There’s no two ways about it: iPhones are luxury phones. Android phones have really sopped up the bottom end of the market and as manufacturers like Samsung do their best to create high-end phones to compete with the iPhone, they’re still struggling to maintain a solid foothold.
But even while a decked out iPhone can cost close to $1,000, it’s still pretty common. They’re everywhere! So if you’re looking for something to give your setup a bit of an edge over your friends or colleagues, here are two of the best iPhone cases I have tested recently. Yes, they are expensive, but they are both really great in their own ways. In other words, it’s not just the high-price or good looks that has landed them on this exclusive list.
Mikol Marble iPhone Cases
For me, the fact that these cases from Mikol are made out of real marble is almost secondary. I simply love the way these cases feel in my hand. In no conceivable way could you say they add bulk to your phone. They are thin and super light (which was a bit shocking to me since I thought of marble as being a heavy stone material). It’s the back of the case that is actually made out of marble; the sides are made out of a plastic that isn’t soft but isn’t quite hard either.
You’ll get minimum drop protection from this case but it will absolutely protect your phone’s back and sides from getting scratched up. If you like the look of the marble (which comes in white, black and custom shades) it’s absolutely worth the rather steep price of $99. I can definitely say this is one of, if not the, best minimal iPhone cases I’ve ever tried (and there are over a dozen sitting in our video studio just right now waiting to be reviewed).
Grovemade Walnut & Leather iPhone Case
Grovemade iPhone cases (and other awesome wood products) have long been some of my favorites. They are so unique among iPhone accessories (and even amongst themselves as the wood grain differs from product to product) and, out of all the iPhone cases I’ve ever tried, seem to get the most positive feedback when people see them. It’s like the words luxury and taste are just seeping out of these products. Add to that the fact that these are hand-made cases and you’ve really got something special.
For this Walnut and Leather iPhone case (and the Maple and Leather version as well), when it comes to drop protection you’ll get some but not a lot. These cases are definitely more about the looks and some basic scratch protection than they are about trying to survive getting rolled over by a tank. And again, that’s fine with me; preferred actually. Because they are made of wood, Grovemade cases tend to feel slightly bulkier in hand than other iPhone cases, but that hardly makes them “bad.” In fact I find them quite usable. Plus, this particular case can be turned into a stand — how cool is that?! Price? $129.