The iPhone 12 range has finally landed, and the powerful flagship of the range is the iPhone 12 Pro. With a 6.1-inch display, powerful new A14 Bionic processor, and an upgraded camera, the iPhone 12 Pro is the reasonably sized iPhone for power users.
Apple’s new Ceramic Shield claims to protect iPhones better than ever before, but if we were you, we’d still slap a case on our new iPhone. Cases come in a range of forms, and choosing the right one for you is a case of deciding what you need it for. We’ve checked the biggest case makers and grabbed some of their best cases, and explained what’s good (and not so good) about each of them, so you can make your choice. Here are the best iPhone 12 Pro cases and covers.
Apple Pro Silicone Case with MagSafe
Sometimes the best case is an official one — like this silky, soft-touch silicone case from Apple. With a microfiber lining for protection, it comes in a wide range of colors including this rather charming plum — our pick of the bunch. Apple puts its cases through thousands of hours of testing, so you can rest assured your new iPhone is protected from drops and scratches. It’s compatible with wireless charging too, and has built-in magnets to snap-on your MagSafe charger and accessories.
Speck Presidio2 Grip Case
What has airbags to protect your phone from drops of up to 13 feet and comes with a lifetime warranty? The Presidio2 Grip case from Speck. Armor Cloud Technology works like an airbag, with air capsules that compress and suspend your phone on impact, absorbing shock and protecting it from damage. Your phone case will stay cleaner for longer too thanks to Microban antimicrobial protection, which delivers a 99% reduction in bacteria growth. The soft-touch, scratch-resistant finish feels pleasingly smooth in hand, while no-slip grips keep your phone where it should be. Round this out with a slim, pocket-friendly design and compatibility with wireless charging and you have yourself one of the best protective cases around.
Carved Hedvige Case
You probably spent some time deciding the new iPhone 12 Pro was the phone for you — so why not put as much thought into choosing a unique case for your new phone? Each wood-and-resin case from Carved is one of a kind — which means nobody will ever have the same case as you. We love this blue resin and wood burl design, but there are dozens to choose from, each made from colored resin and real wood burl in the Carved workshop in Indiana.
The cases are inspired by the beauty of earth from a satellite’s perspective — but we think they look a bit like the type of case Frodo might forge from materials found in the bowels of Middle Earth, in the best possible way. This case isn’t just good looking though, it’s practical too. A slim design and protective outer rubber shell keep your phone safe, and it’s compatible with Apple’s MagSafe wireless charger too — although you might find the charger doesn’t adhere as strongly to your case as it does the official Apple case, since this one doesn’t have a magnet in it.
Incipio Organicore Case
Feel superior about your choice of phone case by selecting a case that’s not only good news for your phone, but an excellent choice for the environment, too. Incipio’s Organicore case is formulated from a material made from plants, making it 100% compostable. It will break down completely in a compostible environment — and Incipio promises to plant a tree for every case sold too. It’s more than just eco-friendly though, with Impact Strut Technology providing eight feet of drop protection and a raised bezel around the screen that stops it from ever touching down. This case works with wireless charging and MagSafe chargers, and comes with a lifetime guarantee, so it’s well worth the price of entry. We’d opt for the Eucalyptus shade, a fresh, minty green, but it’s also available in charcoal or a speckled natural beige variant.
Gear4 Battersea Case
If you’re the type of person who embraces everything life throws at you, then a phone case that does the same is a must. The Battersea Case from Gear4 offers an impressive 16 feet of drop protection thanks to D30, material used by pro athletes and the military. Its slim design and soft-touch, textured finish not only looks stylish but prevents drops in the first place. This case has a RepelFlex antimicrobial treatment that guards against degradation from microorganisms and inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. You can pick it up with a clear conscience too, as it’s partly constructed from recycled plastic. It comes in black with vibrant orange detailing.
Casetify Ultra Impact Case
When life gives you lemons … put them on your phone case. This vibrant clear case from Casetify features colorful artwork by Amsterdam-based artist Bodil Jane, perfect for brightening up even the dullest days. Constructed with qitech, shock-absorbing material that provides up to 9.8 feet of drop protection, the Ultra Impact case has a raised bezel around the screen, a flash-absorbing camera ring and a durable, scratch-resistant finish. The case is treated with DEFENSiFT antimicrobial coating which eliminates 99% of bacteria, and you can customize it with a monogram or initials. You can attach your MagSafe charger too, although the adhesion won’t be as strong as with a case containing magnets.
RhinoShield SolidSuit Case
RhinoShield is a name you can trust when it comes to protecting your phone from life’s little hazards. The SolidSuit can be customized to suit your tastes, with a range of colors and designs — you can even change the color of button covers for a contrasting look, or design your own case if you’re feeling particularly creative. There’s no need to worry about your phone slipping through your fingers thanks to the scratch-resistant matte finish that provides excellent grip — and if by chance your phone does hit the ground, you’ll be pleased to hear this case provides military grade drop protection of up to 11 feet, so unless you’re extremely tall and at the top of a ladder, you should be covered. The interior of the case features a honeycomb structure that’s designed to absorb 10% more impact. We’d opt for the navy blue version, pictured, but could be tempted to add contrasting button covers in Royal Blue.
Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet Case
A classic if ever there was one, Snakehive’s vintage leather wallet comes in a wide range of colors including this divine bottle green. Each case is handcrafted from top-grain nubuck leather that develops a beautiful rich patina over time, making your case unique. There are three card slots and space for cash or ID, plus a strong magnetic clasp that keeps the case shut and prevents embarrassing butt dials. As if that wasn’t enough, the case folds back into a handy kickstand for Zoom calls or Netflix binges. This isn’t another throwaway plastic case — it’s a durable, genuine leather case that will last you for years to come, so it’s an eco-conscious choice too.
Ringke Air + Shoulder Strap Case
A clear case is a must-buy if you want to show off your phone’s style while keeping it protected, but many clear gel cases are on the thinner side, so sacrifice some protection. Not so with Ringke. This version of the Air case comes with a cross-body shoulder strap that attaches to the lanyard attachment points at the bottom of the case. Sling the strap around your shoulders and drops are all but impossible. But even without the strap, the case’s protection is pretty good. The slim TPU is flexible and shock-absorbent, and it’ll protect well against scratches and minor bumps. There’s a raised bezel to elevate the screen, and the price is reasonable.
Peel Super-Thin Case
Apple has done everything it can to keep the iPhone 12 Pro’s size and weight down, so it would be a shame to add too much bulk to your phone with a case. That’s where Peel comes in. Specializing in ultra-slim cases, Peel’s Super Thin case is just 0.35mm thick, which is so thin it’s semi-transparent. It’s branding-free, so you can pretend you’re not using a case, and there’s an extremely subtle raised border around the edges of the display and camera lenses. The matte coating means it’s resistant to fingerprints and smears, and it comes in a variety of colors.
Spigen Slim Armor CS
Spigen is one of our favorite case makers for a reason, and the Slim Armor CS is one of its best cases. It’s a dual-layer case that uses hard polycarbonate and flexible TPU to provide a mix of hard and soft that guards against a range of damage, including drops. Airbags in the case’s corners protect against drops, adding shock-dispersion, and a raised edging around the display and camera lenses mean it’s protected against grit and dirt. The real drawer is the hidden compartment on the back. This slim pocket can hold up to two cards or some spare cash, making it an excellent way to forgo carrying a wallet while you’re out.
UAG Outback Bio Series
Apple is making big steps in terms of sustainability and impact on the environment, so it makes sense you’d pick a case that’s also dedicated to more environmentally-friendly aims. UAG’s Outback Bio case is made from special bioplastics that are 100% compostable, as well as adhering to UAG’s usual high level of protection. It meets military standards for drop tests, is wireless charging compatible, and is slim enough to easily slip into a pocket or bag. The packaging is also completely recyclable, with soy-based inks and minimal use of adhesives. It’s definitely on the more expensive side as far as cases go, however.
Otterbox Otter + Pop Symmetry Series
What’s better than Otterbox’s excellent Symmetry case? Otterbox’s Symmetry case combined with a PopSocket PopGrip, that’s what. Pop out the PopGrip and you’ll be able to use it to keep a hold of your iPhone while taking selfies, or use it to prop your phone up on a flat surface. You can swap the PopSocket out and replace it to fit your style, and it slots against the back of the case so it doesn’t catch when slipping into pockets. But even without the PopGrip, it’s an exceptional case. Otterbox claims it meets three times the military standard for drops, and raised edges help to protect the most vulnerable parts of your phone. It’s expensive, like all Otterbox cases, but we think it’s worth it if you need serious protection and love a PopSocket.
Gear4 Wembley Palette Case
If you’re a butterfingers and drops are your absolute nemesis, then Gear4’s cases are basically made for you. Gear4 makes cases with a range of protective options, but the Wembley Palette falls nicely in the combination of protection, style, and hand-feel. It’s made from a combination of materials, most notably Gear4’s own D3O material that’s incorporated into the top, bottom, and corners of the case. This material means the case is insulated against drops from an impressive 10 feet (three meters), despite being a relatively slim and lightweight case. It’s not badly priced given all this protection, and we really like the semi-transparent design.
Kate Spade New York Protective Hardshell Case
If you want your iPhone to be as stylish as you are, then look no further than this hardshell case from Kate Spade New York. It comes in a number of different designs to match any style you have going, including the Hollyhock Floral Clear, which shows your phone’s design off with a beautiful graphic print laid over the top. It’s not all beauty and no brawn either, as the hardshell is joined by a shock-resistant bumper around the outside, giving decent protection. It’s not going to be the super-protective case for an explorer, but it’s still a great choice for the stylish.
Tech21 Eco Art Case
If your aesthetic involves environmental responsibility, style, and protection, you might assume you won’t be able to find a perfect case. Well, Tech21 has the perfect case for you. The Eco Art case is made from 100% biodegradable materials, offers drop protection from up to 10 feet (three meters), and sports a number of exclusive designs, including the Terazzo Orange featured above. It’s also compatible with the new iPhone’s MagSafe special feature, which is definitely a bonus — but it is very expensive for what it is, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth the money to you.
Nodus Fender + Micro Dock
You most likely think of leather when considering high-end protective cases. This leather case from Nodus may not be a wallet case, but it’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for a combination of style impact and not dealing with the hassles of a wallet case. This case features polycarbonate and TPU, with an Italian leather back. The leather is soft and feels great, and gives a tremendous high-end impression of your device. It’s compatible with MagSafe, and it also comes with a Nodus Micro Dock — more or less a magnet you can use to attach your phone to surfaces. It’s strong and stylish, and while it’s highly-priced, it’s not a bad price for real leather of this quality.
Burkley Carter Detachable Leather Wallet Case
Burkley’s Carter wallet case is a must-see if you’re someone with an eye for a classic wallet case. It’s made from premium full-grade leather, with a separate bumper around the edge of the case itself to bolster against drops and bumps. The case is 2-in-1, with a detachable folio wallet that magnets to the cover. This way, you can remove the wallet if you don’t need the space. It forms a kickstand too, and it has space for a large number of payment cards, travel tickets, or spare cash. This is a great upscale wallet case, but you’ll be paying for the quality.
Lifeproof Fre Rugged Case
Lifeproof is a case maker you have to check out if you’re looking for top-of-the-line protection. They made the Fre case especially for active people who don’t want to worry about their phone breaking while they’re on the go. The Fre is waterproof, snowproof, dirtproof, and drop-proof, and while it may not be the sleekest, most stylish, or smallest case around, it’s undoubtedly one of the most protective. There’s all-around protection with the built-in screen cover, and it has plugs for all the ports. The case is a little pricey, but it’s worth the cost for the secure protection it offers. You’ll have to wait for it, but it’s going to be worth waiting for if you’re the adventurous type.
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