The tech press has a lot to like about the Apple iPhone X. “Clearly the best iPhone ever made” says The Verge, and Engadget calls the X “the most radical change to the iPhone formula ever” and “a seriously impressive machine.”
But there’s always room to make a good thing even better—especially as the list of quality iPhone X accessories grows by the day. These five devices, all available at Verizon, have earned critical praise for making the iPhone X more durable, easier to use and better equipped to multitask—no small feat for such a capable, well-loved smartphone.
Mophie Charge Force Powerstation
Handhelds have freed users up to communicate and conduct business on the fly, but those multitasking can also tax battery life. With the Mophie Charge Force Powerstation, the iPhone X can be completely charged on the go, wirelessly. Just place up to two devices on the station for a quick boost or a full charge—up to 48 hours of extra battery life.
PCMag.com says the Charge Force Powerstation “combines lots of power with wireless functionality, setting it apart from most of the cable-only battery packs out there.” And because it’s light and portable, it can go anywhere you need to—“the kitchen counter, coffee table, or even your nightstand,” according to Digital Trends—ensuring a dwindling charge never keeps you down for long.
OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone X
There’s no defying the laws of gravity, and that’s why there’s the OtterBox Defender Series. The case provides multiple layers of protection for your iPhone X, from a two-piece snap case to an internal shell with foam cushioning to rubber tabs that protect ports from dirt and dust. “I would be absolutely shocked if an iPhone X didn’t survive a serious fall in this case,” writes MacRumors, adding that the level of protection is even more than some iPhone owners need.
Meanwhile, BGR praises OtterBox’s lifetime warranty and calls the Defender “the case to give your iPhone X the protection it needs.”
Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar
When Apple did away with the old-school headphone jack, it freed up space for even larger displays and smooth pairing with wireless earbuds. But if wired headsets are plugged into the iPhone X’s lightning port, how can the iPhone X take a charge? Enter the Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, a splitter that allows simultaneous plugins for listening and charging.
Tech Radar calls the Belkin “solidly built” and says it will “give [other] dongles a run for their money.” TechAeris likes its straightforward ease of use most of all, noting that the Belkin “does what it’s supposed to do and does it well.” Multitasking made easier: That’s an attribute any iPhone X user can appreciate.
ZAGG InvisibleShield Privacy Glass+ for iPhoneX
The ZAGG InvisibleShield Privacy Glass+ is a tempered glass stick-on tab that obscures your display when viewed from the side—perfect for keeping eyes from watching over your shoulder. Dgit.com says Privacy Glass+ combines “solid screen protection combined with excellent touch sensitivity and image clarity,” meaning you’ll never sacrifice your own view or the tap-and-swipe response of your iPhone X. Plus, as Digital Trends notes, ZAGG’s Glass+ technology ensures you’re protecting your screen from cracks and dings—“up to two times stronger than most of the competition.” As for nosy neighbors, they’ll have to find something else to look at.
LifeProof FRE Case for iPhone X
If you prize slim design, bold colors and military-standard shock protection, the LifeProof FRE Case for iPhone X is a smart choice, upping the durability but not the bulk. For drops of up to six feet, 9 to 5 Toys says the FRE doesn’t flinch, thanks to the sturdy “strip of rubber that surrounds the entire edge of the iPhone X’s perimeter.” It’s also the “best waterproof case on the market,” according to Cult of Mac, protecting your iPhone in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to an hour. “This thing is probably tough enough to withstand being used by children,” the reviewer says.