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The 8 Essential iPhone 11 Cases of 2020

February 19, 2020 Tech By Photo by Peel

When choosing a case for your iPhone, there is no clear-cut “best overall” winner. A lot of it depends on you and how you use and treat your iPhone. Do you want a super-thin case so that your iPhone fits nicely in your pocket? What about a case that add some extra protection? Or do you want a case that doubles your iPhone’s battery life? To make things easier, we’ve picked the best iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cases in a number of different categories. Pick the one that best fits your needs.

The Best iPhone Cases of 2020

Mophie Juice Pack Access

Best Battery Case

Apple’s battery case, the Smart Battery Case ($129), is great — but it’s so darn expensive. Mophie’s alternative is significantly more affordable, plus it leaves the Lighting port exposed so you can charge your iPhone and listen to wired headphones at the same time.

Also good: Moment Battery Case ($90 $50)

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Apple Clear Case

Best Clear Case

There are admittedly a lot of translucent cases you can buy for the iPhone 11, but they aren’t much cheaper (if at all) than the one Apple sells. Plus, Apple’s Clear Case just feels great in your hand.

Also good: Peel Super Thin, Clear ($29)

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Otterbox Defender Series

Best Protective Case

Otterbox’s smartphone cases continue to be the go-to rugged option, and its Defender series is what the company is best known for. It’s really grippy, virtually shatterproof and it comes with a hands-free kickstand.

Also good: Catalyst Impact Protection Case ($40)

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Peel Super Thin

Best Thin Case

If anybody who wants a little more grip, but doesn’t want to add any real thickness to their iPhone — Peel continues to make our favorite smartphone cases. And they are available in many different colors.

Also good: Apple Silicone Case ($39)

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Moment iPhone Case

Best Photography Case

The big thing with Moment is that they make additionally lenses — everything from fisheye to anamorphic — that you can attach to your iPhone and take ever better photos. But you need Moment’s case to attach the lenses. Any one of their cases are a great option for a vlogger or an all-around creative.

Also good: Olloclip Case ($40 $20)

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Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio

Best Wallet Case

We’re assuming that if you’re looking for smartphone case to replace your wallet, you want it to be nice. (Because wallets are nice, generally.) Nomad’s option fits the bill because it’s made of genuine leather and its tri-fold design makes it easy to store both cards and cash.

Also good: Speck Presidio Wallet Case ($45 $20)

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Otter + Pop Symmetry Series

Best PopSocket Case

Let’s face it: PopSockets are hella popular. And with this case, PopSockets teamed up with Otterbox to integrate its PopGrip into a rugged smartphone case. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s also available in a range of colors.

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Apple Leather Case

Best Leather Case

Apple makes leather iPhone cases in all sorts of colors: yellow, green, blue, black and traditional brown. Like all genuine leather, the best part of these cases is that they patina and look better over time. Surprisingly, Apple doesn’t sell a leather case for the vanillia iPhone 11.

An alternative: Nomad Rugged Case ($50)


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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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