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(Pocket-lint) - The iPhone XR isn't quite a spring chicken any more - it now sits below the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models in Apple's lineup, and has older internals than the latest iPhone SE. Still, though, it offers a great option for users who want an iPhone with the newer Face ID design, without the higher cost of the latest models.

Like the iPhone 8 lineup and the premium iPhone 11 devices, the XR has a glass back, which means protection is key. Here are some of the best iPhone XR cases we have come across.

Our guide to the best iPhone XR cases to buy today

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Apple

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It took a while for Apple to announce an official case for the iPhone XR but it did eventually. It is a clear snap on case, showing off the XR's colourful design. Made from polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials, the case sits over the device's buttons and it is compatible with Qi wireless chargers.

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Apple Smart Battery Case

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In addition to the clear snap on case, Apple also has a battery case for the iPhone XR. Available in black and white colour options, the iPhone XR battery case is claimed to improve the XR's battery life to deliver 39 hours of talk time, 22 hours of internet or 27 hours of video playback.

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Moshi

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There are a couple of excellent Moshi cases available for the iPhone XR. Our favourite is the Altra. It's a hardshell case with a removable wrist strap military-grade drop protection. It's available in four different finishes. Our second Moshi pick is the Capto case that with its "multi strap" built into the rear. You can use it to either hold the phone or as a clever stand to prop up the phone.

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Gear4

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There are several options for protecting your iPhone XR in the Gear4 range including the Victoria case. It offers 10ft impact protection, is wireless charging compatible and it has edge-to-edge protection. There are four designs to pick from. 

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Mous

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Mous offers the Limitless 2.0 case for the iPhone XR which is made from an impact resistant material with air pockets and polymer to absorb impact. They come in five colour options including Bamboo, Shell and Black Leather.

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OtterBox

OtterBox offers a number of cases for the iPhone XR, available exclusively through Apple. The Statement Series Case with Leather comes in two colour options, and it features a clear back with a small leather section at the bottom. The Statement Series Case has certified Drop+ Protection and its rear is scratch-resistant.

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Snakehive

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Snakehive offers a couple of different case options for the iPhone XR, both of which are folio cases. There are numerous colour options available and all are made from leather for a premium feel. They all have access to all ports and features and they all have a clip to keep the cover closed.

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Speck

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Speck has several iPhone XR case options including the Gemshell case that offers clear, slim protection. It has a dual-layer perimeter for protection against drops, while the clear back shows off the XR's design.

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Tech21

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Tech21 has a few different cases for the iPhone XR including the Pure Shimmer case, which is available in blue and pink options. It features a subtle iridescent tint that allows you to see the XR's design and it also offers 3-metre drop protection.

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Urban Armor Gear

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Urban Armor Gear has a variety of iPhone XR cases including wallet cases and snap on cases. All have the chunky, rugged look many would expect from UAG, offering protection against drops along with access to all ports and features.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on 15 October 2018.