The Week in iPhone Cases: Thin is in

It’s time for another roundup of new iPhone cases, and as is our tradition, we’ve uncovered a wide variety of styles and designs. This week, we go from the very thin to the depths of the oceans, and from the courts of an NBA game to the festive atmosphere of a block party.

One of ElementCase's Skate Legend Series cases
One of ElementCase's Skate Legend Series cases

ElementCase: The Skate Legends Series gives you the chance to place your favorite skateboard design on one of the company’s cases, including the Formula 4 (iPhone 4 and 4S; $40), the COMP (iPhone 4 and 4S; $100), and the Vapor Pro (iPhone 4 and 4S; $150). Each case features excellent protection and is built using a variety of materials; dozens of designs are available.

FabX's Maxx Spectra
FabX's Maxx Spectra

Fabx Innovations: The Maxx Spectra (iPhone 4 and 4S; $40) is a case that combines a sturdy construction with a convenient hand strap to prevent the iPhone from slipping out of your hand during use. It comes in green, orange, grey, white, or black.

Four Corner Store's Gizmon iCA Military
Four Corner Store's Gizmon iCA Military

Four Corner Store: The Gizmon iCA Military Edition (iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S; $70) is designed to take you back to a time when point-and-shoot involved real optics and real film. This sturdy case, made of 23 durable, polycarbonate components, transforms your phone into a viewfinder camera, complete with a detachable tripod mount and three different lenses.

Graft Concepts's Leverage
Graft Concepts's Leverage

Graft Concepts: The Leverage (iPhone 4 and 4S; $60) is a hard, polycarbonate bumper held in place by a custom (and cool-looking) metal latch that closes to firmly secure the case to your phone. A removable back plate, included with the bumper, gives you the option of a minimalist look or full-on protection.

id America's Cushi Camo
id America's Cushi Camo

id America: The Cushi Camo (iPhone 4 and 4S; $15) is a stick-on skin of cushy foam that protects the back of your iPhone and adds a splash of three-dimensional fun in the form of color and texture. The Camo's anti-residue adhesive makes repeated applications easy, and the skin is precision-cut to work with the iPhone's camera and to be compatible with Apple's Bumper.

iFoolish's Magic Drawing Case
iFoolish's Magic Drawing Case

iFoolish: The Magic Drawing Case (iPhone 4 and 4S; £20) comes with a handy erasable tablet on the back for taking notes, drawing doodles, and generally keeping yourself entertained when you’ve had enough Angry Birds for one afternoon. The case is available in red.

One of Kees's custom 3-D cases
One of Kees's custom 3-D cases

Kees: This company’s specialty is custom cases (iPhone 4 and 4S; €38 to €48) printed using a three-dimensional technology that brings together a series of patterns and designs. You can even add your own text, which is worked directly into the design when your case is printed. Kees’s cases are available in white, black, grey, red, blue, or pink, and in a variety of materials and textures.

The Lastu
The 'Lastu

Lastu: The Lastu (iPhone 4 and 4S; €39) is a set (front and back) of stick-on skins made entirely of wood using a special process that makes the material resistant to water and dirt without impacting its natural feel and color. As a bonus, part of the profits from the sale of this case go towards projects that aim to restore lost forests throughout the world. The Lastu is available in oak or walnut, with optional engraving.

Niteize's Connect case
Niteize's Connect case

Niteize: The Connect (iPhone 4 and 4S; $35) is a case that protects your iPhone using shatterproof, Lexan-polycarbonate construction, while making it easy to carry the phone thanks to a stylish clip. The case comes in solid black or grey, or in translucent clear, pink, lime, blue, smoke, or orange. The base Connect Case package includes the case and belt/pocket clip, but you can also buy a car-mount cradle and a bike-mount cradle.

Opena's Playa
Opena's Playa

Opena: The Playa (iPhone 4 and 4S; $30) is in many ways your typical iPhone case: sturdy, elegant, sleek, and available in multiple colors (in this case, black, white, or pink). What's unusual about it is the fact that it sports a very…discrete pocket that can be used to hide away a particular thing or two, as the many puns on the company's Website clearly illustrate.

TAT7's iPhone Scuba Case
TAT7's iPhone Scuba Case

TAT7: The iPhone Scuba Case (iPhone 4 and 4S; $85) lets you take your handset in places it wasn't meant to be. Waterproof to thirty meters, and designed to withstand all sorts of punishment, this transparent case is great for swimming and snorkelling, but also for activities in the snow or the sand. (via likecool.com)

The Toast

Toast: The Toast (iPhone 4 and 4S; $25 to $35) is a stick-on skin made of real wood veneer and customized with a variety of motifs and designs that combine cutouts and etchings for some really amazing effects. It's available in several different wood materials, including walnut, bamboo, and ash.

USBFever's Eggshell Finlandia Series
USBFever's Eggshell Finlandia Series

USBFever: The Eggshell Finlandia Series (iPhone 4 and 4S; $18) is a line of tough, polycarbonate shells in a variety of designs and colors that include red, green, purple, blue, yellow, pink, and light blue. Each comes with a complimentary cable-winder stand and a screen protector.

One of Zagg's Sport Leather Skins
One of Zagg's Sport Leather Skins

Zagg: The Zagg Sport Leather Skins (iPhone 4 and 4S; $25) are exactly what they sound like: stick-on back skins for your iPhone that sport the logo of your favorite NBA team. The skins are made of genuine leather and feature detail and texture reminiscent of a regulation basketball.

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