For many of us, our smartphones are a serious investment, and the last thing we want is for them to get scratched, dirty or, heaven forbid, broken! It is therefore important to consider buying a phone case to prevent the unthinkable (a broken phone) from happening.
We’ve thought of everything you could want in a phone case. Whether it’s one that prioritizes durability and protection or one that will put a smile on your face when it’s face up on your desk. Let’s take a look at them.
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Best Phone Case Brands for Protection
Is it a bird? Is it an airplane? No, it’s Gripzilla! The Gripzilla Armor case has a 1.5mm raised bezel over the screen and camera, so if you drop it on the floor, for example, neither the screen nor the camera will be affected. The grooved sides provide a better grip on your device, and the rough texture has the same effect. The Gripzilla we’ve shown here is compatible with an iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, but it’s also available for other iPhones.
Buy the Armor case for £26.95 on Amazon
OtterBox is another Transformers-sounding phone case brand. The Symmetry series, which includes this case for Google Pixel 6, offers lightweight, transparent cases with raised edges to protect your touchscreen. It promises to be anti-fall and is made of 50% recycled materials.
Buy the Symmetry case for £22.49 at OtterBox
Buy the Symmetry case for £23.46 at Currys
Buy the Symmetry case for £26.88 on Amazon
The Griffin Survivor case acts as a force field for your phone. This version of the iPhone SE features a shock-absorbing bumper, is made from an impact-resistant polymer material with a textured bumper interior that also absorbs impact, and has been tested against falls 6 feet. Even if you threw your Griffin Survivor boxed iPhone off a cliff, we’re not entirely sure it would break.
Buy the iPhone SE Survivor Case for £17.95 at Amazon
The best iPhone case brands
Speck’s transparent Gemshell case is perfect for everyday use. This will prevent your phone from getting scratched or damaged when you’re on the go, and Clear Impact technology and Microban antibacterial technology are built into the case meaning it’s able to eradicate surface bacteria from 99%. In addition, the case is transparent, so you will see the color of your chosen iPhone.
Buy the Gemshell case and screen protector set for £29.99 at John Lewis
Buy the Gemshell case for £19.30 on Amazon
MagSafe is the magnetic technology built into the back of iPhones; it started with the iPhone 12 and has featured in every model since. Attached to the iPhone’s charging coil are 18 small magnets, which means the chargers snap into place and align with the coil inside the iPhone, so you can charge your phone wirelessly. When buying a case for this type of smartphone, it is important that it is MagSafe compatible — they have magnetic features that allow them to connect to the iPhone and will support the faster 15W charging — so buying a case from Apple itself is a brilliant bet.
Buy the Clear iPhone 13 Case with MagSafe for £49 at Apple
Best Phone Case Brands for Samsung
This Spigen Slim Armor case features an exterior card slot for up to two cards, as well as raised bezels for screen and camera protection, and cushion technology. air to protect every corner of your phone.
Buy the Slim Armor case for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra for £18.99 at Amazon
Although there is no rule about buying a Samsung branded case for your Samsung phone, sometimes it makes sense: you know it will fit and be compatible because it was designed for your phone by the company that manufactured your phone. The Smart Clear View case is sleek and smooth, it comes in three different colors (black, burgundy, and white), and the new window display makes it easy to check notifications with the phone case still closed.
Buy the Smart Clear View case for £37 at Samsung
Buy the Smart Clear View Case for £25.99 at John Lewis
Buy the Smart Clear View Case for £30.89 on Amazon
Best Phone Case Brands for Durability
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What makes a phone case durable? If it is made from natural and easily biodegradable materials, such as bamboo and cork, and durable adhesives; most sustainable accessories will come with carbon neutral validation or environmental certificates. This mint green phone case from Loam & Lore ticks all those boxes. Made from plant-based polymers and reclaimed wheat fibers, it’s fully compostable and plastic-free, but will protect your phone from drops and scratches. You can recycle this case at home or send it back to Loam & Lore for 10% off your next case.
Buy the mint green case for £12.47 on Amazon
Buy the mint green case for £14.97 at Loam & Lore
For a case that’s tough on your phone but kind to the planet and your wallet, check out this coral case from Uunique. The anti-drop Samsung case is 100% biodegradable, plastic-free and compatible with wireless charging. Plus, 1% of all phone case sales are donated to global eco-charities, so you feel like you’re doing twice your share for the environment.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S22 case for £24.99 at Notonthehighstreet
This teal phone case may look cute, but it packs a punch. The case provides excellent protection against drops and scratches as the linen forms a natural barrier. Although this case is a bit expensive, Pela guarantees that it is because its manufacturing process costs 4 times more than making plastic phone cases. It is also verified by a third-party lab to be 100% compostable.
Buy the Turtle Edition case for £32.50 on Amazon
Buy the Turtle Edition case for £39.95 at Pela
Buy the Turtle Edition case for £25.99 at Trouva
Best Trendy Phone Case Brands
If you are looking for a phone case whose main function is to look good, CASETiFY is bound to have one that will tickle your fancy. It categorizes its phone cases not just by phone model (iPhone, Samsung, and Google) but by case type, such as bestsellers, Instagram-seen cases, and independent artists. This comic we picked is from artist Zizone and is 100% compostable with a 6.6ft drop rating.
Buy the Pingo Cartoon case for £41 at CASETiFY
Shop more CASETiFY cases on Amazon
For eye-catching, compliment-inducing phone cases, Wildflower has them in abundance. The raised bumper is made from sandblasted black polyurethane rubber to give your phone an extra layer of protection. Plus, all Wildflower cases are handmade, which means no two will be the same.
Buy the Groovy Flowers case for £22 on Amazon
Artist Polly of Polly Nor is best known for her dark and satirical depictions of women and demons. Its prints often show demons, snakes, and scary critters, making for interesting phone cases. This one, titled “Almost There”, has an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell with a shock-absorbing TPU inner lining, it fits snugly and is wireless charging compatible.
Buy the Almost There case for £27.99 at Stringberry
Shop more Polly Nor cases on Joom
The best brands of leather and imitation leather cases
If James Bond had a phone case, we’re sure it would look like this. Woolnut is a Swedish brand founded in 2013 that specializes in premium leather products designed exclusively for Apple products, such as iPhones, MacBooks and AirPods. This cognac-coloured leather case is smooth and soft to the touch, very high quality and compatible with wireless charging.
Buy the Leather Cover for £39.90 on Amazon
It looks like leather and it feels like leather — it has to be leather, right? Bad! If leather isn’t your bag but you still love that leather look, then this faux option is awesome. The DEFENSE Folio case is form-fitting and literally snaps onto your phone; the surface is also smudge-resistant so your fingerprints won’t stay on the case.
Buy the DEFENSE Folio case for £19.99 at Currys
The vintage leather wallet for iPhone 11 is handcrafted with nubuck leather. It features card and cash storage, stand function and strong magnetic clasp; it’s basically a wallet in a phone case, which we love.
Shop the Vintage Leather Wallet Case for £29.99 at Snakehive
Buy the Vintage Leather Wallet Case for £29.99 at Amazon
Shop the Vintage Leather Wallet Case for £60.74 at OnBuy
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