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Best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases to protect your Apple smartphone

Catalyst Influence case
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Any new phone is an investment, but that’s arguably even more true when you have an iPhone 12 Pro Max in your pocket.

Apple’s largest iPhone is also 2020's most expensive, and with the sleek design offering little in the way of grip, a case is a must.

We’ve dug through the options to showcase ten of the finest protective cases for your shiny new iPhone, to ensure both the gorgeous design and huge display stay in one piece.

We haven't had all of these iPhone 12 Pro Max 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 – ranked by price - take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capability, or unique features, to help you pick through the maze of choices available to you.

Catalyst Influence Series

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1. Catalyst Influence Series case

Slimline drop protection with a splash of color

Reasons to buy
+Slim design with a grippy surface+Customizable button cut-outs…
Reasons to avoid
-…that are a little on the ‘loud’ side

This delightful offering from Catalyst is a solid, slimline case with built-in air cushions, as well as the option to add a wrist strap, carabiner, or shoulder strap to multiple different spots.

The customization doesn’t end there, either, with swappable buttons and straps of varying colors. Even if those aren’t your thing, the sleek design and drop protection make this a solid choice.

Gear4 Crystal Palace

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2. Gear4 Crystal Palace case

No, not like the sports team

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly slim design+Soft-touch finish
Reasons to avoid
-May look a little cheap

If you want to make your phone bulletproof, then you can do a lot worse than this Gear4 effort which actually uses the same material as bulletproof glass.

Its soft-touch design adds just the right amount of grip, and it offers the company’s own antimicrobial treatment to kill bacteria using a coating.

Speck Presidio2 Grip case

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3. Speck Presidio2 Grip case

Grip and protection in a slimline design

Reasons to buy
+Easier to hold+Microban protection
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most stylish of cases

Speck’s Presidio2 case is packed with clever tech, including an airbag-inspired ‘armor cloud’ to prevent damage from a drop, and a soft-touch (but still very grippy) finish.

Perhaps most interesting is the company’s Microban protection, which reduces bacteria growth by 99% on the case – particularly important during the times we live in.

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

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4. Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

MagSafe and a great range of colors

Reasons to buy
+More stable wireless charging+Option to add extra accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive for a silicone case

Despite being larger than the other iPhone 12 models, Apple has kept the price of its Silicone Case with MagSafe the same for its supersized flagship as for the rest of the range.

That’s a good thing, as this case fits the contours of the device and offers the ability to add magnetically attached card holders and card mounts to the back.

Of course, the real draw is MagSafe charging, and if you have one of Apple’s new chargers to take advantage of it, you’ll find a more stable and secure charge.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Case with MagSafe

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5. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Case with MagSafe

Soft leather and MagSafe support

Reasons to buy
+Vibrant color options+Easy to attach
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most robust

With plenty of different color options including the new and bright California Poppy choice, the iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Case looks great and has all the trappings you need.

That includes MagSafe support so it's easy to attach and detach from your phone, along with high-quality and supple leather that feels good in your hands and keeps your iPhone safe from scratches. 

We can't see it faring well in a mighty fall but for general day to day life, the iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Case will do the job well. 

OtterBox Figura Series case

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6. OtterBox Figura Series case

An artistic MagSafe option

Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous two-tone designs+MagSafe compatibility
Reasons to avoid
-Again, not cheap for a silicone case

Being exclusive to the Apple Store has its advantages, with OtterBox’s cases being some of the first to support MagSafe wireless charging and accessories.

Offering a more artistic touch than the standard Apple Silicone case, the Figura Series has a two-tone, almost watercolor aesthetic that looks great in all four options.

Your screen and camera system are protected by a raised ridge, too.

Urban Armor Gear Civilian case

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7. Urban Armor Gear Civilian case

Earns the name

Reasons to buy
+Solid protection+Tactile buttons
Reasons to avoid
-Military-inspired design won’t be for everyone

If your brand has the word ‘armor’ in it, you’d expect some impressive protection and the Urban Armor Gear Civilian is an excellent option.

Using ‘HyperCush’ technology to absorb impact but with impressively light construction, it’s compatible with wireless charging and meets ‘military standard’ drop tests.

The more tactile sized buttons offer a satisfying ‘click’ as well, although some users have reported that it’s not the easiest to grip.

Mous Limitless iPhone 12 Pro Max case

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8. Mous Limitless iPhone 12 Pro Max case

Sturdy like an oak tree

Reasons to buy
+Capable of taking some punishment+MagSafe compatible
Reasons to avoid

Another MagSafe compatible case, this clever case from Mous actually absorbs impacts using ‘Airoshock’ technology. In simpler terms, the case is designed to take a beating so that your phone doesn’t.

It also offers raised edges to protect your display, while also coming in some pretty smart designs, including wood paneling.

You’ll pay extra for that protection, but it’s cheaper than buying a new phone screen.

OtterBox iPhone 12 Pro Max Defender Series Pro case

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9. OtterBox iPhone 12 Pro Max Defender Series Pro case

Long name, great case

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly rugged construction+Grippy surface
Reasons to avoid
-Lacking in style

It’s OtterBox again, but this one is a little different in that it’s a much more buttoned-up case than the previous OtterBox case on this list.

This more utilitarian case offers an antimicrobial technology to protect against bacteria, a polycarbonate shell to protect against drops, and an included ‘holster’ that doubles as a belt clip and hands-free kickstand.

It does add some heft around the outside of the case, but if you’re not likely to keep your phone in your pocket, it’s ideal.

Incipio Stashback case

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10. Incipio Stashback case

A hidden compartment and a great all-round case

Reasons to buy
+Handy card holder+14ft drop protection
Reasons to avoid
-Limited color options

While many iPhone cases offer a card holder (or in Apple’s case, an optional attachment), Incipio’s Stashback makes your cards accessible from the front of the device.

It does this via a sliding mechanism (as you can see in the image), but that doesn’t come at the cost of protection. In fact, with scratch-resistant material and a raised edge around the screen, it’ll keep your phone in one piece for drops of up to 14 feet.

Unfortunately, the price of that is wireless charging – the Stashback won’t work with Qi-standard wireless chargers, nor will it work with MagSafe chargers.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Sleeve with MagSafe

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11. iPhone 12 Pro Max Leather Sleeve with MagSafe

Something a little different

Reasons to buy
+All-round protection+Handy wrist strap
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for ‘point and click’ camera enthusiasts

Apple’s premium case offering is, as you’d expect, a perfect fit for your phone. Its leather exterior may make it a little too large for pockets, but a handy strap makes it a little easier to keep with you.

Then there’s the useful window that shows the time, plus a place to store a credit card, as well as MagSafe compatibility for charging and adding accessories.