Rugged iPhone X Case Review: Rock-Solid Protection from UAG

My day-to-day case lately has been an Urban Armor Gear case that I picked up at CES 2018 and I'm quite happy with it. Recently, I got to try UAG's Monarch iPhone X Case ($59.95). This model carries on UAG's tradition of using heavy-duty materials and a rigid skeleton design, and goes even further with solid metal screws for support in the corners, which are the most likely points of impact when an iPhone is dropped. Indeed, the case meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6.) The 10-year warranty is likely to outlast your iPhone!

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The Monarch, like a butterfly, is available in assorted colors (black, graphite, crimson, platinum and carbon fiber) although the difference between black and graphite are minimal. I found the crimson model to be quite striking. And depending on the model, the case features leather or carbon fiber materials. I was concerned that the extra thickness of case might inhibit wireless charging but it seems to be fine. 

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  • Heavy-duty materials
  • Solid support in corners
  • Rigid skeleton design
  • 10-year warranty
  • Assorted colors (black, graphite, crimson, platinum and carbon fiber)


  • Thick case

Final Verdict

The Monarch iPhone X Case from Urban Armor Gear is a well-made, rugged case for those that don't mind a little bulk.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.