So you’ve gone ahead and splurged on a new iPhone 12. Now comes the part where you have to protect it from the world and unexpected acts of clumsiness. A good case will not only shield it from sudden bumps and falls; it will provide a protective barrier between your expensive new mobile device and the elements—as well as dust and liquid spills that could render it in serious need of repairs. When looking for an iPhone 12 case, be sure you get one that’s waterproof, shockproof (silicone and rubber ones that cover the corners are especially dependable), touch sensitive and won’t leave annoying fingerprints all over your phone.

Soft and Rigid

This protects the device from microbial growth, and it allows easy access to all the ports and speakers. Otterbox

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First things first: When shopping for a new phone case, make double-sure it will fit your iPhone 12. For example, even though the iPhone 11 are basically the same size an iPhone 11 case won’t fit the square-edged design of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. You might consider looking for an Apple-certified MagSafe case, which will have integrated magnets that easily attach to your iPhone.

Perfectly See-Through

Built-in corner airbags provide shock protection and keep the mobile from getting scratched. CASEKOO

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See-through cases can be fun—you can decorate them with stickers or even small pictures—but they also make grime and dirt more noticeable. If you go the transparent case route, prepare to spend a little bit more money so that you don’t end up with one that turns yellow and becomes less translucent over time.

Great Value

This one comes in 20 different color options, all transparent, and it adds minimal bulk to your device. Temdan

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If you use your phone for more than texting, phoning and surfing the Internet, get one with a built-in stand and grip strap that will allow you to watch videos and take selfies hands-free. Some cases can also be used with bike and motorcycle mounts, and if you want a covering that’s as stylish as it is functional, you can get one made of leather, wood or even cork.