I Bought/Tested Over 65 iPhone 12 Cases - Which Were Best?

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We spent over $1300 dollars on iPhone 12 cases in the last month. Most of them were pretty bad. Some were great. Which ones were best?
With the up-designed iPhone 12, we had to adjust our scoring system. We've put more emphasis on using the iPhone 12 and little less on durability given that the iPhone 12 is the toughest iPhone to date.
Here's are the power rankings along with our affiliate links as wells as codes that we've collected over the last few years:
1. Mous Limitless 3.0 - mreh.ca/GetAMous
2. Casetify Ultra Impact - mreh.ca/3eNKmDV
3. Catalyst Influence - mreh.ca/32r1NFs
4. Ghostek Iron Armor 3 - mreh.ca/3n7IUPw
5. Otterbox Defender - mreh.ca/2IjB2LH
6. Loopy Case - Use "MRE5" @ Loopycases.com for $5 off
7. Otter+Pop Symmetry - mreh.ca/3ldpOah
8. Urban Armor Gear Monarch - mreh.ca/2U40bwz
9. Rhinoshield MOD NX/SolidSuit - mreh.ca/357hTWv
10. Apple Silicone MagSafe Case - mreh.ca/3jL6xLR
We're reviewers, not influencers. No influencer is going to drop $1300 dollars on cases to figure out which one is best. Reviewers do that. This channel is un-sponsered, our videos are sponser-free and we plan on keeping it that way.
In this video:
0:00 Intro
0:48 Above Average Cases (7-10)
7:26 Pretty Great Cases (4-6)
12:52 Cream of the Crop Cases (2-3)
16:17 The Fallen
18:59 The Best of the Best
#ReviewerNotInfluencer #RealUsage #UnSponseredContent
MagSafe Case Teardown: mndown.info/fast/video/rZ-YeZmlmIJtsHk
Best Accessories for the iPhone 12? mndown.info/fast/video/2m3Ren-qzHt8enk
Best Charging Cables - mndown.info/fast/video/0p24hGFstot_fok
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I do have to point out the cases that were proverbial residents on my Top 10 lists for years and after the iPhone 12, have fallen out of the top 10.
The first are the Grip cases from Speck. They’ve dropped down to #19. They’ve been updated for the iPhone 12 and instead of having grips on the cases being made from the grippy and semi-soft TPU material that cradles your iPhone, it’s now just extensions of the PC back.
Which means this case now slides around almost like an air hockey puck and the ribs on the case are hard which makes the case feel way too abrasive.
The second case that seems to make the Top 10 all the time is the Spigen Tough Armor. It’s #11 so it barely make the cut.
The Tough Armor is still a great case. Handles decently, is tough BUT the Apple Silicone case beats it out because you can use the Magsafe features on the iPhone 12.
Other notable cases that didn’t make the Top 10 cut include the Magbak due to build quality issues, the Raptic Lux because dropping a case with a metal bumper is terrible, and the Tech 21 Evo Check because it comes off like an old sock.
Do I sound annoyed? It’s because I am because dropping $100’s of dollars on cases that are terrible, is a really hard thing to do. Stuff like this Mellow case that cost more than my #1 case and doesn’t fit my iPhone properly, or having to pay shipping and custom fees to bring over the Incipio case that handles like a wet bar of soap.
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Reezal Banagua
Reezal Banagua Цагийн өмнө
There’s a brand called ( x one ) I’ve been using their dropguard case and screen protector for at least 3 years and i love it
Sachin Gavit
Sachin Gavit Цагийн өмнө
Fragrance with Steve
Fragrance with Steve 2 цагийн өмнө
Spigen Ultra Hybrid is doing a great job and it looks fantastic 👌🏻
furdstahmania 7 цагийн өмнө
Thanks, man. Getting the Mous case from your link.
TMD3453 20 цагийн өмнө
Great job! Thank you, helped me with the OtterBox. My old one had a cover over the screen as well. Also, Monty is cute and so well behaved! Cheers,
Thao 21 цагийн өмнө
Love this detailed review. I kept being wow'd by cases but then got that great dose of reality seen you pointed out usability issues
Trish Adamkewicz
Trish Adamkewicz 23 цагийн өмнө
What about the the tough case from artcase?
Good Life
Good Life Өдрийн өмнө
I love his videos and his tests but...I really cannot recommend the Mous limitless 3.0. When your iPhone drops on the lower lips of the case (in the middle area) it will break the whole screen. It is a design problem they should have made all lips at the same height
lovelyjuliexo •
lovelyjuliexo • Өдрийн өмнө
ooh good im looking for a new phone case, my old one (the otter box commuter series case) i’ve had it since 2018 it’s getting cracks and part of it broke off at the bottom... but to be fair this phone has been me dropping it on the ground, in the snow and on cement (even now it’s still functional) but i thought i should research some iPhone cases just in case
lovelyjuliexo •
lovelyjuliexo • Өдрийн өмнө
so FUN FACT, just took my otter box commuter phone case off my iPhone 8 for the first time in about 2 years (late 2018 is when i got it) but the phone itself is completely fine. it was also not really dirty? apparently this phone case did a good job of keeping the dirt out! (there’s dirt inside the case but not a lot)
Shawn Tyson
Shawn Tyson Өдрийн өмнө
The contour is the best🏆
Donald Keith
Donald Keith 2 өдрийн өмнө
Here's a list that helped me out. "whinyl.com/iphcs-guide/ In the end, I went with #10. 3:02
David Bailey
David Bailey 2 өдрийн өмнө
Any thoughts on the wooden kerf cases?
Stroberry 2 өдрийн өмнө
What color was it on that iphone silicone case? Was it red or Pink citrus?
jr22green 2 өдрийн өмнө
Using Mous limitless and Flolab screen protector with help from your reviews. Mous finally dropped some ofthe wireless chargers for limitless 3.0. Will you be reviewing them ? Great videos !!!
jim Alcott
jim Alcott 3 өдрийн өмнө
You’re talking too fast....
koZmo .seVen
koZmo .seVen 3 өдрийн өмнө
Great video. Is there an article with the entire list of cases you tried out? Really curious to see all the ones you tried! Thank you
Ahmad Bahyeldin
Ahmad Bahyeldin 3 өдрийн өмнө
Did you know simply carbon fiber cases ?
Samuel Ziegler
Samuel Ziegler 4 өдрийн өмнө
Wheres rhino shield?
Dylan Moe
Dylan Moe 4 өдрийн өмнө
My favorites so far have been the spigen liquid armor, Apple leather and the speck grip. You are right about the grip being the hard plastic, had a speck on every iPhone. Although i had to return a few leathers because the corners kept popping out
H W 4 өдрийн өмнө
The new case for iPhone 12 pro is NAKED! 12 pro is so sturdy. But anyway get AppleCare.
Acknologia 4 өдрийн өмнө
dockem makes some great cases
Georgia Pagunsan
Georgia Pagunsan 4 өдрийн өмнө
What a review!!! I am not tech savvy at all so it took me a while to figure out what you were saying but you are about the best one out there and the best thing is your dog, Monty. Can't help but love him. I wish my German Shepherd behaves like Monty. Anyway thank you for your reviews, now I think I know what to get for my new I phone 12 pro max.
cwtskater 4 өдрийн өмнө
PLEASE REVIEW THE OTTERBOX DEFENDER XT!!!! IT IS THE NEW PURSUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WITH MAGSAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nicolas Morel
Nicolas Morel 4 өдрийн өмнө
Would love to know what the "80% cases that didn't make it" ? I heard good things from Smartish, just to know if you didn't like it or simply didn't review it
The Chief
The Chief 4 өдрийн өмнө
I would double check the loopy case recommendation. My wife got two for her 12 pro max and they are Ill fitting with gaps all round the edges and the lip for screen protection is nonexistent. It’s a shock because the xr case by loopy was spot on. Actually just rewatched your review vid and you can see the gap on the edge, metal showing through at 8:52
daizyduke12 5 өдрийн өмнө
That dog is so cute with his little tie
Mike Tan
Mike Tan 5 өдрийн өмнө
Rokform Crystal case for IPhone 12? Whats your take?
dvdizon 5 өдрийн өмнө
Came here for case reviews. Stayed for the reviewer(s) and the dog.
MrDromp 6 өдрийн өмнө
Hey, I am not exactly in the wright video with this question, cause I am looking for a case for my Iphone 11 pro. The problem I have is to find a case with a metalplate build in, to be ready for a magnetic carmount. Yeah there are few on amazon, but this cheap ones didn't convince me to buy them. I don't want to stick any metalplate or something on my phone anymore. My current solution is one of this plate stickers between my phone and the mous clarity case I am using at the moment. The mous limitless 3.0 is also available for the 11 pro, but I am not sure if it would work with my usual magnetic carmount. Another consideration I had, is to buy this Popsocket thing from Otterbox and use a Socket with metal finish on it. But still dont know if that would work. Do you, or another reader, know any good case they could fit for me? PS: I am working in an industrial environment with a lot of dust, oil and dirt. I need something protective but also not to bulky.
impendio 6 өдрийн өмнө
I paid my premium for the apple logo in the back 🥰 but it’s good to know that it at least made the top 10 lol
ayush kapoor
ayush kapoor 6 өдрийн өмнө
Hey, did you check Dbrand Grip as well?
WolverineXXX21 6 өдрийн өмнө
Monty is so cool very well mannered
Wigel 6 өдрийн өмнө
Extrem Drop Test with the mous limitless 3.0 ?
Charles de Lanoy
Charles de Lanoy 7 өдрийн өмнө
Ordered Mous but more than 2 weeks later, still no case received. In live in Europe...Regret ordering it now....
sumit prakash
sumit prakash 7 өдрийн өмнө
Don’t know, but being a dog lover I don’t think he(the dog “monty”) is behaving normal. Gentlemen he is looking scared of something, might be its you and it looks like you forced him to sit there infront of the camera...i hope i am wrong...
mikez323 7 өдрийн өмнө
Does he rate the cases by protection or functionality? I need an iphone 12 pro max case that is the protective.
zingzach 7 өдрийн өмнө
Have you tried the Caseology Parallax case? It’s been one of my favorites for the 8 Plus, but I’m not sure how it’d feel on the 12 Pro Max.
Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warrior 7 өдрийн өмнө
All stupid Cases
SkepticsR_us 7 өдрийн өмнө
I was going to buy the Catalyst Influence but reviews on Amazon say it is not compatible with the speakerphone. Ditto with the Vibe series. Bummer! The loopy is out of stock and won't be available for the 12 Max Pro before later in 2021.
Rachel Perez
Rachel Perez 8 өдрийн өмнө
Thanks, very helpful review video! Did you look at Lifeproof FRE at all for this review?
Johnston Family
Johnston Family 9 өдрийн өмнө
Catalyst case has saved my iPhone through so MANY drops. Would never have discovered them if not for you. Come for the excellent reviews. Dog cuteness & Canadian humor are bonuses! 🐕 🤓
inez ng
inez ng 9 өдрийн өмнө
Have you tested the Mous limitless 3.0 vs the Clarity for the Iphone 12pro? Would you say there is a big difference in protection between the two
Hilary K
Hilary K 9 өдрийн өмнө
Just bought #2 !!! thanks for doing all the hard work so I don't have to! It's really comforting to know that I will be getting an all-around awesome case. I get so nervous investing in popular cases without really knowing if they're good enough! Thanks again!!
Marc Webber
Marc Webber 10 өдрийн өмнө
I can’t believe Spigen Tough Armor is not here. Or anything Spigen
thisizamra 8 өдрийн өмнө
i use spigen eversince the iphone 4 i believe and I am super happy with that edit: i hoped to see spigen here too!
Mich Nygaard
Mich Nygaard 10 өдрийн өмнө
I have used MOUS as from they started. Dropped iPhones multi-times - always saved!!
Fordman8011 10 өдрийн өмнө
no encased ?
Vakke 10 өдрийн өмнө
Have you had a chance to review the Apples leather cases? How do they compare to the silicon case or the others in this review?
J. P.
J. P. 11 өдрийн өмнө
Do you know if Mous will be adding the Aramid Fibre cover to the contour case line?
J. P.
J. P. 11 өдрийн өмнө
Love your videos, you guys and Monte do a great job. I just purchased the Mous Limitless 3.0 case and the Flolab Nano armor screen protector and couldn't be happier. Thanks for helping me with my purchase decision!
Arlin Spencer
Arlin Spencer 11 өдрийн өмнө
Yvette Ybarra
Yvette Ybarra 11 өдрийн өмнө
I just purchased a case using your links in the description. This was a super helpful video and now I have a strong, but cute Casetify case! Thank you, Monty! :P
C m
C m 12 өдрийн өмнө
I don’t care about cases but I still have them a like-such a cute couple!
Daniel Faust
Daniel Faust 12 өдрийн өмнө
Best case for someone who doesn't want a.case because the dimensions of the iphone 12 are just perfect and any added bulk ruins it but still want some grip?
Claudia Miller
Claudia Miller 12 өдрийн өмнө
OMG your dog is just as cute as a button!! Oh..and the video is great, btw.....thanks!
David Praise
David Praise 12 өдрийн өмнө
what about the dbrand case???
Garyagdy Eminov
Garyagdy Eminov 12 өдрийн өмнө
laurie S
laurie S 12 өдрийн өмнө
I love Monty he's so well behaved!
Supunk 13 өдрийн өмнө
Plz do the Phone Rebel gen 2 case
Waxy Lungs
Waxy Lungs 13 өдрийн өмнө
can somebody please pet that dog already
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith 13 өдрийн өмнө
Loved the video, and how you reviewed the mous limitless 3.0 as there aren’t many reviews for the case apart from the ones from mous themselves so thank you. I recently seen this case called the Bare armour and the bare naked case and would love to see a review done on this one. Overall great content though, love the videos
Rounding Again
Rounding Again 13 өдрийн өмнө
Moshi cases?
Rounding Again
Rounding Again 13 өдрийн өмнө
I hate the tapered/sloping sides on the Mous, it 100% contributed to my screen breaking when dropped ~4ft. Also the texture is way too slippery. I’m continuously shocked people like that case.
AJ 13 өдрийн өмнө
What about the Apple brand Smart Battery Case for the 12???
coffeeobsessed 14 өдрийн өмнө
feel free to breathe at any time
Syafiq Asyraf
Syafiq Asyraf 14 өдрийн өмнө
how about nomad?
Average Joe
Average Joe 14 өдрийн өмнө
Will the magbak wallet work with the MagSafe cases? I’m guessing no, but thought I’d see if you tried. Thanks!
Sander 15 өдрийн өмнө
No Pitaka case??
Anya Gourley
Anya Gourley 15 өдрийн өмнө
Found your channel yesterday. Invested in mous limitless 3.0 and flolab nanoarmor for my 12 pro max. Let’s hope an axe doesn’t find my phone before they come 🤣 keep up the great work, you earned another subscriber for life 👌🏼
Golddust94 15 өдрийн өмнө
Finally got my Rhinoshield after a month of it sitting in Illinois somewhere anddddd totally different than the iPhone 11 version. Obviously the squareness but the texture it had before is gone and now it's way too slippy. And idk if it's just my product or all of them but my volume buttons are mushy af. Power button is ok, still not like the 11 was but ok. Volume I can barely feel them when I don't look at my phone. So asking for a return. Going with the UAG metropolis LT fiber. I know it's overpriced for what it is but had a gift card so I'll see how that is.
Lisa Tao
Lisa Tao 15 өдрийн өмнө
Been using loopy for more than 5 years now, can’t use any other cases because both size and weight of phones getting bigger. My thumbs can’t even reach the opposite corners without securing the phone by putting my fingers in the loop.
Mountain Biker
Mountain Biker 16 өдрийн өмнө
Thanks for the review. What is your favorite clear back case and what did you test the OtterBox Symmetry or the Pelican Voyager? The Raptic Shield case seems nice but an Amazon reviewer said it didn't survive a fall from a cashier level countertop and the back of the actual iphone broke.
Anonymousname 16 өдрийн өмнө
Bought the limitless 3.0 largely off this extensive review. Many thanks. Keep up the good work❤️
Kelli Williams
Kelli Williams 16 өдрийн өмнө
Does the casetify work with the magsafe charger? I have used casetify for a long time and they work really well with drops! Plus the casetify has a design with my dapple Dachshund on it! Love your review and your dog is fantastic! So attentive there at the end! haha Thanks for spending all that money on cases so we can save ours. Cheers!
Pablo Alvarez
Pablo Alvarez 16 өдрийн өмнө
As a reviewer, do you think there will be much of a difference with the Mous case if I buy it for the iPhone 12 mini?
조상의 지혜
조상의 지혜 17 өдрийн өмнө
8:08 Monty: *must stay awake for the next case* guess not Monty's favorite
Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson 17 өдрийн өмнө
You are the best!
Ryan Schonewolf
Ryan Schonewolf 17 өдрийн өмнө
The Razer Arctech case.
James Powell
James Powell 17 өдрийн өмнө
The location and tushuse in the back in the beginning
JustChu 17 өдрийн өмнө
The dog is such a cutie and so well behaved ❤️💕
Kazuo Harrison
Kazuo Harrison 17 өдрийн өмнө
Ryan Fritzler
Ryan Fritzler 17 өдрийн өмнө
Just ordered the mous 3.0, thanks for the great review!
Randall Stark
Randall Stark 17 өдрийн өмнө
Aaron I know this video is oldish...but the belkin wireless charger puck they sell @Apple works through the otter pop cases.
Hallie Doyle
Hallie Doyle 17 өдрийн өмнө
Your reviews are awesome! I was so overwhelmed looking at reviews online on various sites and on Amazon. I never know if they are legit. Seeing all you go through to really test the items made it easy to choose a case, so I ended up buying the Mous case. Thank you so much. Oh, and Monty is a wonderful helper. He is like a human. I love how attentive he is...so cute! Thanks so much!
Wick Beavers
Wick Beavers 18 өдрийн өмнө
I bought the Mous Aramid with their hybrid screen protectors based on your review. IT's FABULOUS and the Company that make them (MOUS)? Just check out their videos- killer convincing and super fun!. Thanks for the Great Reviews!
Santiachaco 290
Santiachaco 290 18 өдрийн өмнө
Try smartish, they are the most protective worn with Qi and can hold cards
Sarah Proudrottiemom
Sarah Proudrottiemom 18 өдрийн өмнө
Is the monarch mag safe ?
Robert Krulevitz
Robert Krulevitz 18 өдрийн өмнө
The dog is TOO cute!
Robin Padliya
Robin Padliya 19 өдрийн өмнө
Thanks for the review and the help. Got a 12 for Christmas and just ordered the Mous Limitless 3.0 via the link. Look forward to it. Thanks again.
Fie My
Fie My 19 өдрийн өмнө
Have you ever tested anything from “ideal of Sweden”? I see them a lot, and while they are pretty, I can't help but wonder how much protection they offer 😅🤔
Angel of Neo
Angel of Neo 19 өдрийн өмнө
looks like mous bought them out
Yoshinobu Watanabe
Yoshinobu Watanabe 19 өдрийн өмнө
I am another one that has problem understanding what you said. Speaking fast helps only if the target audience received the message you were trying to convey.
A U S S I E 19 өдрийн өмнө
Oi mate g'day, thank you for posting this review, I used the link you provided and ordered the Catalyst Influence. I hope this helps the channel, I've been watching your videos for many years and have strictly based my purchases on your honest opinions. Thank you for doing what you do mate. You are VERY appreciated!
Royal Pools
Royal Pools 19 өдрийн өмнө
@MobileReviewsEh have you tested/reviewed the Pelican shield G10? I work out side and have used the otterbox defender previously but about to upgrade from an iphone 6s to the 12pro and obviously want the best protection. Any thoughts?
Tim 19 өдрийн өмнө
what kind of dog is Monti?
Mike Kraemer
Mike Kraemer 19 өдрийн өмнө
Did you happen to review any of the Pelican cases? I had one for my Pixel 3 xl and it has been the best case ive ever used! I am wanting to get one for my 12 pro max but wanted to see some reviews first!
GenchiDojo09 19 өдрийн өмнө
I loved your coverage for the case covers as well as the screen protectors. Thank you very much!!!
Ryan Yee
Ryan Yee 20 өдрийн өмнө
Did you by any chance have a look at the Otterbox Symmetry Plus series? I absolutely loved the original symmetry on my old iphone 7, and the new symmetry plus just came out with magsafe technology. I recently got a new iphone 12 so would love to hear your thoughts!
Jennifer Clarke
Jennifer Clarke 20 өдрийн өмнө
What about Bailey cases with glass break guarantee?
Karen Elsner
Karen Elsner 21 өдрийн өмнө
Great review! Where does Otterbox Commuter fall on your list? I thought it might make it.
Allison Claire
Allison Claire 21 өдрийн өмнө
Can you please review “otter box defender pro with MagSafe” the new MagSafe one that otter box only sells on their site. Also can you review if there is a wallet attachment that works with it. Either apples wallet attachment or the mouse one or whatever the brand that Yiu said was the best one here in this video. You said thier wallet attachment works better than apples. Is it compatible with other brands of cases? Like the new otter box defender pro MagSafe case
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