Against the grain
This week's iPhone case roundup is all about materials: There's the usual combination of high-tech plastics and composite components, various kinds of leather, and even wood harvested from environmentally sound sources for the one-of-a-kind look you've always wanted.
The Caliber (iPhone 5 and 5s; $50) is made from genuine G10 ballistic composite, with an interior patterned inlay that increases shock protection during everyday use.
The case comes in black or military green.
The Pocket Book (iPhone 5 and 5s; $129) is made from real leather and features a soft exterior that makes it easy to slip your handset in and out of your pocket.
The case, available in light brown, also features a slot for your paper money, and eight pockets for credit and ID cards, as well as two additional locations for business cards and other identification.
The DropCarbon (iPhone 5 and 5s; $68) is made from high-grade, 1.5K carbon fiber, with a unique look that brings together elegance and tough protection.
The case's woven construction helps you keep a safe grip on it under any condition.
The Milan (iPhone 5 and 5s; $50) sports an elegant exterior made from cherry wood and real leather, all wrapped around a rigid, polycarbonate shell for maximum protection.
Leather also makes an appearance inside the case, where it helps prevent smudges to your iPhone's screen and provides room for up to three plastic cards or some extra cash.
The Jacka (iPhone 5 and 5s; $51) is handmade from leather with a stitched finish that makes your handset look great, while protecting it from all sides thanks to a flipcover.
The case offers a soft grip, and it provides all the appropriate cutouts to ensure that you can continue using your iPhone's every port, camera, and button.
The SenseCover (iPhone 5 and 5s; $45) covers your handset head to toe, thanks to a flipcover that features a convenient window for quickly checling the time on your iPhone's screen.
The case's front cover also features an array of special sensors that allow you to “touch” your screen to answer a phone call without removing the case.
The Bloom (iPhone 5 and 5s; $29) is made from a hard plastic combined with a backplate of real wood—the latter polished to perfection and designed to produce a distinctive look for every case.
The Bloom comes in walnut, ebony, rosewood, maple, or bamboo, and all woods are sourced using environmentally-friendly methods.
The Hollow (iPhone 5 and 5s; $35) features a two-layer design that maximizes protection while minimizing bulk—and gives your handset a very distinctive look.
The case comes in clear, with black, white, or pink accents.
The Kraken (iPhone 5 and 5s; $35) looks like something out of a Ridley Scott movie, but it's really designed to work alongside the company's Perseus case to provide extra-heavy duty protection for your handset—the company claims that the combination meets and exceeds an alphabet soup of various military-grade standards for durability and resistance to the elements.
It's available in black, blue, pink, purple, red, or green.