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I’m no stranger to danger, which is why I’ve always let my iPhone roam the wild without a case. I’ve always loved the way smartphones look in their natural form, and frankly, I’m suffering from the delusion that I won’t one day accidentally drop my phone on the ground like a great, big doofus. Without an Apple Care plan, I know that I’m tempting fate. Deep down, I recognize that this type of thinking is both arrogant and foolish.
In short: I am an idiot. Seriously—don’t be like me.
If you’ve just spent a pretty penny on a brand new iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus, you really ought to protect it.
When it comes to iPhone cases, it can be tough to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve narrowed it down to a handful of choices that should please everyone, whether you’re looking for something minimal or heavy-duty.
1. Caseology iPhone 8 slim case (several color variants)
This handsome iPhone 8 case from Caseology is slim enough to fit in your pocket but durable enough to earn its “military grade” distinction.
The case itself is a tough-as-nails, scratch-resistant acrylic and has passed several rounds of drop testing. At around $12, you won’t be breaking the bank, either
The transparent model will suit any color variant of the iPhone 8 nicely, but gray, black, and rose gold models (holdovers from the iPhone 7) are also available.
Caseology slim case – $11.99 via Amazon
2. Ranvoo frame-only case for iPhone 8 (several color variants)
If you’re looking for minimal protection that won’t cover up your iPhone 8’s glass back, consider this frame-only bumper case from Ranvoo.
Its no-frills design protects the iPhone 8’s camera hump when it’s placed on a surface.
Due to its frame-only design, this probably isn’t a good pick for folks who are looking for something more heavy-duty, though it should offer a good amount of protection for casual, everyday use.
Ranvoo frame-only case – $13.99 via Amazon
3. OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 8 case (several color variants)