Ballistic's Hard Core rugged case, the latest Juice Pack from Mophie, and more
This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you the latest picks in extreme protection, battery options for additional talk and surf time, and trendy alternatives if you want your case to stand out from the crowd.
Certified to withstand damage from 12-foot drops, the case sports four different layers with integrated springs, raised edges around the iPhone's display, and a scratch-resistant screen protector. No need to worry about accidentally dropping your iPhone while carrying it around—the Hard Core Tactical comes with a rugged holster manufactured to resist 200-pounds of pull strength.
The Sac Matelassé (iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $160 to $180) is a case disguised as a handbag, with a removable cross-body strap that can be configured for different carrying positions.
Made of genuine calf skin, the Sac Matelassé sports an interior main pocket where you can hold your bulkier valuables, a zip pocket for your coins and cash, and six card slots to quickly store credit cards or your photo ID. As an added bonus, your iPhone has its own dedicated compartment, where it stays out of harm’s way until you need it.
The Brilliance (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $80) sports a unique, sparkly design, with genuine crystals laid out to create a shimmering effect.
Finished with premium leather, this slim case sports two layers of protection with an interior liner for added safety, and comes with coordinated metal button covers that blend with its overall design. Needless to say, when you make a phone call, expect to attract the attention of those around you!
The Bulldozer (iPhone 5/5S; $19) features a silicone shell imprinted with bulldozer tracks—which, besides an interesting look, provides an easier grip and increased protection.
This impact-resistant case provides unobstructed access to the iPhone's buttons, camera and flash, and charging port, and comes with a screen protector to help prevent scratches and smudges.
The 108 (iPhone 6; $30) sports a simple, streamlined design, with a dual-layered construction built to absorb damage from shock and impact.
The case features a grip bar to avoid accidental slip-outs, and, if you are tired of the same old black, comes in seven aluminum-themed colors: gold, silver, black, red, pink, mint, or blue.
Man, were we excited when Mophie launched its Juice Pack line for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earlier this month. The Juice Pack Air (iPhone 6; $100) is a solid pick—it adds a 2750mAh battery that keeps your iPhone fully charged even during the busiest of days.
Available in black, white, or gold, Mophie's cases includes a standby switch that lets you choose when to kick in the external power pack to recharge your iPhone’s built-in battery, and sports rubberized support pads that provide extra impact protection while keeping a slim profile. Plus, when you charge the Juice Pack with your iPhone still in place, the external battery doesn’t start charging until your iPhone’s own power is fully repleted, allowing you to quickly grab your iPhone and run when you don’t need extra talk time.
The Diablo and Ocean Wallets (iPhone 5/5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $110 to $130) protects your iPhone in style, with an adorable book-style wallet case that comes with plenty of room for extras.
Available in two colors—diablo and ocean—the case can be customized with up to five card slots and two cash pockets (depending on the model of your iPhone), and sports a slide-up feature that makes it easy to take quick pictures. If you like watching video on your iPhone, the Diablo and Ocean Wallet can also be converted into a stand that supports multiple viewing angles.
The MightyShell Clear (iPhone 6; $50) offers military-grade protection with three thin— but sturdy—layers embedded in a clear design. This ought to be especially appealing if you don’t want to keep your iPhone hidden away, yet still want some level of protection.
The case includes a rubberized perimeter bumper to improve your grip, raised inner springs for extra cushioning, and an inner wall that absorbs and dissipates damage from impact. To completely put your mind at ease, the MightyShell Clear comes with a raised bezel that protects your iPhone's screen when placed face down.
The Slim Armor CS (iPhone 6 Plus; $40) includes a vertical sliding compartment where you can quickly store up to two credit cards or photo IDs.
Of course, accidents happen, and that’s why this slim case features an advanced shock absorption technology that helps lessen the impact caused by drops, and even sports air-cushioned corners for added protection should you accidentally bump your iPhone against a rough surface.
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