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Best iPhone Xs case: Protect your Apple iPhone Xs with these hardcore cases

Emma Sims Pete Clark
14 May 2021

Protect your iPhone Xs with these stylish and practical cases, handpicked by us

If you're the lucky owner of one of Apple's top-of-the-range handsets, the iPhone Xs, you'll probably be in want of a case to ward off the bumps, knocks, drops and scratches to which nobody is invulnerable. No matter how careful you are.

The Xs starts at £999 for the 64GB model, rising to a mind-boggling £1,350 for the 512GB version. It makes sense, then, that you might be willing to spend a little extra money to protect your new handset, especially if you’ve recently re-mortgaged your house to afford it.

The best way to protect your phone? Why, with a case, of course! Here’s our lowdown on the best iPhone Xs cases available.

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The best iPhone Xs cases you can buy

1. Spigen Tough Armour: Best heavy-duty iPhone Xs case

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

What’s the key feature that most people look for when shopping for phone cases? Durability. It is the raison d'être of phone cases, after all.

When it comes to durability, almost no-one comes close to Spigen. The company updated its Tough Armour range (the “longest-standing fan favourite”, according to Spigen) to coincide with the release of iPhone Xs, and the result is excellent. This case’s slim, dual-layered structure allows it to withstand all manner of drops and bumps. If that isn’t enough, the built-in stand allows you to comfortably watch your favourite TV shows anywhere, any time, and it supports wireless charging, too.

Key specs - Materials: Polycarbonate, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU); Drop-proofing: US MIL-STD w/ Air Cushion Technology; Warranty: 90-day limited warranty

2. Torras iPhone XS slim case: Best crystal-clear case

Price: From £10 | Buy now from Amazon

Unlike the other entries on this list, the Torras slim case is minimalist in design by comparison. This crystal-clear case is reinforced by premium TPU material, ensuring protection for your phone from falls and impact damage, as well as preventing scratches.

With what Torras calls "microdot technology", the case should remain cleaner for longer as well, reducing the likelihood of stains, yellowing and fingerprint marks, maintaining its clear appearance. Thanks to its raised bezels, your phone’s camera and screen will also be protected from any potential damage.

Key specs - Materials: Polycarbonate, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU); Drop-proofing: TPU bumpers; Warranty: 1yr warranty

3. Mujjo tan leather case: Most stylish iPhone Xs case

Price: £40 | Buy now from Mujjo

Some of us don’t really care about durability, though. This case from Mujjo is a more stylish option for those who want to look good, and have faith in their ability to not drop their brand-new iPhone Xs.

The main headline from Mujjo is that its cases are now made from 100% premium full-grain leather. According to the company, these “work to accentuate rather than conceal the iPhone Xs’s beautiful design.” The leather rises 1mm above the edge of the screen, creating a bezel that shields your screen from abrasive surfaces. It’s a simple but effective look, and we love it.

The cost of this level of luxury? A rather steep £40. And Mujjo only ship worldwide for orders of over £55 – so you’ll have to buy one for a friend, too.

Key specs - Materials: Dual-grain leather, Japanese microfibre; Drop proofing: Not supplied; Warranty: Two-year limited warranty

Buy now from Mujjo

4. Moment Battery Phone Case: Best multifunctional iPhone Xs case

Price: £30 | Buy now from Moment

This is perhaps the coolest phone case we’ve seen all year. Moment specialises in cases aimed at mobile photographers and filmmakers, and this shows in the Battery Phone for iPhone Xs. Its features include an electronic, DSLR-like shutter button, an attached wrist or neck strap (the choice is yours) and additional battery for longer video shooting. Its hard shell and rubber body simultaneously protect your handset from drops – this case is truly multitalented.

Key specs - Materials: Polycarbonate (PC), TPU; Drop-proofing: Not supplied; Warranty: 1yr limited warranty

Buy now from Moment

5. Apple iPhone Xs Leather Folio: Best wallet case for iPhone Xs

Price: £99 | Buy now from Apple

It would be rude not to include a case made by the phone’s actual manufacturer, wouldn’t it? I’m sure a small company like Apple needs our money to get by, so why not help it out by purchasing one of its official phone cases?

Thankfully, Apple is as good at making cases as it is phones. This leather folio for iPhone XS ticks all the boxes. Crafted from tan European leather for a luxurious look and feel, it fits snugly around the Xs handset. Open the case, and your iPhone Xs wakes up. Close it, and it goes to sleep. There’s also space for bank cards and notes on the interior.

The price is admittedly high, but if anyone knows how to make good cases for Apple’s phones, surely it’s Apple itself.

Key specs - Materials: European tan leather; Drop-proofing: Not supplied; Warranty: 6yr limited warranty

Buy now from Apple

6. Mous Limitless 2.0: The best protective slim case for iPhone Xs

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon

Mous prides itself on producing the most durable iPhone cases around, and the company isn’t afraid to tell you about it. Just look at its YouTube channel.

Although the company hasn't yet dropped an iPhone Xs from space in one of its cases, you can rest assured that their Limitless 2.0 will be a product of high quality. Its Airoshock technology allows it to be super slim while maintaining a high level of protection that will allow you to drop it over and over again. A free screen protector is also included, made of a triple-layered TPU/PC/Silicon blend, so your screen is safe from scratches, too. We also love the choice of authentic materials for each case – whether it’s carbon fibre, bamboo or walnut.

Key specs - Materials: PC/TPU with walnut/carbon fibre/leather/bamboo/seashell; Drop-proofing: Airoshock shock absorption; Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty

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7. Redbubble Ice Lolly Case: Best novelty case

Price: £14 | Buy now from Red Bubble

Okay, so specs-wise this *probably* isn't the most protective case in the world. But what it lacks in state-of-the-art shockproof technology and air-cushioned corners, it more than makes up for in charm. Styled as everyone's favourite summer treat, an ice lolly which cannot be named for legal reasons (hint: it tastes FABulous), this iPhone Xs case is durable, flexible and fully compatible with wireless charging.

Plus, it weighs just 26g – although its seasonal style may leave you itching for a refresh come October – take this autumnal offering, for example.

As for the ice lolly case, there are three options for the iPhone Xs: a soft case, a snap case or a hard case, depending on the feel and level of protection you're after. Be wary though, it may have you sporadically dashing to the corner shop in pursuit of icy treats. You've been warned. 

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