Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews, and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about the best portable power banks, a virtually indestructible iPhone charging cord, and the best iPhone Lightning cables, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed iPhone cases on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
The best case for an iPhone XR
“Bought this as a temporary case but may end up using it long-term. The clear is super-clear and it has the slightly rubbery feel to it so you can get a good grip on your phone. I also like the raised edges on the four corners and around the camera for protection. Might be a keeper!”
The best case for an iPhone X
“I always get these minimalist designs when it comes to cases for my iPhones. I’ve been using these Spigen Hybrid cases since the iPhone 6 and have never thought about getting a different case since. This is the only case that actually offers good drop protection while still preserving the minimalist design of the iPhone. I absolutely refuse to get huge, ugly Otter box cases that ruin the appearance of the phone, and this is the absolute best compromise I have ever found. Dropped phones many times with this case on, and it has never failed me.”
The best case for an iPhone 8
“I bought this case for my very picky 16-year-old son and he loves it. It’s not too bulky, which has been a problem in the past with other brands of phone cases. He really likes the design and the color and I like the fact that it appears to be heavy duty and will protect his phone. He also really likes using the lanyard. So far, so good. Based on what we’ve seen with this case so far, we would highly recommend it to others.”
“This is probably my fifth OtterBox purchase. I like the case construction, colors, and durability. This case has protected my phone from multiple falls. I also like that this case is thinner than the Defender version. My only complaint (with all my OtterBox cases) is, if you get a lighter-colored case, be prepared for it to get dirty-looking very quickly.”
“Excellent case. Had one for a good four–five months; after some pretty heavy use, it came apart at one side. Still protected the phone perfectly, but knew it could get worse over time. Contacted seller as the product’s got a lifetime warranty. The seller was very pleasant and shipped replacement to my door in about a week. I would definitely buy this case again for future models.”
The best case for an iPhone 8 Plus
“Say you were at a high school football game. Say you were sitting on the top of the bleachers. Say some old lady kicked your purse and your phone was on top. Say your phone skated in slo-mo into the gap in between the seats and walkway. Say you watched it careen the 15 feet or so to the ground below, into the dirt, under the bleachers. Say you looked at her and you knew she knew and she didn’t even say sorry. Say you found a custodial guy eating a burger with a *LOT* of mustard. Say you complimented him on his hunk of keys and told him the tale. Say he unlocked a creepy gate under the bleachers and found your phone in THIS OTTERBOX and it was perfectly fine. This is what happened to me. Wish it were cuter? Say you put on a jungle PopSocket with pink flamingoes. I will NEVER get another case. Only me and the OTTERBOX.”
The best case for an iPhone 7
“Really love this case. You’ll have a hard time finding anything more low-profile that’s still going to protect your phone if dropped. I’ve never dropped a phone hard enough to shatter a screen, but I’ve dropped plenty that have dinged up corners or scratched the bezel, making the phone look like crap. This offers the protection I need and keeps the iPhone looking good the way it was intended to look. When I put my phone down on the conference room table, it looks noticeably thinner than everyone else’s. Also, it has a really nice satin-soft texture to it. You won’t be disappointed.”
“We have purchased three of these and really like being able to carry license, credit card, and one other card with the phone while having protection against drops, etc. How many times have you left the house without your phone or your license, credit card, etc.? Keeping the items together was a nice solution for me. Now I don’t have to grab a wallet and the phone. Case protects the phone well. I’ve had a few drops and no problems.”
“I love this case. For someone who has cracked my iPhone screen not once but TWICE in the last year … I needed something durable. I was debating between this and an OtterBox, and for the price I would highly recommend this one. There are two layers of protection around your phone to save it from drops, also there is a built-in screen protector that will help to keep the screen scratch-free.”
The best case for an iPhone 7 Plus
“So it may seem like a flimsy plastic case. But I am the most clumsy person in the world. I have dropped my 7 Plus more times than I can count in this case and it has zero cracks, zero scratches, no damage at all. For a pretty cheap plastic case, I’ll give this 800 stars! I love it and will buy more in other colors. It even holds my pop socket perfectly.”
The best case for an iPhone 6/6S
“I love this case. It has a nice grip. It will not slip from my hands or slide off a table. It was easy to put on my phone. Fits like a glove. I have access to all my buttons and ports. The price was great. I would definitely purchase this again and recommend it to my friends.”
“Being somewhat clumsy and frequently dumb, a phone case is a must for me. This case has held up for two years now with near daily drops, only coming out with a few scratches. Pretty much what you want from your case.
“However, the other day I went up in a scissor lift. Forty feet up, to be exact. Absentmindedly, I left my phone in my shirt pocket. When I reached the forty-foot height and leaned over the rail, I had the pleasure of watching my phone slide out of my pocket and tumble to the hard concrete below. Of course it landed facedown. On the ride down I was already planning on going to the Sprint store to get a new phone. Imagine my surprise when I picked the phone up and the screen was not cracked. This case helped my iPhone survive a 40-foot drop to hard concrete.”
The best case for an iPhone 6/6S Plus
“Great case! I went from the “bulky” 100% OtterBox cover to this. This does feel a bit more slippery in my hands and I cannot be as careless with my phone now, but I feel like I have a brand new phone again! I did have to order to protective screen as this leaves it exposed. Fits like a glove on my 6s Plus, but you do have to be more careful with your phone versus the full coverage series.”
The best case for an iPhone 5/5S/SE
“Really high-quality case! Seriously, I am impressed! I use my phone while running, hiking, biking, and more. This case gives me full confidence that my phone will be protected if it drops. I paid $50 at AT&T for a similar case and it wasn’t as nice as this one. And this one fits my iPhone 5S better than the more expensive one. Color is vibrant and exactly like pic shows. I am very happy with this purchase!!!”
The best armband cell phone case
“My first time wearing this was for my first half marathon and it worked GREAT. I have an iPhone 7 and the case has openings for all different jacks on the side and center of the phone. The screen protector allows you to use the touchscreen and the band was great and held tight. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to use it for trail runs as the weather gets better!”
The best waterproof cell phone case
“I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe about an hour from our pick up point. I chose not to wear my phone around my neck, and so it, my ID and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river and I just assumed it would be discovered a thousand years from now and placed in a museum as an ancient artifact. Fast forward to earlier this week. I was contacted via FB by an Alachua County Sherrif’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed!
I’m not one who is easily impressed by much of anything anymore, but if you are planning a trip and need a waterproof case, this is the one to get!”
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