Review: Olixar case trio for the Apple iPhone X

A new phone, new cases, and so it goes. With the iPhone X in for review, it gave me the chance to review a handful of cases from Olixar, thanks to Mobile Fun. See the links below, all taken from their line of iPhone X cases.

The 'X' (pronounced "ex, err.. I mean ten"!) is an all glass design, effectively, and incredibly expensive. In addition to considering Apple Care on your new phone, you'll also want to make sure that the phone is cased when you're out and about.

Which is where these cases come in...

Olixar X-Duo - Carbon Fibre Silver, £20

A slightly fiddly neoprene inner-shiny plastic outer combination, this is much more solid when mounted on the iPhone X, though you're not going to want to take it on and off again too often, as the parts separate and then it's fiddle time all over again.

The button detailing is immaculate and the carbon fibre pattern on the neoprene's back is mesmerising.

A perfect case for a perfect iPhone? Well, yes, as long as you don't mind your £1000 glass jewel feeling like plastic and neoprene - though that's at least partly the point. And inevitable. Your iPhone will never get scuffed or shattered while encased in this.

Score: 8/10

Olixar ExoShield Tough, £10

The benefit of a clear case is that the world can see your shiny new toy in all its glory from beneath the TPU plastic. You can buy cheap cases off eBay, but this one is the real deal, tough on the sides and corners, yet crystal clear where it needs to be.

The case comes with a protective film on the back and it's obvious that you have to peel this off - what no one (except me) tells you is that there's another, far more subtle, film on the inside of the case and that this needs to come off too!

Stunning moulding from Olixar and stunning value too, don't dismiss this as something cheap and nasty - it's not!

Score: 9/10

Olixar MeshTex Red, £13

Less substantial than the other cases featured here, this is minimalist in terms of fit, and is made in rubberised plastic, with hundreds of tiny holes on the back keeping the weight increase down while offering basic protection from side and rear drops.

I can't emphasise the minimalist nature enough - I even weighed the case. 11g. Amazing. The red mesh adds a certain style to the iPhone X, even if it's not quite what Apple might approve!

Interestingly, the button covers are hinged on only one side - elegant mechanically and again it keep the weight down, though all of this minimalism does make the asking price just a little questionable.

Score: 7/10

Overall, then, my pick is the ExoShield Tough case - it's the one my iPhone X has ended up in. The iPhone doesn't feel half as premium as when 'naked', but it's insanely well protected!


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