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Choosing the right case for your iPhone 8 is an important task.
Besides making your iPhone look better, the right case can make your life a whole lot easier — if you know what to look for, that is.
The best case for you will depend on a lot of factors. What do you mostly use your phone for? Are you an Instagram addict, or do you spend all day texting? Do you need something with a lot of protection, or are you more concerned with making sure your phone fits in your pocket easily?
There’s a lot to consider, and not every case is going to work well for everyone. But with our guide, it should be a lot easier to find the one to suit your needs.
Here are the best iPhone 8 cases — from higher-end to budget, super-protective to extremely elegant — you can buy right now.
If what you’re after is a basic case that looks good, protects your phone, and adds minimal bulk, Apple’s leather cases check all the boxes and then some. They’re genuine leather, they look great, and they come in a variety of colors (which change seasonally). The soft leather is just grippy enough that you don’t need to worry about your phone sliding out of your hand. But even if you do drop your phone, the leather cases offer a surprising amount of protection despite their slim fit.
If you’re on a budget: Jisoncase, $18.99 – $21.99
If you like the idea of a leather case but don’t want to pay Apple’s premium, Jisoncase is another great option. They’re not quite as polished as Apple’s offerings — the power and volume buttons are leather, not aluminum, and there are only a handful of color options (black, brown, red, and blue). But they’re made of real leather and offer the same slim fit. And at about twenty bucks each, the price is hard to beat.
The best case if your drop your phone a lot: Otterbox Defender Series, $49.95
If protection is your top concern, Otterbox’s Defender Series is an obvious choice. Yes, the case is bulkier than most, but it can protect your phone from just about any disaster. The Defender Series covers both the front and back of your iPhone 8 (no screen protector required) and is specifically designed to absorb serious impacts. At the same time, it won’t interfere with the iPhone 8’s wireless charging capabilities, so you won’t need to take it on and off constantly.
The best case for Instagram addicts: Moment Photo case, $29.99
If you’re serious about your Instagram hobby, you should consider a case that can do more than just protect your phone. Moment’s iPhone 8 photo cases are designed for the company’s iPhone lens attachments, which are some of the best lens accessories around. The company makes a variety of lenses (sold separately), from fisheyes and wide-angle to telephoto, all of which attach easily to the Moment case.
We all need to charge on the go sometimes. But if you need to be charging more often than not, a battery case is your best bet. And if you have an iPhone 8, Mophie’s wirelessly-charging Juice Pack line is ideal. The cases use Mophie’s “charge force” technology, which means the case can charge wirelessly when you use Mophie’s charging mount (though you can also charge them via a wired connection). They’re relatively slim for a battery case, so you won’t feel like you slipped your iPhone inside of a brick. Most importantly, Mophie says the cases will buy you a full extra charge, so your phone can make it twice as long.
The best case for carrying your stuff: Speck Presidio Wallet, $34.95
If you’re looking for an iPhone 8 case that can also stash some cash and a few credit cards, Speck’s Presidio Wallet case is for you. Available in four colors, it can securely hold up to three cards or a wad of cash. It’s also protective: the plastic case can withstand drops of up to 10 feet, according to Speck.
Upgrade pick: Kate Spade leather wrap folio, $85
If you want something a little fancier and don’t mind spending the extra money, Kate Spade’s leather wrap folio is an excellent upgrade. The leather case can hold two cards and snaps shut when you’re not using it, making it the ideal choice for anyone trying to spend less time staring at their phone. It’s also just, well, pretty. (Kate Spade makes it in a number of different prints, but we’re partial to the classic two-tone look.)
The best case for watching video: Spigen Tough Armor, $14.99
Whether you’re obsessed with YouTube or can’t stop Netflix-binging, a case with a kickstand will make watching video on your phone much more pleasant. That’s where Spigen’s Tough Armor case comes in. Equipped with a sturdy kickstand, the case makes it easy to prop up your phone, no matter where you go. The case also provides ample protection from bumps and drops, without blocking your iPhone’s speakers.
If you want less bulk: Iconflag 360 degree, $12.99
If Spigen’s case is a little too thick for your taste, Iconflag’s version may be just what you need. It’s got a metal ring on the back side, which acts both as a kickstand and as an extra grip. Available in a variety of colors, the plastic case is a bit thinner without sacrificing protection.