Beyond the wallet case
This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.
The Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.
Not only does this case pack style, it includes two slots in the back for credit cards or a photo ID.
The Cover Window Wallet (iPhone 6; price unavailable) features a protective flip cover with a clear window that lets you quickly glance at your notifications and incoming calls without having to lift the cover up. Besides that handy design, the case doubles as a viewing stand in portrait orientation, sports pockets inside the cover for credit cards, and includes precise cutouts for the iPhone's camera, charging ports, and buttons.
The #getsmartbag (iPhone 6; $450) is an iPhone case disguised as a mini clutch, and can fit a few more essential items besides just your phone—namely, a few cards, some cash, and your ID. The case sports a flip panel that allows you to take pictures with both the front- and back-facing cameras, and a hidden cross body drop-in chain to really make a statement.
The Taktik 360 (iPhone 6; $125) keeps your iPhone safe from water damage and impact from drops, thanks to its three-layer construction. Plus, it features a compression closure system for easy installation, and also ships with a screen protector.
The Mirror (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $20) is a screen protector that turns into a fully-functional mirror when your screen is dark. It's not just a gimmick, it's actually a great screen protector—it keeps your iPhone's display free from scratches and smudges and features high-definition clarity for a crystal clear image.
The NuGuard KX (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $29-$39) offers advanced impact protection, thanks to a new technology that, according to NewerTech, absorbs and evenly distributes kinetic energy.
Available in black, blue, red, or midnight, the case provides access to all ports and buttons, features a cross-hatch texture for a secure grip, and sports a raised bezel that helps prevent damage to your screen when placed face down.
The Power Wallet (all iPhone models; $80) looks like a high-end pocketbook, but it actually has a battery pack tucked away that will stealthily keep your iPhone charged while you're out and about.
Made of synthetic leather, the wallet features several pockets where you can store your iPhone, cash and credit cards, a zippered pocket for your coins, and a wrist strap to easily carry everything around wherever you go.
The Atomic S (iPhone 6; $80) protects your iPhone from everyday wear and tear—and supplies it with extra power when you’re away from the grid.
According to the manufacturer, the case’s ultra-slim 3100mAh battery pack doubles your iPhone’s talk time, can be recharged up to 500 times, and includes a handy LED power level indicator that tells you how much juice you have left.
A word of caution, however: The case isn't Apple certified, which means it may not be compatible with future versions of iOS down the line.
The Damda (iPhone 6 Plus; $35) features a secret compartment on the back where you can store two cards—perhaps your ID and a credit card so you can leave your wallet at home.
Made of TPU and polycarbonate, the Damda sports a raised bezel to prevent damage to your screen when placed face down, and comes in an assortment of specialized colors: shine gold, light silver, dark silver, special yellow, or poppy red.