The iPhone SE might not be the latest and greatest of Apple’s handsets, but it deserves a decent case – to make sure it’s protected from drops and scratches, and to help it look as trendy and beautiful as it deserves.
We’ve rounded up the best iPhone SE cases money can buy, to help you find the right design for your needs. Whether you’re looking for something heavy duty or a fabulously chic enclosure – and whether you’re on a tight budget or a luxury spending spree – read on to find the perfect fit for your iPhone SE.
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Best iPhone SE case
Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone SE: Best protective iPhone SE case for clumsy people
Price: £22 | Buy now from Amazon
Otterbox cases are known for their superb ability to protect your iPhone from deadly drops and unexpected bumps. Featuring three layers of protection and an inbuilt screen shield, the Otterbox Defender is perfect for the clumsy ones amongst us. If there’s a downside it’s that the case adds a bit of bulk and weight to the phone, but that’s the price you pay for first-class protection.
Twelve South BookBook iPhone SE case: Best looking iPhone SE case
Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
This handmade, real leather wallet case transforms your iPhone SE into an antiquated miniaturised copy of War and Peace – without the bulk. It’s a quirky and distinctive design, but practical too, with five handy pockets on the inside. There’s also a window pocket, into which you can slot your photo ID, Oyster card or driving licence. As a bonus, a built-in viewing stand lets you prop your phone up on a desk to enjoy hands-free video on your phone.
Rock Royce ultra-thin iPhone SE case: Best ultra-thin iPhone SE case
Price: £9 | Buy now from Amazon
This tough but chic case gives you the best of both worlds, combining slim, slinky looks with sturdy protection. Its ultra-thin textured design includes a shock-resistant layer, so it’s incredibly durable, and the raised edges ensure your screen won’t get scratched or scuffed when you place it face down. Adding practically no bulk to the iPhone SE, it’s a great minimalist case at a very appealing price.
Temdan waterproof iPhone SE case: Best waterproof iPhone SE case
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
This is the best waterproof case we’ve come across, allowing you to submerge your iPhone SE underwater at depths of up to two metres – exceeding the industry standard IP68 rating. It’s a little bulky, measuring 12mm thick and weighing 40g, but it’s comfy in the hand, thanks to the soft but highly durable rubber casing. There’s a built-in kickstand too, and you even get full access to the ports and the Touch ID sensor – impressive stuff, considering it’s both watertight and highly protective.
Apple Official iPhone SE leather case: Best official case
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
Some people like everything to be Apple-branded – and cases are no exception. Apple’s own-brand leather iPhone SE case is the natural choice for Apple fans, not least because it’s the only official one available. It’s a simple 100% leather folio case that keeps your iPhone protected from the rough and tumble of everyday use; it’s not the toughest or most feature-packed case on our list, but it’s reasonably priced and has that undeniable Apple prestige.
JETech clear iPhone SE case: Best cheap iPhone SE case
Price: £4 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’re looking for something unfussy, lightweight and, most of all, cheap, then JETech’s clear case is the one for you. It’s completely transparent, so the iPhone itself remains the centre of attention, and it’s so lightweight you won’t even realise it’s clipped onto the phone. With four raised corners and a slightly softer, rounded grip, it’s a solid, shock resistant case that will keep your iPhone SE protected at a bargain price.