Best iPhone SE Cases (2022)

If you just picked up the new iPhone SE, congratulations – it’s an impressive phone that definitely looks like it should cost more than $429. Speaking of cost, it’s a good idea to protect that investment by putting a case on your phone.

We know that shopping for cases, and knowing your specific needs, can leave you confused, so we’ve done the work for you. After spending some time using a few cases for the iPhone SE from brands like Smartish, Lifeproof, Gear4, and Otterbox, we can give some working impressions. Here are some of the best options you can buy right now, from delicate clear cases to sturdy models built to take a beating.

Smartish is known for its affordable phone cases that add a personal touch to your phone. The Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 comes in black, blue, white or gray and offers a place on the back of the case to store three credit or debit cards, plus some cash. The card storage area adds some thickness to the already small iPhone SE, but it allows you to stop carrying a larger wallet. If the trade-off is worth it, you can get the Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 from Smartish for $20. If you want a fully customized version, the price will go up to $35 – which is a steal.

The Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 takes the same basic approach as Vol. 1, but replaces the plastic with a material that looks like leather. There is still enough room for up to three cards and some cash in the card holder, although we wonder if the material will stretch over time, making it possible to hold more cards. Or, in this case, if your cards are more likely to fall. If you dig the design, you can get Vol. 2 Smartish Wallet Slayer for $20. If you plan to use any of the Smartish Wallet cases with wireless charging, just remember that you will need to remove your cards before placing your phone on a charging pad.

The Gear4’s Piccadilly case has a funny name, but it’s all about business when it comes to protecting your phone. The majority of the case is plain, showing off the color of your iPhone SE while adding a touch of color along its edges. We have the black model on our iPhone SE now and it looks great. Gear4 claims that Piccadilly is designed to protect your phone in drops of up to 13 feet. Our only complaint is that the slight sheen makes the Piccadilly slippery right out of the box. Hopefully, dealing with the situation will smooth this out, making it less likely that you’ll slip away.

If you want a touch of tough protection in a transparent case, the Otterbox Symmetry Series is a smart choice. Otterbox is synonymous with robust protection, and the company now offers thinner and lighter bags like the Symmetry Series. The case itself is, well, clear, with fixed buttons to press. There’s a weird line in the chassis that goes around the entire circumference, and after using the case, we knew it was there to add a layer of grip to your phone. brilliant.

Another obvious case that we enjoyed using is the Gear4 Crystal Palace. It looks and looks a lot like the Gear4 Piccadilly, but instead of having a color streak around the outer edge, the Crystal Palace case is crystal clear. We also noticed that its stiffer edges can make it more able to withstand abuse.. however, it’s only certified for drops from 13 feet, just like the Piccadilly. As far as we’re concerned, the difference between the two cases is down to that extra color.

The Lifeproof Wake Series looks more like a traditional case, while providing a layer of protection and a unique pattern on the back of the phone. Made of ocean-based plastic, the durable case is said to survive drops from two metres, or more than six feet. The wave-like texture on the back is reminiscent of the sea and speaks to the materials used in the Wake Series which is an ocean-based plastic. Our favorite part of the case? The side buttons come in different colors, which adds a nice touch to the overall look.

If you are looking for a less expensive case with minimal protection, the Gripmunk Slim is the perfect choice. It’s thin, although some would say it’s very thin, allowing you to flex and roll it when not on the phone. But when it’s on the iPhone SE, the grip on the sides ensures that it won’t easily slip out of your hands. You can get a plain color like black or blue for $15, or a custom case for double the price at $30. The Gripmunk Slim won’t offer best-in-class protection during extended falls, but it looks beautiful and will protect your phone from everyday wear and tear.

Gear4 Wembley Palette comes in a range of different colours. We have a navy blue on our phone now, but you can choose from gray, mint, purple, and crimson. We love the look and feel of this bag, although it’s nowhere near as rugged as the other Gear4 bags we’ve covered. However, the top and bottom have been reinforced, giving you just enough extra protection from accidental mishaps, and the case still looks like it could take quite a bit of abuse.

For someone who loves the look of Gear4 cases but wants extra protection, we recommend Battersea. There is nothing soft or curved in the case, which gives you confidence that it will survive a drop or seven. The back of the case has a semi-circular rubber pattern, which makes it easy to grip and a nice way to hold it in place when set. You can have Battersea in any color as long as you like black. For what it’s worth, Gear4 states that the Battersea case is designed for 16-foot drops, keeping the other boxes out of the water in terms of fall protection.

The Otterbox Commuter Bag is actually two different parts. There’s a soft interior that fits the phone, with a more durable exterior that adds another layer of protection to your phone. One advantage of having multiple pieces is that the Otterbox can mix colors, giving you a different look than standard color boxes. We’ve tested the Teal version, but there’s also pink, blue, and black. There’s also a charging port cover that adds extra protection when your phone isn’t charging – keeping things like lint, dust, and debris out of your phone’s charging port.

Adding even more protection to the iPhone SE is the Otterbox Defender Pro case. Not only does it have multiple layers like the Commuter case, but it also has a built in screen protector. The outside of the case is made of rubber, providing an easy-to-grip surface. Inside the box is a belt holder – yes, it’s still there – allowing you to easily store your phone without a pocket or bag. We’d rather use a custom screen protector over the one that came with the Defender Pro, but at $30, it’s hard to miss.

iPhone SE has a water and dust resistance rating of IP67. This means that it can live in one meter of water for thirty minutes. However, this rating doesn’t do anything to protect the outside of the phone if it falls off your kitchen counter, and we love that the Lifeproof Fre Case adds protection. And the Longer water resistance. With the Fre case on iPhone SE, your phone will be safe and sound in up to two meters of water for an hour, using the built-in screen protector and port covers. Our favorite part of Fre? It is still small and thin, although it is considered a durable case.