Let’s be realistic: accidents happen. Whether you knock your phone off of a cliff, drop it on the dirt path, spill something on it, or accidentally run over it with your mountain bike, there are any number of incidents that could damage (or even destroy) your iPhone X. And even after investing in AppleCare+ coverage, it’s definitely worthwhile to protect your device by using a case.
If you are the type of person who is accident-prone, a rugged case might be a great option for you. A rugged case might also be a good option if you like to take your smartphone hiking, to the beach, or other places where outdoor elements could affect its lifespan.
Using a case will help increase the durability and longevity of your iPhone X, which Tom’s Guide already rated as the toughest non-ruggedized smartphone.
We’ve listed seven of the toughest cases for protecting your iPhone X from bumps, drops, scratches, and almost anything else you can throw at it.
The armored look of this case alone should tip you off that it is built protect your device. Available in black, white, or rust, the Pathfinder rugged case from Urban Armor Gear is constructed to be light but also durable. It features easily accessible buttons, skid pads, and is also compatible with iPhone X wireless charging.
Plus, it meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6) for protection from falls up to 8 feet.
For a flashy case that is both dust and shock-proof, the Trianium Duranium fits the bill. This multi-layer case provides total protection thanks to the polycarbonate backplate and the TPU interior.
It also comes with a built-in screen protector constructed with a raised lip to minimize the effects of dust, oil, and scratches on your iPhone X screen.
The Trianium Duranium case also comes with a belt clip that can double as a kickstand for when you’re watching videos or gaming on your iPhone X.
Note: this case will require you to remove any screen protectors before installation.
If you’re seeking a sleek-looking clear case, try the Defense Shield Case by X-Doria. This unique case uses machined metal instead of plastic for the outer frame to provide extra protection.
This metal framework, in conjunction with the inner rubber support and polycarbonate backing, can keep your phone safe from drops up to 10 feet.
The case is also equipped with a rubberized edge to keep your screen safely off of any surface if you place your device face down.
And not to fret: the Defense Shield Case is also compatible with iPhone X wireless charging, so you won’t have to take off your case in order to use this function.
Slim and tough, the Spigen Ultra Hybrid case for the iPhone X is a single layered case that defends against drops, shocks, and other impacts.
The case itself is constructed with a rigid backing encompassing a flexible bumper, with easy access to all iPhone X buttons. It also uses custom Air Cushion Technology to provide protection on all four corners of your device.
Additionally, Spigen has gone the extra mile to make sure that your clear case doesn’t suffer from the “yellowing effect” that often happens to clear cases after extended use and time. This way, you can enjoy the clarity, personality, and protection that this case provides without compromising on looks.
With a tough outer shell made from polycarbonate and an inner TPU casing designed for shock absorption, the Rokform Rugged case for the iPhone X possesses an innovative design and a grippy surface that is “made by movers, made for movers.”
Unique to the Rokform design is the included car mount. This vent mount secures to the back of your case thanks to an innovative twisting design and magnetic mounting that locks your phone in place. But don’t limit it to your car: take the Rokform Rugged case on your golf cart or bike to stay connected on the go.
This dual-layer case is designed to keep all sides of your iPhone X safe from drops. The back portion is constructed of polycarbonate materials to act as a shield against falls, while the screen-protector front incorporates raised edges to keep your phone screen from rough surfaces. It also features flaps on each port to keep dirt and debris (and even pocket lint) from clogging them.
And is your phone constantly falling out of your pocket? Use the included holster to clip your iPhone X to your belt.
No rugged iPhone case list would be complete without talking about Otterbox. Otterbox is a long-standing (and popular) brand for reliable iPhone cases, and the Defender is no exception.
This case has two different shells: a polycarbonate case as the framework, and a rubber case that wraps around the top. It is designed to help defend against drops, dirt, and other activities that could harm your iPhone X.
For extra security, this rugged case also comes with a holster that doubles as a kickstand for viewing media when you’re not on the go.