Last Updated: January 2018
So you’ve picked up a brand-new Apple iPhone 8 – congratulations! Considering the price of smartphones nowadays, you probably want to keep your iPhone 8 safe before an accidental slip sends it hurtling to the ground with a shattered screen or worse ― an all-too-common fate for many of our mobile phones. It can happen to even the least clumsy among us.
Thanks to the phone’s popularity, there is no shortage of cases to choose from, and myriad options to give you exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to protecting The Precious. Whether you’re looking for something rugged and durable, slim for easy access, or if you want to both protect it and extend your battery life, there are ton of options.
Here are our picks for the best iPhone 8 cases.
For the Accident-Prone – OtterBox Commuter Series
The tried and true brand for smartphone owners that tend to drop their phone far more often than they should (otherwise known as smartphone owners with kids), OtterBox has built a reputation on keeping phones safe in just about any situation. The OtterBox Commuter Series certainly adds quite a bit of extra heft to the otherwise slim phone, but for some it’s worth it.
Sporting internal and external defenses from drops, scratches, and dust, this case will keep your phone safe while also keeping it accessible due to its relatively slim profile (at least when compared to the OtterBox Defender Series). In addition to its soft inner layer and tough exterior, the Commuter Series features a lightning jack cover to help prevent dust from infiltrating your iPhone 8.
Best Slim Case – Torras Slim Fit Hard Shell
Just because you want to add some protection to your phone, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice its svelte design. A slim case will prevent scratches and minor drops, while still making your iPhone 8 easy to slip in and out of your pant pocket or purse. The Slim Fit Hard Shell case from Torras adds minimal heft to your sleek device, but that doesn’t mean it can’t keep your phone safe.
Torras’ flexible hard case is slick enough to quickly retrieve or stow it away, and its button covers help protect the hardware from unwanted blemishes. The case is also slightly raised around the camera lens, or lenses for iPhone 8 Plus owners, to keep your high-tech photography hardware safe.
Best Case When You Can’t Find an Outlet – Trianium Atomic Pro
Regardless of how big or long-lasting your phone battery is, sometimes you’ll find yourself on-the-go with no outlet around. Sure, external battery packs are available, but having a case that doubles as an extra battery is usually much more convenient.
Like other battery cases, the Trianium Atomic Pro neatly fits around the iPhone 8 while adding an extra 4200mAh battery that can double the life of the handset. The case adds some height and thickness to the phone of course, but the case also adds a nice layer of protection while letting you avoid outlet-hunting. You obviously give up the ability to use the phone’s wireless charging with this case on, but the good news is you won’t need it during the day anymore.
Best-Fitting (and looking?) Case – Apple Leather Case
If you want to be absolutely sure that your case fits your iPhone 8 with perfection, go to the source. Apple’s own leather case is sleek and perfectly-designed to fit your new phone like a glove, literally. Aluminum buttons match your phone’s color, and a microfiber liner helps keep your phone scratch-free too. The case is also available with a silicone finish, but the leather version adds a premium touch that just looks so nice. Plus, over time the case looks even better as it gets worn in and has a more natural look.
Best Wallet Case – Silk VAULT Protective Credit Card Grip Cover
For some, a case needs to be more than just a phone protector. Being able to carry your credit cards, cash, identification, and phone all in one place can be incredibly handy. Silk’s Vault Protective Credit Card Grip Cover does all the above, and even though it can hold all your financial necessities, at just $15 it won’t hurt your wallet to pick one up.
The Vault can hold 3 cards and some cash, features extra grip along the sides, and is even compatible with the phone’s wireless charging feature too. For added protection, it also includes a screen protector to keep your display nice and pristine.
Best Case for Showing Off Your Phone – Spigen Ultra Hybrid
One of the worst parts about using a case is that it covers the beautiful design of your phone. If you want to protect against drops and scratching while still showing off your brand new iPhone 8, Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid is the case you’re looking for. The slim TPU case features raised bumpers to protect your screen and camera(s), and the clear back doesn’t obstruct the dazzling rear side of your phone. The bumpers also keep the iPhone’s glass casing safe, while maintaining its ability to be charged wirelessly too.
Best Case That Does Everything – Dreem Wallet Case
A case’s primary function is to protect your phone, but it can be so much more. The Dreem Wallet Case can hold cards and cash, can be used as a kickstand, features RFID protection, and a slim phone case can be detached from the folio in case you don’t need to carry the whole shebang at the moment. If they missed anything, we don’t know what it is ― this case does just about everything.
Best Quick-Draw Case – Aduro Combo Shell
Depending on your preference or your line of work, you may often need quick access to your iPhone. Instead of digging into your bag or pockets, a holster case makes sure that your phone is one quick hand movement away.
The Aduro Combo Shell and Holster Case is equipped with a sturdy belt clip with an optional swivel, and the phone itself is protected by a slim case with a built-in kickstand. So whether you’re on the job and need to get your phone without wasting any time, or if you’re wasting time in between jobs, this combo case has you, and your iPhone 8, covered.
Best Bumper Case – Rhinoshield CrashGuard
If you really want to show off your iPhone 8, a bumper case is the way to go. Although they provide limited protection, they do add a layer of defense against drops while still allowing the front and back of the phone to be totally accessible. RhinoShield’s CrashGuard Bumper extends beyond the dimensions of the device to protect its display and camera housing when you lay the phone down, and it protects from the phone from drops up to 9 feet as well, in case you chill on ladders.