Review of the Best Cases for iPhone X!

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Review of the best cases for iPhone X

The best cases for iPhone X – Review and comparison of 7 cases

Last updated on Nov 27, 2017

Here is a review of the best cases for iPhone X from Burkley, Ringke, Tozo and Twelve South. To accommodate for as many different tastes and preferences as possible, I tested a variety of case types and materials. So regardless if you prefer leather, plastic, silicone, thick or thin cases, I have got you covered.

Reviewed iPhone X cases

Feature comparison of tested cases
Feature comparison of tested cases

For this review, I have tested the following protective cases for iPhone X:

  • Burkley Leather Wallet Folio Case ($69 on Amazon)
  • Ringke® [FUSION] ($13.99 on Amazon)
  • TOZO PP Ultra Thin ($8.99 on Amazon)
  • TOZO Crystal Clear Soft TPU Gel Skin ($9.99 on Amazon)
  • Twelve South Relaxed Leather Case ($49 on Amazon)
  • Twelve South Journal ($69 on Amazon)
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Why do you need a case?

Review of the best cases for iPhone X

For many years, I refused to use a case or screen protector because I didn’t want to make my phone thicker or hide its design. But I realized that I could sell the phone at a higher price if it didn’t have any dings and scratches. So last year, I started experimenting with high-end leather cases and frequently used one on my iPhone 7 Plus.

Related articleReview of minimalist wallets from Burkley, Joli, and ÖGON

Many reviewers consider the iPhone X the most breakable iPhone yet. That is because Apple decided to use glass instead of aluminum for the back panel of the iPhone X. Apple did that to enable support for wireless charging. Unfortunately, glass can break easily and thus the need for a good case became even stronger than it was before.

Related articleAn in-depth review and comparison of the iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 Plus

What makes a good case, depends on your individual needs. That’s why I have reviewed a variety of cases from Burkley, Ringke, Tozo and Twelve South.

Review criteria

Everybody’s taste is different, and I understand that what is important to me may not be relevant to someone else and vice versa. But so you know where I am coming from, here are the test criteria I was applying during my review of each case:

Level of protection

Review of the best cases for iPhone X
Ringke [FUSION]

The purpose of a case is first and foremost to protect your phone. Some folks use cases as a fashion statement, but I am not part of that group.As a rule of thumb, the thicker the case, the more protection it offers. Some of the cases that I have tested are super thin and only protect from scratches and scuffs. But I don’t think they would prevent damage to my iPhone if I dropped it from six feet. In my life, I had just dropped an iPhone once or twice when it slipped out of my chest pocket. As a result, I am more concerned about scratches or dents that are the results of daily use than a cracked screen caused by a drop. If worse comes to worst, I have Apple Care to repair a cracked screen or backplate.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

Twelve South Journal
Twelve South Journal

The iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive iPhone yet, and it deserves a high-quality case. The difference in quality is often more apparent in leather cases than in silicone or plastic cases.

Thickness and fit into pockets

Review of the best cases for iPhone X
Tozo PP Ultra Thin

I usually carry the iPhone in a pocket of my pants. As a result, thinner cases commonly fit better than thicker ones. My wife, on the other hand, is less concerned about the thickness because she just drops the iPhone into her purse.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

I have a Twelve South HiRise charging stand (Amazon) on the desk in my office, an Archeer 2 in 1 Apple Watch and iPhone charging dock (Amazon) on my nightstand and a BOBINE AUTO dock (Amazon) in my car. I tested each case to see if it was compatible with those docks and charging stands.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

Review of the best cases for iPhone X
Ringke Flex S

With the iPhone X, Apple introduced “wireless” charging. If you use one of those wireless charging pads, you probably want a compatible case to go with it. The good news is unless you have a case that uses metal, it’s likely compatible.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

Twelve South Relaxed Leather
Twelve South Relaxed Leather

A good case shouldn’t make it significantly more difficult to access any of the buttons, ports, and switches of the phone. The two areas where I have seen issues in the past are small cutouts on the bottom and around the mute switch. If those cutouts are too small, they make it difficult to toggle the mute switch or decrease compatibility with charging docks.

Ease of one-handed use

Tozo Gel Skin
Tozo Gel Skin

I use my iPhone X one-handed a lot, especially when taking photos. A case shouldn’t get in the way of that.

Additional features

Burkley Leather Wallet Folio
Burkley Leather Wallet Folio

Some cases offer extra features, such built-in card slots or the ability to prop the iPhone up for watching movies or making FaceTime video calls.

iPhone X case comparison

Burkley Leather Wallet Folio Case

Burkley Leather Wallet Folio Case
Burkley Leather Wallet Folio Case

Burkley sent me their beautifully crafted tan Leather Wallet Folio Case (Amazon). You can tell that a lot of attention to detail went into making this case. It’s a tick, and a well-padded case that I am confident would protect my iPhone X if I accidentally dropped it.

With Burkley’s sleek and sophisticated Folio Wallet Case, you can safely stow your iPhone X and cards (ID, credit cards, business cards – you name it) all in one place. As classy as it is convenient, this luxurious folio case is hand-crafted from genuine leather and fitted with a suede interior that perfectly protects and cradles your phone. In addition to boasting three card slots, this ergonomically designed case dually functions as a kickstand, so you can enjoy hands-free viewing anywhere and everywhere! The construction promises easy access to all ports, and is finished with a secure magnetic flap closure. Scratches and scuffs will naturally appear with use of your product which is a sign of minimally treated high quality tumbled leather. Just as stylish as it is utile, this classy case is an accessory you will never regret.

What I like about the Leather Wallet Folio is that it also protects the iPhone’s screen and you can prop up the phone in landscape mode for watching movies or making a FaceTime call.

Level of protection

The Burkley case is relatively thick and offers a lot of padding all around. As a result, I felt like my iPhone was very well-protected while inside the case.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

The leather that Burkley used to make this case looks and feels high-end, making this case an excellent companion to the iPhone X. As with most genuine leather products, it ages over time thus giving it character and making it look unique. So don’t worry about scuffs and scratches to the case.

Thickness and fit into pockets

Given its design, the Burkley’s case is among the thickest cases that I have tested. I could still put the phone with the case into many of my pants pockets, but not into all of them. For those of you who like to wear skinny jeans, you better bring a purse. However, during my testing period, I have seen my wife stick the phone/case combo into the back pocket of her skinny jeans and she seemed to be OK with it.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

Thanks to the large cutout on the bottom of the case, I could connect my iPhone to all three stands that I use. If you want to have access to the screen while you have the iPhone docked, just fold back the screen cover and hold it in place on the back with the magnetic flap.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

The Folio Wallet Case is fully compatible with QI wireless charging pads.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

The case provides easy access to all buttons and ports. Only the cutout for the mute switch is not big enough for my fat fingers to reach the switch. I have to use the fingernail of my index finger to toggle the switch, and that usually requires the use of an extra hand.

Ease of one-handed use

To use the iPhone with one hand, you can fold back the screen cover. Unfortunately, that covers the rear camera. But without folding it back, the screen cover doesn’t stay open without covering part of the screen. Neither is ideal when you are trying to take a one-handed photo using the rear camera. Of course, if you just want to take a selfie, you can fold the screen cover back, and it won’t cover the front camera.

Additional features

The Folio Wallet Case doubles as an iPhone X case wallet by offering three card slots and a compartment for cash. Additionally, it allows you to prop up your iPhone in landscape orientation for watching movies or making FaceTime video calls.

Ringke® [FUSION]

Ringke [FUSION]
Ringke [FUSION]

Ringke sent me two cases, the [FUSION] (Amazon) and the [FLEX S] (Amazon). They are both similar, but the [FUSION] offers military-grade drop protection without visibly adding to the thickness of the case. That’s why I focused the review on it.

Crystal clear protection with advanced 2X tough coating enhances original look with minimal bulk. Dual active coverage includes inner corner cushions to protect from drops while offering ultimate slimness. Ringke FUSION offers MIL-STD 810G – 516.6 Certified Military Grade Drop Protection in a slim and sleek profile.

I like the [FUSION] because it’s transparent and it doesn’t look or feel bulky. At the same time, it offers excellent protection and the option to use the case with a wrist strap that reduces the chance of accidentally dropping the phone.

Level of protection

Ringke offers military-grade protection in this case, which makes it one of the best protective iPhone cases on the market.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

The [FUSION] is a top notch case, with a hard backplate and soft bumper that doesn’t feel cheap.

Thickness and fit into pockets

The [FUSION] is a bit thicker than the other plastic and silicone cases I have reviewed. But in return, you get military-grade protection. Despite its thickness, I could still fit it into all of my pockets without any issues.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

The thick bumper didn’t work with any of my charging stands, so I had to take the case off before connecting my phone. Only the Twelve South HiRise Deluxe (Amazon) comes with a riser that makes the Lightning charging connector stick out more than usual. By using the riser, I didn’t have to remove the case before connecting my phone to charge it. Of course, all regular Lighting charging cables work without any issues.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

Considering the case is made of plastic, it is compatible with wireless charging pads.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

The case provides easy access to all buttons and ports, and even the cutout for the mute switch is just large enough so I could toggle if without needing to use my fingernail. Additionally, the buttons are incredibly soft and responsive, thanks to what Ringke calls Active Touch Technology.

Ease of one-handed use

Considering that the [FUSION] doesn’t have any flaps or covers, one-handed use is not a problem and the material Ringke uses provides a firm grip.

Additional features

The [FUSION] has two tiny cutouts that allow you to loop through a wrist strap. Additionally, the case has a raised bezel, thus shielding the screen from scratches when you place the phone with the screen facing down on a hard surface.

TOZO PP Ultra Thin

TOZO PP Ultra Thin - white
TOZO PP Ultra Thin – white

According to TOZO, the PP Ultra Thin (Amazon) is the world’s thinnest hard case for iPhone X. I don’t know if that is true, but I can tell you, that it doesn’t get much thinner than that. As a result, the case only provides scratch but no drop protection. I like the PP Ultra Thin because it looks almost invisible and it fits my iPhone X like a glove.

  • Thin like naked (0.35 mm) world thinnest hard case. 
  • Concise design – Semi-transparent, simple, and elegant.
  • Matte face – with matte optical texture, anti-glare, reducing fingerprints or grease buildup.
  • Raised camera lip – protects the camera and lens.
  • Perfect fit – Designed for iPhone X, the case has precise cutouts for speakers, charging ports and buttons.

Level of protection

The ultra-thin TOZO case (Amazon) only protects the iPhone X from scratches and scuffs. It’s so thin that it would not absorb the impact of a drop.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

The TOZO PP Ultra Thin is a precision-cut case that is only 0.35 millimeters thick. The plastic looks quite durable, except the cutout for the Lightning port. TOZO recommends being careful when taking the case on and off, as the cutout could easily break because it is so thin.

Thickness and fit into pockets

The PP Ultra Thin is the thinnest case I have tested and one of the thinnest cases on the market. It’s like a second skin that doesn’t add any bulk to your phone.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

The TOZO case is fully compatible with all docks and stands that I have tried.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

Considering the case is made of plastic, it is compatible with wireless charging pads.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

Considering its ridiculously thin design and precision cut, all ports, buttons, and switches are easily accessible.

Ease of one-handed use

One-handed use is not a problem. In fact, you don’t even notice that you are using a case. Compared to silicone cases, the plastic TOZO uses for this case is a bit more slippery.

Additional features

The TOZO PP Ultra Thin has a raised lip around the camera cutout to protect the lens cover.

TOZO Gel Skin

TOZO Gel Skin
TOZO Gel Skin

The TOZO Gel Skin (Amazon) offers a reasonable compromise between thinness and drop protection, thanks to its flexible soft shell and raised edges. The transparent design of the case provides excellent protection, without hiding the iPhone’s design.

  • High-grade TPU soft shell; Ultra-thin & lightweight – only 1 mm thick.
  • Comfortable grip; resistant to shock, tear, scratch, slip and dust accumulation.
  • Easy to snap-on/disassemble design, lightweight ultra slim design without the bulky feel.
  • Protection – 4-side protection, covered corners and a raised edge to protect the screen.
  • Perfect Fit – Specially designed for iPhone X, has precise cutouts for speakers, charging ports, audio ports, and buttons.

Level of protection

The Gel Skin case (Amazon) offers excellent protection from scratches, scuffs, and drops. I am guessing its level of protection is below the Ringke but way above the PP Ultra Thin.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

The TOZO Gel Skin is a precision-cut case that is only 1 millimeter thick. The plastic looks quite durable, including the cutout for the Lightning port.

Thickness and fit into pockets

Even though the Gel Skin case is almost 3x as thick as the PP Ultra Thin, it is still one of the thinnest cases that I have tested. As such, it comfortably fits into all of my pockets without any issues.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

The TOZO case is fully compatible with all docks and charging stands that I have tried.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

Considering the case is made of plastic, it is fully wireless charging compatible.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

All buttons and ports are easily accessible, except for the mute switch. The cutout is not large enough to enable one-handed operation of the switch. Compared to the Ringke, the buttons are not as soft and responsive. That doesn’t mean they are difficult to press, but I noticed a difference.

Ease of one-handed use

One-handed use is not a problem and the gel skin offers a firm grip when holding the phone.

Additional features

The TOZO Gel Skin has a raised lip around the camera cutout to protect the lens cover.

Twelve South Relaxed Leather Case

Twelve South Relaxed Leather Case
Twelve South Relaxed Leather Case

For those of you who prefer leather over plastic, the Relaxed Leather Case (Amazon) from Twelve South offers an excellent compromise between protection, thickness, and utility. That’s why I like this case – it’s beautiful, it doesn’t add much bulk, and it doubles as a minimalistic wallet. As an additional benefit, the case is compatible with all charging stands and docks that I have tried.

Relaxed Leather is a beautifully hand burnished Leather Wallet Shell for your iPhone x. Made from genuine Leather that has been Distressed along the edges and corners, each case is completely unique. The patina will only improve the more you use it giving the appearance of your favorite pair of broken-in boots. The interior microfiber lining protects your device from everyday nicks and scratches, while the pockets on the exterior give you the additional functionality of a Wallet. It’s a Classic look that creates the perfect juxtaposition of Vintage style and modern functionality.

Level of protection

The Relaxed Leather Case offers excellent scratch protection, and its raised edges prevent scratches to the screen when you put the phone face down on a hard surface. Additionally, Twelve South says that they had a third-party perform drop tests that the case passed with flying colors. That’s good to know as I wouldn’t have expected a leather case to offer any real drop protection.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

Twelve South made the Relaxed Leather Case from genuine leather and they hand-finished each case with custom burnishing that makes each case unique. I own several leather products from Twelve South, and much like the Relaxed Leather Case, they are all of outstanding quality and craftsmanship.

Thickness and fit into pockets

The Relaxed Leather Case is thicker than some of the plastic cases I have tested, but still thin enough to fit into all of my pockets.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

Thanks to the large cutout on the bottom, the Relaxed Leather Case is compatible with all the charging stands and docks I have tried.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

The Relaxed Leather Case is fully compatible with wireless charging pads, but Twelve South recommends to remove all credit cards before placing the phone on the charging pad as their magnetic strips could get demagnetized.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

The case provides easy access to all buttons and ports. Only the cutout for the mute switch is not big enough for my fat fingers to reach the switch. I have to use my fingernail to toggle the switch and thus need to use my second hand.

Ease of one-handed use

As you would expect from this iPhone X leather sleeve, one-handed use is not a problem.

Additional features

The Relaxed Leather Case is available with and without pockets that can hold your ID or credit cards. I like that Twelve South decided to offer two instead of only one pocket because it allows me to bring my ID and one credit card. That’s incredibly useful, and it means that I can leave my wallet at home while using the case.

Twelve South Journal

Twelve South Journal
Twelve South Journal

The Journal (Amazon) is more than just a beautiful shell to protect your iPhone X. It is also a fashion statement, a wallet that can hold up to three cards plus cash, and a stand you can use to prop up your iPhone for watching movies or making FaceTime calls.

Presenting Journal for iPhone, our finest, most luxurious iPhone case ever. Wrap your hand around this handsome folio and all you feel is the warmth of full-grain, hardwearing leather. Even the incorporated composite shell that holds iPhone has a beautifully crafted leather inlay. Like a fine pair of shoes, this case will only get better with age. Journal has slots for cards, cash and a window for your ID. A built-in viewing stand is perfect for hands-free FaceTime calls or watching the latest TED Talk.

Level of protection

The Journal offers a hard-plastic frame that can absorb a lot of force if you drop your phone. As a result, Twelve South’s wallet case provides excellent all-around protection for your iPhone.

Quality of material and craftsmanship

The quality and craftsmanship of the Journal are outstanding. The case looks and feels high-end, just like the iPhone X. It is worth mentioning that you have to “break in” the case. That means the leather gets softer as you use it. When I first unpacked the case, the leather was relatively stiff. So give it a few days!

Thickness and fit into pockets

Given its design, the Journal is among the thickest cases that I have tested. I could still put the phone with the case into many of my pockets, but not into all of them.

Compatibility with charging stands I use

Thanks to the large cutout on the bottom of the case, I could connect my iPhone to all three stands that I use. And once you have broken in the case, the screen cover should stay open while you have docked the phone.

Compatibility with wireless charging pads

The Journal is fully compatible with QI wireless charging pads.

Accessibility of buttons, ports, and switches

The case provides easy access to all buttons and ports. Only the cutout for the mute switch is not big enough for my fat fingers to reach the switch. I have to use my fingernail to toggle the switch and thus need to use my second hand.

Ease of one-handed use

One-handed use is possible, but you will probably have to wait until you have broken in the case. Otherwise, the screen cover may not stay out of your way when you are trying to take photos. You can fold the screen cover back, but the case doesn’t have a magnetic flap to keep it there without you holding it back. As a result, it is probably more convenient to operate your phone with both hands and use the screen cover to shield the sun when taking pictures or for extra privacy from prying eyes.

Additional features

Similar to the Burkley case, the Journal is an excellent iPhone X leather wallet case by offering three card slots and a compartment for cash. Additionally, it allows you to prop up your iPhone in landscape orientation for watching movies or making FaceTime video calls.

Conclusion – What is the best case for you?

From a quality and usability perspective, you cannot go wrong with any of the cases for iPhone X I have reviewed. It ultimately boils down to your personal preferences and taste.

  • Minimal weight and thickness: TOZO PP Ultra Thin (Amazon)
  • Leather and good protection without the bulk: Twelve South Relaxed Leather Case (Amazon)
  • Plastic and good protection without the bulk: TOZO Gel Skin (Amazon)
  • Best protection and plastic: Ringke [FUSION] (Amazon) or [FLEX S] (Amazon)
  • Beautifully crafted case/wallet combo: Burkley Leather Wallet Folio Case (Amazon) or Twelve South Journal (Amazon)

I hope you enjoyed this iPhone X case review! If you did, let me know by leaving a comment below or by contacting me directly. If you didn’t, I would like to hear from you too!

 

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