We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You go to grab your phone from your pocket and it slips out, hits the floor face-down and you have to do that terrifying “damage assessment” when you flip it over.
With the iPhone 12 mini offering a sleek (and slippery) design, it’s arguably more important than ever to put it in a case, especially if you don’t have AppleCare or insurance for your device.
With that in mind, we’ve dug through the hundreds of options to round up 10 of the very best for your mini but mighty handset.
We haven't had all of these iPhone 12 mini cases in our test labs yet, but based on our experts' opinion and knowledge of the most reputable brands around, we think these are worth looking at.
Our selections take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capability, or unique features, to help you pick through the maze of choices available to you.
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Apple’s repurposed MagSafe tech is intended to make wireless charging fast and more secure, but the magnets involved can also be used to “stack” accessories to your device.
At present that’s limited to things like car mounts and cardholders, but even without those, the Silicone Case is a lovely, no-nonsense case with a wealth of color options.
OtterBox’s reputation of sterling cases has ensured that Apple has snapped up the Figura Series as an Apple Store exclusive – and for good reason.
These cases offer a stunning two-tone design and cling to your phone perfectly. They even offer a raised edge to keep your screen and camera system from hitting the ground if you do drop it.
Mous’ latest effort is built from durable materials and uses “AiroShock technology” to cushion any drops. Essentially ensuring the case itself absorbs the impact, it keeps your phone in one piece.
There’s an attachment for a wrist strap too, and Mous offers its own array of MagSafe-like attachments, including wallets and car mounts, dubbed “AutoAlignPlus”.
Mujjo’s stunning wallet cases are made from leather, adding not only a classy look for your device but ensuring a solid grip, too.
The wallet attached to the back is ideal for anyone that carries cards, and Mujjo claims the exterior actually looks better after extended use as the leather enriches and stains.
Bandolier has become very popular over the last few years with its chic range of “over the shoulder” iPhone cases, and the iPhone 12 mini version offers the same high degree of craftsmanship with a wallet on the back.
The strap is detachable, but the lack of display cover will ensure you won’t want to leave it swinging freely – just in case it hits a table edge or something similarly solid.
Smartfish’s latest effort in the Gripzilla line is packed full of features to ensure your phone is protected.
Aside from the grip that gives it its name, molding it to your hand, it also offers air-pockets in the corner that the manufacturer compares to airbags. It’ll also work with your existing wireless chargers, too.
Spigen has become very popular thanks to its high-quality, lower-cost cases, and the Slim Armor is a sleek, slimline barrier between your phone and the elements.
The integrated kickstand is handy for those movie and TV show binges, and while it doesn’t add as much protection as some of Spigen’s other efforts, there’s still plenty to like here.
What it lacks in looks, the Oterkin iPhone 12 mini case makes up for in protection. IP68-rated water-resistance, a built-in screen protector, and wireless charging compatibility make it an easy recommendation – especially for the price.
It won’t win your phone any “Best-dressed” awards, but it will ensure it’s still going well into your next contract – and at a great price point, too.
Made from specially tanned and finished leather, the true benefit to the Apple iPhone 12 mini Leather Case is that it uses MagSafe to snap into place so it's easy to apply and remove as and when needed.
Looking the part, we suspect it's better at fending off scratches rather than drops, but it should still be safe for the majority of your daily life. It's available in five different colors too, including the iPhone's iconic Product Red.
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