Not everyone swings a hammer for a living, but everyone appreciates contractor-tough cases to protect their smartphone investments. In the past that meant chunky, massive cases that doubled or tripled the bulk of the phone. If you buy a sleek Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, why weigh down the original design?

This carefully crafted list of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases is all about sleek, robust cladding, with styles and prices to fit every user.

OtterBox Commuter Series For iPhone 8 / 8 Plus

The OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus withstood 24 drop and smash tests, 238 hours of beating, and gets a one-year warranty, but it's leaner than the company's typical beefed-up models. The rugged polycarbonate construction still laughs off knocks, and a softer inner layer mutes shocks that might harm sensitive electronics. The bottom edges are smooth, helping ease it out of pockets and purses, while softer button zones enhance grip during talking and texting.

What the press say: “It promises to protect against both everyday bumps, as well as lint and grime build-up.” —PCWorld

Speck Presidio Grip for Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus

As the name implies, the Speck Presidio Grip for iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 is all about keeping your iPhone firmly in your hand. Its soft rubber ribs and slightly raised front facing perimeter also provide extra impact protection—and Speck’s tested up to ten-foot falls. Despite its ruggedness, this is both a slim and slick setup, with a matte finish that resists scratches so it’ll keep looking fresh.

What the press say: “The phone’s buttons remain nice and clicky through the case, and the pronounced lip around the screen is reassuring.” —The Wirecutter

Incipio Esquire Series Carnaby Case for iPhone 8

A phone is likely in your hand dozens of times a day. Why not ensure that it feels good to the touch all the time? The Incipio Esquire Series Carnaby Case for Apple iPhone 8 is crafted from a cotton chambray that feels like denim. But there's still a rugged TPU core frame tested to prevent damage from six-foot falls, and a full protective bumper that rings the face of the iPhone. Plus, there's a small cutout for the ringer mute, to ease access and eliminate fumbling around when calls come in at inconvenient times.

What the press say: “If you're looking for a unique look alongside ruggedness, the Carnaby is a nice choice.” —PhoneArena

Apple iPhone 8 Leather Case

Leave it to Apple to design what’s perhaps the most attractive case for the iPhone 8. The ultra-slim, European-tanned leather case feels rich, and like the best belt, wallet or shoes in your closet, wears beautifully and develops more character the longer it’s used. The front edge lifts just slightly above the screen to protect its glass design. Subtle details abound, including machined aluminum buttons that provide more positive feedback than typical rubberized ones, and an opening at the case bottom leaves the speakers open, ensuring crisp, clear audio playback.

Expert Opinion: “It offers you a higher-quality finish. My personal favorite of Apple’s offerings.” —CultofMac

Lifeproof NÜÜD Case for iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus

The Lifeproof NÜÜD Case for iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus adds a scant .18 inches of thickness to your Apple device, and yet it seals every port, allowing you to swim-yes, swim-to a depth of 6.6 feet for up to an hour. And it offers protection from falls from as high as 6.6 feet. The NÜÜD doesn't even require a screen protector, which preserves all the sensitivity you love, even allowing touchscreen underwater photography. And you can still do inductive charging right through the case.

What Lifeproof says: “NÜÜD for iPhone 8's screenless design lets you pick, edit and share with zero interference.”

Kate Spade New York Lace Cage Case for iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus

Don’t let the lace pattern fool you. Built by Incipio, the brand responsible for the Carnaby case noted above, the Kate Spade New York Lace Cage cases for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a stout rubber rim with full edge protection and a solid, translucent plastic—all without adding pocket-bulging bulk. It’s also far more elegant than what more armored brands offer. And it doesn’t skimp on functionality, either, providing a cutout in the case to ease ringer muting.

What Kate Spade New York says: “Your phone earns the aesthetic upgrade it deserves with crystal-clear transparency on the outside, a lace-pattern embedded inside and precision logo detailing.”

Be sure to check out all of Verizon's cases and protection for your iPhone 8 and 8 Plus today.


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