Apple has announced three new phones to be released in 2018, the most exciting of which is the iPhone XS Max. This 6.5-inch behemoth is packed with processing power, nearly bezel-less, and oh so droppable. That’s why we jumped right on finding the best iPhone XS Max cases to keep your new phone safe through the worst abuse.
The iPhone XS Max will set you back $1,099 for the base model, but it will supply you with the fastest processor, the best dual lens rear camera, and the most internal storage in any iPhone to date. Think of spending $20 on a protective case as just another drop in the bucket to ensure you get the most use out of this powerhouse phone.
How did we even get to the point where a phone would become this massive and powerful? Apple has followed a phone and phablet release structure since 2014, but with the success of 2017’s iPhone X, they have now appropriated the dual release treatment to their more cutting-edge models.
Now the notch-bezeled iPhone XR is only available in a 6.1-inch screen and will be considered a value purchase for those upgrading on a budget.
Since Apple hasn’t released a bezel-less phone of this size before, you will need a new protective case even if you bought one for the iPhone 8 Plus.
What qualities should you look for in the best iPhone XS Max cases? A top-tier protective should provide military-grade shock absorption and scratch resistance to all sides of your phone, especially your phone’s vulnerable edges.
A high-quality iPhone case should also provide easy access to side buttons and charging ports. Most importantly, it should match your personal style, as you’ll be seeing it a lot.
To provide some inspiration, we picked out our favorite protective iPhone XS Max cases of different shapes and styles.
Not all of the best iPhone XS Max cases are about full-on protection. Case-Mate’s street-smart hybrid cases offer a balance of protection and style that is rarely afforded in a world where drop tests mean everything.
Well, Case-Mate’s Iridescent Case looks absolutely gorgeous while still offering military-grade protection so you can call it a win-win.
The iridescent backplate blends in with your phone color to give it a shimmering glow, while also protecting it from scratches.
The clear bumper frame adds minimal bulk to your phone’s case, while still protecting it from drops. It is still compatible with wireless charging as well.
i-Blason’s Ares Case is one of the best iPhone XS Max cases for keeping your phone protected from all angles.
The Ares reinforces the body of the phone is reinforced at its most vulnerable points. It has a multi-layer TPU sleeve to absorb shock, plus a transparent PC backplate to preserve the look of your phone, scratch-free.
Its bezel is generous enough to encompass both the rear camera and the front screen. The front screen is further reinforced by a built-in screen protector.
It has port covers to keep dust and lint out of your case, and its button covers a snappy and responsive. You will have no trouble wireless charging with this bad boy either. It is overall a great value purchase.
Speck’s new Presidio V-Grip design is a radical departure from their normal aesthetic. This clear-backed case stands out with its textured bumper frame, which is as much for grip as it is for rebuffing impact damage.
This tactile pattern makes it easier to wrap your hands around this monster phone, without obscuring your access to your charge port or buttons.
The air-cushioned design meets military grade drop standards and easily allows wireless charging.
Spigen’s Liquid Crystal Case is the closest thing to not having a case at all, and we mean that in the best way possible.
It is clear and ultra-thin, so as to impact the look of the iPhone XS Max as little as possible. It is not quite thick enough to soak up large drops, but it will keep your phone scratch-free and will serve as a decent buffer for smaller slips.
Surprisingly, this case isn’t so thin that it leaves your rear cameras exposed. Instead, it prevents them from taking face-down drops just enough while mostly staying out of your way.
Caseology cases always have a unique style about them because of their 3D geometric patterns. Their Wavelength case gives some much-needed variety to the look of the iPhone XS Max, which aims for that sleek and sophisticated look that many of us are so sick of.
This case has your standard protective features, provided by a blend of TPU and PC materials. It has responsive button covers and allows for easy wireless charging. At its low price, you could certainly do worse.
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