While Apple no longer sells the iPhone X, that doesn't mean they aren't still out there. So if you do find yourself in possession of one, here's how best to protect that glass body.
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.
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.
Tech21 has a handful of cases for the iPhone X, including the Pure Clear, Evo 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).
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)
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.
If you're looking for a case that's similar to Apple's own Silicone Case (with the same soft-to-the-touch finish) that costs less than half the price, Anker's $17 Karapax Gel Rubber case is a pretty compelling option.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.