If you want to keep that shiny new iPhone looking pristine and sexy, then you need to grab yourself some decent protection. Whether you want something to match Apple’s stylish flagship design, something to safeguard it from accidents, or something to show off your personality, we’ve got you covered in this iPhone 5/5S case roundup. When it comes to accessories, the iPhone line has always inspired some imaginative entries, and the latest release is no exception. We’ve got unbreakable iPhone cases, gorgeous iPhone cases, retro iPhone cases – in short, we have an iPhone 5S case to suit everyone.
Updated on 6-30-2015 by Simon Hill: Removed discontinued cases from Speck, Griffin, Slickwraps, Findables, Body Glove, Mophie, Nuu, InnoPocket, Edge, Marware, Hex, Ballistic, X-Doria, Cygnett, Sena, Lifeproof, and reformatted, updated prices, images, and links, and added cases by Sewell and Speck.
Here’s a clever idea that tries to solve the classic problem with folio-style cases – the fact it’s awkward to take calls with the cover flapping open. With this case, there’s a hard shell inside that your iPhone 5 or 5S is meant to slide into, but it also lifts easily out of the cover and snaps back into place thanks to magnets. The cover and the back of the shell are finished in synthetic leather. It also aims to be a wallet replacement, so there are three slots for cards and ID, and a big money pocket.
A striking look, a protective design–what more could you want in a case? The CandyShell combines a shock absorbent layer inside to protect against bumps with a tough outer shell of polycarbonate. There are also ridges to create a color contrast pattern and enhance your grip of the iPhone. The button covers work well, the cut-outs are precise, and you get all-round protection. You can buy this case in various color combos.
Trent Trentium case ($16)
A slim case that offers decent protection is relatively rare so Trent’s offering is definitely worth checking out. It combines a hard inner case with a built-in screen protector, a soft TPU layer, and a hard polycarbonate back cover that can be changed (it comes in black, silver, or gold). This case can also handle the odd splash, but not full immersion. The port covers are stiff and the Home button protection can impact on how easy it is to use Touch ID, but it’s a good all-rounder.
Caseology Bumper case ($10)
Simple, basic, and cheap is what you get with these malleable TPU cases from Caseology. You’ve got a choice of seven colors, each with a subtle, shiny pearl coating. It’s a slim case, but there is a lip to protect the screen should it land face down and the corners can handle a drop impact. The cut-outs are fairly precise, and it’s quite a minimalist design overall.
Hand-crafted from genuine leather, these pouches come in a wide range of different colors and stitching finishes, so you can get the look you want. The quality is high and the pouch feels lovely in hand. The fit for the iPhone 5S is tight, which should keep the phone safe and secure. When you need to slide it out you simply pull the tab on the back and out it pops.
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