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We knew the 10th-anniversary edition of Apple’s influential iPhone was going to be something special. The iPhone X sports a big, beautiful, edge-to-edge bezel-less screen, packs some serious power under the hood, and boasts a dual-lens camera. We lauded the phone’s gorgeous design in our iPhone X review, but the glass panels located on the front and back of the make it fragile. Below are the best iPhone X cases and covers available, whether you want stylish protection or something more durable.

Our top picks

After trying on a number of different iPhone X cases and taking them for a spin, we have identified these three cases are our top picks.

Nodus Access Case iPhone X
Nodus Access Case iPhone X
Nodus Access Case iPhone X
Nodus Access Case iPhone X
Nodus Access Case iPhone X

This classy wallet case is made from Italian leather and comes in brown, black, gray, and teal. The neatly stitched, textured leather exterior is stylish and practical. Inside, things are a little different from the majority of wallet cases, because there’s no plastic shell. Your iPhone X is held in place by a micro suction pad of adhesive that won’t mark your device. It’s strong enough to hold your iPhone X in place, even if you dangle it as we did in the last picture above, but you can remove your phone easily when you need to. There’s a single, large pocket for cards or cash in the cover and you can fold it back to act as a landscape stand. The interior has a soft, microfiber finish and, because there’s no shell, you have easy access to ports, controls, and other features. There’s also a cutout on the back for the dual camera.

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Skech Stark Case iPhone X
Skech Stark Case iPhone X
Skech Stark Case iPhone X
Skech Stark Case iPhone X

It can be frustrating having to cover up your gorgeous iPhone X to protect it properly, and that’s why Skech has developed the Stark case. This is a minimalist case that focuses protection on the corners and the top and bottom edges of your phone. The sides are left completely open and it comes in clear or black and clear varieties, both of which allow Apple’s design to shine through. There are generous cutouts for the port, speaker, and camera, while those top and bottom edges protrude slightly to safeguard that stunning OLED screen. It adds barely any bulk and won’t interfere with wireless charging. Best of all, this svelte offering has been drop-tested up to 8 feet. It’s a very tight fit, but we think the protection offered here, in such a minimal package, is impressive.

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Mikol Waitomo Ruby Case iPhone X
Mikol Waitomo Ruby Case iPhone X
Mikol Waitomo Ruby Case iPhone X
Mikol Waitomo Ruby Case iPhone X

Seeking something different? Mikol offers a stunning range of marble, amethyst, and other stone cases. This travertine case is very expensive, but it boasts Italian limestone that gets its special look from mineral springs — it also glows in the dark. The case itself features black plastic with accurate cutouts for easy access to everything. The hand-cut and sanded stone is unique, and you can get your initials or name engraved in gold on the back for an extra $25. This case is really all about style, and it’s sure to turn heads wherever you go. We don’t think it will provide much in the way of drop protection — in fact, the stone may be at risk of damage if you fumble it.

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And the rest

Moshi Talos Case iPhone X
Moshi Talos Case iPhone X
Moshi Talos Case iPhone X
Moshi Talos Case iPhone X

This protective iPhone X case is a change of pace for Moshi. It offers military-grade drop protection, so falls shouldn’t be a problem. There are ridges along both sides, which really enhance grip, and the lip around the screen is pronounced. There are precise cutouts, a cover for the Lightning port, and flush button covers. We really like the angular style with the carbon fiber pattern on the back. It adds a bit of bulk, but wireless charging still works with the case on. If you tend to be clumsy with your phone, this is a good choice for solid protection. It comes in black or gray.

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Incipio Carnaby Esquire Case
The clever new Vortex case from Skech combines top-quality protection with some seriously nifty features. It’s a hard shell that has been drop-tested up to 10 feet. There’s a lovely soft-touch finish and a clever metal ring on the back that can be extended to act as a kickstand for propping your iPhone X up. You can also slip a finger into the ring to keep a firm hold on your phone. Each Vortex case ships with a magnetic vent mount for the car. The only drawback is that wireless charging doesn’t work because of the metal.

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Speck Presidio Grip Case

It’s certainly on the chunky side, but we love the Presidio Grip. A fusion of polycarbonate and Speck’s proprietary flexible rubber blend, known as Impactium, this case protects your iPhone X from falls of up to 10 feet. The ridges don’t just dissipate shock and provide an eye-catching design, they also make it much easier to grip your phone. Pronounced button covers, accurate openings, and a raised lip around the screen complete one of the best protective iPhone cases you can buy.

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Silk Base Grip Case

This is a thin, flexible, and affordable TPU case that boasts a smart design. The frame of the case is roughly textured, making it stick in your hand while reducing the risk that you’ll drop your iPhone X. There’s also air cushion protection in the corners, a raised lip around the screen, and tactile button covers. It’s very slim so it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging, though we’re not sure how much drop protection you can expect. It’s also not the best-looking case, even with gloss highlights and a choice of colors, but if grip is high on your list, you won’t find anything better.

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RhinoShield SolidSuit Case for iPhone X
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Originally taking the market by storm with its highly protective CrashGuard bumper, RhinoShield has moved on to full cases, and the SolidSuit range will tempt iPhone X owners. All of these cases offer the same impressive drop protection from up to 11 feet. There’s a protective lip for the screen, tactile button covers, and precise cutouts. The cases are also compatible with RhinoShield’s tempered-glass screen protector and the nifty lens adapters for things like wide-angle and macro photography. You can opt for various finishes, including plain black or white plastic, carbon fiber, and a range of wood finishes — our favorite is dark walnut with a black bumper. RhinoShield also has leather, microfiber, and brushed steel cases in the works.

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Urban Armor Gear Monarch Case for iPhone X

With five layers of protection, the Monarch case from UAG is every bit as tough as it looks. We like the platinum finish, which is actually polycarbonate over leather with a textured area that really enhances your grip. If your prized possession does slip from your hands, have no fear — this case will safeguard your iPhone X from falls and bumps. Despite the chunky look, it’s actually quite slim and very lightweight. It also doesn’t interfere with wireless charging or Apple Pay.

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Caudabe Veil XT Case

At just 0.35mm thick, this is among the thinnest iPhone X cases around. If you don’t want to cramp Apple’s style, then this could be for you. Don’t expect much in the way of drop protection, but the textured finish will enhance your grip. There’s a raised lip around the camera lens, but there’s no bezel around the screen. The button covers and openings are precise, and this case feels like a second skin. The frost version is translucent, or you can opt for bright blue, red, or black.

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Noreve Tradition Case

Stylish padded leather from France is a nice way to dress your iPhone X, providing an elegant look and ensuring protection against damage. This case flips open with a hinge at the bottom and a secure snap closure at the top. The iPhone X is held snug and secure and you’ll find cutouts for the buttons, camera, and port. You can choose the precise leather grain and color you want to achieve your ideal leather iPhone X case.

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Nomad always makes great use of leather in its cases, and the Clear Case for the iPhone X may be our favorite design from the company yet. It doesn’t overdo the leather, restricting it to a single panel on the back of the phone to enhance grip and give the case a classy look. The rear panel is crystal-clear polycarbonate, which is blended into softer, protective TPU on the sides. Nomad has put the case through some serious protection tests, and says it’s good for drops from up to 6 feet. Nomad also makes the same case for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Grovemade Minimalist Tough Case

When you shop for rugged iPhone cases it can be difficult to find solid protection that doesn’t compromise on style. An industrial, durable aesthetic isn’t going to work for everyone, and that’s why Portland, Oregon-based Grovemade has developed a new line of iPhone X cases that blend drop protection with stylish, natural materials. These tough frames combine anodized aluminum with a shock-absorbing elastomer band and come with a choice of wood or leather back panels. Our top pick combines black aluminum with American Walnut. It has a discounted pre-order price of $100, but you can also snag the bumper for $80 or the black leather version for $110.

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Rokform Crystal Case ($50)

Rokform Crystal Case

The big attraction of Rokform’s cases is the clever mounting system for securely fixing your iPhone to your bike, car, motorcycle, or anything else. You don’t just get Rokform’s clever locking system — there’s also a magnet on the back and each case ships with a magnetic mount for the air vent in your car. These cases meet military drop-test standards and mix clear polycarbonate with flexible, black TPU padding where you need it most. The Crystal is the slim option and it comes in a range of different colors, but Rokform also does a Rugged Case with a textured finish for the same price.

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Native Union always delivers style in spades with its Clic smartphone cases, and the new Clic Canvas for the iPhone X is no exception. It delivers plenty of drop-proofing, with strong reinforced edges that extend over the screen for facedown, table-top protection, as well as around the camera lens. It’s the canvas section that makes the Clic Canvas look and feel great. It’s tactile, durable, and looks cool. The Native Union logo is raised, giving the back an even classier look. It’s also lightweight and easy to fit and remove. The button covers are quite hard to press when the case is new, though.

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Dog&Bone Wetsuit Impact for iPhone X

You may wonder about the necessity of a waterproof case when the iPhone X is already IP67 rated, but this case from Dog & Bone offers a higher IP68 rating. That means it can handle deeper water — up to 2 meters instead of 1 — and it will keep dust out. There’s also a built-in glass screen protector with a 9H hardness rating and a reinforced rubber body that promises drop protection from falls up to 6.6 feet. The back is transparent, so your Apple logo shows through, but every bit of your iPhone X is protected with this case. Since it seals your iPhone X inside, you can expect some impact on sound, but if you want complete 360-degree protection, this might be the case for you.

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Gear4 D3O Piccadilly Case

Crafted using the remarkable D3O material, this case from Gear4 can handle drops and bumps with ease, protecting your iPhone X from falls of up to 10 feet. The case is clear, with accurate cutouts for the camera, side button, and port, as well as tactile button covers. The chunky, colored, rounded frame adds some grip and extends beyond the screen to take the sting out of impacts. It comes in white, rose gold, gold, or black.

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Mous Limitless Case

Here’s another case manufacturer intent on delivering military-grade protection in a stylish package. The Limitless case from Mous is a fairly slim shell with an inlaid back panel that comes in a range of different materials including wood, carbon fiber, leather, and marble. Mous relies on “AiroShock,” a smart material that can absorb a lot of impact and take the sting out of falls. The case design includes the usual range of button covers and cutouts for easy access to all your iPhone’s functions.

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Snakehive Pastel Collection Wallet Case

Designed in the U.K. and handcrafted in Europe, these soft leather wallet cases for your iPhone X come in a range of appealing pastel colors for a different look. The nubuck leather exterior is sanded to give it a soft suede texture that’s comfortable to hold. There’s a magnetic closure on the cover and you’ll find space inside for a few cards. The cover can also fold back to act as landscape stand. There’s a plastic shell inside to hold your iPhone X in place, while openings and button covers provide full access to everything.

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Karapax Shield+ Case

This one-piece shell case combines polycarbonate with TPU to safeguard your iPhone X from tumbles and bumps. It feels flexible, sports cutouts in all the right places, and has soft button covers that are easy to press. The back features an industrial design with black gloss and carbon fiber highlights. If you’ve never heard the name Karapax before, that’s because it’s a new case brand from one of our favorite portable battery charger manufacturers, Anker. This iPhone X case offers decent drop protection at a low price.

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Mujjo Leather Wallet Case

Leather feels good in hand and it ages gracefully, acquiring more character as it breaks in, so Mujjo’s full-grain leather cases are well worth a look. We like the wallet variety because it includes a simple, slanted leather pocket stitched onto the back that’s capable of holding a couple of credit cards and your ID. There are leather button covers, openings for the camera and other features, and a slight bezel around the screen. The inside of the case is super-soft microfiber.

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Case-Mate Brilliance Tough Case

For serious eye-catching sparkle, the Case-Mate Brilliance range cannot be beaten. Each case features more than 800 real crystals framed by metal accents. The underlying dual-layer shell meets military drop-test standards, so your iPhone X can survive a fall with this case on. You’ll also find a raised lip to safeguard the screen, metallic button covers, and generous openings for ports and other functions. The Iridescent version is pictured, but this also comes in rose gold, lace, and champagne.

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otterbox best iphone x cases

One name comes up again and again when you talk about smartphone protection: Otterbox. Otterbox cases are put through a stringent series of tests, from normal drop tests to makeup resistance, so you can be sure that Otterbox cases are built to last. Its Strada folio series is of particular interest to anyone who wants to keep their device protected, but still give off an air of executive style. A wrap-round premium leather cover keeps the touchscreen protected when not in use, and comes with a vertical card slot to keep credit cards or cash close at hand. The polycarbonate shell snaps onto your iPhone, has a raised edge to protect the screen even when uncovered, and is covered by Otterbox’s Certified Drop+ Protection. This case pairs excellent protection with style you’ll be happy to show off.

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moment best iphone x cases

If you’re looking forward to iPhone X photography, then this case from Moment will help take your shooting game to the next level. The thin but durable body of the case protects against drops and bumps, while the back panel of black canvas provides a textured surface to help keep your grip while taking the perfect shot. A layer of microsuede inside the case cushions and protects your phone, and the bottom of the case even has a wrist-strap attachment for ultimate peace of mind. And what sort of Moment case would this be without attachments for each of Moment’s premium photo lenses. It’s the perfect case for any smartphone photography enthusiast.

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spigen best iphone x cases

Spigen‘s newest addition to its line of classic cases, the Hybrid Armor is a double-whammy of protection. An inner layer of shock-absorbent TPU protects the phone from bumps and adds grip, while the outer layer of polycarbonate adds firm protection and doubles-down on defense. Spigen’s Air Cushion technology protects the vulnerable corners of the iPhone X, and raised edges along the outside of the screen and the camera cutout elevate those areas from surfaces and keep them away from potential hazards. The look screams protection, and the case itself feels solid in your hand, while still not adding too much bulk to your sleek and svelte phone. It’s another potential hit for Spigen.

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Want more options? The Manual has rounded up the most stylish iPhone X cases available, and our list of the best iPhone 8 cases might also inspire you. Happy shopping!


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