iPhone X cases: 7 phone protectors tested
Apple's iPhone X is very sleek and attractive, but it's less sexy if you drop and smash it, which is where a good case makes sense.
You can read our full iPhone X review here, but one thing that's clear is that Apple's tiny phone is an expensive proposition to repair if you do happen to drop it, especially if you crack that rear wireless-charging compatible glass back.
How expensive? Take an iPhone X into Apple for repair and you're looking (at the time of writing) at $418.95 for the screen alone, and a hefty $818.95 for any other damage, including that glass back. Putting that in context, a case makes a lot of sense. But which case should you pick?
3SIXT Card & Stand Case for iPhone X
Gives it a serious feel of iPhone 3G like solid protection on the sides and slightly stiff buttons. As the name suggests, the key attraction here is that there's a small plastic tab on the back that can act as a stand, and also hides a small compartment for a business or single credit card to hide. If you like switching up cases to match your style, it's also noticeably easy to get on or off the iPhone X.
Tech21 PureClear for iPhone X
Any case is going to change the style of your iPhone X, at least a little, but as the name suggests, Tech21's PureClear case doesn't change it much, offering robust protection for the sides and rear of the iPhone X while still letting its inherent design shine through. It's a good option if you're worried about damaging the rear glass of the iPhone X, but still want to show it off to some extent. It's also very easy to get on or off if you want to change style.
Tech21 Evo Wallet for iPhone X
Many cases protect the sides and back of a phone but it's really only the folio style cases that also protect the front. That can make seeing your phone screen tricky, but it's hard to doubt the toughness of Tech21's Evo Wallet which also includes a separate card compartment and a clip to keep the screen (and that FaceID camera) locked away from prying eyes. Installation is easy but it's a little harder than some to take off if you fancy changing cases a lot.
3SIXT Neo Case for iPhone X
The Neo Case is a full wallet for your iPhone X and any other cards or cash or anything else you might need to carry around with you. The iPhone X itself sits in a removable plastic casing so you could go lighter if you needed to. The interior phone case attaches to the exterior body magnetically, which is conceptually cool but does mean that it blocks wireless charging from working properly, even when not in the full body case.
3SIXT Aramid Ultra-Thin Protective Case
When 3SIXT calls the Aramid Ultra-Thin, they're not kidding. Aside from adding a different pattern style to the rear of the iPhone X and perhaps a little light scratch reduction, this is one of the least protective cases we've tested. However, it is also one of the lightest, and one that adds the least overall bulk to the iPhone X, so if you're careful with your phone and just want a small style change, it could be a good match.
Tech21 Evo Check Evoke Edition for iPhone X
A phone case isn't all about protection, and it's not always all about style, either. The Evoke Edition tries to cover both camps with Tech21's durable FlexShock material built into the bumpers, overlaid with a floral pattern that's certainly eye-catching, although possibly not to everyone's taste. That being said, it's a solid case for protection and one for the extroverts amongst us.
Apple iPhone X Silicone Case
RRP:$59 (Silicone) $75 (Leather) $145 (Leather Folio)
Apple has for some time now made its own case ranges for each year's iPhone lines, and the iPhone X is no exception, with the choice of either a straight silicone case or for the first time a folio case option if you want a little extra protection.
They're a nice stylish and lightweight set of cases, although clearly, you do pay a little "badge value" for the fact that they're in-house designs with inlaid Apple logos on them.
Want more cases? Many of the cases we've already reviewed are available for iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, and you can check out that review here.