The best iPhone X cases you can buy right now

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The iPhone X is almost here. Preorders have been taken, so now it’s time to spend the rest of the week until delivery choosing accessories for your new iPhone X.

Unlike the iPhone 8, which fits perfectly into (most) existing iPhone 7 cases, the iPhone X needs new clothes. Here are the best and/or most interesting iPhone 8 cases so far.

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases so far

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Which iPhone case have you picked?
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may cost as much as the top-end iPhone X, but that certainly doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect your new iPhone.

You’ll find a range of cases on the market. Ultra-thin “skins” will to protect your iPhone 8 from scratches without changing its appearance much. Heavy-duty armor will save it from concrete smashes. And wallet-style cases let get organized. Here are our top picks for the iPhone 8/8 Plus cases you need to know about.

Known for protecting smartphones, OtterBox now keeps beer cold

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OtterBox introduces its Venture line of coolers.
OtterBox introduces its Venture line of coolers.
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It’s an OtterBox large enough for an actual otter, though insulating mammals won’t be necessary.

But keeping beer and some food cold on outdoor adventures is and that’s why OtterBox Tuesday introduced a new line of Venture coolers – with a cooling insulation that keeps ice for up to 14 days.

Week’s best Apple deals: Get Mom an iMac on the cheap

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Don’t leave your Mother’s Day shopping until the last minute — you’ll end up paying an exorbitant price for something generic like a scarf. If you shop now, you can get dear Mom the Apple gear she really wants, discounted up to 88 percent! (We won’t tell her you saved money getting her gift.)

Find a great Mother’s Day sale and more in this week’s roundup of the web’s best Apple deals.

The iPhone cases that will make Jony Ive cringe

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Should you really encase your iPhone in something that looks like a weapon.?
Should you really encase your iPhone in something that looks like a weapon?
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Look, you wouldn’t put a “Git-R-Done” bumper sticker on a Lamborghini. So why would you muck up the chic of an iPhone with a garish or absurd case like the ones on this list?

Jony Ive understands self-expression and probably even appreciates when a person selects an iPhone case that puts them in touch with their inner selves. But when a case’s main function is to cushion a fall or fend off scratches, your next concerns should be how it fits in a pocket — and some taste.

And I don’t mean taste as in fried chicken. Apparently the Japanese are such big fans of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a product developer for the Colonel designed an iPhone 6 case shaped like a drumstick. Even better, it’s the size of one of those state fair turkey legs.

iPhone 6 battery cases are finally a thing

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Otterbox finally has your iPhone 6 and 6 plus covered. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Otterbox finally has your iPhone 6 and 6 plus covered. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
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LAS VEGAS — An iPhone battery case is kinda like insurance: You don’t really want it, but you know you need it. It’s been months since Apple started selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but we have yet to see any battery cases from established brands … until now.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Otterbox unveiled its Resurgence power case for the iPhone 6 at International CES this week. The case packs a 2,600-mAh battery that will charge your iPhone’s battery twice over. And, like everything Otterbox makes, it’s designed with military-grade drop protection.

The case charges itself via a micro-USB connector, and it has a button on the back that needs to be pressed when your iPhone requires more life. Otterbox is offering four colors, and the case should be available in a couple weeks for $100.