The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet Popslate, a case with a second screen just for widgets

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases introduces us to the Popslate, a case with a battery-powered black-and-white screen to give you quick info at a glance.

  • Belkin LEGO Case / Shield for iPhone 5 / 5S and iPhone SE...

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  • Burkley Case Universal Leather Walletcase Burkley Case,...

  • SealLine Sealline Waterproof E-Case, Blue, X-Small (4 x 6")

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  • Elago iPhone SE case, elago® [Slim Fit 2][Soft Feel Black]...

    MSRP $8.98
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  • Ghostek iPhone SE Case, Ghostek® Covert Series for Apple...

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  • SwitchEasy SW-FREEI5-GN FreeRunner Protective Hybrid Case...

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  • X-Doria Scene Plus Apple iPhone 5s / 5 TPU Case (Black...

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New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases introduces us to the Popslate, a case with a battery-powered black-and-white screen to give you quick info at a glance. Plus, a new leather wallet, colorful shells, and an option just for Lego fans. Read on!

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Not only does the Lego Builder Case (iPhone SE; $40 MSRP, select colors $24.33 on Amazon) look like a giant Lego brick—it’s functional, too, so you can stack your Lego blocks and figures on it.

Available in pink, violet, or yellow, the case has press-through button overlays to prevent contamination from dust and dirt, and includes a protruding perimeter frame to minimize scratches and smudges to your screen.

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  • Burkley Case Universal Leather Walletcase Burkley...


The Universal Wallet Case (iPhone SE and 6/6s; $50 MSRP, $30 on Amazon) is a folio-style wallet case with plenty of room for cash and a few credit cards.

Handcrafted with leather, the case includes an interior pocket secured by a flap, four card slots, a cash compartment, and a removable wristlet strap.

cascadedesigns sealline iphone

Cascade Designs

The SealLine Waterproof E-Case (all iPhone models; $19.95 to $29.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a clear touchscreen-compatible pouch that keeps your iPhone dry at all times. The pouch sports a waterproof zippered closure, sturdy welded seams built to withstand daily wear and tear, and a smooth surface designed to easily slip in and out of your pockets. It comes in green, red, black, or blue.

elago slimfit2 iphone


The Slim Fit2 (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP, $10 on Amazon) is a lightweight, protective hard shell case that’s available in a number of metallic tones.

The case is slim and lightweight, includes a nicely-sized camera cut out for glare-free photos, and comes with a special coating that improves your grip while reducing scratches and blemishes.

ghostek cover iphone


The Covert (iPhone SE; $15.95 MSRP, $12.95 on Amazon) sports a transparent backing with a colored bumper, giving your iPhone just enough protection while keeping it on full display.

The case offers air-cushioned corners for advanced impact absorption, a shock-resistant screen protector, and cutouts for its buttons and ports. The Covert comes in clear, space gray, rose pink, peach, and gold.

popslate popslate2 iphone


The Popslate 2 (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $129 MSRP) has a secondary screen that displays info from compatible third-party apps, like incoming notifications or driving directions. Think of it as a dedicated widget screen, filled with glanceable must-know info. 

The case itself includes a built-in battery to extend your surf and talk time (and to power the second screen), sports a raised bezel to protect your iPhone’s display, and comes in gray, black, or white. It ships in October.

switcheasy freerunner iphone


The FreeRunner (iPhone SE; $35 MSRP, select colors $10 to $35 on Amazon) is a three-layered case that combines polycarbonate and rubber for extra sturdiness, and sports press-through button overlays. It also has a raised front edge to prevent screen damage, and is available in six patterned designs. 

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The Full Color metal and glass cover (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $39.95 MSRP) has three separate pieces—a front cover, back cover, and bumper—and the company promises easy installation to boot. 

The thin case sports an oleophobic coating to minimize smudges, includes a touch-sensitive tempered glass screen protector, and offers matching press-through button overlays. It’s available in gold, silver, blue, purple, or black.

xdoria bubble iphone


The Scene Plus Bubbles (iPhone SE; $30 MSRP, $9.90 on Amazon) sports a unique multi-layered pattern that keeps your iPhone safe while still looking great.

The case combines a hard exterior with a soft rubber bumper that keeps your buttons safe, features a beveled edge to lift your screen off flat surfaces, and comes in white or black.