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What case should you get for your phone?

The best skins, shells, and armors.

What phone case is right for you?

The best cases, sorted by common typologies.

Phone cases come in all shapes, colors, and materials. With the release of the three new iPhones, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, and the Google Pixel 2, the most reliable companies are unloading all sorts of new smartphone cases. Below, our rundown of stylish, protective, and all-purpose cases for your new gadgets.

If you are an iPhone 7 or Galaxy 7S user, click here for our last phone case guide.


Flexible soft smartphone cases

They're soft, thin, and flexible.


To keep the look and feel of your device exactly as is, go for a skin case. Skin cases are flexible, thin, and usually made from rubber or silicone. They're not disaster-proof, but nonetheless an effective first line of defense. Oh, and they don’t cover the front of your phone, so make sure to pick up a screen protector.

  • Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone 8 Case; $12.

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus Silicone Case; $39.

  • Anker iPhone X KARAPAX Soft, Flexible Skin Case; $12.

  • LK Pixel 2 Ultra Rubber Soft Skin Silicone Protective Case; $9.

  • Spigen Liquid Crystal Galaxy Note 8 Case; $11.

  • Cubevit Clear LG V30 Case; $8.


Shell Smartphone Cases

Hard and sturdy cases.


Shell cases are thin, rigid, and great for shielding phones from scratches. The most valuable shells include silicone bumpers to help with shock absorption.

  • Caseology Parallax Series Case for iPhone 8; $14.

  • Griffin Survivor iPhone 8 Plus Case; $30.

  • Incipio iPhone X Dualpro Case; $30.

  • Incipio Carnaby Google Pixel 2 Case; $35.

  • Case-Mate Naked Tough Galaxy Note 8 Case; $40.

  • Spigen Neo Hybrid LG V30 Case; $17


Smartphone wallet cases

Put your money where your phone is.

Nomad & Case-Mate

If you’re like me and are trying to ditch your wallet altogether, try a case that holds your essentials. These come in many styles, but most allow you to keep cash, credit cards, and your ID in a slot on the back of the phone or in a separate area of the case.

  • Trianium iPhone 8 Wallet Case; $11.

  • OtterBox Strada Series iPhone 8 Plus; $24.

  • Nomad iPhone X Leather Wallet Case; $40.

  • Abacus24-7 Google Pixel 2 Case; $11.

  • Spigen Slim Armor CS Galaxy Note 8 Case; $18.

  • Tauri LG V30 Leather Wallet Case; $10

  • Case-Mate LG V30 Folio Wallet; $60


Leather smartphone cases

Make your phone look as good as you.


Leather cases are classy and let you dress up your phone.

  • Apple Leather iPhone 8 Case; $45.

  • Nomad Clear and Leather iPhone 8 Case; $40.

  • Mujjo Leather iPhone X Case; $45.

  • Bellroy LeatherPixel 2; $45.

  • Galaxy Note 8 Felt and Leather case; $45.

  • LG V30 Tridea Power Guard PU Leather Case; $10


Rugged smartphone cases

For the active and/or over-protective.


For the outdoor adventurer—or the very clumsy—you need a suit of armor for your phone. These rugged protectors shield devices from harsh weather, long falls, and unexpected swims.

  • Urban Armor Gear iPhone 8 Trooper Feather-Light Rugged Case; $35.

  • X-Doria: Defense Lux iPhone 8 Plus Case; $35.

  • Silk Armor Protective Rugged iPhone X Case; $20.

  • Spigen Rugged Armor Pixel 2 Case; $13.

  • Zizo Bolt Galaxy Note 8 Case; $18.

  • OtterBox Defender Series for LGV30 and LGV30+; $60

Active accessories

Sport case accessories

For the sporty types.


For the bikers or runners, a sports cases are usually waterproof and held on by an adjustable arm strap. You can listen to music as you run without having to hold your phone in your hand.

  • Spigen 6-inch Universal Smartphone Sports Armband; $8.

  • Trianium Universal Smartphone Sports Armband; $10.

  • CAW.CAR Universal Bike & Motorcycle Phone Mount; $19.

  • WizGear Universal Magnetic Car Mount Phone Holder; $7.

Battery cases

Smartphone battery cases.

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive.


If you are out of the house for long periods of time or always on your phone, a charging case will keep you at full power. Once you get one, you won't understand how you survived without it.

  • Trianium iPhone 8 Battery Case; $36.

  • mophie juice pack wireless for iPhone 8 Plus; $58.

  • Vproof Galaxy S8 5000mAh Battery Case; $27.

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Extra innovative cases

From selfie cases to super-charging wallets.


Our phones are just extensions of ourselves, so why not put a little bit of yourself on your phone? Here are some fun-dumb--cute-geeky cases we came across during our search.

  • The LuMee Duo for iPhone 8 Plus has built-in selfie lights; $59.

  • Nomad Bi-Fold Horween Leather 2,400 mAh Charging Wallet; $90.

  • The Bellroy All Conditions Essentials Pocket is a weather-proof pouch for traveling; $140.

  • Carved Eastern Red Cedar iPhone 8 Plus Case; $24.

  • Chemistry Math Formula iPhone 8 Plus Case; $8.

  • Pixel 2 Moment Walnut Wood Case comes with a wide angle lens; $130.

  • iPhone 8 Retro Gaming Controller Case; $15

  • Customize your own Google Pixel 2 Case With Places, Photos, or Artwork; $40.

  • The Universal Smartphone ClimateCase fits most smartphones and protects your phone against overheating and freezing; $40

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