Incipio OffGrid Pro for iPhone 4/4S ($99.99)
The impressively slim OffGrid Pro is a backup battery case that comes with a set of two interchangeable and rechargeable 1600mAh batteries. It’s a pretty stylish, minimalist design, available in black, gunmetal or white. You’ve got four blue LED lights to indicate your backup battery status and when fully charged you’re looking at more than doubling your iPhone’s life.
The Griffin Elan Form range offers a good balance between style and protection. There’s an outer layer to guard against scuffs and an inner shell that reduces the impact of knocks and drops. It comes in a range of colors and styles like this reptilian skin “Exotics” variant.
Part of the attraction of the iPhone in the first place is that stunning Apple design, so you’d be forgiven for not wanting to cover it up completely. This case accentuates the basic design with a color highlight around the edge, but it also offers good quality silicone and polycarbonate protection with a screen protector as well.
The iPhone 4S is such a sleek device that any case offering protection while preserving its svelte look is highly prized. Enter the popular Barely There Case from Case-Mate. It is very lightweight, impact & scratch resistant, and offers easy access. It comes in a range of colors and for an extra ten bucks you can create a custom version using your own images.
This case offers great protection but the real selling point is the fold out kickstand. You can prop your iPhone up for watching movies, surfing the web, or making a FaceTime call. The cleverly designed case is rubberized to prevent slipping. You’ll also notice that it is relatively slim for a kickstand case and it is very versatile, supporting an impressive range of angles.
Gelaskins HardCase for iPhone 4S/4 ($34.95)
A scratch resistant skin may not seem like enough protection but thankfully Gelaskins now offer hard cases as well. These polycarbonate snap-on cases come in a really wide range of designs. When you settle on the design you want you can carry it across onto your iPhone screen by downloading the matching wallpaper.
The perfect combination of hard plastic and easy to grip rubber, the CandyShell Grip is ideal for gamers. It is very comfortable to hold; it offers decent protection; and it comes in a range of colors with a two-tone design. It offers great grip in the hand and it won’t slide on surfaces either.
SwitchEasy LUX for iPhone 4/4S ($29.99)
Our last option is this reasonably priced, open-faced, leather hard case. It looks smart, it feels good in the hand and your iPhone slides easily and snuggly into place within. You can secure it with the leather flap and it’s easy to use without you having to remove it (which is a drawback of many leather cases). You also get two screen guards, a squeegee applicator and a microfiber wipe with it.
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