The Week in iPhone Cases: Unstoppable
As the iPhone 5 nears its six-month mark (an eternity in electronics years), there remains a steady flow of new cases and protective accessories for it. Here are the latest.
The Denim Pocket (all iPhone models; SGD20) is, as its name suggests, a handy little pouch that sticks to the back of your handset using a special, no-residue-left-behind glue that keeps the pouch secure without damaging your phone.
The pouch, which comes in blue or pink, can be used to carry around some extra cash, or maybe a few plastic cards, without the bulk of a wallet-style case.
The Diary (iPhone 5; $40) is made from real leather, but it features a solid-shell construction for maximum protection.
The case’s front cover also doubles as a wallet, with several pockets that can be used to store an ID, plastic cards, or paper money.
The Slim (iPhone 5; $35) aims to be, as its name implies, the world’s thinnest case for your iPhone. Despite its low profile, the case still offers 360-degree protection for the front, back, sides, and screen of your phone.
The Slim is also heat-resistant up to 185 degrees and is made from non-toxic materials. It’s available in three models: grey, brown, or white.
The 2Tone Shield (iPhone 5; $20) fits on your handset and protects its back and sides from scratches and bumps while adding a splash of color and fashion.
The case is transparent, letting the iPhone’s trademark design shine through, and features red, blue, or grey accents at the top and bottom.
The Juice Pack Air (iPhone 5; $100) is a battery case that doubles your phone’s longevity (thanks to a built-in, featherlight, 1700mAh battery), while protecting your handset from bumps and scratches thanks to shock-absorbent construction.
The Juice Pack Air comes in white, black, or red. See our full review.
The Build Your Own Case Program (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; $60) allows you to customize every aspect of one of the company’s Defender Series cases.
The customization system lets you pick a color for each of the case’s components, including the outer silicone layer, the inner shell, and the belt clip, for a total of up to seventy-two unique combinations.
The PowerSkin (iPhone 5; $80) is another battery case, this one packing a 1500mAh battery in what the company touts as its thinnest design ever—it adds only 0.3 inches to the thickness of your iPhone.
The one-piece silicone case, available in black, provides excellent protection from all sides, and includes a blue-LED power meter on its back.
The Gamuza Ultrasuede (iPhone 5; $15) offers ultrathin protection for your iPhone’s front, back, and sides with a suede-like look and feel.
The case comes in mustard, blue, grey, pink, red, brown, or black, and features all the appropriate openings to ensure that you retain access to your device’s ports, buttons, and cameras.
The Saturn (iPhone 5; $20) is made from a hybrid diamond-cut aluminum compound. The case features an anodized-metallic coating for a light and slim fit while still providing excellent protection.
The Saturn is available in metal slate, metal red, or satin silver.