The good, the great, and the gah of iPhone cases

A few of the wildest, weirdest iPhone cases that take your phone to the next level in fashion and functionality. Yep, that one has pepper spray.

An iPhone case and pepper spray in one! Mace Case

Almost six years ago , Apple's iPhone hit the scene, introducing a whole new category of device and unlocking an almost endless stream of applications that put a multifunction computer right into our pockets.

Today, there are apps for just about everything -- banking, dating, gaming, monitoring health vitals, putting mustaches on pics of people and pets. Who knows what's next for smartphones? Today, there are literally tens of thousands of digital tools we can put inside our phones. Sometimes though, we need something a little more, well, tactile.

Enter the iPhone case, a place for many of the tools, attachments, and customizations that won't just fit into the phone. These cases take utility to the next level, making the phone functional -- or just more fashionable -- in a whole new way. Some of them are for self-defense, some are for drinking. Some are for watching movies, and some are just, well, you'll see...

Take a look at a few of our favorite choices for unique iPhone case designs in the gallery below.

About the author

James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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