Slim, Safe, & Stylish: Bulk-Free Protection for Your iPhone XS

Your iPhone XS is slim and compact, and your case should be, too. In this roundup, we'll show you all of our favorite slim XS cases including one of the winners of our Best of CES 2019 award. All of these cases are slim enough to fit in your pocket but rugged enough to protect your iPhone XS from all the drops, dings, and bumps along the way. Read on to learn all about our favorite slim iPhone XS cases.

Related: Hands On with the iPhone XS Max: Why You Won’t Want to Put It Down

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Speck Presidio Grip Case ($39.95)

Slim and stylish protection doesn't come much more affordable than the Speck Presidio Grip Case. If you're looking to protect both your iPhone XS and your wallet then the Speck Presidio is the case for you. With its rubber ridges and raised bezel, you'll get a no-slip grip on your iPhone while protecting the screen from drops of up to 10 feet. There are over ten color combinations for you to pick from, so you're sure to find the case that matches your personal style. While you're over there, check out some of the accessories like the ShieldView Glass iPhone XS Screen Protector ($39.95) for an extra layer of security.

Case-Mate Karat iPhone Case ($50)

If you are feeling very fancy, then you're going to love the Karat iPhone Case by Case-Mate. Put some sparkle back into your life with this ultra-slim case that protects your iPhone XS from drops up to 10 feet. The design of this case is inspired by ladies handbags circa 1950; the metallic filling is shiny, eye-catching, and smudge-proof. The Karat case is available in Mother of Pearl, Gold, and Rose Gold. 

Adventurer Case ($39.99)

If you prefer practical portability over panache, then take a look at the Adventurer Case from Pelican. The design is minimalist, slim, and purely practical. We love the simple colors and smooth feel of the Adventurer. The cases are sturdy, won't warp or bend, and come with military grade drop protection. To back up its durability claims, Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee on the Adventurer Case. This case is available in eight neutral colors.

TENC Air  ($29.95)

The TENC, short for The Emperors New Clothes, offers invisible protection for the iPhone XS. Like the other cases on our list, the TENC Air is slim and slip-proof. This case is made out of a clear thermoplastic material that covers everything but the screen and camera, but you wouldn't know that at a glance. If you love the look of your iPhone XS and don't want to hide the fact that you picked your favorite color, then this invisible case will show off your iPhone without risking your device. 

OtterBox Symmetry Series + PopSockets ($74.95)

We've saved the best for last. While most of the winners of our Best of CES 2019 awards aren't available yet, OtterBox already has its product available on its website. You've probably seen us talk about the Symmetry Series before; we love the variety of styles and slim design of this series. You've probably also heard us talk about PopSockets, the gripping accessory that serves as both a stand, hand-grip, and personal brand. Now, OtterBox and PopSockets have teamed up to provide cases and grips that go together out of the box. There are too many options to describe, so you'll have to go see for yourself, but you are sure to find something that matches your personal aesthetic. Take a look and see for yourself why this case won Best of CES 2019.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.