September 25, 2022
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The Best iPhone 14 Cases So Far

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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.

For the iPhone 14, Apple did a bit one thing totally different. The smaller Mini measurement is gone, and now there are two sizes of the usual iPhone 14, together with two sizes of the iPhone 14 Professional. Each traces now are available in 6.1- and 6.7-inch sizes: The iPhone 14 and the bigger iPhone 14 Plus, in addition to the iPhone 14 Pro and the bigger iPhone 14 Professional Max (each of which boast further cameras, always-on screens and the distinctive “Dynamic Island” show characteristic). Every mannequin has its personal particular case, so be sure you’re getting the proper case to suit your explicit iPhone 14 mannequin.

As all the time, with regards to any new iPhone, you might have a large assortment of instances to select from that may assist defend it from dents and dings, and most significantly, forestall your display screen and glass again from cracking. Listed below are a few of the greatest case choices for all of the iPhone 14 fashions in a wide range of types from slimmer to extra rugged instances. Whereas we have not tried all of them but, we now have expertise utilizing earlier variations of the instances for the iPhone 13 — that is what we’re basing our preliminary suggestions on. We’ll comply with up with hands-on suggestions on the iPhone 14 variations quickly.

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Speck has introduced a lot of its iPhone 13 case designs to the iPhone 14, together with such widespread clear fashions because the Presidio Good-Clear and Good-Clear Grips, and the Presidio2 Professional. Speck’s instances with built-in MagSafe price round $50, whereas its Candyshell Professional case stays the least costly at round $25 however doesn’t have MagSafe.

All the brand new fashions have good drop safety (13 to 16 toes, relying on the mannequin) in addition to Speck’s Microban antimicrobial safety. Irrespective of which mannequin you select, Speck usually offers a reduction for first-time consumers.

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Cyrill is a sister model to Spigen, and its instances are arguably barely extra trendy, though they price a couple of bucks extra. I just like the UltraColor Magazine ($25), and the Kajuk Magazine ($27) can be fairly good, owing to its fake “vegan” leather-based again. The clear Shine Magazine ($30) instances are attractively designed with “a contact of sparkle” for individuals who like a little bit of flash of their iPhone case.

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MagSafe instances can get fairly dear, however for those who’re searching for an affordable clear MagSafe case on your new iPhone 14 collection cellphone, Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid MagFit is an effective worth at round $25. Spigen additionally sells a non-Magazine model of this case for about $8 much less, and in addition has a number of different iPhone 14 case choices. 

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OtterBox made a reputation for itself with its super-protective Defender collection case, however most individuals need one thing much less cumbersome lately. I just like the Symmetry Collection Plus instances, which are available in varied shades (together with the brand new Euphoria shade) and have MagSafe. The Symmetry Plus Pop case integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is wi-fi charging-compatible, which is necessary. OtterBox gives a reduction for first-time consumers on its web site.

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Caseology has made some first rate price range instances up to now, together with the NanoPop, Parallax, Skyfall and Vault. Its new Capella Magazine Clear is without doubt one of the cheaper clear Magsafe instances we have seen.

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British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes instances which can be 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 like the brand new Milan Snap (pictured) and Santa Cruz Snap, each of that are MagSafe-equipped and rated for 13-foot drop safety. Nevertheless, a number of different case types can be found, most of them with eye-catching designs. They begin at $30 for non-MagSafe instances, however most MagSafe fashions checklist for $50 to $60. 

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Nomad’s line of leather-based instances involves the iPhone 14. Nevertheless, now Nomad is providing two grades of leather-based — the usual selection and a higher-end Horween that prices $20 extra ($70 reasonably than $50). A minimum of the Horween model is designed to develop a “rugged” patina because the oils out of your pores and skin work together with the leather-based over time. The brand new Trendy Leather-based Case is out there in black, brown, English tan and a lighter pure shade that I like. They’re rated for 10-foot (3-meter) drop safety and outfitted with MagSafe. In the meantime, the Trendy Leather-based Folio goes for $60 in black or brown.

There’s additionally a more-affordable Sport model for $40 that is outfitted with MagSafe as effectively (it isn’t a leather-based case, nonetheless, however does look fairly slick). Moreover, Nomad has a brand new Rugged Case with “fortified” bumpers and 15-foot drop safety that prices $50 with MagSafe.

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Casetify has three base fashions you could customise with any of Casetify’s eye-catching inventory designs or one thing extra private (like your title). New to the road is the Bounce case, which gives much more nook safety than the Extremely Influence case (each of that are MagSafe-enabled). Among the designs are hit-or-miss, and lots of are geared towards youngsters.

I ought to word that costs seem to have gone up once more. Casetify instances now begin at $68 (sure, that is excessive), although we should always see some reductions.

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Rokform’s been making powerful iPhone instances for years, and apart from their sturdiness, their key characteristic is the power to make use of them with varied mounts — together with bike and bike mounts — which can be offered individually. I personally want the Crystal collection, however the Rugged case is barely extra, effectively, rugged. The brand new iPhone 14 instances are additionally MagSafe suitable.

Rokform’s iPhone 14 instances have detachable magnets, they usually’re suitable with wi-fi charging for those who take away the included heart magnet. “With the decrease magnet nonetheless intact, you may nonetheless wireless-charge whereas using magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.

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Tech21 has a spread of iPhone 14 instances, together with its widespread Evo Test (pictured), which is provided with MagSafe for $50. There are additionally a number of different instances to select from, together with the ultraprotective Evo Max, which is rated for 20-foot drops and has a slide cowl to guard the iPhone 14’s again cameras, together with a holster you may clip to your belt. 

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Smartish’s inexpensive, easy, slim instances and pockets instances return for the iPhone 14. The Pockets Slayer 2.0 case (pictured) is available in just a few totally different designs, together with the Groovy shade proven right here. It holds three bank cards plus money, and you should use considered one of your bank cards as a kickstand. Nevertheless, its one draw back is that it isn’t suitable with wi-fi and MagSafe chargers.

Smartish additionally sells a MagSafe case referred to as the Gripzilla. It is some of the inexpensive MagSafe instances and is straightforward to grip, as its title implies.

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Like Lifeproof, Catalyst made a reputation for itself with waterproof instances, but it surely now focuses on customary protecting case choices and has two new fashions for the iPhone 14: the $60 Affect (pictured) is my favourite, however the brand new $50 Crux case can be good (each are MagSafe-enabled). They’ve perforations on the corners that mean you can connect varied equipment (a lanyard is included, however Catalyst additionally sells different equipment). Each have 10-foot drop safety.

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How protecting of an iPhone 14 case ought to I purchase?

I personally like instances that are not too thick however supply first rate drop safety, with a lip over the sting of the display screen (generally known as a “display screen bumper”) and raised corners that assist forestall your display screen from cracking in case your cellphone ought to fall face down. A folio case will extra totally defend your display screen. 

The excellent news is that you do not have to purchase a super-protective iPhone 14 case just like the OtterBox Defender to get good safety. Most instances are fairly skinny and nonetheless supply a minimum of 6-foot drop safety. I did embody one very skinny case on this checklist for individuals who want minimal safety. Earlier than you go along 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 you get a sound tempered glass display screen protector on your iPhone 14 mannequin to stop deep scratches and safeguard the display screen.

Ought to I get a MagSafe case for my iPhone 14?

All of the iPhone 14 fashions are outfitted with Apple’s MagSafe characteristic, which gives quicker wi-fi charging with suitable chargers. It additionally helps elective equipment — together with Magsafe pockets, mini wallets and varied mounts — that adhere magnetically to the again of your cellphone. Just like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 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. 

Nevertheless, if you wish to use these MagSafe equipment with out taking your cellphone out of its case, you want a cellphone case that is outfitted with MagSafe help. The MagSafe image is a circle with a brief pipe beneath it. You may see it on clear instances, but it surely’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 need to get a MagSafe suitable case; it is a good choice to have. With that in thoughts, the vast majority of the instances on this roundup are outfitted with MagSafe. 

Are MagSafe instances costlier?

On the whole, 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 can be basically the identical, however one has MagSafe and the opposite does not, and the MagSafe model often sells for $10 extra. It might appear to be a bit an excessive amount of to pay for one thing that does not appear to be a lot of an improve, however in time MagSafe compatibility might command much less of a “tax.” 

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