We're making judgments on these cases based on the experiences we've had with their predecessors designed for earlier iPhone 6, 6S and 7 models and their Plus equivalents, in addition to our experience with the X.
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.
One of my favorite folio cases -- the OtterBox Strada -- is available 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.
This is one of Speck's Clear + Print cases. Other designs are available.
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).
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 $21 on Amazon.
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.
Argentina-based Vaja makes some sweet handmade leather and vegan leather cases, although they're pretty pricey.
The one on the left in blue is simply called The Top iPhone X Leather case. Available in multiple color options, it's a flip-down style clamshell model that I like (the top cover obviously protects your screen).
The case on the right is the Wallet Agenda, one of the company's most popular models. The leather is supersoft and the case stores four credit cards, plus it has a slot for folded bills.
The Incipio DualPro is a dual-layer case with a soft-to-touch finish that comes in multiple color options.
Another popular slim case from Spigen, the Neo Hybrid comes in a few different color options.
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.
Lifeproof's totally waterproof Fre remains the most protective in the line. They're good cases, but they should cost less.
When phones started becoming waterproof, LifeProof lost a little bit of its raison d'être. After all, one of the main selling points of its cases was that they allowed your phone to take a dip.
Now the company is shifting gears a bit and focusing instead on making slimmer, more attractive cases that offer good drop protection.
I'm not sure it's all that different from competing cases out there, including ones from LifeProof's parent company OtterBox. But I like it -- it's well-designed -- and at least it costs less than LifeProof's other cases like the Next, which goes for $80 (see next slide).
Twelve South makes a couple of leather wallet cases we like. The Book Book, which turns your iPhone X into a vintage leather book, may be a little too bulky for a lot of people. But we're fans of the Journal, which comes in brown (Cognac) and black. It has four credit card slots on the inside and the case converts into a kickstand for watching videos.
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. 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)
This is Rokform's Rugged Case is available in multiple color options. Like the Crystal, it includes a magnetic car mount and magnetic lanyard accessories.
Scooch bills its Wingman as a five-in-one case. That's because the slap-bracelet style bendable kickstand not only props your phone up horizontally and vertically but is supposed to allow you to grip your phone more easily, "eliminating pinky fatigue" and serves as an air vent mount in your car. Finally the case is also a case -- and a pretty protective one.
It's available in multiple color options, including black and clear.
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.
This is Nomad's Card Case. 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.
Lander's Moab case is interesting because it has a layer of "Thermoline" on the inside of the case that's supposed to help keep your iPhone X insulated from the cold and heat and improve battery life (don't expect it to make a huge difference, however, especially in extreme cold and heat).
It's also worth noting that it's a pretty slim case that offers decent protection and it has some reflective specks to help you locate your phone in the dark. Additionally, there's slot to attach a lanyard (included).
The case is available in five color options.
If you want the "official" case, Apple's swanky Leather Folio is available in cosmos blue, taupe, black and berry. 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 and iPhone X Leather cases. They come in a variety of color options.
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.
X-Doria's Defense Shield is a fairly slim, translucent case that comes in a few different color options and offers decent protection.
Urban Armor Gear (UAG) brought its full line of cases to the iPhone X. 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).
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.
Those are real flowers preserved in Casemate's Karat Petals case (the company says no two flower cases are exactly alike).
OtterBox's signature Defender Series tough cases return for the iPhone X in multiple color options (I happen to like blue).
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.
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. They're good cases.
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.
Speck makes a lot of different variations of its Presidio Series cases for iPhones (and Samsung Galaxy phones), but the new Presidio Sport may be the best version yet.
Available in a few different color options, it was ostensibly designed for gym rats or people who run with their iPhones. But it's basically a tougher version of Apple's Silicone case and has a similar soft-to-the-touch finish that's nice and grippy. Speck calls it a "no-slip grip."
Typically, Speck cases have featured harder plastic shells -- some of them glossy -- so the new finish really is new. So, too, is the addition of Microban antimicrobial technology, which is supposed to "inhibit the growth bacteria that causes stains and odors." This is not the first iPhone case to feature such technology, but it's a first for Speck.
I haven't tested the Presidio Sport long enough to see how it holds up over time. Nor have I swabbed the case and compared how much bacteria resides on it versus bacteria levels on other cases. But it feels good in your hand and isn't too bulky for a tough case.
Pad & Quill, which makes swanky handmade folio-style wallet cases, has an iPhone X version of its Little Pocket Book case for $80 (converts to £65 or AU$105). The only drawback: It's a very large case. The more compact Bella Fino, available in three color options, is probably the better option for most people.
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.
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 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.
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. The Tough Armor is even tougher, but it's not a particularly attractive case.
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.
Silk makes several affordable cases for the iPhone X. Available in a few different colors, its Grip Base case is a simple plastic case, slim and has a textured finish that helps keep your phone from sliding out of your hand.
My favorite new Silk case is the PureView case, which is also referred to as the Queen of Diamonds case for its textured finish.
Gear 4's Oxford is a slim but protective folio case that comes in black or blue. It stores a credit card or two on the inside flap and clamps shut (there's no magnetic clasp).
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 come in black with orange or blue trim.
The Piccadilly is Gear4's translucent case and also features a lining of the company's special D3O shock-absorbing material.
The interior D3O material comes in four color options. The black is shown in this photo.
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.
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's also worth mentioning that the case is set up to use a credit card as a kickstand for watching videos.
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.
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. It comes in other finishes, including maple and leather.
Grovemade's cases ship internationally.
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.
Mujjo makes a couple of slick-looking slim leather cases for the iPhone X that come in black, gray and tan. I'd like to see Mujjo do a folio case.
Casetify's X line of iPhone X cases are 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.
Portland-based Grovemade produces some beautifully crafted wooden cases. Its wood bumper cases are the most affordable, but naturally I'm a fan of its Walnut and Leather Wallet case. It's one the lighter, more refined looking wallet cases you'll find, and also comes in a lighter maple color.
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.
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.
Element brings its relatively slim but tough Recon case to the iPhone X. It comes in several color options.
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.
Incipio has a set of Under Armour-branded cases for the iPhone X, including a couple of models I like that have design elements that let you store credit cards or money. The Protect Stash case (left) has a slider door on back while the Protect Arsenal case (right) has an integrated bungee cord. They come in multiple color options.
All the Under Armour cases are compatible with the UA Connect system of mounts, which includes a magnetic gym mount, media mount, bike mount and armband mount.
Pelican has a few tough cases for the iPhone X, including the Protector, Ambassador and super tough Voyager. I personally like the slimmer Protector best.
Casemate's Tough ID case has two credit card slots that hold a credit card or two, an ID and some money. The back is made out of leather and the case seems to offer decent protection.
Revested is an Italian company that uses materials for bespoke Italian suits to make seriously chic iPhone X cases. This is Houndstooth, but many other varieties are available, including Pinstripe, Herringbone, Bird's Eye and Prince of Wales.
They ship worldwide for free.
Sena's been making nice folio-style style leather cases for iPhones for many years and its Bence Wallet Book is one of its signature products. It converts into a kickstand for viewing videos and comes in tan and denim.
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.
Not everyone is a fan of Adidas brand, but if you are an Adidas guy or gal, it does make some nice cases in a variety of finishes and colors that reflect some of its iconic shoes.