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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. Even before the queues start to form at Apple stores across the country, the market is already flooded with iPhone 5S cases. We’ve got unbreakable iPhone cases, gorgeous iPhone cases, retro iPhone cases – in short, we have an iPhone 5S case to suit everyone.
The majority of cases and covers that were designed for the iPhone 5 will fit the iPhone 5S as well because the two devices have exactly the same dimensions. You might run into trouble with the new dual LED flash if the cut-out on the back of your case isn’t big enough. For the most part our roundup of the best iPhone 5 cases on the next page is going to be valid, just make sure you check before you buy. On this page we’ll deal with cases for the new iPhone 5S, but you can rest assured that they’ll all fit the iPhone 5 as well.
If you haven’t upgraded yet then check out our best iPhone 4 and 4S cases.
Apple’s official case for the iPhone 5S is made from premium leather. There’s a microfiber lining on the inside, and the leather covers all your buttons. It feels expensive and it will safeguard your iPhone from scratches and dings. The case is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, or red. It also has an impressively svelte form factor, and sports an Apple logo on the back.
We can all use a bit of extra power when we’re on the go and this battery case provides up to nine hours of additional talk time for your iPhone 5 or 5S. Considering it’s packing a 2500mAh battery, it manages to add minimal bulk, and it has a surprisingly slim design. There’s an interior protective case which you can slide in and out of the main battery case with ease. You’ll get a black one and a contrasting color option, so you can take your pick. The battery case also has an LED light to indicate charge and it comes with a power cable that also allows you to sync without removing the case. This is a well-designed bit of kit.
Griffin Survivor Case ($50)
If you’re planning on taking your iPhone 5S to a war zone then you might want to grab a Survivor case first. This case offers military grade protection against drops, bumps, wind, rain, and dirt. It might not take a bullet or a swim, but you’re covered for most scenarios. The trade-off is that the lovely, premium design is well hidden behind chunky, angular plastic and a display shield. This is inevitably going to slightly hamper your use of your iPhone, but it will keep it safe.
Let’s just be honest about this, we’ve all been waiting for the day when we could flip our iPhone over and have it double up as a Ouija board, and this case makes that dream a reality. Slickwraps offer a wide range of plain and patterned natural finishes from cherry or mahogany, to ostrich leather. All the cases are hand-crafted in the U.S. and they ship with wraps and a screen protector which completely cover your iPhone 5S.
Findables FlexStand case ($30)
It’s nice to come across a case that’s trying to do something a little different and the FlexStand from Findables scores on two fronts. First, there’s the folding mechanism that allows the case to act as a stand, but more interesting than that is the Findables Mobile Sharing App which allows you to easily share your contact information via the unique QR code on the back of the case. The case itself offers standard dual-layer protection with a hard exterior and shock absorbing interior.
Body Glove Diamond case ($30)
Your iPhone 5S will be well protected in this case. The exterior is a glossy, hard shell and it’s backed up by a malleable interior which absorbs the shock of any impact. The two materials also provide a contrast pattern on the back that looks pretty stylish. It’s a lightweight combo of form and function that will keep your iPhone looking good.
This is a really slim case and the brushed aluminum matches the iPhone style. There are precision cut-outs for unobstructed access to the camera, ports, and buttons. You also get a screen protector with the case. If you’re looking for basic protection from scuffs and knocks, but you want something that matches the iPhone’s premium look, then this is worth considering.
Here’s a genuine leather wallet case that flips open from the bottom. It has a magnetic clasp to keep it securely closed. The interior is lined with soft microfiber to prevent any scratches and there’s a pocket for storing credit cards or ID. Even with the case on, you’ll still enjoy unfettered access to the ports and controls, there’s even a cut-out on the back for the camera and flash.
Head on to page two for a vast array for iPhone 5 cases worth checking out. If you’ve found any great iPhone 5S cases that you want to suggest then post a comment. We will update this roundup with new entries from time to time.
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