The iPhone 8 brought with it a new processor, wireless charging, and (naturally) a hefty price increase. Plus, with the luscious (Product)RED iPhone 8 we know we want to keep our iPhone protected more than ever.
Wireless charging was the iPhone 8’s standout feature, but it came at the cost of a return to the old glass back, which means buying a protective case will be even more important. Bear in mind that we haven’t yet tested if any of these cases interfere with wireless charging, and some thicker cases might.
It’s also worth noting that cases are likely to fit the brand new iPhone SE 2020, which uses the same form factor as the iPhone 8.
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are fractionally bigger than its last generation, which means most iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases should fit them, but there’s the chance that some form-fitting cases won’t.
Apple Silicone Case
Likely to be the first thought for most people looking for an iPhone 8 case, Apple’s official Silicone case is designed to fit either the 7 Plus or 8 Plus, and will offer protection from bumps and scrapes – if not serious drop protection. It’s no longer available for the standalone iPhone 7 or 8, however.
There is a (Product)RED version of this case as well as a few other colours such as Pink Sand and Midnight Blue.
Pick it up for £45/US$39/AUD$65.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus Leather Case
You can also find this classy leather case for the iPhone 8 Plus (£55/US$49/AUD$79) from Apple (though again, the standard iPhone 7/8 version is no longer available).
As you can expect, the leather case supports wireless charging. There’s also a (Product)RED version, if you want to match the (Product)RED iPhone 8.
The case is made of soft European leather and should only look better as it ages. It also features a microfiber lining to keep your iPhone 8 scratch-free.
Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone 8 Plus
Otterbox’s Defender Series have been a reliable case recommendation for a number of years, and the iPhone 8 Plus variant is no different.
This rugged case completely encases the device, providing supreme protection from nearly all angles. The colour names, such as Stormy Peaks (pictured), evoke a real sense of adventure, highlighting their rugged nature.
Spigen Tough Armor 2 for iPhone 8 Plus
Spigen’s classic heavy duty case has been refreshed, building on the success of the initial product.
It consists of two layers – one for shock absorption and the other scratch protection – to provide excellent protection. The case even features a kickstand for added functionality.
While we haven’t tested it on the iPhone 8 Plus, its stellar performance on other phones means it’s easy to recommend.
You can buy it now for £13.99/$15.99 from Amazon.
Moshi Vesta Hardshell Case for iPhone 8 Plus
Moshi’s Vesta case features a soft-touch fabric design, looking stunning and providing solid protection to the fragile glass back of the iPhone 8 Plus.
Available in three distinct colours, it is designed to provide military-grade drop protection whilst retaining wireless charging compatibility.
You can buy it now for US$39.95 (around £35) from Moshi, which also sells the non-Plus version for $39.95 (around £31.49).
Nodus Shell Case II + Micro Dock for iPhone 8 Plus
Made from luxurious Italian leather, Nodus’ case features a polycarbonate core for shock absorption, ensuring it can look good and still provide effective protection.
The included Micro Dock III can also magnetically mount your phone to any surface, whilst still being wireless charging compatible.
If you want an iPhone 8 case that keeps it safer while adding minimal bulk, then Peel is the case for you. This is one of the thinnest cases on the market, and Peel’s aim is for you to forget it’s even there – they don’t even include their own logo, so the design is still all Apple’s own.
The Peel case for iPhone 8 costs £23/US$29 and is available in a variety of colours and finishes. It’s available for the iPhone 8 Plus as well for the same price.
Ted Baker Glitter Hard Shell
f you’re looking for something a bit more bling, this case from Ted Baker might do the job. Available in Rose Gold for the iPhone 8 Plus (£19.97/ US$24.76).
You can also check out the full range of Ted Baker iPhone 8 cases if you want to see more.
Speck Presidio Grip
This case from Speck should offer rugged, reliable drop protection for the iPhone 8, while the textured grip should help prevent those drops in the first place – and we think it doesn’t look half bad either.
Pick it up for the iPhone 8 Plus for £24.77/ US$23.99 from Amazon.
Olixar Gel Case
If you want a little bit of extra protection but really, really don’t want to lose the look of your iPhone, Olixar’s ultra-thin gel case might be a good bet. It adds minimal bulk, and is transparent so won’t affect the design.
You can find it for the iPhone 8 for £6.99/ $6.99 on Amazon, along with the iPhone 8 Plus version for £6.99/ US$8.99.
tech21 Pure Clear
Tech21 remains a firm favourite at Macworld thanks to its sturdy and attractive rubber cases. They aren’t the flashiest, but this functional clear case is the best one out there for showing off the colour of your iPhone 8.
The fit is brilliant and offers 2m drop protection. Get it from Amazon for £24.40/US$12.99. Also available for iPhone 8 Plus for £14.45/US $22.
Torro Leather Wallet
Founded by two former police detectives (!) Torro manufactures its premium leather cases in Newcastle upon Tyne – though the leather it uses comes from all over the world.
We like the wallet, available in a few shades for UK shoppers for the iPhone 8 (£29.99/ US$37.99) or 8 Plus (£29.99/ $37.99), but to see the full range UK and US shoppers can head to the Torro website.
Mujjo Leather Case
Mujjo combines genuine leather cases with a microfibre interior to keep your phone scratch-free. Available in either tan or black, the minimalist design makes Mujjo stand out even from other leather cases.
You can grab it on Amazon for either iPhone 8 ( £29.45/ $29.45) or 8 Plus ( £27.55/ US$22.88) or directly from Mujjo.
Founded with the help of crowdfunding, Mous aims to produce protective phone cases that still look appealing. They use layers of TPU and polycarbonate, together with a back of wood, shell, leather, or carbon fibre.
Each case also comes with a free screen protector.
Pick it up for the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus directly from Mous. 8 Plus options are also available on Amazon (£34.99/US$39.99).
Snakehive Leather Wallet
Snakehive’s Vintage Collection leather cases come in a soft-touch nubuck finish, and manage to fit in a few credit card slots on the inside too.
Pick up the iPhone 8 option for £26.95/US$34.99 on Amazon, where the iPhone 8 Plus version is also available for £24.95/ US$34.99. Amazon lists a few colours, but head to Snakehive for the full selection, including two-tone and pastel finishes.
Caseology Parallax Case
Combining polycarbone and TPU, Caseology’s Parallax cases aim to be as protective as they are visually striking.
The soft-touch rear is textured in a geometric pattern, which looks and feels great, and should help you grip the phone to avoid any unwelcome drops.
Pick it up for the iPhone 8 (£13.99/US$14.99) or iPhone 8 Plus ($13.99).
The iRing isn’t technically a phone case, but it might be worth a look anyway. This metal ring sticks to the back of your phone and serves both as a handy way to hold it securely, and a lightweight kickstand.
Available for $15.95 (around £12.56 + shipping) directly from iRing. iRing also sell additional hooks and docks so you can use it to mount your phone anywhere in your house or car.
Toast iPhone 8 cover
Toast’s iPhone covers are a little different. Hand-finished from real wood, these are eco-friendly skins for your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus are more decorative than protective – they’re just millimetres thick.
Still, that should help protect the glass back from scratches, and help your phone look unique – the Toast cases are available in three different wood finishes, with a variety of decorative options, and even the chance to add your own custom laser-cut design for US$69 (around £54).
Toast products ship from the US, so UK shoppers will have to pay a separate shipping fee. Pick it up for $39 (around £30.76).
Pad & Quill Bella Fino Wallet for iPhone 8
Pad & Quill is one of the many case manufacturers specialising in leather goods, and the Bella Fino is no exception.
The slim leather wallet boasts a two-tone design, with the interior a different colour to the exterior, but still finds space for a selection of card slots on the left side. The case is compatible with wireless charging.
It is on the pricier side at $69.95 (around £55.16).
UAG Plyo for iPhone 8
Urban Armor Gear is best known for rugged cases, and while most of them look like they fell off the back of a particularly garish military supply truck, we’re big fans of the Plyo, which is relatively understated.
This clear case still offers military-standard drop protection and impressive build quality, it just won’t cramp your style in the process.
Available for the iPhone 8 for £23.75/$25.32 from Amazon.
You can find the iPhone 8 Plus version on Amazon too for £26.37/ US$24.31.