Theis about to be eclipsed by a brand new line of iPhones, nevertheless it’s nonetheless one of the highly effective telephones on the market, and whereas it is essentially the most superior mannequin up to now, it nonetheless breaks in the very same method as its predecessors. Cracks, dents and scratches are the iPhone’s arch enemy, and a good-quality case is its finest buddy. Sure, the iPhone 13 is delicate, however there are many choices relating to safety. Simply keep in mind that you want an iPhone 13-specific case to get the job carried out accurately.
Every new cellphone requires its personal explicit iPhone 13 case, so you might want to be sure you’re getting the proper one to suit your particular iPhone 13 mannequin, together with the iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Professional Max.
Most of those iPhone 13 case opinions are primarily based on the optimistic experiences I’ve had with the identical manufacturers on the iPhone 12 sequence (and former fashions). I will be updating this record of the perfect iPhone 13 instances with new choices as they arrive. I attempted to incorporate a wide range of cellphone case types from slimmer to extra protecting iPhone 13 case fashions, in addition to ones that supply full-screen safety and nifty options like a built-in kickstand or pockets.
Speck has introduced lots of its iPhone 12 case designs to the iPhone 13, together with such standard clear fashions because the Presidio Good-Clear and Good-Clear with Grips, and the Presidio2 Professional (the pink one above). Speck’s grip case with built-in MagSafe price $10 extra. (I am a fan of MagSafe instances as a result of they provide the choice to connect a MagSafe accent on to the case, not your cellphone.)
All the brand new fashions have good drop safety (13 to 16 toes, relying on the mannequin) in addition to Speck’s Microban antimicrobial safety. Irrespective of which mannequin you select, Speck typically provides a reduction for first-time consumers.
In case you are on the lookout for a extra cheap Speck case, I did discover its Gemshell translucent cases for iPhone 13 promoting for round $20 on Amazon. I just like the ombre version. Nonetheless, these aren’t outfitted with MagSafe.
Cyrill is a sister model to Spigen and its instances are arguably barely extra trendy, though they price a couple of dollars extra. We’re linking to the Leather-based Brick case, pictured right here in cream (it is fake “vegan” leather-based), however the $17 Silicone case (pictured in teal) and clear $17 Cecile instances are additionally good. The Silicone case is mainly a knockoff of Apple’s Silicone case with out the MagSafe function.
MagSafe instances can get fairly expensive, however if you happen to’re on the lookout for a cheap clear MagSafe case on your new iPhone 13 sequence cellphone, Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid Magazine is an efficient worth at round $20. Spigen additionally sells a non-Magazine model of this case for about $5 much less and has a number of different iPhone 13 case choices. I additionally tried the Spigen Magazine Armor case however discovered that equipment stick higher to the Extremely Hybrid Magazine.
No drop ranking is listed for the case, however Spigen’s clear instances really feel like they provide cheap safety. In order for you a troublesome case with stronger safety, the Spigen Powerful Armor case, which features a kickstand, is an choice for $17, however I personally want Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid instances (the Extremely Hybrid S additionally has an built-in kickstand).
Notice that a number of these cheaper clear instances have a behavior of turning yellow and degrading over time (and turning into much less translucent), however they’re low-cost sufficient that you just in all probability will not thoughts shelling out for a alternative case on your Apple iPhone if that occurs.
It is a fairly cool choice for these on the lookout for a MagSafe case, plus a MagSafe pockets that converts right into a stand. You may take pleasure in a pleasant case and actually good MagSafe pockets/stand accent that shops as much as three bank cards.
OtterBox made a reputation for itself with its tremendous protecting Defender sequence case, however most individuals need one thing much less cumbersome nowadays. The Symmetry sequence is slim with beveled edges, making it a superb mixture of glossy and protecting. A raised bumper helps act as a display screen protector.
A number of colour choices can be found, together with clear, and I am a fan of the brand new Symmetry Plus Clear for MagSafe (pictured within the center in pink). The Symmetry Plus Pop case, pictured on the left, integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is wi-fi charging-compatible, which is vital. The Symmetry Sequence Plus case on the appropriate (in pink) is obtainable in varied colours and in addition has a MagSafe model for $10 extra. OtterBox affords a reduction for first-time consumers on its web site.
OtterBox’s Commuter case affords raised bezel safety, can be fairly slim and has grips on the again. I am a fan of that mannequin, which additionally is available in a model with MagSafe for $10 extra.
Snakehive’s Metro Leather-based case sort of has the whole lot you’d need in an iPhone 13 case: An attention grabbing look, good grip and an built-in kickstand. It is also MagSafe suitable, so you need to use it with any MagSafe accent. It appears fairly protecting however I want the corners had been extra raised, permitting for higher display screen safety within the occasion of a fall. However, it is a good case that is available in 4 colours.
I’ve at all times been a fan of Moshi’s iPhone instances and all its high instances can be found for all of the iPhone 13 fashions. The Altra (left — $45), out there in three colour choices, is essentially the most distinct-looking and has a geometrical rubber end that makes your cellphone good and grippy. It additionally features a lanyard (the little loop that the lanyard clips onto will be eliminated whenever you’re not utilizing the lanyard).
The Overture (center — $50), is a two-in-one folio pockets case that converts right into a stand for video watching. You suit your iPhone right into a slim shell case that then magnetically adheres to the quilt, which has slots for storing bank cards and money. It is one of many nicer folio instances out there. It is out there in black or pink.
I additionally just like the IGlaze (proper — $40), which type of mimics the glass again of the iPhone whereas defending the actual glass again. It is available in 5 colours. The iGlaze XT (not pictured — $30) is a transparent case.
One function that is lacking is MagSafe compatibility. The iGlaze makes use of Moshi’s SnapTo mounting system (a automotive and wall mount are bought individually).
All Moshi instances are eligible for its 10-year International Guarantee program.
I’ve acquired many case samples and that is at present one in all my favorites. OtterBox owns LifeProof and you’ll actually see (excuse the pun) the affect on LifeProof’s See MagSafe case, which arguably has a barely cleaner look and higher traces than OtterBox’s Symmetry Sequence instances.
This case can be out there in a transparent model with out MagSafe for $10 much less, however this case is the higher selection if you happen to’re in any respect eager about MagSafe. It is available in just a few completely different colour choices (the mannequin proven right here is listed as purple/pink nevertheless it reads extra as burgundy) and is designed to resist drops as much as 6.6 toes.
LifeProof’s different instances — the Next, Fre and eco-friendly Wake — return for the iPhone 13, and whereas they’re actually good and still have MagSafe (aside from the Wake), I believe the See might be the perfect of the bunch for on a regular basis use. All of them function the identical 6.6-foot drop safety, although the flagship Fre and Subsequent supply higher dust- and water-resistance than the See.
LifeProof, like a number of different case-makers, has change into extra inexperienced in recent times. The Wave is made with 85% ocean-based recycled plastic, whereas LifeProof’s different instances are made with 45-50% recycled plastic.
These Caseology instances aren’t outfitted with MagSafe however they’re good instances for his or her modest worth. I notably just like the NanoPop (the inexperienced case within the center), which appears and looks like an Apple Silicone case, with a soft-to-the-touch end, however prices quite a bit much less. It prices $15-$17, relying on the colour.
Nomad’s line of good Horween leather-based instances involves the iPhone 13. Like earlier Nomad fashions, they’re designed to develop a “rugged” patina because the oils out of your pores and skin work together with them over time. The brand new Trendy Leather-based Case is obtainable in black, brown and a lighter pure colour that I like. They’re rated for 10-foot (3-meter) drop safety and outfitted with MagSafe. In the meantime, the Trendy Leather-based Folio goes for $80.
There’s additionally a extra reasonably priced Sport model for $40 that is outfitted with MagSafe as nicely (it is not a leather-based case, nevertheless, however does look fairly slick).
OtterBox’s Aneu Sequence instances had been amongst my favorites for the iPhone 12, and the corporate has redesigned the Aneu as an iPhone 13 case. It now has an uncovered ring on the again to raised spotlight that it’s a MagSafe case (the earlier model had MagSafe nevertheless it was hidden).
A high MagSafe case, the Aneu is pretty slim but feels sturdy and strong. It additionally has a slight grip to it with raised display screen bumpers to assist hold your display screen from cracking when falling face down. I personally just like the case in darkish blue (pictured) and pink (not pictured).
Raptic’s iPhone instances are available a wide range of types and value rather less than competing premium instances from Speck and OtterBox. The Raptic Air (left), which I personally like finest, is $30. So is the thicker Raptic Protect (center). The Terrain is a bit more at $40, nevertheless it’s the one one in all these three that’s totally made in America and biodegradable.
Casetify is understood for its eye-catching designs on the again of a transparent case. They’re comparatively slim, sleek-looking instances that supply first rate safety and are available a wide range of design patterns, with some particular attraction to youngsters. A few of the designs are hit-or-miss, however I favored the samples I bought. I ought to be aware that costs seem to have gone up: Casetify instances now begin at $55.
Rokform’s been making robust iPhone instances for years and other than their sturdiness, their key function is the flexibility to make use of them with varied mounts — together with bike and motorbike mounts — which might be bought individually. I personally want the Crystal sequence however the Rugged case is barely extra, nicely, rugged. The brand new iPhone 13 instances are additionally MagSafe, in order that they price $10 greater than the iPhone 12 fashions.
Rokform’s iPhone 13 instances have detachable magnets and so they’re suitable with wi-fi charging if you happen to take away the included middle magnet. “With the decrease magnet nonetheless intact, you’ll be able to nonetheless wireless-charge whereas using magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.
British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes instances which might be proper up there with OtterBox and Speck, all of them lined with the corporate’s D3O shock-absorbing materials and that includes beveled edges to guard your cellphone. I’ve tried the brand new Brooklyn Snap (left) and Santa Cruz Snap (proper), each of that are MagSafe-equipped and rated for 13-foot drop safety. Nonetheless, a number of different case types can be found, most of them with eye-catching designs.
Tech21 has a variety of iPhone 13 instances, together with its ultra-protective Evo Max (left), which is rated for 20-foot drops and has a slide cowl to guard the iPhone 13’s again cameras together with a holster you’ll be able to clip to your belt. Tech21 can be making just a few completely different fashions in its new Evo Artwork line (proper). The favored Evo Verify returns, and the Evo Clear is supplied with MagSafe.
Smartish’s reasonably priced, easy, slim instances and pockets instances return for the iPhone 13. The Pockets Slayer 2.0 case (pictured on proper) is available in a wide range of designs. It holds three bank cards plus money, and you need to use one in all your bank cards as a kickstand.
Smartish additionally sells a MagSafe case referred to as the Gripmunk (pictured left in purple). It is one of the reasonably priced MagSafe instances and is straightforward to grip, as its identify implies. There’s additionally a easy translucent model of the Gripmunk without MagSafe, and it is really fairly good.
Like Lifeproof, Catalyst made a reputation for itself with waterproof instances, nevertheless it now focuses on customary protecting case choices and has two new fashions for the iPhone 13: the Vibe (left) and the Affect (proper), which has a see-through frosted again. Each iPhone 13 instances have perforations on the corners that let you connect varied equipment (bought individually), corresponding to lanyards and carabiners. Each have 10-foot drop safety.
UK-based Torro makes some good leather-clad iPhone 13 instances that are not too costly (a leather-based case sometimes tends to price over $50). The Torro Leather-based Bumper ($38) is a fairly easy bumper case with a leather-based again whereas the Pockets Case ($38) is a bit swankier total, has a magnetic clasp and a number of card slots and converts right into a stand for video viewing. It is one of many higher folio pockets instances you will discover for the cash. Each leather-based case choices can be found in a number of colours.
Notice that the instances pictured listed below are for the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional, however the iPhone 13 instances look virtually similar.
Incipio returns with an assortment of recent iPhone 13 instances, together with the Grip and Grip with Magsafe (pictured left), sturdy Duo and Duo with MagSafe (pictured proper) with 12-foot drop safety, and the Organicore, an eco case that is 100% compostable that is now out there with a translucent again for the primary time. Additionally, the brand new Design Sequence is price trying out.
All can be found in a number of colour choices.
Ingredient’s Black Ops iPhone 13 instances are actually costly however they actually are distinctive. The $250 Black Ops X4 is obtainable for the iPhone 13, 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max and has a retractable kickstand and detachable “journal” for storing credit score credit and money. Once you take away the journal, it exposes the again of your cellphone so you’ll be able to wirelessly cost your iPhone with an Apple MagSafe Charger or one other small magnetic wi-fi charging puck.
Like earlier Ingredient Black Ops instances, this one options precision CNC machining MIL-SPEC armored safety. If you cannot afford this Ingredient case, the corporate makes the extra reasonably priced Special Ops case ($41), a pleasant polycarbonate MagSafe case that provides good drop safety.
Case-Mate makes a wide range of colour instances, a few of which have glitter built-in into their translucent designs. I solely bought a have a look at the “Cute as a Dumpling” and twinkle ombre instances, however there are many cooler designs and a few supply MagSafe choices for $10 extra.
The Case-Mate web site affords a reduction in your first order.
I personally would not stick this case on my cellphone as a result of I like to make use of a case that actually protects it. Nonetheless, if you happen to’re somebody who does not like thick iPhone 13 instances or simply desires minimal safety, Totallee makes a case that is very near paper skinny.
The case prices $39, which looks like quite a bit contemplating how skinny it’s, however it’s eco-friendly (it is compostable) and does have a raised “lip” across the digicam that stops injury to the digicam lens, Totallee says.
Totallee additionally makes a really slim clear TPU case (pictured left) that provides somewhat extra safety for a similar worth. I like that one higher, however it’s barely thicker.
Incipio additionally makes instances beneath the Coach model and so they handle to stay as much as the standard you would possibly anticipate. They don’t seem to be low-cost, however additionally they aren’t outrageously costly.
The Leather-based Folio pockets case appears and feels pretty luxurious, and it additionally is available in a model with Coach’s “signature canvas” (middle). The Slim Wrap leather-based case (left) additionally appears fairly swank and feels sturdy. You too can get customary polypropylene Coach iPhone 13 instances.
I wasn’t a fan of earlier Pelican instances, which had been very protecting however just a bit too cumbersome (and ugly), however in the previous few years (beginning with the iPhone 11), the corporate (which is now owned by Case-Mate) added slimmer designs — together with the Protector, which is now a MagSafe case.
Griffin’s Survivor instances as soon as shared some similarities with OtterBox’s Defender instances. They had been robust however cumbersome. The brand new Survivor iPhone 13 instances are slimmed down however retain a superb portion of their robust identification, with some fashions, just like the Survivor Endurance for MagSafe (pictured left), that includes 14-foot drop safety and a raised-edge bezel for each the display screen and digicam cutout. It additionally has a pleasant grip to it.
In order for you one thing much more protecting, there’s the All-Terrain Earth case — rated for 20-foot drop safety.
The Endurance for MagSafe is available in three colours for $50. These on the lookout for a extra reasonably priced choice can check out the $30 Survivor Sturdy (pictured proper) or the $20 Survivor Clear. Neither of these instances options MagSafe.
KerfCase has been making handmade picket instances for some time, and its new Plywood iPhone 13 case isn’t solely extra sturdy however inexpensive, beginning at $50 with 6-foot drop safety and a restricted lifetime restore guarantee. I prefer it higher than different wooden instances I’ve tried. It is also price noting that Apple’s MagSafe charger will stick with the again of it (it’s outfitted with MagSafe), and KerfCase sells an identical charging dock for the Apple MagSafe charger together with a magnetic wi-fi charging stand that is fairly candy.
Mous makes a number of iPhone 13 instances which have eye-catching designs, all lined with the AiroShock materials that the corporate says delivers wonderful safety in a slim design. They do appear sturdy and all embody a lifetime guarantee.
Its new MagSafe-enabled Limitless 4.0 instances are suitable with MagSafe accent and charger choices, together with Mous’ own MagSafe accessories.
Earlier Mous instances had a SIM card storage slot on the within of the smartphone case for worldwide vacationers within the behavior of swapping SIM playing cards. Nonetheless, these do not.
Should you’re on the lookout for a case that comes with a connectable twine and will be worn as a neck strap or as a crossbody strap, the Bitplay Wander is price trying out. It additionally is available in clear or a smoke colour and Bitplay makes different equipment for it. The Wander affords good drop safety and it is easy to get the strap on and off the case because of the velcro on the finish (sure, the strap stays on the case securely).
How protecting of a case ought to I purchase?
I personally like instances that are not too thick however supply first rate drop safety, with a lip over the sting of the display screen (typically known as a “display screen bumper”) and raised corners that assist forestall your display screen from cracking in case your cellphone ought to fall face down. A folio case will extra totally shield your display screen.
The excellent news is that you do not have to purchase a brilliant protecting iPhone 13 case just like the OtterBox Defender to get good safety. Most instances are moderately skinny and nonetheless supply at the least 6-foot drop safety. I did embody one very skinny case on this record for individuals who want minimal safety. Earlier than you go along with a case like that, simply bear in mind how a lot your cellphone prices — however it’s higher than having no case in any respect. Be sure to get a sound tempered glass display screen protector on your iPhone 13 mannequin to stop deep scratches and safeguard the display screen.
Ought to I get a MagSafe case?
All of the iPhone 13 fashions are outfitted with Apple’s MagSafe function, which affords quicker wi-fi charging with suitable chargers. It additionally helps non-compulsory equipment — together with Magsafe pockets, mini wallets and varied mounts — that adhere magnetically to the again of your cellphone. Just like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 has “an array of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) embedded round a charging coil that may pull as much as 15 watts of energy.
Nonetheless, if you wish to use these MagSafe equipment with out taking your cellphone out of its case, you want a cellphone case that is outfitted with MagSafe assist. The MagSafe image is a circle with a brief pipe under it. You may see it on clear instances, nevertheless it’s embedded on the within of the case so if it is nontransparent, you will solely see it from the within.
If you have already got a MagSafe accent — or plan on shopping for MagSafe equipment sooner or later — you will wish to get a MagSafe suitable case; it is a good choice to have. With that in thoughts, the vast majority of the instances on this roundup are outfitted with MagSafe.
Are MagSafe instances costlier?
Normally, sure — about $10 extra. There are some extra reasonably priced MagSafe instances that price round $20, however most price upwards of $30. We see instances from sure firms which might be primarily the identical, however one has MagSafe and the opposite does not. The MagSafe model normally sells for $10 extra. It might seem to be somewhat an excessive amount of to pay for one thing that does not seem to be a lot of an improve, however in time MagSafe compatibility could command much less of a “tax.”
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