[68 Tested] The Best Affordable iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus Cases 878

The Best Affordable iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus Cases

Sneak  Peek

  • After testing 68 cases, the models we recommend the cases that have stylish designs and ultimate protection for your phone. Some of them even offer quite useful features. 
  • Everyone wants his/her phone case with a unique style. In this buying guide, we divided the phone cases into ten categories, allowing you to find your suitable one easily.
  • iPhone 8 combines the all-glass back with the stainless-steel frame, giving us a strong visual effect. However, beautiful things tend to be fragile. So, buying a case to protect your iPhone 8 is a very necessary investment.
  • Undeniably, the pricey Apple original phone case features fine workmanship and feels excellent. However, we could also find some models with reliable quality among cheap cases.

Sneak  Peek

  • After testing 68 cases, the models we recommend the cases that have stylish designs and ultimate protection for your phone. Some of them even offer quite useful features. 
  • Everyone wants his/her phone case with unique style. In this buying guide, we divided the phone cases into ten categories, allowing you to find your suitable one easily.
  • iPhone 8 combines the all-glass back with the stainless-steel frame, giving us a strong visual effect. However, beautiful things tend to be fragile. So, buying a case to protect your iPhone 8 is a very necessary investmen.
  • Undeniably, the pricey Apple original phone case features fine workmanship and feels excellent. However, we could also find some models with reliable quality among cheap cases.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who should get this

Apple’s iPhone is a pretty device, but beautiful things tend to be fragile. The brand-new iPhone 8 uses glasses all over the back. So, if your phone accidentally slips from your hand, you may probably put the glass-made back at risk, ending up being broken. Although iPhone 7 does not use glass on the back, it still gets scratched easily, and small scratches on the body will be quite noticeable. 

From CNET post: We shattered the iPhone 8

Plus, the maintenance cost is very high. For iPhone 7/8 Plus, Apple’s official maintenance cost is shocking – 650 AED (still needs 576.5 AED for iPhone 7/8). Even if you buy an AppleCare+ plan, you still need to pay 99 AED. Thus, purchasing a tough, rugged iPhone case that can deal with the damage is a very necessary investment.

Besides, many people think phone cases are great ornaments. Everyone can add their own style to their phone cases to show different personalities. No two leaves are alike, and there are no identical phone cases. Just by changing a case, it is easy to make your phone look brand new, bringing the unusual freshness.

How we picked and tested

To pick out the best cases, we considered objective factors like physical size and protection level, as well as subjective factors like the appearance and feel. The product photos on e-commerce sites are excessive, so we need to buy many phone cases from different popular brands in every category to test.

Comparison: Excessive product photo and the real product.

Only when we get the real models, we can tell the actual feel of each case. We put each case on our iPhone to see if it fits. Finally, we made our final picks based on the following criteria. 

All our tested iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus case.

Drop Protection

The phone cases we sought and recommended could provide full protection to your phone and wouldn’t add unneeded decorations or too much bulk. However, there is one thing that we need to mention, which is that no case can keep your phone intact in any situations. For example, if a heavy object straightly hits a phone screen, it will still cause damage. When we were testing a car charger, it accidentally hit the screen of our testing iPhone, causing the cracked screen protector. In this case, the damage is inevitable no matter how protective the case is.

Although we didn’t test the drop performance, we are indeed looking for some cases with strong protection designs. And we tested if the corners are reinforced as well as if there is dual-layer protection around. These designs are able to provide your phone with all-round protection in case of dropping.

We tested if the corners are reinforced as well as if there is dual-layer protection around. 

Full Cover

Generally speaking, the more parts of your phone a case can protect, the better this case is. We prefer cases that cover all parts of a phone except the screen and camera. What’s important is that after wearing a phone case, it shouldn’t hinder the normal use. The best case can even provide great button protection without affecting the actual use.

In our tests, we put each case on our phone. We first observed whether they fully covered the phone and whether the cutouts were precise. Then, we compared the pressing touch of the covered buttons of each case. Finally, we selected the cases with wonderful button click.

We first observed whether they fully covered the phone and whether the cutouts were precise. Then, we compared the pressing touch of the covered buttons of each case.

Raised Front Lip

As it explains in Apple’s case guidelines, “Cases must protect the Apple device from a 1m drop onto a hard-paved surface in any device orientation. Specifically, exposed glass on the Apple device must not come within 1mm of a flat surface, such as a table or floor, in any orientation when the case is attached. This may be achieved by either covering the exposed glass or creating features around it that will space the exposed glass at least 1mm away from the flat surface.” When your phone drops facing down, the raised lip keeps your screen off the ground, effectively avoiding the damage.

During our test, we not only observed if the raised lip was tall enough but we also looked for the cases with medium hardness. The raised lip shouldn’t be too soft because it will deform after long-time use. Also, it shouldn’t be too hard, as this will make the case tough to remove.

During our test, we not only observed if the raised lip was tall enough but we also looked for the cases with medium hardness.

No Wireless Interference

Any phone case shouldn’t interfere with your phone’s wireless signals, including Wi-Fi, cellular, NFC (near-field communication, which is necessary to Apple Pay) or Qi wireless charging (for iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X). In addition, a phone case shouldn’t hinder any gestures when you use your phone.

We confirmed that most of these phone cases did not affect the wireless charging after we put the case on our phone. But our tests revealed that the built-in magnet of folio cases had a negative effect on wireless charging.

We used iPhone X to test because it has the same wireless charging feature as iPhone 8/8 Plus.

Broad Aesthetic Appeal

Everyone has their own aesthetic preference, so it is impossible for us to find cases that satisfy all people. Therefore, we not only looked for cases with a minimalist, elegant design that could attract most people, but also did our best to provide more options for you with different patterns.

We not only looked for cases with minimalist, elegant design that could attract most people, but also did our best to provide more options for you with different patterns.

In addition, we used each phone case for long-term testing to experience how they perform in everyday use from a user’s perspective. In order to get broader opinions, we also let colleagues use these cases. Through this process, we could see they change over time. For example, after a long period of use, we found that the soft, transparent cases would soon turn yellow, comparing to the hard, transparent cases. Finally, we picked out the winner in each category based on the testing results.

Our pick for most people

Our Pick: Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case

Our Pick

Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case for iPhone 7 & 8

The best iPhone 7 or 8 case for most people

Although it is low-profile and slim, it can still offer your phone enough protection.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US $10.99 from Amazon US£7.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

The best iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus case for most people

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$10.99 from Amazon US£7.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Slim case+Reliable protection+Great tactile buttons
Cons:
-Slightly Expensive

Most people want a case that is slim, simply designed, reliably protective, and inexpensive. Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case is exactly one of such cases, and it is able to meet the demands of most people. This case doesn’t have too much embellishment and won’t stand out in the crowd. However, this doesn’t mean it is not attractive. Instead, the low-profile style highlights your charm.

Impressive protection

According to Spigen’s official introduction, it can provide mil-grade protection, which can survive from 26 times of 48-inch drop test. Maybe you would doubt its protective ability since the case is so thin. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that it indeed makes efforts in some details to offer better protection for your phone.

First, overall, it is made of TPU which is not too soft or too hard, and it can absorb the impact of phone dropping greatly. Second, it features raised lips around the phone screen and camera to protect these fragile parts first once you drop your phone. Last but not least, the cross patterns on the back not only look cool, but, more importantly, they also provide fingerprint resistance and grip. Thus, with this case on, you never need to worry about your iPhone slipping out of your hand.

Benefit of flexible TPU

High-quality materials seem nothing special on the surface, but they will give you surprises during real-world usage. Thanks to the premium TPU of Spigen, the frame of the entire case remains suitable hardness. Thus, you can easily install the case and it won’t be loose on both sides. Unlike some poor-quality silicone cases, they are too soft leading both sides to pull away and you hardly expect that they can protect your phone. And when you use them for some time, they would be probably out of their shape completely.

Its proper hardness on both sides making it easy to install without being loose on your phone, while some poor-quality silicone cases are too soft on both sides leading them pull away. 

Solid built quality

We’re also satisfied with its solid built quality. The openings of the Lightning port, speaker, and microphone are properly sized, so the frame of your phone isn’t exposed, and you can still use your phone normally. When you put on the phone case, you can still easily click the buttons. Also, the wireless charging function of your phone is not affected at all. And one more thing to mention, the case comes with effective non-slip capability. If your wireless charger is not slip-resistant, you should thank Spigen Liquid Air Armor.  

Also great: TOTU DESIGN Hybrid Case with Tempered Glass Back Cover

Also great

TOTU DESIGN Hybrid Case with Tempered Glass Back Cover for iPhone 7 & 8

A phone case with a tempered-glass back

It makes your iPhone look like naked yet with protective sides and corners.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TOTU Design Hybrid Case with Tempered Glass Back Cover for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A phone case with a tempered-glass back

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Tempered glass back cover+Reliable protection+Fine workmanship+Wallet friendly
Cons:
-Easily attract fingerprints
Glass-alike design

I believe that many people are just like me, surprised by the glass-made back design of the brand-new iPhone 8. If you like this design, TOTU DESIGN Hybrid Case is also able to meet your demand. It is made of the same glass as iPhone 8, and its tempered glass is tough enough that you don’t need to worry about the scratches from daily use. 

It is made of the nearly same glass as iPhone 8, and its tempered glass is tough enough that you don’t need to worry about the scratches from daily use.

Even if you accidently scratch the glass back of this case, just buy a new phone case to easily solve this problem.  However, if you scratch the back glass of your phone, getting another new phone is the only way.

Great protection

The raised front lip can also well protect your phone screen to avoid damage when you place your phone facing down on a desk. Most importantly, the tempered glass is tough enough to deal with daily scratches. It won’t cause any serious problem no matter it scratches or bumps with other hard things. Besides, the non-slip design on both sides can effectively prevent your phone slipping when you hold your phone with a single hand.

The non-slip design on both sides can effectively prevent your phone slipping when you hold your phone with a single hand. 

Easy to put on & take off

The case’s back is made of tempered glass and the frame is made of flexible TPU. So, you can easily put it on your phone. The cutouts are appropriate and precise. Especially the openings for the speaker and microphone are very elaborate. Not all phone cases can do this, which shows that TOTU comes with pretty good built quality.

What’s more

It is worth mentioning that any black, glass-made cases are inevitably easy to leave fingerprints, and this may affect the overall look after usage. But white cases don’t have such a problem. The same goes for TOTU DESIGN Hybrid Case. Although it doesn’t look very obvious after processing, we still have to mention it.

It is only half the price of Spigen Liquid Air Armor and we are surprised that it can offer such high quality. We found many cases with a glass-made back in this price range, but they had various flaws that we couldn’t tolerate. For example, the TPU frames of some cases were too hard, and the seams between the frame and glass weren’t treated well leading to uncomfortable grips. If you want a case with a glass back, TOTU DESIGN Hybrid Case is the most cost-effective one that we could found.

Also great: Spigen Rugged Armor Case

Also great

Spigen Rugged Armor iPhone 7 & 8 Case

A carbon fiber pick

It is made of the same material as Our pick. We offer one more option for you with a distinctive style.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$10.99 from Amazon US£8.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Spigen Rugged Armor iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus Case

A carbon fiber pick

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$10.99 from Amazon US£7.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Slim case+Reliable protection+Great tactile buttons
Cons:
-Slightly Expensive
A different style from Spigen Liquid Air Armor

Spigen Rugged Armor iPhone Case  is also a great pick that is suitable for most people. It also offers a good balance of slimness and protection. And it adds carbon fiber elements that are now very popular at the top and bottom of the back. For those who like this kind of design, this case is a great option. On the back, there is an opening showing the Apple logo. We cannot say this is a good design, but some people would like it, such as Apple’s loyal fans.  

 It adds carbon fiber elements that are now very popular at the top and bottom of the back. 

Ultra-slim pick

Our Pick: TORRAS Ultra Slim Matte Hard Case

Our Pick

TORRAS Ultra Slim Matte Hard Case for iPhone 7 & 8

An option that offers you the feel of a case-free iPhone

It is very slim but can still well prevent your phone from scratches. And the matte finish feels comfortable.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TORRAS Ultra Slim Matte Hard Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

An option that offers you the feel of a case-free iPhone

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Ultra slim+Decent protection+Anti-skid material+Easy installation and removal
Cons:
-Except black, other versions slightly discolored in long-term use

If you like the feeling that a naked iPhone gives you but still want a certain level of protection, then TORRAS Ultra Slim Matte Hard Case can meet your demands. After putting this case on, your phone is only 1mm thicker and you can barely feel the case. The lips around the screen and camera are slightly raised to well protect your phone from daily scratches. And the matte finish makes you never need to worry about your phone slipping from your hand.

After putting this case on, your phone is only 1mm thicker and you can barely feel the case.

It exists unnoticeably when you put it on.

Many phone cases on the market choose “ultra-thin” as their selling point, but most of them can’t make a good balance between thickness and other features. In order to make the cases thinner, some models will sacrifice the protection. During our repeated installation and removal test, they would deform and get damaged. Some cases would increase the thickness and hardness in order to offer more protection, causing it to lose the feeling of ultra-slim cases when you touch it.

With the suitable thickness, it maintains the ultra-slim feel, letting you never notice your phone is wearing a case. Most importantly, it still offers your phone with decent protection. Especially the slightly raised lip around the camera makes it less likely to get scratched.

 The slightly raised lip around the camera makes it less likely to get scratched.

Easy to install & remove

It usually happens that when we use super slim phone cases, it’s hard to install and remove. There are some hard cases on the market that don’t have small openings in each corner of the bottom for easy operation. These cases deliberately lower the height of the corner lips for easy installation, but this design sacrifices the protection for the corners.

Therefore, for hard cases, we prefer the design with openings. TORRAS Ultra Slim Matte Hard Case is the best choice in this category. It has small openings in each corner of the bottom to reduce the difficulty of installation and removal. At last, its openings are precisely tailored and you can hear the crunchy sound when you click the buttons. Thus, you don’t need to worry that the case will affect you using your phone normally after you put it on.

It has small openings in each corner of the bottom to reduce the difficulty of installation and removal.

Products to avoid

In this category, there are ultra-slim soft cases and hard cases. We should avoid buying these three kinds of models: not-slim-enough cases, ultra-slim soft cases, and hard cases that sacrifice the protection for easy removal. First, some cases are too thick. In this category, what we want to find is ultra-slim cases. Second, although most soft cases are thin and light enough, we found that they are easy to deform and don’t offer satisfying button tactility. 

The ultra-thin soft case is easy to get deformed.

Last, hard cases on the market have different designs for easy removal. Our test revealed that either reducing the coverage for the top and bottom of a phone or lowering the corners of a case could sacrifice the overall protection for your phone.

The best transparent case

Our Pick: TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case

Our pick

TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A transparent case that can see through

This is our favorite transparent case because it can fully show the design of your iPhone and also ensure the lightness and slimness of your phone.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A transparent case that can see through

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Show your iPhone+Resist yellowing+Easy installation and removal+Wallet friendly
Cons:
-The bottom cutout easily cracks-Easily attract fingerprints

Transparent cases are very popular, as they allow you to show the design of your iPhone and at the same time, it can protect your phone. TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case is a case that features a crystal-clear and transparent design. 

A transparent case that is not yellowing.

We didn’t choose the soft-plastic cases because the long-term test showed that although soft cases feel great, they yellow after using for a period of time. However, TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case uses PC hard plastic, which solves the yellowing problem easily. After over three months of usage, it still doesn’t have any yellowing issue, while some soft transparent cases already became yellow during the few days we tested.

Left: Easy-to-yellow transparent phone case Right: TORRAS Ultra Slim Transparent Hard Case

It’s also convenient to install & remove.

Transparent cases usually have the similar problems as ultra-slim cases when being removed. Soft transparent cases are easy to install and remove, but the sides are easy to be pulled away, not to mention they will yellow easily. And some hard phone cases are tricky to install and remove. Among many transparent cases we tested, this is a rare model that is easy to remove and install without sacrificing the protection.

This benefits from the small openings on each corner of the bottom. It reduces the difficulty of installation and removal. At the same time, this case won’t easily turn yellow and pull away that usually happen to regular soft cases.

This benefits from the small openings on each corner of the bottom. It reduces the difficulty of installation and removal.

Flaws but not dealbreaker

Same as the glass-made cases, transparent phone cases can also easily attract fingerprints. Although it does not have a big influence in your actual use, we think this is a point we need to mention. And this transparent case is slim enough while still providing decent protection for your phone. The cost is that the charging port is easy to break, so, we should be careful when installing and removing the phone case.

Upgrade Pick: Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Back Hard Case

Upgrade Pick

Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Back Hard Case for iPhone 7 & 8

It features better protection and more comfortable grips

It not only solves the easy-yellowing problem which is inevitable for transparent cases, but also improves the protection while showcasing your iPhone.
AED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$7.99 from Amazon US£7.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Show your iPhone+Reliable protection+Resist yellowing+Easy installation and removal
Cons:
-Easily attract fingerprints

The reason why transparent cases are popular is that they can allow you to show off the color of your iPhone. Especially if you like a black iPhone but worry about scratching it, Ringke Fusion Crystal Clear Back Hard Case is the best choice to avoid this problem. Ringke Fusion is also a hard case. It not only solves the problem of yellowing but also offers better protection.  

The reason why transparent cases are popular is that they can allow you to show off the color of your iPhone.

Smart combination design

This case combines the crystal-clear, hard PC back and the flexible TPU frame, providing an optimal balance of the look, feel, and protection. Compared with some hard cases or those without the bottom corner openings on the market, it is easier to install and remove thanks to its soft TPU frame. And when you put it on your phone, its frame can still fit your phone snugly without being pulled away easily that happens to some soft cases. 

Benefitting from its flexible TPU frame, the case offers great button touch and crisp-click feeling. In addition, the hard frame of some poorly-made cases fade easily, but Ringke solves this problem very well.

Comparison: Ringke Case (bottom) and the phone case (top) with a easy-to-fade frame

More reliable protection

What makes Ringke outweighs many other transparent cases is that, it offers more reliable drop protection. Not many transparent cases can also do well in protection, but Ringke performs pretty good. It not only raises properly around the phone screen to protect it, but, most importantly, its four corners are reinforced with cushions. If you accidently drop your phone, this design helps absorb the impact.

How does it compare with the popular Spigen Ultra Hybrid 2?

Spigen Ultra Hybrid 2 adopts the combination design of a hard PC back and a flexible TPU as well. However, we’re not satisfied with its too-hard frame, which makes it very tricky to install and remove. Quite the opposite, Ringke has excellent performance in this way, so gets its final award.

Compare with the popular Spigen Ultra Hybrid 2 (Left)

Products to avoid

This category is the most difficult to select and it’s also the category we bought the most to test. The reason is that apart from the regular consideration about the protection and the ease of removal, we also need to take the yellowing issue into account which is inevitable for transparent cases. Through broad researches and comparisons, we thought you should give up the soft transparent cases, because they not only deform easily, but also more likely to turn yellow than hard transparent cases.

Then, we’re not saying that hard-transparent cases are perfect. We need to avoid buying transparent cases with a too-hard frame, as they are too difficult to remove. The last trap we should evade is that the poorly-built frames will fade easily.

The transparent hard case is very tricky to remove. 

A great leather option

Our Pick: Jisoncase Genuine Leather Slim Fit Case

Our Pick

Jisoncase Genuine Leather Slim Fit Case for iPhone 7 & 8

An affordable leather case that provides top-notch quality

Jisoncase makes fashion style leather cases for your iPhone that look like they belong in a briefcase on Wall Street.
AED 64.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$18.99 from Amazon US£21.9 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Jisoncase Genuine Leather Slim Fit Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

An affordable leather case that provides top-notch quality

Jisoncase makes fashion style leather cases for your iPhone that look like they belong in a briefcase on Wall Street.
AED 64.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$18.99 from Amazon US£21.9 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Premium leather+Reasonable price+Protects from scuffs and minor drops
Cons:
-Leaves phone's bottom edge exposed

If you want to buy a genuine leather case, this case is worth your money. The charm of leather is resistible, and Jisoncase Genuine Leather Slim Fit Case  can give you the richest leather experiences.  

It’s not easy to find genuine leather cases at a fair price.

We were looking for many leather cases on the market, from low price to high price. We found that the price is a factor you need to consider, as this directly related to the leather’s quality and workmanship. In the low-price range, it is barely possible to find a genuine leather case. These cheap cases tend to show terrible textures and quite rough workmanship, while those genuine leather cases, like Apple’s official leather cases, are often crazily expensive.

Thus, to find this perfect balance is not an easy thing, until we met Jinsoncase. It looks great and it has excellent leather texture, which it’s too hard to believe it’s such affordable especially for people who love the look and feel of leather. Over time, it will age uniquely.

To find this perfect balance is not an easy thing, until we met Jinsoncase.

It has great protection as well.

It is able to provide the same level of protection as regular cases and enough coverage for your phone to prevent most wear and tear as well as minor drops. Although it is thin and light, it still has a tall-enough lip to protect the screen.

With this case on, the buttons of your iPhone are covered by the leather without affecting the feel of clicking. Just like other leather products, this case will become softer over time and provide better tactile experience.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

It exposes the bottom of your phone, so the front edge or area around the Lightning port may get scratched. However, this doesn’t happen often. It’s just we think if this case could provide extra protection for these parts, it would be better.

Aesthetically, the wear on leathers will be more noticeable than those on plastics. So, if you want a leather case that looks just the same as it was on the first day after a year of usage, then the leather case is not your choice. However, some people prefer the unique texture after continuous wear under heavy use.

Budget Pick: X-Level Vintage Series Premium PU Leather Case

Budget Pick

X-Level Vintage Series Premium PU Leather Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A budget option that also offers leather texture

It is difficult to find a budget pick among leather cases. Although it isn’t made of genuine leather, it still offers leather texture.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$11.99 from Amazon US Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

X-Level Vintage Series Premium PU Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A budget option that also offers leather texture

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$11.99 from Amazon US Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Leather texture+Wallet friendly+Delicate feeling of liquid silicone case
Cons:
-Leaves phone's bottom edge exposed

If you are in the market for a leather case, but you don’t want to spend more money, then X-Level Vintage Series Premium PU Leather Case is a great choice. 

The best alternative for genuine leather phone cases

In this price range, we bought a batch of cases claiming to be genuine leather from the market. We found both the materials and craftsmanship were hardly satisfying. To get a premium genuine leather case, you need to pay more. However, X-Level can make your two wishes come true at once. It sells for an ultra-friendly price to let you get a true leather-like case. 

It is made of PU leather instead of genuine leather. Different from regular PU leather, this case has a layer of soft-touch coating on the surface, which makes it feel like a liquid silicone case and more durable. And just because of this, it doesn’t cost more to pursue premium materials but still provides premium workmanship.

This case has a layer of soft-touch coating on the surface, which makes it feel like a liquid silicone case and more durable.

It also comes with good protection.

Although this case isn’t as protective as we hope, we still like it. It still offers enough coverage to your phone and a suitable lip to protect the screen. However, it still exposes the bottom of a phone without protecting the Lightning port and speaker. The lining is well stitched while many other cases with poor quality we saw can be easily peeled off. After putting the case on, the buttons are still very responsive.

Products to avoid

After researching many leather cases from low prices to high prices on the market, we found that price is a factor that you need to consider, because this directly determines the leather textures and the case craftsmanship. In low price range, you can hardly find a genuine leather case, and they generally have terrible textures and rough workmanship.

Comparison: Jinsoncase (left) genuine leather case and the badly-built quality leather case (right)
We used iPhone X cases to compare.

Those beautiful leather cases, like Apple’s own leather case, tend to be extremely pricey. Therefore, it is not easy to find leather cases that have great texture at an affordable price.

A more protective option

Our Pick: Rock Guard Series Drop Protection Case

Our Pick

Rock Guard Series Drop Protection Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A case that can protect your iPhone 7 & 8 from drops

It offers rugged protection without adding too much bulk.
AED 39.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Rock Guard Series Drop Protection Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A case that can protect your iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus from drops

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 39.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Excellent drop protection+Full coverage+Not bulky+Easy installation and removal
Cons:
-No non-slip design

If you drop your phone a lot, or if you’re worried about the damage to your phone, Rock Guard Series case can provide more protection against drops. It doesn’t look excessive among so many models with strong protection but still offers great drop protection. 

Flexible protective gear

Considering that a lot of people need cases with great protection, but they don’t want excessive designs which make the case look like a well-armed soldier, we recommend ROCK Guard Series Drop Protection Case for it provides strong protection without being as bulky as other protective models.

Excellent protection performance

It combines the hard-plastic shell and the thin rubber lining. With the help of its four reinforced corners, it can absorb the shocks from drops. It is a full-body coverage case and able to fully protect the frame of your phone from bumps and scratches. The raised lip is taller than that of regular cases and can well protect the screen, especially when your phone drops from a high place.

It combines the hard-plastic shell and the thin rubber lining.

It’s not tricky to install and remove

Last but not least, many people would complain that protective cases are too hard to install and remove. Some even require you to unscrew the case to put your phone in. If you want to get your phone out, you need to find a screwdriver every time. That’s ridiculous and totally unnecessary. ROCK, however, doesn’t have this issue, as its side frames are soft enough so that you can install and remove the case easily.

Its side frames are soft enough so that you can install and remove the case easily.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

There is no non-slip design on both sides where you hold a phone. Although it isn’t slippery and won’t slip out of your hand during normal use, a tough case should be able to handle more unexpected situations.

Upgrade Pick: Ringke ONYX Shock Absorbent Case

Upgrade Pick

Ringke ONYX Shock Absorbent Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A more protective case for iPhone 7 & 8

It features more non-slip designs and offers more complete protection to your iPhone.
AED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$7.99 from Amazon US£6.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Military-grade drop protection+Full coverage+Bumpers in four corners+Well-designed look
Cons:
-Scratches will be noticeable on it

If you want more protection for your phone, especially excellent non-slip design, Ringke ONYX Shock Absorbent Case is worthy to cost more. 

Special back design

Its back features brushed-metal textures with carbon-fiber elements around the frame. This not only makes the case look well-designed, but also delivers great slip resistance. It not only has a non-slip design on the back, but also has a dent design on the two sides to help increase the grip. This is where it performs better than our pick, as you don’t need to worry that it will slip out of your hand.

This not only makes the case look well-designed, but also delivers great slip resistance.

Full protection

Of course, the most important point is that it is still able to protect your iPhone well. The bumpers in four corners can effectively absorb the impacts from drops. Besides, the lips around the screen and camera are raised to well protect these vulnerable areas from scratches when you place your iPhone on flat surfaces. And it can reduce the effect of bumps.

The bumpers in four corners can effectively absorb the impacts from drops.

Ultimate Pick: UAG Pathfinder Series Case

Ultimate Pick

UAG Pathfinder Series iPhone 7 & 8 Case

The most protective case

If you don’t mind spending more money, you can get a case with the strongest protection.
AED 124.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$14.99 from Amazon US£24.95 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

UAG Pathfinder Series iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus Case

The most protective case

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 124.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE)US$14.8 from Amazon US£27.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Military-grade drop protection+Sturdy material+Full coverage+Bumpers in four corners
Cons:
-Slightly Expensive-Not easy removal

If you need to use your phone in tougher environments, or if your little child often plays your phone as a toy, then UAG Pathfinder Series Case is also a great choice for you. This solid case is not cheap, but you will get what you pay for. Especially when you accidently drop your phone, you would wow by its safe and sound.

Perfect protective case

UAG is the perfect protective case in many people’s mind, as it provides great protection without adding bulk like most rugged cases. The solid frame structure on its back is the iconic design of UAG, which adds better stability and grip. Plus, its material is quite sturdy, even sturdier than the two picks above, so it won’t easily deform in most situations.

Its material is quite sturdy, even sturdier than the two picks above, so it won’t easily deform in most situations.

It also has the shock-absorbing bumper design in four corners, but the bumpers are thicker and can better disperse the shocks from drops from high places. It snugly fits your iPhone, and the lip around the screen is about 2mm higher than your phone screen. More dramatically, there is a YouTube video showing that this case survived from a 50ft high drop test.

Here is a YouTube video (Start from 2:28) showing that this case survived from a 50ft high drop test.

Although we don’t have such conditions to do such a dramatic test, one of our colleagues used it over three months and he accidentally or intentionally dropped his phone over ten times. He first worried that if his phone would go something wrong, but then, he didn’t worry about the problem at all because UAG protected his phone very well every time. Of course, if your screen directly hit by hard stuff, going Genius Bar is the only way.

It’s not that super bulky.

Phone cases that come with such protective level are always big. Although UAG does add some size to your iPhone, actually, it’s not that bulky. It doesn’t make you feel it very heavy, nor hinder your daily use. Instead, you’ll feel ease using the case. Some buttons are covered with softer materials and the cutouts are accurate. This makes it able to offer great touch of the buttons. 

Some buttons are covered with softer materials and the cutouts are accurate. This makes it able to offer great touch of the buttons.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Since this case is made of very sturdy material, you have to try hard with skills to remove it. Nothing is perfect. If you want to get the strongest protection, we think it is a compromise we can accept. 

Kickstand Pick

Our Pick: TOTU DESIGN Carbon Fiber Texture Silicone Case with Foldable Kickstand

Our Pick

TOTU DESIGN Carbon Fiber Texture Silicone Case with Foldable Kickstand for iPhone 7 & 8

A phone case that can support your phone

When you are watching movies on your phone, its foldable kickstand makes it hands-free. The kickstand doesn’t stick out too much to hinder the daily use.
AED 19.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

TOTU DESIGN Carbon Fiber Texture Silicone Case with Foldable Kickstand for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A phone case that can support your phone

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 19.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Stable kickstand frees your hands+The foldable, magnetic stick does not hinder daily use+Decent protection
Cons:
-Slightly short lip around the screen

If you often watch movies on your phone, then TOTU DESIGN Carbon Fiber Texture Silicone Case is a nice choice. On the back, there is a hidden iron stick which can be used as a stand to support your horizontal phone when needed. So, you don’t need to buy an extra stand. Except for the stand feature, it is just a case with regular function providing great protection. Its textures are close to Kevlar fibers and make the case feel great.

On the back, there is a hidden iron stick which can be used as a stand to support your horizontal phone when needed.

Smooth hands-free experience

TOTU is made of soft TPU, and it is very thin without adding too much thickness and bulk to your phone after putting it on. On the back, there is a hidden iron stick which can be used as a stand to support your horizontal phone when needed.

Thanks to the stand’s magnetic design on the back, when you don’t use the kickstand, you just need to press it back into the slot, and the magnet will attach the kickstand securely without popping out. Thus, you can happily enjoy hands-free experience. Conversely, many kickstands of other phone cases on the market stick out too much when you fold it. This greatly affects the feeling when you use it in a day. 

Left: When you don’t use the kickstand, TOTU won’t stick out too much to affect your touch feeling in daily use.
Right: The kickstands of other phone cases would stick out too much to affect your touch feeling in daily use.

The kickstand is surprisingly stable

In addition, the kickstand’s stability is also our concern. To our surprise, the kickstand of TOTU looks thin but with great stability. And it could survive from our stability test. Just so you know, we already broke most kickstands in our test, and other kickstands in the same price range couldn’t withstand just several pats. Thus, it’s not easy for TOTU to provide such great stability.  

Our test showed that the kickstand of this case is very sturdy and not so fragile as other models among the same price range.

Products to avoid

In this category, we have to give up those kickstand cases that cannot stably support your phone and are not sturdy. 

In our testing, this stand couldn’t endure our pats and broke.

Besides, when the stand is folded inside, if it sticks out too much, it will greatly affect the touch in our daily use, so we should avoid buying this type.  

Our wallet case pick

Our Pick: JUTENI Slim Genuine Leather Wallet & Card Case

Our Pick

JUTENI Slim Faux Leather Wallet & Card Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A wallet case for iPhone 7 or 8

It is a nice combination of a card pocket and a phone case, and the leather makes it look high-grade.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

JUTENI Slim Faux Leather Wallet & Card Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A wallet case for iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus

It is a nice combination of a card pocket and a phone case, and the leather makes it look high-grade.
AED 29.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+With card holder+Easy to push cards out as needed+Store the cards securely+Looks high-end
Cons:
-Magnetic stripe cards hinder wireless charging

Today, e-payment is developing to a more advanced level, and bulky big wallets are gradually left in a corner by us. More and more people tend to use more portable minimalist wallets, but, of course, the less thing we take, the better. This is what JUTENI Slim Genuine Leather Wallet & Card Case is doing. It makes your traveling more convenient. When it comes to the look and quality, this case performs excellently in our testing models.

Make your life easier

JUTENI Slim Genuine Leather Wallet & Card Case is a great phone case as it provides enough space and it can completely replace some wallets. We like the cases that make the cards secure in the card slots but still easy to take out as needed. JUTENI has two card holders which can hold two cards. After you insert your cards in the slots, some parts of the cards are exposed and you can easily take them out. Even we violently shook the phone, the cards didn’t fall out.

Even we violently shook the phone, the cards didn’t fall out by themselves.

It’s not thick even when it’s full of cards.

Its size and shape are close to normal cases. Even if you insert two cards, it doesn’t get very thick and you can still easily put it in your pocket. In addition, many similar wallet cases affect your grip after you put it on. However, JUTENI doesn’t have this problem and its card area does not pop out so much. Thus, you can still grip it in hand easily. 

Even we violently shook the phone, the cards didn’t fall out by themselves.

You need to pay attention…

When you’re using wireless charging, if your credit cards or access cards are with magnetic straps, the magnetic coils in wireless charging pads may demagnetize your cards. And the wireless charging function of your phone cannot be activated. If you want a case that not only stores your credit cards but also supports Qi wireless charging, we recommend that you use Folio case

Upgrade Pick: HANATORA Japan Textured Faux Leather Wallet & Card Case

Upgrade Pick

HANATORA Japan Textured Faux Leather Wallet & Card Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A nice and versatile wallet pick

If you want to get rid of your wallet, this case can hold your credit cards. And its handle can be used as a kickstand and a finger strap holder.
AED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

HANATORA Japan Textured Faux Leather Wallet & Card Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A nice and versatile wallet pick

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 44.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+With card holder+Easy to push cards out as needed+Store the cards securely+Strap used as a stand or finger holder
Cons:
-Magnetic stripe cards hinder wireless charging

If there is no online payment gateway in some stores or malls, then this convenient wallet case can bring you great convenience. It is made of textured PU leather, making it look modern and minimalist. And it is more durable than regular genuine leather.

Easy to insert and remove cards

HANATORA has one card slot which can hold one credit card, adding many conveniences to your daily travel. And it’s very convenient to insert and remove cards. There is a semi-circle cutout in the upper left corner of the card slot. Just hold the card’s exposed part at that corner with your fingers and easily push your card out. During our test, the card didn’t fall out even we strongly shook the phone. Thus, you don’t need to worry your cards would drop in daily use.

The card didn’t fall out even when we strongly shook the Phone.

A versatile strap

Of course, offering just one simple card-holding function is not enough for it to become our upgrade pick. Compared with our pick, HANATORA case has an extra elastic strap, and it is the only model that features such a design among all our testing cases. We love this strap so much as it can provide very useful functions. 

When you pull up the strap, it acts as a kickstand to support your device at 30° or 70°. When you are watching videos on your phone in landscape orientation, your shoulder and neck will appreciate you for much viewing comfort.

When you pull up the strap, it acts as a kickstand to support your device at 30° or 70°.

When you’re holding the phone case, this strap can be used as a finger holder to help you hold your phone more securely in a single hand. Besides, there is a metal ring for lanyard on the back. When you’re out shopping, you can hang your phone around your neck, making it hands-free and convenient.  

When you’re holding the phone case, this strap can be used as a finger holder.

At the end of the day, it’s very thoughtful in many detailed designs. Its purpose is to make your life easier. If you intend to use Qi wireless charging on your new iPhone, this case is not the right choice for you.

Our folio case pick

Our Pick: QIALINO Premium Genuine Leather Folio Wallet Case

Our Pick

QIALINO Premium Genuine Leather Folio Wallet Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A folio case for iPhone 7 or 8

If you want a case that can not only hold cards and some cash, but also match your business suits, this is the case for you.
AED 69.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

QIALINO Premium Genuine Leather Folio Wallet Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A folio case for iPhone 7 or 8

If you want a case that can not only hold cards and some cash, but also match your business suits, this is the case for you.
AED 69.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Store cards and cash+Classic leather case+Premium quality+Magnetic stripe cards do not hinder wireless charging
Cons:
-Slightly Expensive-No coverage for the buttons and Lightning port

As a classic leather case, QIALINO Folio Wallet Case can go with your business attire and make you look more professional in a certain field. When you don’t use your iPhone, just close the front cover and it will well protect your iPhone, especially the screen.

It’s the best bang for your buck

Undeniably, it is more expensive than most of our recommendations. But we believe that when you hold it in your hand, you’ll think it’s worth it as well. First, it’s an attractive leather case which uses full-grain cowhide leather. This not only makes it look high end, but it also has some nice leathery aroma smell on it, which is the smell only from genuine leather. 

Second, it comes with solid built quality that you can see from some details. You barely find flaws in its stitching and closure. Last, it has a premium velvet lining which makes your iPhone’s surface less likely to get scratches from bumps.

It comes with solid built quality that you can see from some details.

Make your life easier

It has spaces that can accommodate three cards and an independent pocket for cash, adding more conveniences to your trip. Plus, if you want a case that can not only hold your credit cards but also support Qi wireless charging, then a folio case like QIALINO is a better choice because some standard wallet cases (deposit cards and cash in the back slots) interfere with the wireless charging.

We used the iPhone X to test, because it has the same feature as the iPhone 8/8 Plus.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

It is not cheap, and it does not provide enough protection for some buttons and the Lightning port. However, its material is premium, and we really respect the fine craftsmanship of QIALINO folio case. If you like this style, it is worth your choice.

Also great: CMAR Genuine Leather Folio Wallet Case

Also great

Also great

CMAR Leather Folio Wallet Case for iPhone 7 & 8

A more versatile pick

It provides more space for your cards and can be used as a kickstand. Plus, it looks more like a wallet.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Also great

CMAR Leather Folio Wallet Case with Card Slots & Magnetic Closure for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

A more versatile pick

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 34.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Store cards and cash+More space for cards+Free your hands as a stand+Budget friendly
Cons:
-Magnetic design hinder wireless charging

Although we think CMAR folio wallet case is a pick that can offer more useful functions, the leather doesn’t feel so high-grade as that of our pick. However, it is the most versatile in all the cases we tested. Considering its price, it is a more cost-effective choice.

Multiple functions

Compared with our pick, CMAR has an external quick-access card slot, and you can pull it out to hold your necessary cards. Of course, it also has a slot for photos and a divider for cash inside. In addition, it can be used as a stand with the front cover folding inside. This is not the function that every competitor provides. At the bottom, there is a metal loop for lanyard allowing you to hang your phone around your neck, which makes it hand-free and you can enjoy many conveniences.

It can be used as a stand with the front cover folding inside.

Its protection is good too.

It is designed with magnetic closure. When you close the front cover, it will well fit your phone to protect the screen better. But the magnetic closure design may hinder you to use iPhone’s wireless charging. This case is able to provide all-round protection for your iPhone, including the buttons. It not only has precise cutouts, but also offers the fantastic button tactility.

This case is able to provide all-round protection for your iPhone, including the buttons.

We also like

Rock Origin Series Black Rose Wood Grain Case

Rock Origin Series Black Rose Wood Grain Case for iPhone 7 & 8

It features natural wood-grain patterns

Although it isn’t made of real wood, it still delivers the feel that is close to the real wood grains.
AED 24.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Rock Origin Series Black Rose Wood Grain Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

It features natural wood-grain patterns

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 24.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

It features natural wood-grain patterns. Although it isn’t made of real wood, it still delivers the feel that is close to the real wood grains. The texture of each case in this series is slightly different, making your phone the unique one. In fact, it is made of silicone and provides excellent protection.

Rock Dot Series Honeycomb Case

Rock Dot Series Honeycomb Case for iPhone 7 & 8

We like its ventilated holes design very much.

This design makes the case eye-catching. And with the breathable holes, this case can effectively reduce the temperature of your phone under heavy use, while regular cases cannot.
AED 14.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

Rock Dot Series Honeycomb Case for iPhone 7 Plus & 8 Plus

We like its ventilated holes design very much.

This is the same case but specifically designed for plus-size iPhones.
AED 14.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.

We like its ventilated holes design very much. This design makes the case eye-catching. And with the breathable holes, this case can effectively reduce the temperature of your phone under heavy use, while regular cases cannot. It can offer reliable protection to your phone, including the buttons and the edges around the screen. 

Fashion style

Considering that some people need such cases that have special patterns and help personalize their phones, we picked many cases with nice patterns and purchased them to test. However, we found some common flaws of some cases: the patterns were not clear enough, the buttons were not easy to press, or they had poor quality. After the process of selecting, the cases we recommend feature exquisite patterns and premium quality. As aesthetic preferences vary among people, we try our best to offer various options as possible to satisfy more people.

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  • Harry Potter15 says:

    That’s what I need! Found it finally!!

  • Steve Chaszar says:

    Wonder if they are waterproof… Seems that you didn’t mention it…

  • houlk25 says:

    I love the wallet case!! It seems so convenient! I gotta buy it at once.

  • Shineasyou says:

    Truly an amazing case and great price fit my iPhone 7 plus perfectly and snug, offering great protection and fantastic reliability. I wish I knew of your website before as it saved me a tremendous amount of money compared to Otterbox who charges now 70 for a similar case which UAG offers for 1/2 the price. Remarkable.

  • Makarim says:

    Now I am clearer about what I want. Thanks for your work, it really helps!

  • jesca says:

    I’m still using my iphone 7, and it still works like a new one thanks for all the cases i bought for it. So, i’m planning to buy more cases. I know my i7 can survive for a long time.

  • Justin K says:

    Great read!! Love the way you review these…

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