iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide - BY DONNA CLEVE­LAND

El­e­ment For­mula iPhone XS Case ($99.95) This de­cid­edly rugged case packs high-qual­ity and pro­tec­tive ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing car­bon fiber and alu­minum, re­sult­ing in a sturdy yet light­weight build. The big­gest down­side is that the sides are a bit bulky and don't in­clude raised bezels, mak­ing a glass screen pro­tec­tor a must (see page 28 for some good op­tions). Per­haps my fa­vorite fea­ture of the For­mula is its but­ton cov­ers. While many pro­tec­tive cases make it more dif­fi­cult to con­trol the vol­ume and sleep/wake but­ton, these but­ton cov­ers are pre­cisely built for a sat­is­fy­ing click­ing sen­sa­tion when you press a but­ton.

In­ci­pio Stash­back Dock­able Credit Card Case ($39.99) If you love to travel light, a wal­let case is your new best friend. This op­tion from In­ci­pio is slim, while leav­ing room to com­fort­ably fit three cards in the back com­part­ment. Un­like many wal­let cases that leave your cards vis­i­ble, In­ci­pio's has a se­cret com­part­ment that keeps your cards out of sight un­til you pop open the latch. How­ever, if you want to be able to slide a card out with­out even so much as a glance down, you can't beat our COO Noah's fa­vorite pick, the Speck Pre­sidio Wal­let Case ($44.95). The Casetify Es­sen­tial Wo­ven Grip Wal­let Case ($24) is a nice cheaper op­tion, that, while not as smartly de­signed as the Speck, of­fers a good value for the price. Keep in mind that with all these cases, you'll need to re­move the credit cards in or­der to use wire­less charg­ing.

WenBelle Blaz­ers Series Folio Case ($11.99) A good folio case is ideal for any trav­eler, as it not only dou­bles as a wal­let but also as a stand so you can read or watch movies dur­ing your va­ca­tion or busi­ness trip. This op­tion from WenBelle in­cludes slots for your li­cense and credit cards as well as a pouch for cash, which is handy if you've got a few bills to carry. While not the slimmest of cases, the Blazer is sturdy and pro­tec­tive—our fea­ture writer Tam­lin put it through a lot of abuse on a re­cent va­ca­tion and said it held up beau­ti­fully. If you're look­ing for a stylish yet af­ford­able op­tion for car­ry­ing your cards and iPhone, then you should take a look at the WenBelle Blazer Series.

Cat­a­lyst Wa­ter­proof Case ($64.99–$89.99) Our man­ag­ing editor Rheanne is iPhone Life's queen (or should I say mer­maid?) of un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy, and she swears by this case. Whether you like to snap pic­tures of crit­ters or friends un­der wa­ter or you like tak­ing pho­tos in ques­tion­able weather, the Cat­a­lyst case (avail­able for the XS be­gin­ning De­cem­ber) has you cov­ered. It comes with a lan­yard, so you can at­tach it to your wrist and not risk los­ing your phone. It's sur­pris­ingly slim and at­trac­tive and is easy to in­stall and re­move. You should ex­pect your screen re­sponse time to slow down a bit though, and be care­ful not to scratch the case over the lens or else photo qual­ity will suf­fer.

Speck Pre­sidio Grip Case ($39.95) If we had to rec­om­mend one case to ev­ery­one, this would be it. The Pre­sidio Grip of­fers the right bal­ance of a slim de­sign and prac­ti­cal pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing rub­ber ridges to keep your phone in hand and a raised bezel so your screen won't crack if your phone lands on its edge. Great ev­ery­day al­ter­na­tives in­clude the In­case Pop Case for iPhone XS ($34.95), which shows off Ap­ple's de­sign with a clear back, the Sonix Lemon Zest Case ($35) if you en­joy a fun print, or the Ringke Air Prism Case ($9.99) in rose gold for a more glam look.




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