Best iPhone XS Cases iMore 2019

You're getting the new iPhone XS, which happens to be the same size as the iPhone X. So technically you don't need a brand new case. Still, who doesn't love getting a brand new gorgeous case when getting a new phone? A new case makes a new phone seem even more special. Here are some of our favorite new cases to spice up your new iPhone.

Ruggedly waterproof: Catalyst Case

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The best, most reliable waterproof case is getting the iPhone XS upgrade with up to 10-meter waterproof protection and 2-meter drop protection. It's also designed with acoustic membranes for clearer call audio and the best touchscreen film technology around.

$90 at Amazon

Bookish style: TwelveSouth BookBook

Years after it first hit the case market; the BookBook is still one of the most popular wallet cases on the market. It holds your credit cards, has a removable hard shell, and looks like a classic leather-bound book.

$60 at Amazon

Protective charge: ZeroLemon battery case

ZeroLemon's battery case stands out from the rest because of its Apple-certified Lightning connector. It's powerful little juice box provides enough battery refresh to charge your iPhone XS to full a two times.

$30 at Amazon

Something really fun: Case-Mate Waterfall

It's hard to keep your eyes off of this stunning metallic waterfall case and snow globe in one. Don't let the splashy looks fool you, though: this case offers serious drop protection. If waterfalls aren't your thing, there are plenty of other style options to choose from.

$35 at Amazon

Add some considerable functionality: Nomad Rugged Tri Folio

You can eliminate the need for a wallet with this stunning Rugged Tri Folio from Nomad. It has eight credit card slots and a cash pocket, and it will still protect your phone from drops. This high-end case is crafted from vegetable-tanned Horween leather and will develop a lovely patina over time.

$80 at Nomad

The no-case case: Totallee Thin iPhone Case

You don't really want a case covering up your gorgeous phone but you know you need a little something. Enter Totallee with its ultra-thin cases. You aren't going to get much drop protection with a case that's about as thick as my fingernail (0.02 inches to be precise), but it will at least ward off scratches.

$28 at Amazon

High-end holster case: Waterfield Ranger iPhone Case

If you're looking for a rugged, holster-style leather case for your new iPhone, consider the Ranger iPhone Case from Waterfield. A handy exterior pocket will hold your earbuds or a bit of cash. Something about this case says urban cowboy to me. It's masculine and cool, but it's certainly not cheap.

$89 at Waterfield

Fun but tough: Speck Presidio Inked

Why not have fun with your case, if you can still get top-notch protection? Speck's Presidio Inked line includes adorable patterns without sacrificing excellent protection. If Homer's favorite dessert doesn't appeal, there are plenty of other colorful options from which to choose.

$45 at Amazon

Leather card holder: Bellroy 3 Card Phone Case

Pop up to three cards into this opulent leather wallet style case. A magnetic closure keeps it closed and your cards safe. There is also a thoughtful little slot to store a spare SIM card and SIM popper. It comes in a handful of colors, including this coral shade. Who says that leather can't be colorful?

$75 at Amazon

Ultra protective: Otterbox Statement

This tough as nails case from trusted casemaker Otterbox won't let you down. The rock solid Statement Series has a plastic window so you can see your beautiful new phone, as well as leather trim. If you can't decide between plastic and leather, this is a good compromise.

$40 at Otterbox

Back to basics: Apple Silicone Case

For true Apple fans, only an Apple case will do. Designed by Apple engineers, it hugs the iPhone's every curve. The basic silicone case never gets boring, since Apple regularly releases new colors like this calming lavender gray.

$39 at Apple

A wallet, folio, and stand: Silk Folio Wallet

The Silk Folio case comes in two colors, Black Tie Affair and Rosé All Day. Both colors are a textured Saffiano faux leather. It has four credit card slots and a cash pocket. Turn the case into a kickstand to watch videos. A security band keeps the folio closed securely when not in use. This case offers excellent quality for the price.

$15 at Amazon

Leather luxury: Mujjo Leather Wallet Case

If you love luxurious leather, take a look at Mujjo's products. The vegetable-tanned full-grain leather ages to a wonderful patina. Even the buttons are covered with leather, while remaining fully functional. A leather pocket on the back will hold two or three cards. Soft microfiber lines the inside of the case so it won't scratch your phone.

$50 at Amazon

Lightweight armor: UAG Monarch

This super tough but surprisingly lightweight case from Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is designed for an active lifestyle. It's military drop-tested and is constructed from leather, plastic, and metal. The edges have a honeycomb texture and the volume button covers are satisfyingly clicky. Choose from five different colors.

$60 at Amazon

Budget Silicone: TORRAS Love Series

Created in the same vein as the Apple silicone cases, this one from TORRAS is less expensive. It's lined with microfiber and has a slight lip to keep the screen from touching the table when placed face-down. Choose from black, red, yellow, or mint.

$18 at Amazon

Great all-around case: Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen does iPhone cases right, and at the right price. This one offers tough protection without a ton of bulk. It comes in black or midnight blue and blends a carbon fiber and a glossy look. A little window for the Apple logo lets everyone know which phone you're carrying.

From $14 at Amazon

Marvelous marble: ESR Slim Soft Case

I'm really feeling the marble trend lately. Something about the contrast between ancient marble and ultra modern technology is so appealing. How cute would this light coffee colored marble look with the new gold iPhone XS? This soft, slim, flexible TPU case also comes in five other classic colors.

$13 at Amazon

The tough case with everything: SUPCASE Full-Body Rugged Holster Case

This case has super drop protection, a built-in plastic screen protector, port covers, and a belt clip holster. It's constructed from flexible TPU and a hard PC shell. With five colors from which to choose, you'll be sure to find one to complement your iPhone XS.

$20 at Amazon

Slim leather wallet: Pad & Quill Bella Fino

With the ability to store about four cards, your ID, and some cash, the Pad & Quill Bella Fino is one of the most beautiful wallet cases around. Its thin design is slimmer than a lot of wallet cases out there, and the beautiful leather ages gracefully with rich patina.

$70 at Pad & Quill

Extra juice: Apple's Smart Battery case

You shouldn't have to worry about running out of battery with Apple's Smart Battery case, since it provides an extra 33 hours of talk time and about 21 hours of internet use. The case is even compatible with Qi wireless charging pads, so you can charge your iPhone and the case at the same time!

$129 at Apple

Battery and protection: mophie Juice Pack

Apple isn't the only producer of a battery case for the iPhone XS. The Mophie Juice Pack can give you about 25 hours of extra power on time. The case is built from polycarbonate to help prevent damage from impacts (like dropping your iPhone), and it can also charge via USB-C cable or Qi-wireless charging. The small LED lights on the back of the case indicate the current battery power left in the juice pack, meaning you'll always know when its time to charge it up.

$100 at mophie

A good case goes a long way

A phone case is more than just a case, it's an extension of your iPhone. It protects your iPhone from mishaps while expressing your personal style and can even provide extra functionailty.

The Catalyst Waterroof case is a heavy-duty case that's meant to protect your phone from water damge and keep it working through anything. Of course, lots of people prefer cases like Totallee Thin iPhone Case which give your iPhone XS a little extra protection, but don't add a lot of bulk to your phone, so you can easily store it in your pocket or bag.

Wallet cases like the Pad & Quill Bella Fino are a great way to travel lighter, since it allows you to carry around money and your cards, meaning you can always leave your bulky wallet at home.

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