The Week in iPhone Cases
Spring is definitely in the air, as the latest protective accessories we’ve come across are geared towards summer activities such biking, canoeing, and other outdoor fun. But don’t worry—even if the thought of babbling brooks and trips to the beach are still far from your mind, there are plenty of other options, as well, in this week’s iPhone-case roundup.
The SimpleShell (iPhone 5; $20) is a slim, protective case that adds little bulk to your handset while keeping it safe from bumps and scratches.
It comes in black, glow-in-the-dark green, snow, pink, or a special “mood” model that changes color based on the temperature of your skin.
The Hitcase Pro (iPhone 5; $130) is ruggedized and waterproof up to ten meters, designed to keep your iPhone safe during active use, sports, and recreation.
The comes with a wide-angle lens capable of a 170-degree field of view, as well as a wide range of mounting accessories that work with everything from helmets to tripods. A companion app makes it easy to capture important information—like your speed, position, and attitude—while on the trail or on the water.
The Ice/Dry Ice (iPhone 5; $20) is a clear case made from strengthened polycarbonate with a soft rubber coating for the ideal balance between comfort and protection.
The two-piece construction ensures that every side of your phone is safe from bumps and scratches. The company even throws in a complimentary film protector for your phone’s screen.
The Artisan Clutch (iPhone 5; $50) sports a genuine-leather exterior and soft, microsuede interior. The inside of the case also has room for a few plastic cards or some cash.
A snap-button closure keeps everything safe, while a convenient belt clip allows you to carry the case on your waist.
The AluFrame (iPhone 5; $70) is an aluminum bumper that wraps the sides and corners of your iPhone in a protective combination of metal and rubber to keep it safe without adding much in the way of weight or bulk.
The AluFrame comes with white or black trim, and it features a special closure mechanism that allows it to be installed and uninstalled in less than a second without the need for specialized tools.
The Poros (iPhone 5; $55) is part of MapiCases’s new line of affordable leather cases, designed for those who like luxury but prefer a budget-friendly approach to protection.
Available in red, brown, or black, this pouch makes it easy to keep your phone within reach thanks to a convenient pull-out strap, and it features a handy window on the front that lets you see who’s calling without having to remove your handset from the case.
The Musubo Diamond (iPhone 5; $30) combines a translucent interior chiseled into a diamond pattern with a protective, impact-resistant border that enhances your grip. The result is unique hybrid design available in black or purple.
Pelican Pro Gear
The Vault (iPhone 5; $80) features three layers of protection that keep your iPhone safe in even the most rugged situations: aircraft aluminum for the front, with an inside and back made of a special Elastomeric-copolymer rubber designed to absorbs shock and impact.
The case, which is available in black, purple, green, white, or dark grey/red, also includes a special waterproof membrane that keeps out drifting snow, rain, and dust.
The Opera (iPhone 5; $30) is made from lightweight but durable textured TPU, which offers good protection while being comfortable to use and hold thanks to its excellent grip.
Sleek and form fitting, this case comes in pink, white, grey, black, or blue, and it features a special rim around the edge to help protect the screen when you place your phone face-down.