break unbending cases—preferable the case over your telephone—so this outcome isn't altogether amazing. Furthermore, Apple's client benefit is truly great about dealing with things like this, so quite possibly's the Genius Bar might will to swap out a case in this condition—something you won't get from most other case organizations.

Our wallet case pick: Silk Vault

An iphone x wearing the silk vault case with a metro card standing out.

Photograph: Michael Hession

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Silk Vault

Silk Vault

A wallet case for iPhone X

In case you're hoping to discard your wallet, this case holds a couple of cards without giving up a decent outline. Be that as it may, you ought to keep away from it in case you're wanting to utilize the X's remote charging highlight.

$15 from Amazon

$15 from Walmart

The Silk Vault is the best wallet case around, with space for enough cards that it might have the capacity to totally swap a wallet for a few people. We like that cards remain secure for the situation yet stay simple to expel when required. The look and feel of this case are reliable with the high caliber we're utilized to from whatever is left of Silk's lineup. Be that as it may, there's a noteworthy admonition: This style of case isn't the correct decision on the off chance that you mean to utilize Qi remote accusing of your new iPhone. The telephone might have the capacity to charge through the case and any cards you have in it, yet the attractive loops in the charging cushions can possibly demagnetize your Visas. On the off chance that you do anticipate Qi charging, consider a folio wallet case.

The Vault is about twice as thick as a standard defensive case, however the calculated edges along the wallet divide help make the size less discernible in the hand, if not in the pocket.

Silk publicizes this case as having the capacity to hold three cards and money; the wallet territory is unbending, so it's about the thickness of three cards regardless of whether you have any cards in there. We found that three cards fit fine, but since you need to overlay the money, it'll push the pocket out somewhat more distant on the off chance that you have two bills in there. A raised knock inside the wallet zone puts weight on the cards and holds them set up, so the Vault works similarly too with one card as with three. A little pattern along the edge inverse the wallet opening makes it simple to push cards out as required, however notwithstanding when we forcefully shook the telephone, they didn't drop out individually. We additionally value that the Vault uncovered less of your cards than contending outlines—whatever you can see is a thumbnail-sized bit of the best card. This case accompanies a defensive screen film.

Wallet case: Flaws however not dealbreakers

The Vault's size is its greatest drawback—it's not the correct pick for somebody searching for a thin case. In our testing (and amid our broadened utilization of the iPhone 7 Plus variant), we found it to be bulkier than a standard case, however not as terrible in everyday use as you may anticipate.

As specified, in the event that you require a case with wallet spaces, yet you intend to utilize the iPhone X's remote charging highlight, you ought to rather think about a folio.

Our folio case pick: Twelve South Journal

An iphone x wearing the Twelve South Journal with the wallet open to demonstrate the screen.

Photograph: Michael Hession

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Twelve South Journal

Twelve South Journal

A folio case for iPhone X

In the event that you need a case that can hold cards and money, yet additionally need to charge remotely, this is the situation for you.

$70 $48* from Amazon

You spare $22 (31%)

*At the season of distributing, the cost was $60.

We haven't suggested folio cases (a case with a title page) for past iPhone models since they're far bulkier than different cases—even wallet cases—and you need to manage the cover when utilizing your telephone. But since you shouldn't utilize a standard wallet case (which stores cards and money on the back) with a Qi charger, we tried folio cases this year and observed Twelve South's Journal to be the best choice. It's a delightful calfskin case, and it secured a greater amount of the iPhone X than some other folio case we tried. Its cost is higher than that of a large portion of the cases we prescribe, however you're paying for quality.

An iphone x in the diary case propped up to play a video.

The Journal has three card spaces and can prop your telephone up in a scene introduction seeing position. Photo: Michael Hession

The majority of the folio cases we tried required a type of forfeit: Either they weren't made of value materials, the case parcel wasn't completely defensive, or they had irritating conclusion instruments. The Journal doesn't have any of those issues. It's an alluring cowhide case that spreads as a great part of the iPhone X's edges as some other folio and incorporates full catch assurance. The cover lies pretty much level against the screen (and we figure it'll do as such surprisingly better as it breaks in after some time). It has space for no less than three cards, incorporating one out of a transparent ID stash, and also a pocket for money underneath. This case can even prop the iPhone up in a scene introduction seeing position, an element that not all contenders offer.

Folio case: Flaws yet not dealbreakers

There's no way to avoid the Journal's size or cost. It's the most costly case we suggest here (despite the fact that the value places it in accordance with Apple's Leather Case when you factor in the Journal's cover), and it's the thickest model. In any case, the materials are extraordinary, and we truly regard Twelve South's craftsmanship in general. It's justified regardless of the cash in the event that you like the style.

The best straightforward case: Spigen Liquid Crystal

An iphone x with the Spigen Liquid Crystal case on.

This is our most loved case for flaunting the iPhone X's outline while guarding it.

$11 from Amazon

Straightforward cases are well known in light of the fact that they enable you to flaunt your iPhone's outline while still completely ensuring it. Spigen's Liquid Crystal is the best alternative in this classification, offering a completely clear complete without giving up security—it's quite bit thicker than our best pick. This one-piece TPU case (it's a steady material the distance around, instead of two bits of various materials) has insignificant marking and decent subtle elements, incorporating air pockets in the corners for included drop insurance. We tried a considerable measure of straightforward cases and found that hard-plastic cases—and even TPU cases with hard-plastic backs—are more inclined to demonstrating fingerprints. The Liquid Crystal's material is less inflexible and grippier, and however despite everything it indicates fingerprints, they're not exactly as self-evident. What's more, an example of spots within the case averts water-recolor like blotches on the back of your telephone because of the case adhering to the telephone's glass back, something that is an issue with some other clear TPU cases.

Straightforward case: Flaws however not dealbreakers

Some straightforward cases yellow after some time, and some show scratches working on this issue itself. We're creating tests to perceive how well the Liquid Crystal and others hold up over the long haul.

A more defensive alternative: Speck Presidio Grip

An iphone x with the Speck Presidio Grip case on.

Photograph: Michael Hession

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Spot Presidio Grip

Spot Presidio Grip

A more defensive case for iPhone X

In the event that you are especially stressed over dropping your iPhone X, this is your case.

$22* from Amazon

*At the season of distributing, the cost was $26.

In the event that you tend to drop your telephone a considerable measure, or in case you're basically somewhat more suspicious about harm, we prescribe Speck's Presidio Grip. Not exclusively is this case worked to offer more drop assurance than our best pick (in a marginally thicker body, obviously), yet it additionally incorporates grippy, elastic treads that make the telephone more averse to slip out of your hand.

The Presidio Grip joins a hard plastic outside with a thin elastic covering and a uniquely outlined outskirt that retains the stun of drops. The "Grasp" in the name originates from the raised elastic edges on the back of the case; these assistance increment your hang on it, which is essential considering that the matte wrap up without anyone else can be to some degree elusive. Spot guarantees that the Presidio Grip can enable your telephone to withstand drops of as much as 10 feet. Contrasted and different cases in this class, the Presidio Grip is somewhat slimmer and has a plan with more extensive interest: It doesn't resemble a bit of military gear, yet rather a decent case that happens to offer some genuine advantages with regards to grasp and drops.

Progressively defensive case: Flaws yet not dealbreakers

You can discover cases that are substantially more defensive—organizations, for example, OtterBox and Urban Armor Gear spend significant time in insurance general cases—however they're considerably bulkier and not for a great many people. We've perused a few reports of the elastic components of the Presidio Grip peeling far from the plastic inside the primary year. In spite of the fact that we haven't seen this impact in our own particular hands-on testing, we'll keep on keeping an eye out for it.

An extra well disposed case: Annex Quad Lock

A photograph of the Annex Quad Lock case for iPhone X.

Photograph: Annex

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Add Quad Lock Case for iPhone X

Add Quad Lock Case for iPhone X

An extra well disposed case for the iPhone X

A phenomenal decision on the off chance that you have to utilize mounts, tripods, armbands, or clasps. It's particularly savvy for competitors who depend on their telephones.

$30 from Amazon

Initially, Annex's Quad Lock looks a ton like the Silk Base Grip. The outside is made of a comparative thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material, however in dark just, with an inside layer of polycarbonate and a microfiber lining. It just somewhat hoses the physicality of the telephone's catches, and the port openings along the base edge are all around custom fitted, offering enough space for you to connect to most extras without leaving pointless segments of the telephone's body uncovered.

What sets the Quad Lock separated is the 1.23-inch, round mount point housed in a slight knock on the back of the case. Four broadened lips shape a wind and-bolt outline that enables you to associate a huge number of adornments; you simply put the case on the frill's mounting section and after that curve a fourth of a swing to secure the case. The organization offers an extensive variety of conveying and mounting choices, including the various Car Mount, Armband Sports Belt Clip, Out Front Mount, Bike Mount, Universal Adaptor, Wall Mount, and Tripod Adaptor. Clearly, the Quad Lock framework bodes well on the off chance that you depend intensely on these sorts of frill—in case you're a bicyclist, for instance, you may love having the capacity to mount your telephone on your bicycle rapidly and safely without requiring other cumbersome adornments.

Frill well disposed case: Flaws yet not dealbreakers

For a few people, the greatest drawback to the Quad Lock case will be that the thickness of the mount point keeps remote charging from taking a shot at some Qi chargers. For instance, while a few level Qi chargers we tried worked fine with the Quad Lock case, the case did not permit accusing of the one stand-style charger we had available.

A minor drawback to this model is that the mounting interface adds a slight protuberance to the back of the case, so the telephone doesn't sit very level when you lay it on its back. Be that as it may, this is a minor issue if alternate highlights bid to you.

In the event that you incline toward a more slender case that organizes scratch insurance and grasp over stun retention, Totallee's Thin Apple iPhone X Case is the best iPhone X case in that classification. It's just 0.15 mm thicker than the most slender cases we tried, and gives a decent level of hold for the smooth glass handset. Also, it's simpler to introduce than other thin cases, and it accompanies the best guarantee.

The Totallee case is a half-millimeter-thick shaped plastic shell. Each and every other case we tried in this class gives off an impression of being indistinguishable, put something aside for a stamped logo on a few. While this one may seem entirely like the others, upon nearer investigation the Totallee case offers an unmistakable outline with marginally unique size openings; it has a more tightly camera pattern with a raised lip that gives more insurance than others without meddling with pictures. We tried two hues and found that the iced variants included surface without being shabby; the stream white or dark adaptations were more hard to get in and out of a pocket on the grounds that the material had more drag.

Totallee's Thin iPhone X Case fits properly more effectively than whatever is left of the cluster. Since these cases are normally such a tight press and don't have much give, it's more hard to tuck the fourth and last corner of the telephone into alternate cases we tried, unless you are exceptionally watchful.

Totallee offers a two-year, free substitution guarantee, the longest scope for any thin case we considered. The organization's site states: "in the event that anything happens to your totallee item we'll send you a free substitution. it's as straightforward as that." You can make a claim under this guarantee one time for every item.