First iPhone Xs Max cases: What you can buy right now

You'll need a case to protect Apple's largest iPhone yet.

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At 6.5 inches, the iPhone Xs Max is the largest of Apple’s new iPhones, and it offers the largest iPhone display ever. It also offers the largest battery. So it’s not surprising that it’s got a large price to match—$1,099 to start. (See our comparison of the new iPhone Xs Max, Xs, and XR.)

So if you’re planning to buy the iPhone Xs Max, you’ll want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are already quite a few decent cases out there you can order right now. We rounded up some of our top picks. As more cases become available, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

(If you’re considering one of Apple’s other new iPhone models, we have case roundups for both the iPhone Xs and iPhone XR as well.)

Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Max Case

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Price: $25

Colors: Matte frosted clear, matte frosted black, matte solid black, matte grey, matte navy blue, glossy clear, glossy jet white, glossy jet black

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: At 0.02 inches thin and 0.1 ounces light, this case from Totallee is among the thinnest and lightest you can buy right now. It may be simple in design, but it comes in a wide range of neutral colors in both matte and glossy finishes. The aesthetic is subdued but elegant and reasonably priced at $25. 

It also comes with a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Orders over $35 ship worldwide for free within one business day, so it might be worth buying two cases. If not, you can pay $4.99 for 2-5 business day shipping or $8.99 for 1-3 day express shipping.

Totallee Thin iPhone Xs Max Leather Case

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Price: $29

Colors: Black

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: This case from Totallee is just as thin and light as the company’s plastic cases. Except it’s leather and will set you back an additional $4. If you’re a leather lover, then this is a great deal for a protective case.

Just like the other cases, Totallee provides a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money back policy. Standard shipping will cost $4.99 for 2-5 business days or $8.99 for 1-3 business days. Orders over $35 include free shipping worldwide.

Nodus iPhone Xs Shell Case II

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Price: $51.70

Colors: Chestnut brown, dark teal, ebony black, taupe grey

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: UK-based case maker Nodus makes some pricier, higher-end cases, and the company’s latest Italian leather shell case is no exception. The case sports a shock-absorbing poly-carbonate core, built-in magnetic shielding, microfibre lining, and “super responsive” leather buttons. The Nodus Shell Case II also comes with a magnetic micro-dock, which allows you to magnetically mount your iPhone anywhere (watch how it works here).

Nodus provides a 2-year warranty and includes free shipping since it’s an order over £30. Despite being available for pre-order, the case won’t ship until late October, unfortunately. But this is definitely the most lux case we’ve seen available yet, and likely one of the first you can get your hands on.

Nodus iPhone Xs Access Case III

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Price: $51.70

Colors: Chestnut brown, dark teal, ebony black, taupe grey

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Another lux leather case from Nodus, but this time aimed at people who want a front cover for their iPhone in a portfolio style. The case is made from vegetable tanned Italian leather, attaches to the phone via micro suctions, and sports a soft microfibre lining with no clips or plastic cradles. You’ll also find an internal sleeve to store up to three cards or however many bills you can fit.

Nodus provides a 2-year warranty and includes shipping since it’s an order over £30. As with the Case II above, it’s available for pre-order, but won’t ship until late October. 

OtterBox Strada Series Folio Case

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Price: $59.95

Colors: Black, brown, purple

Wireless charging: Not listed

Highlights: With a phone as big as the iPhone Xs Max, you might as well use it to store your bills. And with OtterBox’s reputation for sturdy cases, you’ll get some good protection as well. This Strada Folio Case is made from leather, claims to age well, has a horizontal inside slot for cash or cards, and a magnetic strap and metal latch for the front cover. 

You’ll also get free shipping on this order since it comes over $30 and OtterBox’s Drop Protection guarantee. 

Speck Presidio V-Grip iPhone Xs Max Case

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Price: $44.95

Colors: Black, gold, Carribean blue

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: This clear case from Speck features a no-slip grip that makes it easy to hold that massive 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max. It also has two layers of protection for shock absorption and a raised bezel screen to protect the iPhone Max from drops up to 10 feet high.

Speck offers a one-year warranty and free shipping in the United States. And for a limited time, you can get two-day shipping for $5.

Spigen Tough Armor iPhone Xs Max Case

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Price: $27.49

Colors: Black, gold, gunmetal, red, rose gold

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Spigen will be offering its line of Tough Armor cases for the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. The double-layered case offers good protection but no coverings for the ports. It has a 2mm lip to safeguard the screen further, as well.

Right now, this case can be ordered through Mobile Fun, which charges $2.99 for standard shipping and takes 10-15 business days through the USPS or $10.99 for expedited shipping in 4-6 business days.

Olixar iPhone Xs Max Protective Case

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Price: $9.99

Colors: Black

Wireless charging: Not listed

Highlights: Want to give your new iPhone XS Max a rugged look? This case from Olixar will do that. The ArmourDillo is made up of two layers for shock absorption, with the outermost layer made of an impact-resistant polycarbonate skeleton. It even has a nifty flip-out stand for landscape viewing. It does not list wireless charging compatibility in the specs, so you might have to remove the case for that.

Right now, this case can be ordered through Mobile Fun, which charges $2.99 for standard shipping and takes 10-15 business days through the USPS or $10.99 for expedited shipping in 4-6 business days.

Spigen Neo Hybrid iPhone Xs Max Case

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Price: $27.49

Colors: Jet black, gunmetal, satin silver

Wireless charging: Not listed

Highlights: Here's a less rugged case from Spigen that still offers good protection. The Neo Hybrid is double-layered but has a thinner form factor and sleeker design. It also has a 1.5mm lip to protect the screen if your iPhone falls on its face.

Right now, this case can be ordered through Mobile Fun, which charges $2.99 for standard shipping and takes 10-15 business days through the USPS or $10.99 for expedited shipping in 4-6 business days.

Bellroy Phone Case 3 Card for iPhone Xs Max

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Price: $79

Colors: Navy, black, caramel, coral, graphite

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Bellroy is a premium bag, smartphone case, and accessory maker with some classic looks. This 3 Card phone case is available for the iPhone Xs Max (as well as the Xs and XR models) and is made from sturdy leather while being surprisingly light. The magnetic card holder on its back can hold about three credit cards or a few bills.

Every Bellroy case comes with an impressive 3-year warranty. Shipping to the United States and Europe is included in the price.

Casetify Impact Case for iPhone Xs Max

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Price: $45

Colors: Huge number of designs and even custom cases

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Casetify is one of the most unique and colorful case makers around. The company has a range of artsy cases with different prints and designs for the iPhone Xs Max, Xs, and XR models. You can even decorate your own case. (A plain, clear option is also available for $10 less.) These cases are sturdy too, earning Casetify its slogan of “Real Cute. Real Tough.” The Impact Case is “military grade” and can survive drops of 6.6 feet.

One downside is that Casetify appears to only offer a 6-month warranty. But shipping on orders of $35 and up are free worldwide.

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