The Week in iPhone Cases: Shining, shimmering, splendid

Tough is the name of the game in this week's edition of our iPhone case roundup, but never at the expense of a splash of fashion.

The Week in iPhone Cases

Protection and fashion are the name of the game in this week’s edition of our iPhone-case roundup. We’ve got plenty of cases designed for tough environment and active use, and a few others that put fashion sense first—but never, of course, at the expense of keeping your handset safe.


The Aspira (iPhone 5; $35) features a raised lip that keeps your screen safe when you leave your phone screen-down on a flat surface.

The case, made from durable rubber to offer excellent shock absorption, comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Case Cow

Who says that iPhone cases have to be expensive? CaseCow’s Bright (iPhone 5; $5) is designed from minimalist polycarbonate to offer no-frills protection for your iPhone when you’re on the go.

The Bright comes in pink, fuchsia, yellow, green, clear, smoke, red, blue, aqua, purple, or lime.


The Aurora (iPhone 5; $35) protects your iPhone on all sides with a special film coated so as to produce a shimmering effect in all kinds of light.

The case, which ships free of charge in the U.S., comes with a lifetime-replacement guarantee and a complimentary clear-screen protector.


The Shock Slider (iPhone 5; $50) features triple-layered construction for superior protection, with a modular design that incorporates a special shock-absorbing foam.

The case comes in black or pink with a white cover.


The Quattro 5 (iPhone 5; $40) is a super-strong, shock-absorbing case built using a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame and coated with a special TPE rubber inside and around the corners for maximum protection.

The case includes an anti-scratch screen protector and is available in red, white, or black.


The Alinda (iPhone 5; $50) is handmade from fine leather and designed to clip onto your belt to help you keep your phone at hand while on the go.

Available in black, brown, or tan, the Alinda features plenty of soft padding for protection and is roomy enough to hold an iPhone in a slim case.


The SL2 (iPhone 5; $40) is made from three different components that interlock together to create a robust outer shell, with a durable silicone inner liner to protect against shock and a raised bezel to keep the screen safe when you place your phone face-down.

The SL2 comes in black or white, and it features an improved textured grip that helps keep your handset safe in your hands.,


This company’s collection (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; $69 to $75) features cases for a variety of iPhone models, all built from soft, ecologically conscious leather that has been treated with a special antimicrobial coating and features a soft-grip feel.

The cases each come with a special magnetic closure that keeps your handset safe during transport and allows you to make calls while closed. They are available in indigo, aqua, black, brown, or red.


Designed for active lifestyles, the Cross Holster (all iPhone models; €45) is designed to fit loosely around your waist and provide room for your handset, a water bottle, and various accessories so that you don’t need extra pockets while you’re on a jog or a hike.

It’s available in black, grey, blue, or red.

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