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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Speck Clear + Print

OtterBox Symmetry Series

OtterBox Strada

Speck Presidio Grip

Speck Presidio Show

Speck Presidio Ultra

Incipio DualPro iPhone X

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen Neo Hybrid

Tech21 Evo Tactical

Lifeproof Next Case

Rokform Crystal

Rokform Rugged Case

Nomad Clear Case

Nomad Card Case

Skech Vortex

Urban Armor Gear cases

X-Doria Defense Shield

Apple iPhone X Leather Folio

Casemate Waterfall

Casemate Karat Petals

Vaja cases

OtterBox Defender Series

Skech Echo

Bodyguardz Trainr

X-Doria Defense Lux

Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book

Incipio Reprieve Sport

Spigen Rugged Armor

Nodus Shell Case

Silk PureView Queen of Diamonds case

Gear4 Oxford

Gear4 Battersea

Gear4 Piccadilly case

Puregear DualTek iPhone

Silk Q-Card Wallet Case

Caseology Wavelength

Grovemade Minimalist Tough case

Moshi iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases

Mujjo Leather Wallet case

Casetify X cases

Catalyst Case

Bovon iPhone X Clear Case

Gear4 Victoria Coral

Element Recon

Element Roll Cage

Starting at $999, £999 and AU$1,579, the iPhone X is definitely a phone you'll want to protect if you choose to buy one. And while it doesn't ship until Nov. 3, we've got plenty of iPhone X cases in-house already and more on the way. So get started early on picking that perfect case that will protect your investment (and be compatible with wireless charging).

We're making judgments on these cases based on the experiences we've had with their predecessors designed for earlier iPhone 6/6S/7 models and their Plus equivalents.

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This is one of Speck's Clear + Print cases ($45). Other designs are available.

See more pricing and info for Speck iPhone X cases.

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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 and starts at $40 (£30, no Australian shipping but roughly converts to AU$50).

See more pricing and info.

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One of my favorite folio cases -- the OtterBox Strada -- is back for the Phone X. It's highly protective and has a card slot on the inside of the cover that allows you to store a single credit card and perhaps a driver's license or some money. Handy, since Apple Pay still isn't universally accepted yet.

See more pricing and info for OtterBox Strada Series for iPhone X ($50 -- £40 or AU$65 converted).

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Speck's popular Grip series cases ($40) come to the iPhone X in a variety of colors. I'm partial to the dark blue.

See more pricing and info for Speck Presidio Grip.

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Speck's Presidio Series is 20 percent thinner than its earlier Candyshell Series and 52 percent more shock absorbent, drop tested to 10 feet. It comes in various flavors, including the Grip, Clear, Wallet and Show (shown here -- $40). The Show is also available in versions that have black, pink and red trims, as well as a totally clear model. The black version is currently $20 on Amazon.

See more pricing and info for Speck iPhone X cases.

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If you're looking for an extra layer protection, Speck now makes its Presido Ultra tough case. Designed to compete with OtterBox Defender cases, it's a standard Presidio case that comes with a removable bumper. It also comes with a holster in case you want to strap your phone to your belt. It's available in a few color options for $50. 

See more pricing and info for Speck Presidio Ultra.

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The Incipio DualPro is a dual-layer case with a soft-to-touch finish that comes in multiple color options for around $30.

See more info and pricing for Incipio DualPro cases.

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Thanks to decent designs and affordable prices, Korean company Spigen has sold thousands (probably millions) of phone cases on Amazon. Its Ultra Hybrid is its simple clear case, selling for around $12 (£9 or AU$11 on sale).

See more pricing and info on Amazon.

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Another popular slim case from Spigen, the Neo Hybrid comes in a few different color options for $15 (£12 converted or AU$14 on sale).

See more pricing and info.

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Tech21 has a handful of cases for the iPhone X, including the Pure ClearEvo Tactical and Evo Wallet, which looks like the Tactical but has an integrated cover. The Evo Tactical is drop tested to 3 meters (9.9 feet). Prices start at $40 (£30 or AU$45 not including shipping).

See more pricing and info on Tech21 cases.

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Lifeproof, now owned by OtterBox, has a new $80 case for water-resistant iPhones that it says is "drop-proof, dirt-proof and snow-proof." It will be available with four different trim colors. 

Lifeproof lists its totally waterproof Fre case as "coming soon." The $80 price converts to approximately £60 or AU$100.

See more info and pricing.

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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 has a slimmer design than its Rugged Case and starts at $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted). Available in multiple color options, it includes a magnetic car-mount and magnetic lanyard accessories.

Here are its key specs:

Dual compound, six-sided protection
Thin design keeps small feel of the deviceShock absorbing soft inner liner
Tough outer polycarbonate shell
BAM CNC machined aluminum magnetic mount
BAM magnetic grip (mount your phone to almost any magnetic surface)
Simple snap-in installation
Works with all Rokform RokLock accessories
iPhone X Case: $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted)

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This is Rokform's Rugged Case, which also starts at $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted) and is available in multiple color options. Like the Crystal, it includes a magnetic car mount and magnetic lanyard accessories.

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Nomad's making a variety of cases for the iPhone X, including its two-tone clear case that features a partial leather back. It's $40 -- £30 or AU$45 converted -- and the genuine Horween leather is supposed to wear in well, darkening up a bit with a nice patina.

There's also a folio version of the case for $50 (£40 or AU$65 converted, but no international shipping) as well as all-leather versions (both folio and nonfolio).

See more info and pricing for Nomad iPhone X cases.

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This is Nomad's $40 Card Case (approximately £30 or AU$50). We're still waiting to confirm whether you'll be able to wirelessly charge your iPhone X with this case on since it's a little bit thicker than Nomad's other cases.

See more info and pricing for Nomad iPhone X cases.

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Skech's Vortex is a pretty interesting case. It has 360-degree rotating ring holder that converts into a kickstand, as well as a built-in metal plate for the included magnetic air-vent car mount. It's available in black and gold for $45.

See more info and pricing for Skech Vortex.

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Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is bringing its full line of cases to the iPhone X, which start at $40 (£30 or AU$45 converted). 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 costs $60 (£48 or AU$78 converted, free worldwide shipping).

See more info and pricing for Urban Armor Gear cases.

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X-Doria's Defense Shield is a fairly slim, translucent case that comes in a few different color options and offers decent protection for around $30 (£25 or AU$40 converted).

See more info and pricing.

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If you want the "official" case, Apple's swanky Leather Folio is available in cosmos blue, taupe, black and berry for $99, £99 or AU$145. With a built-in screen cover, it's designed to fully protect the iPhone X's new OLED display.

Other Apple case option include its more standard iPhone X Silicone ($39, £39, AU$59) and iPhone X Leather ($49, £49, AU$75) cases. They come in a variety of color options.

See more pricing and info for Apple iPhone X cases.

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For those in search of a case with a bit more bling, Casemate's Waterfall case is a moveable eye-feast of glitter and tiny beads.

Price: $40 (approximately £30 or AU$50)

See more info and pricing for Casemate's iPhone X cases

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Those are real flowers preserved in Casemate's Karat Petals case (the company says no two flower cases are exactly alike).

Price: $60 (approximately £45 or AU$75)

See more info and pricing for Casemate's iPhone X cases

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Vaja makes some sweet leather and vegan leather cases, although they're pretty pricey. This is the Grip, which comes in several colors and textures.

See more info on Vaja cases for iPhone X. (Pricing TBA.)

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OtterBox's signature Defender Series tough cases return for the iPhone X in multiple color options (I happen to like blue).

See more info and pricing ($50, or about £35 or AU$65).

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The Echo is Skech's tough, transparent case that's designed to withstand falls up to 15 feet (4.6m). It comes in clear and black for $45.

See more pricing and info for Skech Echo

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Bodyguardz, which is known for its screen protectors, makes a few iPhone X 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 used in football helmets). I like the Trainr (pictured) and the Ace Pro. Both feature transparent backs and cost $35 (£28 or AU$45 converted). They're good cases but I'd like to see them be about $10 less expensive.

See more info for BodyGuardz Trainr for iPhone X.

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X-Doria's Defense Lux, a fairly sleek-looking case that offers decent protection and comes in a few versions with different textured backs and trim colors for $35 (approximately £25 or AU$45).

See more pricing and info on Amazon.

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Pad & Quill, which makes swanky handmade folio-style wallet cases, has an iPhone X version of its Little Pocket Book case, my personal P&Q favorite, for $80 (converts to £65 or AU$105). It comes in brown or black and ships in mid-November.

See more pricing and info for Pad & Quill cases.

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Incipio makes a bunch of iPhone X cases. I like the Reprieve Sport ($40 -- £30 or AU$45), a translucent case with a colored bumper and reinforced corners (it's drop-tested to 12 feet). It comes in three color options.

See more pricing and info for Reprieve Sport for iPhone X.

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Spigen's Rugged Armor case gives you a little more protection than some of the company's slim cases. Like Spigen's other cases it's affordable, costing $13 (£11 or AU$16 converted). The $17 (£13 or AU$22) Tough Armor is even tougher, but it's not a particularly attractive case.

See more pricing and info.

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Nodus is making some luxurious leather cases for the iPhone X in both folio and nonfolio options. This is the Shell Case, which comes in more standard colors like black and brown but is pictured in teal. It's $60 or £45 (about AU$75).

See more pricing and info for Nodus iPhone X cases.

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Silk makes several affordable cases for the iPhone X. Available in a few different colors, its Grip Base case is a simple plastic case, but it costs $12 (£10 or AU$15 converted), is slim and has a textured finish that helps keep your phone from sliding out of your hand.

My favorite new Silk case is the $14 (£12 or AU$20 converted) PureView case, which is also referred to as the Queen of Diamonds case for its textured finish.

See more info and pricing for PureView case.

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Gear 4's Oxford is a slim but protective folio case that comes in black or blue for $50 or £35. It stores a credit card or two on the inside flap and clamps shut (there's no magnetic clasp).

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Oxford.

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Gear4's new Battersea is a nicely textured (grippy) slim case that's also protective, thanks to an inner lining of D3O impact protection material. The case is $45 or £35 (AU$55 converted) and comes in black with orange or blue trim. 

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Battersea case.

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The Piccadilly is Gear4's translucent case and also features a lining of the company's special D3O shock-absorbing material.

The case is $39 or £30 (AU$50 converted), and the interior D3O material comes in four color options. The black is shown in this photo.

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Piccadilly case.

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Puregear's DualTek case is relatively slim for a tough case and has added corner protection and a soft-to-the-touch finish. It's available in black or white at launch for $35.

See more info and pricing for Puregear DualTek.

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The Q-Card wallet case has been around for a while and now it comes in an iPhone X version in multiple color options. It formerly cost $35, but it's come down in price and is now $25 -- £22 or AU$30 converted. It's also worth mentioning that the case is set up to use a credit card as a kickstand for watching videos.

See more pricing and info.

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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 Apex and comes in a few different colors for $15 (£12 or AU$20 converted). I also like the Parallax ($15).

See more info and pricing on Amazon.

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Grovemade makes exquisite handmade wood cases for iPhones and iPads in maple and walnut. They aren't cheap.

We're showing its new Minimalist Tough case in walnut, which costs $99 (about £75 or AU$125). It comes in other finishes, including maple and leather. They're all due to ship in December after the iPhone X ships.

Grovemade's cases ship internationally.

See more pricing and info.

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Moshi has always made nice iPhone cases, and it's bringing its Overture, StealthCover, iGlaze and new Vesta and Vitros cases to the iPhone X. Prices range from $45 to $55.

See more info and pricing.

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Mujjo makes a couple of slick-looking slim leather cases for the iPhone X that come in black, gray and tan. The Wallet version pictured here costs $50 while the non-wallet version costs $45. I'd like to see Mujjo do a folio case.

See more pricing and info for Mujjo Leather iPhone X case

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Casetify's X line of iPhone X cases starts at $28 and goes up to around $50. They're relatively slim, sleek-looking cases that seem to offer a decent though not exceptional amount of protection. The Essential Woven case is probably the most eye-catching because of the design of the integrated card holder on the back. 

See more info and pricing for Casetify's X cases

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Catalyst was once known for its waterproof cases. Now it's shifted to making slim "shockproof cases" with a clear back for the iPhone X.

I liked this one -- and it comes with a removable lanyard. I just wish the lanyard could be tightened on your wrist. It's a available in a few color options for $40.

See more info and pricing for Catalyst Case for iPhone X.

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If you're looking for an inexpensive iPhone X case, the Bovon Clear Case is a good choice (we bought one to try it out). It's only $8 (£7 in the UK) on Amazon and is equipped with bumpers on the corners. We've seen this design from other case manufacturers so you might call it a knock-off -- but it's a good knock-off.

See more info and pricing for Bovon X Clear Case

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This Gear4 Victoria Coral Case looks particularly good on the white iPhone X. 

It also features a lining of the company's special D3O shock-absorbing material. The case is $39 or £30 (AU$50 converted).

See more info and pricing for Gear4 Victoria Coral.

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Element brings its relatively slim but tough Recon case to the iPhone X. It comes in several color options for $40.

See more info and pricing for Element Recon iPhone X case.

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Element Case's Roll Cage is an interesting tough case because it has an outer shell that you can flip around to the front to protect your screen when needed. It's not hard to make the flip, but it's also not as easy as it should be.

It's available in a few different color options for $50.

See more pricing and info for Element Case Roll Cage.

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