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The second you drop your phone without a case, you’ll wish you had one. That’s why investing in one of the best iPhone cases is so important. Despite how you feel about them and how they might detract from Apple’s signature aesthetic and feel, at the end of the day they’re a solid bit of insurance against everyday bumps, scratches, and spills.
Before you spring for anything on our list, just make sure its compatible with whichever version iPhone you’re currently using, as Apple tends to switch up their form factor with each model.
Unless you need more color options, the best bet for keeping your iPhone safe and secure is the Smartish Gripzilla Armor Case. It’s ergonomic edges ensure that you won’t drop it, and its price won’t break the bank.
Katie Dundas is a writer and journalist with a passion for technology, particularly in relation to cameras, drones, fitness, and travel. She splits her time between the US and Australia.
Robert LeFebvre helps manage Lifewire’s newsroom and has been a fervent Apple user since the 90s (before it was cool). He’s tried tons of different computers and mobile devices but keeps running back to the house that Jobs built.
Size – Apple devices change their form factor slightly with every generation, so you’ll likely need a new case whenever you get a new phone. However, some cases do have a little flexibility in terms of what phones they are compatible with.
Fit – Some cases will add some considerable heft and size to your phone, changing a normally slim phone into an ungainly piece of technology in a hurry.
Protection – Some cases are just for show, others will make your phone nigh indestructible. But protection often comes at the cost of making your phone larger. Another important consideration is a screen protector which isn’t standard with all phone cases.