You've picked out the iPhone XS Max, which is still a great phone (despite being previous-gen) with a big beautiful screen that you will no doubt want to protect. However, before you unbox that beauty, you'll want to make sure you have a case in hand. Here, we've rounded up the best iPhone XS Max cases.
The bare minimum
This is the minimalist protection option for people that don't want to add any noticeable bulk to their phones. These cases are just 0.02 inches thick, so they won't protect your phone from a serious fall. If you're looking for scratch protection more than drop protection, Totallee is a great option.
Fun and protective
Case-Mate offers lots of protective case styles in fun colors and patterns. This iridescent color is adorable, and the case itself is tough, with 10-foot drop protection. The colors are translucent, so you'll still get a hint of your iPhone's color through the case.
The tough choice
Urban Armor Gear, or UAG, offers superior drop protection with this case, which is armor for your phone. It meets military drop-test standards. Despite its toughness, this masculine-looking case is surprisingly lightweight.
Otterbox has become synonymous with protection. Their new Traction series shows off your new iPhone while protecting it with a clear back and a touch of color around the edges. You can't go wrong with an Otterbox case on your iPhone XS Max.
For some people, there is no case but an Apple case. This sumptuous leather case is designed to hug your iPhone's every curve. New colors are released regularly to keep the classic design from getting stale. The embossed Apple logo on the back is just the thing for every fanboy or fangirl.
A limitless case
Mous is famous for creating the toughest cases in beautiful, unique designs. The Limitless 2.0 case is drop-tested to over 30 feet, and the walnut backing is an attractive touch.
This case is a little different style-wise, with a clear back and options of a colored border. It will allow you to show off the beauty of your phone while still protecting that investment. This case is sturdy and has shock-absorbent corners so that you won't be so nervous every time your phone slips from your fingertips...or table...or countertop.
Silk's Wallet Case holds up to three credit cards and a bit of cash. There is a clever slot on one side; pop a credit card in there, and it acts as a kickstand for your iPhone so you can watch videos. It's lightweight, and it comes with a screen protector.
Looking for a genuine leather case that won't break the bank? Check out Case-Mate's Barely There. As the name implies, it's quite thin at just 2mm thick. It's also lined with microfiber to cradle your iPhone. This case reminds me of Apple's — it even has metallic buttons. It comes in black, blush, and cardinal red, though it'll cost you a few dollars more.
Slim and mighty
Looking for a trusted brand with tough protection. Otterbox has an excellent phone case that is all in one slim package. It is also available in more than one color, so you don't have to sacrifice color for your protection.
Built-in ring kickstand
If you can get past the cheesy misspelled name, Elegant Choise offers a functional case with a bonus. A built-in ring kickstand is a handy way to get a more secure grip on your phone and watch videos. The ring rotates 360 degrees so that you can use it at any angle. However, it's important to note that the ring on the back will prevent wireless charging.
If pink and glittery is your style, but you want full front and back protection, check out this gem from i-Blason. It's a two-piece case with a built-in screen protector. The back has a TPU bumper and a hard PC back panel. If the pink glitter is just a bit much, this case also comes in a more sedate marble pattern.
The whole package
Sure, this is just a simple, clear case, but I've seen the Sonix brand cases at a certain high-end department store for a lot more than the current price at Amazon, and it comes with a bubble-free tempered glass screen protector. The case is military drop-test certified and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Find the perfect case for your iPhone XS Max
You don't want that gorgeous and expensive new phone to go unprotected, even for a minute. Pick up one of these best iPhone XS Max cases with options like the Totallee Thin Case. It's both protective and minimal, adding little to no bulk to your iPhone XS Max, which is terrific considering it's already the biggest iPhone yet.
If you wanted something even more rugged, the tried and true Otterbox Traction Series is designed to keep your iPhone protected and secure. We also like the Otterbox Symmetry Series because they come in various designs, colors, patterns, and even licensed designs from brands like Disney. Plus, the Symmetry Series offers heavy-duty protection without the bulk of the Defender Series, and it is relatively easy to care for and maintain. And if you change cases often, then it's pretty easy to remove too.
Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.
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