The Week in iPhone Cases: Snowflake

No two snowflakes are alike -- an old tenet that, with the help from one of cases in this week's roundup, may well hold true for your iPhone as well.

The Week in iPhone Cases

They say that no two snowflakes are alike—a tenet that could well hold true for your iPhone, with a little help from one of the cases in this week's roundup.

As usual, we’ve carefully curated a little something for everyone, from finely-crafted natural materials to precision-engineered modern components.


The Thin Wood Trim Series (iPhone 5; $28) is a finely textured plastic case with real-wood trim detail on the back, itself sporting a luscious satin finish and only 1.4 millimeters thick.

The case is available in yellow/walnut, blue/cherry, green/cherry, white/maple, or black/walnut

Case Scenario

Fans of digital and print design are guaranteed to love the Pantone Universe collection (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; €30 to €40), a two-tone case that features several iconic colors from the popular grading system that has been used by printers and designers for decades.

Each case features high-definition IMD printing (Pantone color names and numbers are printed on the back), hard-plastic construction for safety, and the appropriate cutouts to grant unfettered access to cameras and ports.


The CamHoodie with GloCase (iPhone 5; $30) is a case that doubles as a hood for your iPhone’s camera, helping to reduce lens flare when you take shots in brightly-lit situations.

The special construction also intercepts light from the handset’s built-in LED flash, diffusing it to provide a less-harsh lighting effect when taking pictures in low-light situations—plus, it doubles as a cool-looking glowstick when used with one of the many flashlight apps available.

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The TuneBand (iPhone 5; $23) protects your handset by keeping securely strapped to your arm while you exercise or work outdoors. It features a soft, protective silicone skin and an elastic strap that fits most arms—it’s available in five different sizes, from extra small to extra large.

The case comes in pink, black, purple, or green.


The Groove Cover (iPhone 5; $35) is a snap-on cover that uses a Tri-Fused shock-absorbent material with a sophisticated outer shell to protect your iPhone 5.

The case comes in black/grey, blue/white, pink/pink, purple/lavender, red/black, or white/grey.


The Dahlia (iPhone 5; $25) is an ultra-lightweight, snap-on case with tactile cover buttons designed to keep your safe with its solid polycarbonate construction.

The case features a delicate floral design, available in glittering light blue, white, pink, or yellow; and complemented by a three-dimensional texture for excellent grip and an extra splash of sheer beauty.


The Vise (iPhone 5; $50) is designed with maximum protection in mind, and its construction features three different kinds of material: Poron XRD on the sides and corners, a shock-absorbing TPU internal cover, and slide-lock two-piece hardshell.

The case, which also features a 360-degree, rotating, deatcheable belt clip, comes in asphalt/pink, asphalt/orange, or black/orange.


The Storm (iPhone 5; $60) is handcrafted from premium, vegetable-tanned, Italian calf leather and features two slots on the back for storing credit or identity cards.

The case is available in two color combinations: brown with red trim and black with a blue trim, each hand-dyed using environmentally-friendly dyes and built using non-toxic, water-based glue.

The Toddler App

If your child likes to play with your iPhone but doesn’t quite understand what the Home button does, the B-lock Case (iPhone 4 and 4S; $15) was designed with your needs in mind.

The case features a special snap-on guard that covers the bottom part of the face of the phone, thus keeping busy fingers away from the danger zone we parents call the Home button. The case comes in white or black, and additional covers are available for $8 for a pack of three.

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