The iPhone 13 might not be the brand new hotness on the town, however it’s nonetheless a cellphone that is value defending. From the start of Apple’s iPhone historical past to the, all of its telephones have been breakable in the very same manner. Regardless of Apple’s nice work at making among the most lovely and superior telephones on the market, they’re nonetheless not impervious to drops, falls and squishes. To guard your cellphone from cracks, bumps and the whole lot else horrible on this world, you will wish to spend money on the perfect iPhone 13 case attainable.
There are many instances for each iPhone 13 mannequin, so even when you’re on the hunt for a trendy iPhone 13 Professional case, or one thing to guard your expensive 13 Professional Max, you will discover a number of choices for each price range. Simply ensure that you are getting an iPhone 13-specific case, as the brand new iPhone 14 has barely completely different dimensions, and the instances will not be interchangeable.
Every new cellphone requires its personal explicit iPhone 13 case, so you should be sure you’re getting the proper one to suit your particular iPhone 13 mannequin, from the smallish iPhone 13 Mini to the large 13 Professional Max.
I’ve included iPhone 13 case evaluations for quite a lot of cellphone case kinds from slimmer to extra protecting iPhone 13 case fashions, in addition to ones that provide full-screen safety and nifty options like a built-in kickstand or pockets.
Speck introduced lots of its iPhone 12 case designs to the iPhone 13, together with such fashionable clear fashions because the Presidio Good-Clear and Good-Clear with Grips, and the Presidio2 Professional (the pink one above). Speck’s grip case with built-in MagSafe price $10 extra. (I am keen on MagSafe instances as a result of they provide the possibility to connect a MagSafe accent on to the case, not your cellphone.)
All the brand new fashions have good drop safety (13 to 16 ft, relying on the mannequin) in addition to Speck’s Microban antimicrobial safety. Irrespective of which mannequin you select, Speck typically provides a reduction for first-time consumers.
If you’re on the lookout for a extra cheap Speck case, I did discover its Gemshell translucent instances for iPhone 13 promoting for round $16 on Amazon. I just like the ombre model. Nonetheless, these aren’t geared up with MagSafe help.
MagSafe instances can get fairly expensive, however when you’re on the lookout for a cheap clear MagSafe case on your new iPhone 13 sequence cellphone, Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid Magazine is an effective worth at round $20. Spigen additionally sells a non-Magazine model of this case for about $5 much less and has a number of different iPhone 13 case choices. I additionally tried the Spigen Magazine Armor case however discovered that equipment stick higher to the Extremely Hybrid Magazine.
No drop ranking is listed for the case, however Spigen’s clear instances really feel like they provide cheap safety. In order for you a tricky case with stronger safety, the Spigen Robust Armor case, which features a kickstand, is an possibility for $17, however I personally choose Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid instances (the Extremely Hybrid S additionally has an built-in kickstand).
Observe that a whole lot of these cheaper clear instances have a behavior of turning yellow and degrading over time (and turning into much less translucent), however they’re low-cost sufficient that you simply most likely will not thoughts shelling out for a substitute case on your Apple iPhone if that occurs.
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OtterBox made a reputation for itself with its tremendous protecting Defender sequence case, however most individuals need one thing much less cumbersome as of late. The Symmetry sequence is slim with beveled edges, making it mixture of smooth and protecting. A raised bumper helps act as a display screen protector.
A number of colour choices can be found, together with clear, and I am a fan of the brand new Symmetry Plus Clear for MagSafe (pictured within the center in pink). The Symmetry Plus Pop case, pictured on the left, integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is wi-fi charging-compatible, which is vital. The Symmetry Sequence Plus case on the fitting (in pink) is out there in numerous colours and likewise has a MagSafe model for $10 extra. OtterBox provides a reduction for first-time consumers on its website.
OtterBox’s Commuter case provides raised bezel safety, can be fairly slim and has grips on the again. I am a fan of that mannequin, which additionally is available in a model with MagSafe for $10 extra.
It is a fairly cool possibility for these on the lookout for a MagSafe case, plus a MagSafe pockets that converts right into a stand. You may take pleasure in a pleasant case and actually good MagSafe pockets/stand accent that shops as much as three bank cards.
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OtterBox’s Aneu Sequence instances had been amongst my favorites for the iPhone 12, and the corporate has redesigned the Aneu as an iPhone 13 case. It now has an uncovered ring on the again to raised spotlight that it’s a MagSafe case (the earlier model had MagSafe however it was hidden).
A high MagSafe case, the Aneu is pretty slim but feels sturdy and stable. It additionally has a slight grip to it with raised display screen bumpers to assist maintain your display screen from cracking when falling face down. I personally just like the case in darkish blue (pictured) and pink (not pictured).
Nomad’s line of good Horween leather-based instances involves the iPhone 13. Like earlier Nomad trendy leather-based case fashions, they’re designed to develop a “rugged” patina because the oils out of your pores and skin work together with them over time. The brand new Trendy Leather-based Case is out there in black, brown and a lighter pure colour that I like. They’re rated for 10-foot (3-meter) drop safety and geared up with MagSafe. In the meantime, the Trendy Leather-based Folio goes for $80.
There’s additionally a extra inexpensive Sport model for $40 that is geared up with MagSafe as nicely (it is not a leather-based case, nevertheless, however does look fairly slick).
I’ve at all times been a fan of Moshi’s iPhone instances and all its high instances can be found for all of the iPhone 13 fashions. The Altra (left — $45), accessible in three colour choices, is probably the most distinct-looking and has a geometrical rubber end that makes your cellphone good and grippy. It additionally features a lanyard (the little loop that the lanyard clips onto could be eliminated whenever you’re not utilizing the lanyard).
The Overture (center — $64), is a two-in-one folio pockets case that converts right into a stand for video watching. You suit your iPhone right into a slim shell case that then magnetically adheres to the quilt, which has slots for storing bank cards and money. It is one of many nicer folio instances accessible. It is accessible in black or pink.
I additionally just like the IGlaze (proper — $40), which form of mimics the glass again of the iPhone whereas defending the actual glass again. It is available in 5 colours. The iGlaze XT (not pictured — $30) is a transparent case.
One characteristic that is lacking is MagSafe compatibility. The iGlaze makes use of Moshi’s SnapTo mounting system (a automotive and wall mount are offered individually).
All Moshi instances are eligible for its 10-year International Guarantee program.
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Casetify is thought for its eye-catching designs on the again of a transparent case. They’re comparatively slim, sleek-looking instances that provide first rate safety and are available quite a lot of design patterns, with some particular enchantment to youngsters. Among the designs are hit-or-miss, however I appreciated the samples I acquired. I ought to word that costs seem to have gone up: Casetify instances now begin at $55.
Tech21 has a variety of iPhone 13 instances, together with its ultra-protective Evo Max (left), which is rated for 20-foot drops and has a slide cowl to guard the iPhone 13’s again cameras together with a holster you possibly can clip to your belt. Tech21 can be making just a few completely different fashions in its new Evo Artwork line (proper). The favored Evo Verify returns, and the Evo Clear is supplied with MagSafe.
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Incipio returns with an assortment of latest iPhone 13 instances, together with the Grip and Grip with Magsafe (pictured left), sturdy Duo and Duo with MagSafe (pictured proper) with 12-foot drop safety, and the Organicore, an eco case that is 100% compostable that is now accessible with a translucent again for the primary time. Additionally, the brand new Design Sequence is value trying out.
All can be found in a number of colour choices.
Griffin’s Survivor instances as soon as shared some similarities with OtterBox’s Defender instances. They had been robust however cumbersome. The brand new Survivor iPhone 13 instances are slimmed down however retain portion of their robust id, with some fashions, just like the Survivor Endurance for MagSafe (pictured left), that includes 14-foot drop safety and a raised-edge bezel for each the display screen and digicam cutout. It additionally has a pleasant grip to it.
In order for you one thing much more protecting, there’s the All-Terrain Earth case — rated for 20-foot drop safety.
The Endurance for MagSafe is available in three colours for $55. These on the lookout for a extra inexpensive possibility can check out the $35 Survivor Robust (pictured proper) or the $25 Survivor Clear. Neither of these instances options MagSafe.
These Caseology instances aren’t geared up with MagSafe however they’re good instances for his or her modest worth. I significantly just like the NanoPop (the inexperienced case within the center), which appears to be like and appears like an Apple Silicone case, with a soft-to-the-touch end, however prices so much much less. It prices $15-$17, relying on the colour.
The Parallax ($15-$17) is on the left and the Skyfall ($14-$16) has a clear again. The Vault (not pictured) is the most cost effective at $13.
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Ingredient’s Black Ops iPhone 13 instances are actually costly however they definitely are distinctive. The $250 Black Ops X4 is out there for the iPhone 13, 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max and has a retractable kickstand and detachable “journal” for storing credit score credit and money. Whenever you take away the journal, it exposes the again of your cellphone so you possibly can wirelessly cost your iPhone with an Apple MagSafe Charger or one other small magnetic wi-fi charging puck.
Like earlier Ingredient Black Ops instances, this one options precision CNC machining MIL-SPEC armored safety. If you cannot afford this Ingredient case, the corporate makes the extra inexpensive Particular Ops case ($50), a pleasant polycarbonate MagSafe case that gives good drop safety.
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I wasn’t a fan of earlier Pelican instances, which had been very protecting however just a bit too cumbersome (and ugly), however in the previous few years (beginning with the iPhone 11), the corporate (which is now owned by Case-Mate) added slimmer designs — together with the Protector, which is now a MagSafe case.
Raptic’s iPhone instances are available quite a lot of kinds and value rather less than competing premium instances from Speck and OtterBox. The Raptic Air (left), which I personally like finest, is $30. So is the thicker Raptic Defend (center). The Terrain is a bit more at $40, however it’s the one considered one of these three that’s absolutely made in America and biodegradable.
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British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes instances which are proper up there with OtterBox and Speck, all of them lined with the corporate’s D3O shock-absorbing materials and that includes beveled edges to guard your cellphone. I’ve tried the brand new Brooklyn Snap (left) and Santa Cruz Snap (proper), each of that are MagSafe-equipped and rated for 13-foot drop safety. Nonetheless, a number of different case kinds can be found, most of them with eye-catching designs.
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Rokform’s been making robust iPhone instances for years and apart from their sturdiness, their key characteristic is the power to make use of them with numerous mounts — together with bike and motorbike mounts — which are offered individually. I personally choose the Crystal sequence however the Rugged case is barely extra, nicely, rugged. The brand new iPhone 13 instances are additionally MagSafe, so that they price $10 greater than the iPhone 12 fashions.
Rokform’s iPhone 13 instances have detachable magnets they usually’re suitable with wi-fi charging when you take away the included heart magnet. “With the decrease magnet nonetheless intact, you possibly can nonetheless wireless-charge whereas using magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.
Case-Mate makes quite a lot of colour instances, a few of which have glitter built-in into their translucent designs. I solely acquired a have a look at the “Cute as a Dumpling” and twinkle ombre instances, however there are many cooler designs and a few provide MagSafe choices for $10 extra.
The Case-Mate website provides a reduction in your first order.
Incipio additionally makes instances underneath the Coach model they usually handle to stay as much as the standard you would possibly anticipate. They are not low-cost, however in addition they aren’t outrageously costly.
The Leather-based Folio pockets case appears to be like and feels pretty luxurious, and it additionally is available in a model with Coach’s “signature canvas” (heart). The Slim Wrap leather-based case (left) additionally appears to be like fairly swank and feels sturdy. You can even get normal polypropylene Coach iPhone 13 instances.
I personally would not stick this case on my cellphone as a result of I like to make use of a case that actually protects it. Nonetheless, when you’re somebody who would not like thick iPhone 13 instances or simply needs minimal safety, Totallee makes a case that is very near paper skinny.
The case prices $39, which looks like so much contemplating how skinny it’s, however it’s eco-friendly (it is compostable) and does have a raised “lip” across the digicam that stops injury to the digicam lens, Totallee says.
Totallee additionally makes a really slim clear TPU case (pictured left) that gives slightly extra safety for a similar worth. I like that one higher, however it’s barely thicker.
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KerfCase has been making handmade wood instances for some time, and its new Plywood iPhone 13 case is just not solely extra sturdy however inexpensive, beginning at $50 with 6-foot drop safety and a restricted lifetime restore guarantee. I prefer it higher than different wooden instances I’ve tried. It is also value noting that Apple’s MagSafe charger will keep on with the again of it (it’s geared up with MagSafe), and KerfCase sells an identical charging dock for the Apple MagSafe charger together with a magnetic wi-fi charging stand that is fairly candy.
When you’re on the lookout for a case that comes with a connectable twine and could be worn as a neck strap or as a crossbody strap, the Bitplay Wander is value trying out. It additionally is available in clear or a smoke colour and Bitplay makes different equipment for it. The Wander provides good drop safety and it is easy to get the strap on and off the case because of the velcro on the finish (sure, the strap stays on the case securely).
I’ve acquired many case samples and that is presently considered one of my favorites. OtterBox owns LifeProof and you may definitely see (excuse the pun) the affect on LifeProof’s See MagSafe case, which arguably has a barely cleaner look and higher strains than OtterBox’s Symmetry Sequence instances.
This case can be accessible in a transparent model with out MagSafe for $10 much less, however this case is the higher selection when you’re in any respect fascinated by MagSafe. It is available in just a few completely different colour choices (the mannequin proven right here is listed as purple/pink however it reads extra as burgundy) and is designed to resist drops as much as 6.6 ft.
LifeProof’s different instances — the Subsequent, Fre and eco-friendly Wake — return for the iPhone 13, and whereas they’re definitely good and now have MagSafe (aside from the Wake), I feel the See might be the perfect of the bunch for on a regular basis use. All of them characteristic the identical 6.6-foot drop safety, although the flagship Fre and Subsequent provide higher dust- and water-resistance than the See.
LifeProof, like a number of different case-makers, has change into extra inexperienced lately. The Wave is made with 85% ocean-based recycled plastic, whereas LifeProof’s different instances are made with 45-50% recycled plastic.
Cyrill is a sister model to Spigen and its instances are arguably barely extra trendy, though they price a couple of dollars extra. We’re linking to the Leather-based Brick case, pictured right here in cream (it is fake “vegan” leather-based), however the $17 Silicone case (pictured in teal) and clear $17 Cecile instances are additionally good. The Silicone case is mainly a knockoff of Apple’s Silicone case with out the however it is not MagSafe compatibile..
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Snakehive’s Metro Leather-based case sort of has the whole lot you’d need in an iPhone 13 case: An eye catching look, good grip and an built-in kickstand. It is also MagSafe suitable, so you need to use it with any MagSafe accent. It appears fairly protecting however I want the corners had been extra raised, permitting for higher display screen safety within the occasion of a fall. However, it is a good case that is available in 4 colours.
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Like Lifeproof, Catalyst made a reputation for itself with waterproof instances, however it now focuses on normal protecting case choices and has two new fashions for the iPhone 13: the Vibe (left) and the Affect (proper), which has a see-through frosted again. Each iPhone 13 instances have perforations on the corners that help you connect numerous equipment (offered individually), equivalent to lanyards and carabiners. Each have 10-foot drop safety.
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Smartish’s inexpensive, easy, slim instances and pockets instances return for the iPhone 13. The Pockets Slayer 2.0 case (pictured on proper) is available in quite a lot of designs. It holds three bank cards plus money, and you need to use considered one of your bank cards as a kickstand.
Smartish additionally sells a MagSafe case known as the Gripmunk (pictured left in purple). It is probably the most inexpensive MagSafe instances and is simple to grip, as its title implies. There’s additionally a easy translucent model of the Gripmunk with out MagSafe, and it is really fairly good.
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Mous makes a number of iPhone 13 instances which have eye-catching designs, all lined with the AiroShock materials that the corporate says delivers glorious safety in a slim design. They do appear sturdy and all embody a lifetime guarantee.
Its new MagSafe-enabled Limitless 4.0 instances are suitable with MagSafe accent and charger choices, together with Mous’ personal MagSafe equipment.
Earlier Mous instances had a SIM card storage slot on the within of the smartphone case for worldwide vacationers within the behavior of swapping SIM playing cards. Nonetheless, these do not.
UK-based Torro makes some good leather-clad iPhone 13 instances that are not too costly (a leather-based case usually tends to price over $50). The Torro Leather-based Bumper ($38) is a reasonably easy bumper case with a leather-based again whereas the Pockets Case ($38) is a bit swankier total, has a magnetic clasp and a number of card slots and converts right into a stand for video viewing. It is one of many higher folio pockets instances you will discover for the cash. Each leather-based case choices can be found in a number of colours.
Observe that the instances pictured listed below are for the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional, however the iPhone 13 instances look virtually similar.
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Does an iPhone want case?
The brief reply is not any, the iPhone would not want a case and sure, some people choose to maintain their iPhone uncovered. However it’s dangerous, as one drop on the mistaken floor (like pavement) might imply a cracked display screen or cracked again or dented nook. You may pay for insurance coverage on your cellphone — it is pretty expensive — so you will get it changed or mounted cheaply ought to one thing occur to it.
Personally, I by no means get insurance coverage and simply purchase a good case as an alternative. Having a case in your cellphone will not stop you from dropping it however it does enormously cut back the chance of damaging it.
How protecting of a case ought to I purchase?
I personally like instances that are not too thick however provide first rate drop safety, with a lip over the sting of the display screen (typically known as a “display screen bumper”) and raised corners that assist stop your display screen from cracking in case your cellphone ought to fall face down. A folio case will extra absolutely shield your display screen.
The excellent news is that you do not have to purchase an excellent protecting iPhone 13 case just like the OtterBox Defender to get good safety. Most instances are moderately skinny and nonetheless provide a minimum of 6-foot drop safety. I did embody one very skinny case on this listing for many who choose minimal safety. Earlier than you go together with a case like that, simply keep in mind how a lot your cellphone prices — however it’s higher than having no case in any respect. Be sure to get a sound tempered glass display screen protector on your iPhone 13 mannequin to forestall deep scratches and safeguard the display screen.
Which is probably the most protecting case?
There are a whole lot of instances which are very sturdy and are rated for drop safety for as much as 10 and even 14 ft. If I needed to decide the most sturdy case, I might say the Lifeproof Fre, which is absolutely waterproof and has a layer of plastic that covers your display screen, is definitely close to the highest. It is available in MagSafe and non-MagSafe variations.
The Otterbox Defender Professional Sequence case can be protecting and comes with a belt holster so you possibly can defend your display screen when not utilizing it. Over time, it has been a favourite of building staff.
Ought to I get a MagSafe case?
All of the iPhone 13 fashions are geared up with Apple’s MagSafe characteristic, which provides sooner wi-fi charging with suitable chargers. It additionally helps elective equipment — together with Magsafe pockets, mini wallets and numerous mounts — that adhere magnetically to the again of your cellphone. Just like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 has “an array of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) embedded round a charging coil that may pull as much as 15 watts of energy.
Nonetheless, if you wish to use these MagSafe equipment with out taking your cellphone out of its case, you want a cellphone case that is geared up with MagSafe help. The MagSafe image is a circle with a brief pipe under it. You may see it on clear instances, however it’s embedded on the within of the case so if it is nontransparent, you will solely see it from the within.
If you have already got a MagSafe accent — or plan on shopping for MagSafe equipment sooner or later — you will wish to get a MagSafe suitable case; it is a good choice to have. With that in thoughts, nearly all of the instances on this roundup are geared up with MagSafe.
Are MagSafe instances costlier?
Basically, sure — about $10 extra. There are some extra inexpensive MagSafe instances that price round $20, however most price upwards of $30. We see instances from sure corporations which are basically the identical, however one has MagSafe and the opposite would not. The MagSafe model often sells for $10 extra. It could look like slightly an excessive amount of to pay for one thing that does not look like a lot of an improve, however in time MagSafe compatibility could command much less of a “tax.”
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