Best iPhone Case

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For most iPhone owners, a case isn't just an accessory — it's a must-have item. For all the time and effort Apple puts into the design and engineering of its phones, the fact is that real life, with all of its scrapes, bumps, and accidents, is enough to turn a once-pristine iPhone into a dented, gouged, and scarred piece of technology very quickly. It may continue to function, but additional protection is something most owners equate with peace of mind. iPhone cases come in a variety of styles, from multiple layers of security that isolate the phone from the outside world to thin shells that provides only minor protection. Others not only provide a shell against the environment, but address the Achilles' heel of all modern electronics - battery life.

Best iPhone 5 Case:

To case or not to case? For many iPhone 5 owners, that is the question. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you're willing to fork over the cash for an iPhone, its meticulous industrial design probably came into the equation. However, for many people, something that beautiful doesn't last — and any scratches seem that much worse on something that pretty. Some may try to use their iPhones nude, but for many, they need protection against their hobbies, jobs, or their own clumsiness. If this describes you, there's no shame. There are many case solutions that will help protect your phone and your sanity.

OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 5

Three layers of protection and screen protector while some may call that overkill, for others, that's just enough protection. If you're one of those people, the Otterbox Defender is an iPhone 5 case to strongly consider. Read Full Review

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    OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 5

    Mophie Juice Pack: Helium iPhone 5 Case

    The Mophie Juice Pack Helium gives a little more pep to iPhone 5s that run low on power. It integrates the supplementary battery into a thin, svelte case that easily matches the iPhone 5's aesthetics. Read Full Review

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      Mophie Juice Pack: Helium iPhone 5 Case

      OtterBox Commuter Series Hybrid Case

      The Otterbox Commuter is an excellent choice for those who need protection, but not as much protection as the Defender. Though it provides two layers of defense against the outside world, it adds little bulk and only four ounces to the iPhone 5. Read Full Review

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        OtterBox Commuter Series Hybrid Case

        Speck Products PixelSkin Rubberized Case for iPhone 5

        Made entirely out of silicone, the Speck PixelSkin provides the material and texture for those with butterfingers to keep a proper grip on their expensive precious. It also protects the various buttons on the device. Read Full Review

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          Speck Products PixelSkin Rubberized Case for iPhone 5

          Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 5

          Though it doesn't provide the same level of protection as other cases, the Twelve South BookBook Case does double duty as a wallet. While there are other wallet/cases for smartphones, few do it as elegantly as the BookBook. Read Full Review

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            Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 5

            Best iPhone 4 Case:

            With the introduction of the iPhone 4 and 4S, it raised a very real problem for owners. How much protection do I need for Apple's mostly-glass monument to their industrial design and manufacturing prowess? The answer is up to the person you're talking to. (It's also worth noting that most iPhone 4 and 4S cases are interchangeable, because both phones share the same dimensions.) Some insist on swaddling it in layer over layer of protection, which only the most advanced polycarbonates can provide. Others are looking for just enough protection to get them through their day to day life. Another group is looking for protection, without looking like their iPhones are protected. Who's right? All of them, of course. In the same way that each iPhone is as unique as its owner when it comes to apps and use, so are the lengths each owner will go to when it comes to protecting it.

            Mophie Juice Pack Pro

            Mophie merges a ruggedized case with an extended battery case and comes up with the Juice Pack Pro. Potential buyers should know that this case does add considerable bulk and weight to the iPhone. Read Full Review

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              Mophie Juice Pack Pro

              Otterbox Defender Series Hybrid Case & Holster for iPhone 4 & 4S

              If you suffer from a crippling inability to have nice things or you're engaged in a high risk occupation, there's really only one case to consider: the Otterbox Defender. With three layers of protection, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better case. Read Full Review

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                Otterbox Defender Series Hybrid Case & Holster for iPhone 4 & 4S

                Mophie Juice Pack Air

                Mophie wraps protection and additional battery life in one elegant case. For average users, there's more than enough power to get through the day. Read Full Review

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                  Mophie Juice Pack Air

                  Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4/4S

                  Wrapped in an elegant package, the Twelve South BookBook Case looks like a old, worn book, but hides your iPhone and credit cards. A truly original case for those looking for something different. Read Full Review

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                    Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4/4S

                    Gelaskins

                    With an impressive collection of licensed art from a variety of artists, iPhone 4/4S users will find a protective film that matches their personality. In fact, it's more likely you'll find several. Read Full Review

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                      Gelaskins

                      Best iPhone Armband Case:

                      When choosing a case for the iPhone, consumers are met with a plethora of options. Some cases simply protect the back of the iPhone while providing a small cover for the screen, while others were designed to keep the iPhone secured to your body without filling up a pocket or a hand. For people who use their iPhone while exercising for music, armband cases offer comfort and versatility fit for working out. Though many armbands buckle under the pressure of exercising, these picks below will hold up to the abuse.

                      Belkin Easefit Sport iPhone Armband

                      Well constructed and thought out for the rigors of working out, the Belkin Easefit Sport iPhone Armband is an accessory to consider for anyone serious about gadgets and working out. The adjustable armband is made of breathable materials, with different models to accommodate the iPhone 4, 4S and newer 5. Read Full Review

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                        Belkin Easefit Sport iPhone Armband

                        Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Band for iPhone

                        A versatile armband, the Marware SportShell Convertible Armband features a snug fit thanks to its neoprene construction. Though there is no front cover, the armband is designed to protect the iPhone against perspiration. Read Full Review

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                          Marware SportShell Convertible Arm Band for iPhone

                          Wireless Xcessories LifeProof iPhone Armband / Swimband

                          Matching a rugged case with a sturdy armband, Lifeproof's iPhone Armband/Swimband is the accessory for those involved in extreme sports. However, iPhone 5 owners looking for similar levels of protection will have search elsewhere, as this case/armband is for the iPhone 4S. Read Full Review

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                            Wireless Xcessories LifeProof iPhone Armband / Swimband

                            iLuv iCC212 Armband Case w/ Glow-in-the-Dark Frame

                            For runners, theiLuv iCC212 Armband Case provides a glow-in-dark frame which will help with visibility during dusk and at night. The armband protects the iPhone while allowing full use of the phone's touchscreen. Read Full Review

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                              iLuv iCC212 Armband Case w/ Glow-in-the-Dark Frame

                              iPhone 5 Shocksock Reflective Sports Armband

                              Gym rats and marathon runners who own an iPhone 5 have had a difficult time finding an armband for their needs. The Shocksock Reflective Sports Armband is one of the few designed to accommodate the new iPhone. Read Full Review

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                                iPhone 5 Shocksock Reflective Sports Armband
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                                • afakhari afakhari

                                Any ideas on cases for iPhone 5. Something functional but not too bulky?

                                Posted on 10/16/2012 1:25 am | Reply