The new 6.1-inch iPhone XR poses a unique challenge when it comes to drop protection. Because it comes in a wider range of colors than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, you may want a case that allows that distinctive look to shine through. After all, what good is that coral or yellow finish if it's obscured by an opaque case? At the same time, you'll still want something that can protect your $749 investment. Here are a mix of lightweight, fashionable and durable iPhone XR cases that have caught our eye so far.
OtterBox has several case options for the iPhone XR, but the OtterBox Pursuit might be one of the best. It comes in a variety of finishes, including black and gray and black and white, and also features an "audio-transparent mesh" that ensures your iPhone stays safe without sacrificing sound quality. Although the Pursuit looks a little bulky at first blush, it's slim enough to not take up too much room in your pocket. And although it fits atop the iPhone XR's buttons, Otterbox's case shouldn't cause any performance problems when adjusting the volume or turning on the handset.
Silk offers one of the more affordable iPhone XR cases on the market with the company's Kung Fu Grip. The case, which costs just $12, is designed to be thin and hugs the iPhone XR without adding too much bulk. It features air-pocket corners to absorb shocks during a fall, and its textured sides make it less likely to slip out of your hands when you're using it. Best of all, Silk's case is lightweight enough to still feel comfortable in your hand or pocket when traveling.
If you're on the lookout for a higher-end case that offers serious protection, consider the Case-Mate McLaren. The case, which costs $50, promises drop protection at heights of up to 10 feet. It's made from carbon fiber and has orange accents that are a nod to the McLaren brand. The case works with wireless chargers, has flexible sides to help you keep a strong grip on the phone and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Casetify's Warped case is designed to add a little flair to your smartphone design. The $45 case has a white-and-black design on the back and a sturdy construction around the spine to reduce chances of damage to your iPhone XR. According to Casetify, the case is military-grade drop-proof, and there's a rubber protector around the iPhone's rear-facing camera to reduce chances of it getting dinged or scratched during use. With a bezeled design on the front, your iPhone XR screen should be safe if the handset falls flat on a surface.
Element Case's Illusion lets your iPhone XR's true colors shine through, thanks to a tinted polycarbonate case that provides protection for your phone while letting you still showcase its distinctive finish. Element promises mil-spec drop protection, even though the $30 case is designed to be lightweight. A raised perimeter on the front keeps your screen from coming into contact with any unforgiving surfaces.
Mous' iPhone XR Limitless 2.0 case comes in a variety of versions, including carbon fiber, walnut, bamboo and shell. It's a thin case that covers the iPhone XR's backplate and spine and uses what Mous calls AiroShock technology to absorb shock when the smartphone falls to the ground. Like the Limitless 2.0 case for other iPhones, the $50 iPhone XR version has magnets inside that let you attach it to a car phone holder, an accessory like a magnet-ready wallet and other devices.
There's little chance an iPhone XR inside Speck's Presidio Grip + Glitter case will ever slip out of your hands. The $45 case features a textured back that makes your phone easy to hold on to. And even if your iPhone plummets to the ground, Speck's case still offers 10-foot drop protection. Throw in three different colors — Starlit Purple, Obsidian Black and Bella Pink — and you've got a case that delivers some flair with its protection.