The Week in iPhone Cases: Handlebars

In this week's iPhone-case roundup, we bring you a bit of commerce, a little extra power, and a… mustached smiley.

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In this week's iPhone-case roundup, we bring you a bit of commerce, a little extra power, and a… mustached smiley.

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The Covert (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) is a clear, ultrathin shell that features rubberized corners for maximum protection and an improved grip.

The Covert is designed to work alongside one of the company's tempered-glass screen protectors, and it features a purple frame on the front.

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Griffin Technology

The Merchant + Square (iPhone 5 and 5s; $20) comes with one of Square's popular credit-card readers and is designed to work securely alongside it.

The case is perfect for on-the-go use, with a soft-molded construction that provides plenty of protection from bumps and scratches.

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The Pixels (iPhone 5 and 5s; price unavailable) incorporates a detachable, 3000mAh battery pack that greatly extends your phone's charge while protecting it from the vagaries of everyday life.

The Pixels comes in blue or yellow.

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Loop Attachment

The Straightjacket (iPhone 5 and 5s; price unavailable), is a new iteration of the company's popular Mummy, but designed to offer a more-streamlined design and better aesthetics.

The case, slated for availability at the end of January, will provide generous protection, along with space for some plastic cards or extra cash. It will come in pink, grey, red, black, or blue.

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The Jetstream (iPhone 5 and 5s; $50) is made from a thick, handcrafted, wood plate bonded to a polycarbonate shell for a unique combination of sturdy protection and great looks.

The Palysander wood plate features a distinctive swirly design, with a pattern of alternating dark and light stripes.

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The Deluxe Soft Boy (iPhone 5 and 5s; $2) is an inexpensive but exceedingly cute case that keeps your handset safe thanks to a soft-gel protective layer and a… mustached smiley on the back.

The case comes in green or pink. The latter model, aimed at ladies, trades its mustache for a curly hairdo.

theo powerwave iphone5


Freshly announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the PowerWave (iPhone 5 and 5s; $120) combines a swappable, external battery pack that can double your phone's charge, with a convenient case that protects your handset from bumps and scratches—all while adding minimal bulk.

Best of all, the battery pack (and, therefore, your phone) can be recharged wirelessly simply by placing them on top of the provided charging pad.

tylt alin iphone


The Alin (iPhone 5 and 5s; $25) is a screen protector that makes installation a breeze, thanks to an easy-to-use frame that helps you align and place the film correctly every time.

The system comes with everything you need to get started, including four protectors—three clear models and one that helps reduce glare.

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Vanesa Rey

The Pink Peony is made from vegan leather, with a removable jewelry-grade chain designed to help you keep your phone securely around your neck while you're on the go.

The case, which also comes in a variety of other colors (such as the black shown here), includes a wallet compartment with room for cash and credit or ID cards.

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