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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus need protection

I know the XS/Max/XR are available, but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are both cheaper and still great phones. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have glass backs to help with wireless charging, so you know what that means. This investment needs protection and a good case is a must.

They're a touch larger -- we're talking fractions of millimeters -- than the iPhone 7 line, which means a lot of older iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases won't fit them.

Yes, some softer, more pliable iPhone 7/7Plus cases will fit the iPhone 8/Plus, but we've only included cases in this roundup that officially fit the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Editors' note: This gallery was originally published on Sept. 22, 2017. It is updated periodically to make sure case options remain current. 

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Speck Presidio Series

Speck's Presidio Series fits both the iPhone 8/8 Plus and is backwards compatible with the iPhone 7/7 Plus. It's 20 percent thinner than the earlier Candyshell Series and 52 percent more shock absorbent, drop tested to 10 feet. It comes in several versions, including the Grip, Clear, Metallic, and new extra-tough Ultra.

See more pricing and info for Speck iPhone 8 cases.

See more pricing and info for Speck iPhone 8 Plus cases.

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OtterBox Universe

OtterBox's Universe Case System looks a lot like some of its other iPhone cases. But the Universe is special.

Designed to work with a host of accessories from partner companies -- everything from credit card readers to camera lenses to memory expansion modules and battery packs -- OtterBox calls it a mobile accessories platform.

This one is also compatible with the iPhone 7/7 Plus.

See more info and pricing for OtterBox Universe for iPhone 8.

See more info and pricing for OtterBox Universe for iPhone 8 Plus.

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OtterBox Strada

One of my favorite folio cases -- the OtterBox Strada -- is back for the Phone 8 and 8 Plus. It has a credit card slot on the inside of the cover, plus full screen protection. 

See more pricing and info for OtterBox Strada Series for iPhone 8.

See more info and pricing for OtterBox Strada Series for iPhone 8 Plus.

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OtterBox Symmetry Series

The OtterBox Symmetry Series is the company's most stylish case and is both fairly slim and protective. It's similar to Speck's cases, which certainly influenced OtterBox's design. It comes in a variety of color options.

This case is compatible with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7. Or a larger version will fit the iPhone 8 Plus and 7 Plus.

See more pricing and info for OtterBox Symmetry Series (iPhone 8).

See more pricing and info for OtterBox Symmetry Series (iPhone 8 Plus)

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid S

Thanks to decent designs and affordable prices, Korean company Spigen has sold thousands (and probably millions) of phone cases on Amazon. Its Ultra Hybrid S is its simple clear case.This second-generation model fits both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 and includes a fold-out kickstand.

See more pricing and info on Amazon.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

Another popular slim case from Spigen. The Neo Hybrid comes in a few trim color options.

The earlier iPhone 7 version will not fit the iPhone 8 but this slightly altered "second-generation" version fits both the the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. Also available for the Plus.   

See more pricing and info.

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Sena Wallet Book

Sena makes some fairly pricey, luxurious looking leather cases for iPhones, and it brought several of its case lines to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. I like its Wallet cases but beware that some of the ones with thicker backs may not support wireless charging with the case on. 

The Magnetic Flipper has minimal storage space for cards, but it should allow for wireless charging.

See more pricing and info for Sena Magnetic Flipper.

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Tech21 Evo Check

Tech21 has a full assortment of cases for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, including the Evo Check, Evo Wallet, Pure Clear and Evo Check Evoke. 

See more pricing and info on Tech21 cases.

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Nomad Leather case

Nomad's Leather/Clear is an interesting two-tone case. It's includes a patch of genuine Horween leather that's supposed to wear in well, darkening up a bit with a nice patina.

Nomad also makes a folio case that's quite nice.

Both of these Nomad cases also fit the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

See more info and pricing for the Nomad Brown/Clear case at Best Buy.

See more info and pricing for Nomad Leather Folio at Best Buy.

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Urban Armor Gear cases

Urban Armour Gear (UAG) is bringing its full line of cases to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

I personally like the Plasma, which features a translucent design in a few color options, and the Metropolis, which is a folio case with a slot for storing credit cards and cash (the Trooper also has a card holder). The extra-tough Monarch Series is the current top-of-the-line.

See more info and pricing for Urban Armor Plasma cases 

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Vaja cases

Argentina-based Vaja makes some sweet leather and vegan leather cases, although they're pretty pricey. I like the Grip case (pictured), which comes in several colors and textures, and the more expensive Wallet Agenda folio case.

See more pricing and info for Vaja cases for iPhone 8.

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IOM Cases Extreme GT

IOM Cases, which makes one of the slickest metal cases I've encountered, says its case design is inspired by its founders' passion for exotic, high-performance supercars.

The cases are made out of aerospace-grade, non-magnetic stainless steel and have multiple layers of custom paint and specialized coatings with a soft-touch polycarbonate trim and inner lining. The "Coolmesh" design on the back is supposed to give your iPhone some breathing room and "keep it running cool."

The case pictured here is the Extreme GT Exotic Blue. It's available in several color options and is backward-compatible with the iPhone 7, 6S and 6.

See more info and pricing for IOM Extreme GT Cases for iPhone 8.

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X-Doria Defense Clear

X-Doria's Defense Clear is a fairly sleek-looking case that offers decent protection and comes in two color options for around $25. The case is backward-compatible with the iPhone7/7 Plus.

See more pricing and info on Amazon (iPhone 8 version)

See more pricing and info on Amazon (iPhone 8 Plus version)

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Rokform Crystal

Rokform makes cases with an integrated dual mounting system, with both the RokSafe magnet and RokLock that's compatible with Rokform's line of mount accessories for bikes, motorcycles, cars, and more. 

Its Crystal Case for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starts at $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted) and includes a magnetic car-mount and magnetic lanyard accessories. The cases are also backward compatible with the iPhone7/7 Plus.

iPhone 8 Case: $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted)

iPhone 7 Plus Case: $50 (£39 or AU$68 converted)

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Silk PureView "Queen of Diamonds" case

Silk makes several affordable cases for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. I like its PureView "Queen of Diamonds" case ($16) that features a translucent design and diamond textured back.

See more info and pricing for Silk PureView "Queen of Diamonds" case.

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Gear4 Picadilly case

The Picadilly is Gear4's translucent case and also features a lining of the company's special 3DO shock-absorbing material.

The case comes in several color options. The gold is shown in this photo.

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Picadilly case.

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Gear4 Mayfair

Gear4's Mayfair seamlessly blends leather with TPU plastic and is one of the nicer -- and more elegant looking -- slim cases you'll find that's also protective, thanks to an inner lining of 3DO impact protection material. It's backward-compatible with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. 

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Mayfair case.

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Moshi Vesta

Moshi has always made nice iPhone cases, and it has several models for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, ranging from $45 to $55. Its Vesta case has an eye-catching twill pattern and comes in three color options.

See more info and pricing for Moshi Vesta.

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Caseology Wavelength

Caseology is another company that sells affordable, stylish cases direct on Amazon. It has a few different versions of the same case but with different textured backs. This one's called the Wavelength and comes in a few different colors. I also like the Parallax.

See more info and pricing on Amazon for Caseology Wavelength iPhone 8 Plus

See more info and pricing on Amazon for Caseology Wavelength iPhone 8

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BodyGuardz Ace Pro

Bodyguards, which is known for its screen protectors, makes a few iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cases that feature the company's TPU lined with the same patented Unequal "technology" professional athletes use on the field for impact protection. The material is apparently in football helmets. 

See more info and pricing for BodyGuardz Ace Pro.

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Incipio Reprieve Sport and Octane cases

The Reprieve Sport on the left is a translucent case with a colored bumper and reinforced corners (it's drop-tested to 12 feet) while the Octane on the right is a slightly less rugged case with a ribbed bumper for a better grips. 

They're both available in multiple color options. 

See more info and pricing for Incipio Reprieve Sport.

See more info and pricing for Incipio Octane.

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OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox's signature Defender Series tough cases returned for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

See more info and pricing for Defender Series for iPhone 8 ($50).

See more info and pricing for Defender Series for iPhone 8 Plus ($60).

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Handl case

The Handl case has a built in retractable "handle" that allows you to hold onto your phone without fear of dropping it. The handle also converts into a kickstand to prop up your phone for FaceTime and Skype calls. There are several versions of the case to choose from.

Get more info and pricing for Handl cases.

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Griffin Survivor Clear Wallet

Griffin is known for its tough Survivor series cases (it's got several for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus), but in recent years it's expanded the line to include slimmer, sleeker cases. 

See more info and pricing for Griffin iPhone 8 cases.

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