iPhone 5/5S cases galore

Since the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012 and the iPhone 5S in 2013, this list has been updated several times as new cases have been released (and yes, plenty of new cases continue to hit the market in 2014).

There are close to 100 cases in the round up but I've front-loaded the slideshow with some brands and cases that I think deserve a little more attention -- call them the best of the best. I've starred (*) those picks to help people narrow down their choices (look for the asterisk). However, there are still too many cases to choose from -- and several companies have a few different stand out cases in their line ups.

Note that many of the "old" iPhone 5 cases, some of which are still in this round up, fit the new iPhone 5S just fine because the iPhone 5's design is very close to the iPhone 5S'.

However, there are two key differences. First, the 5S has a fingerprint sensor, which means any iPhone 5 case that covers the home button technically isn't compatible with the iPhone 5S (you can, of course, not use the fingerprint sensor, but if you want to, you don't want anything covering the home button). Second, Apple has added an additional LED flash to the 5's back camera. As long as the hole on the back of an iPhone 5 case is big enough to accommodate the dual flashes, it should be compatible. But the ring around the camera also needs to be black. Word is that if it's another color, it could confuse the flash's sensor, which is designed to optimize the color of the flash to bring out the best skin tones in your subjects.

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Ballistic Jewel*

Ballistic is known for its tough cases, but it recently started shipping its slimmest case, the Jewel ($19.99). It comes in different colors but I like the translucent version.

Price: $19.99

See more info and pricing for the Ballistic Jewel case.

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Speck CandyShell + Faceplate*

Speck, one of the leading iPhone case makers, is offering up several cases for the iPhone 5/5S, a few of which I'm highlighting in the round up. Many are based on older designs (yes, there's the basic CandyShell in multiple colors) along with tweaks to earlier cases, including the CandyShell + Faceplate (pictured here), which adds a protective screen shield to the front of your phone.

It's worth noting that going forward Speck is focusing its branding around the CandyShell name. So going forward expect all its cases to be CandyShells (its new CandyShell Inked cases, for example, are wrapped with high-resolution graphics instead of just one solid color).

All of Speck's CandyShell cases are compatible with the Faceplate, but we're still waiting for the Faceplate to be sold separately.

Price: $44.95

See more info and pricing for the Speck CandyShell + Faceplate.

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Lifeproof Fre

Lifeproof has released its popular waterproof case for the iPhone 5S, tweaking the case's design so you can use the fingerprint sensor. In the new version, a thin, translucent membrane covers the home button, keeping water and grime out while allowing your fingerprint to still be read (in my tests I indeed managed to unlock the phone with my finger).

iPhone 5/5S users can choose between the Fre (pictured here -- $79.99) and the Nuud ($89.99), which leaves the screen exposed but still keeps water and dust out of your phone. The Nuud has a translucent back while the Fre has a window in back to show off the Apple logo.

The Fre is available in many colors but the Nuud is only available in black and white.

Price: $79.99

See more info and pricing for the Lifeproof Fre and Nuud cases.

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MiniSuit Frost Matte TPU case*

A lot of people don't want to spend more than a few bucks on a case, and there are plenty of basic "no-name" cases available on Amazon in the $5-$15 range, including those from MiniSuit.

When it comes to iPhone cases, you don't get much cheaper than this. Depending on what color you get (yes, it's available in multiple), you can pick one up for around $7-$8 shipped (or less if you're an Amazon Prime member). Needless to say, this one's about as basic as it gets, but for a lot of folks that will be fine.

Note: MiniSuit also makes a few other variations of this TPU case but they are all very similar.

Price: $7-8

See pricing for the MiniSuit Frost Matte TPU case from Amazon.com.

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Moshi SenseCover*

The one issue with flip-cover or "folio" style smartphone cases is that while the front cover offers good screen protection, it can be a little cumbersome when you're answering a call or have the phone held up to your ear.

Moshi's answer is the SenseCover, a new faux leather flip-style case that has a built-in window, along with touch sensors which allow you to answer phone calls, check the time, or turn off alarms without opening the front of the case.

The case looks similar to Samsung's Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover Folio Case and other GS4 folio cases that have an integrated window that allow you to view the time and incoming caller ID info and other notifications.

It's also worth mentioning that SenseCover also has a magnetic clasp that keeps the cover folded back neatly and out of the way when you do have the cover open.

Price: $45

See more info and pricing for Moshi SenseCover case.

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Moshi iGlaze Kameleon*

Moshi's iGlaze Kameleon features a built-in kickstand. Available in black or white. A really slick-looking slim case, it also works with the iPhone 5S.

Price: $49

See more info and pricing for the Moshi iGlaze Kameleon case.

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Spigen SGP Slim Armor*

I'm a fan of Spigen SGP cases, which comes in a variety of styles. The affordable Spigen SGP Slim Armor is one of the sleeker thin cases available and pretty affordable, too. I also like the company's Neo Hybrid case (it comes in a translucent version called the Ultra Hybrid).

Price: $17.99

See more info and pricing for the Spigen SGP Slim Armor case.

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Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book*

I've always liked Pad & Quill notebook style cases for the iPad and previous versions of the iPhone. The new Little Pocket Book for the iPhone has the usual bamboo interior frame along with slots on the inside of the cover for storing credit cards and cash. A Luxury version is also available.

Price: $60

See more info and pricing for the Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book case.

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Pure.gear Dualtek*

I really like Pure.gear's Dualtek case, which is durable yet not too bulky. Its only small flaw is that the Pure.gear could have designed the cutaway area at the bottom of the case a little better. It's got a little too much play in it and could be stiffer. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $30

See more info and pricing for the Pure.gear Dualtek case.

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Element Rogue Black Ops

Element earned a reputation as the company that made swanky cases that cost almost as much as your iPhone, with some cases costing over $200. Now it's got some more affordable cases (by affordable I mean less than $100 which may still seem crazy to some people), including a new line of cases that are part of its Hogue collection (Element has teamed up with the folks at Hogue, who make shooting sports and outdoors accessories). The Rogue Black Ops is part of the new line and comes in a different color options.

Price: $99.95

See more info and pricing for the Element Rogue Black Ops case.

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Urban Armor Maverick*

Urban Armor makes this case in a number of different colors (they all have different names) and for a number of different phones. The translucent version pictured -- the Maverick -- is my personal favorite among the color options.

Price: $34.95

See more info and pricing for the Urban Armor Maverick case.

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Tech21 Impact Mesh*

U.K.-based Tech21 makes a line of Impact cases, including the Mesh. Some Impact cases are thinner and less expensive than others, but they're all pretty nice and come in multiple colors.

Price: $34.95

See pricing for Tech21 Impact Mesh.

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Typo iPhone Keyboard case*

The Typo keyboard is backed by Ryan Seacrest, who wished his iPhone had a more BlackBerry-like physical keyboard. The Typo, which connects to your phone via Bluetooth, works well, but BlackBerry says it's too much like its own keyboards and is suing. That may be one of the reasons it's selling so well -- people are afraid it'll be taken off the market, so they're jumping on it while they can.

Note: The initial production run of the case is sold out and additional cases won't be available until March (if you pre-order now).

Price: $99

See more info and pricing for Typo iPhone Keyboard case case.

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Ballistic Every1

The Ballistic Every1 case is one of my favorite tough cases. It's highly protective yet not incredibly bulky. It also has a built-in kickstand. Available in multiple colors. It's unclear yet whether this is compatible with the 5S. (Ballistic has introduced new cases for the 5C but we're still waiting on new cases for the 5S).

Price: $50

See more info and pricing for the Ballistic Every1 case.

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Ballistic Hard Core

Ballistic's toughest model in the lineup is the Hard Core (HC) model, which comes in multiple colors. However, this case isn't compatible with the 5S because it covers the fingerprint sensor.

Price: $60

See more info and pricing for the Ballistic Hardcore case.

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Belkin Flex

The Belkin Flex is a pretty simple case, but it has a nice design. What's also nice is that it comes in a two-pack, and it's affordable at $20. Should be compatible with the 5S, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Price: $20

See more info and pricing for the Belkin Flex case.

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Belkin Outrigger

Belkin's Outrigger is one of the company's new cases for the iPhone 5/5S (it's also will be available for the 5C). It's translucent and has a grippy exterior. Shipping soon in multiple trim colors.

Price: $29.99

See more info and pricing for the Belkin Outrigger.

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Camalen

Camalen makes some upscale iPad and iPhone cases and its Wallet Snap case, which is essentially a two-for-one case. You get a shell cover (in leather) that you can use on its own. Or you can slip it into the detachable wallet case to pick up added protection and storage for credit cards and cash. What's nice is that the inner case adheres magnetically to the outer wallet cover.

The Camalen Wallet Snap comes in four colors. It's not compatible with the 5S, but Camalen is presumably working on expanding the camera cut-out for the 5S' dual LED to make it compatible.

Price: $89

See more info and pricing for the Camalen Wallet Snap case.

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Case-Mate Mahogany Wood

I always have a little soft spot for cases that have wood-back designs. This is Case-Mate's latest wood version, the Carved Mahogany Wood.

Note: Case-Mate is also selling a number of other cases with artistic designs and also offers the option of putting your own image on a case.

Price: $50

See more info and pricing for the Case-Mate Mahogany Wood case.

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Case-Mate Naked Tough

Case-Mate makes a standard Tough case in various colors but if you want to show off your inner iPhone, there's the translucent Naked Tough.

Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the Case-Mate Naked Tough case.

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CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 5/5S

CM4 brings its Q Card case to the iPhone 5/5S. This one can actually hold both cards and money, as well as IDs, but be careful not to jam too much stuff in the wallet portion or you can end up stretching out the faux leather. Like a lot of these cases, I'd like to see this one about $15 cheaper. Available in a few different colors. (And yes, this one is compatible with the 5S).

Price: $39.99

See pricing for the CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 5 from Amazon.com.

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Case Scenario Pantone Universe

I like Case Scenario's Pantone Universe collection of cases. There's a simple hardcase that comes in multiple colors as well as the Bookcase, which has a flip cover that protects your screen, and the case converts into a stand for video watching. (I liked the look of the Bookcase -- it comes in multiple colors -- and how lightweight it is, but it does leave the corners of your phone a little bit exposed).

The hardcase shown here -- also available in multiple colors -- should be compatible with the 5S, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Price: $29.99

See more info and pricing for the Case Scenario Pantone Universe cases.

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Cygnett Urban Shield

Australian case maker Cygnett has a number of cool iPhone 5 case designs, including the Urban Shield, a slick, relatively slim case. It's available in multiple colors. Cygnett says this case is compatible with the 5S.

Price: $25

See more info and pricing for the Cygnett Urban Shield case.

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Cygnett Vector

Cygnett's Vector case comes in multiple colors and is compatible with the 5S.

Price: $19

See more info and pricing for the Cygnett Vector case.

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Cygnett Workmate

This is Cygnett's tough case. I can't say its superdurable, but it's slicker-looking than some of the bulkier tough cases you see out there -- and Cygnett says it's compatible with the iPhone 5S.

Price: $25

See more info and pricing for the Cygnett Workmate.

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DodoCase Leather Wallet

DodoCase has finally started making its signature notebook folio-style case for the iPhone 5/5S. I got an early sample and it seems pretty nice, though it needs to get worn in a bit. It's also available in black.

Price: $69

See more info and pricing for DodoCase Leather Wallet.

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DodoCase Durables

DodoCase is known for its book-style hard cases for the iPad (and now the iPhone). But it's also got a pouch-style case for the iPhone 5/5S.

Price: $50

See more info and pricing for the DodoCase Durables case.

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Element Soft-Tec Wallet

Element only recently started doing wallet cases and I thought the Soft-Tec Wallet case I tried out is very well done. It's made of leather, has a magnetic clasp, slots for a few credit cards and money, and is made of leather. Available in a few different color options.

Price: $69.95

See more info and pricing for the Element Rogue Black Ops case.

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G-Form Xtreme iPhone 5

G-Form, the company known for dropping iPhones and iPads from the stratosphere to show off how tough its Xtreme cases are, has an Xtreme case for the iPhone 5/5S.

According to G-Form, the secret sauce behind its cases is its three-layer "technique," which combines its "patented Reactive Protection Technology with a rigid outer polycarbonate shell and an inner shock-absorbing TPE insert."

For a tough case, it's relatively lightweight, not too bulky, and has a unique look.

Of course, it's a little bit of overkill to drop a phone from 100,000 feet -- especially since the case probably wouldn't protect the phone if it dropped 2 feet into a toilet -- but hey, it makes for a popular YouTube video.

Price: $39.99

See more info and pricing for the G-Form Xtreme iPhone 5 case.

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Griffin Separates

Griffin has a new line of cases for iPhone 5/5S that combines a simple bumper with a swappable "fashion-plate" back. Available in an assortment of designs.

Price: $29.99

See more info and pricing for the Griffin Separates cases.

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Gumdrop Drop Tech Series

The Gumdrop Drop Tech Series is one of the better tough cases on the market, with a built-in screen cover and two layers of protection. It's available in multiple colors.

Price: $45

See more info and pricing for the Gumdrop DropTech Series.

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Hard Candy Chrome Bubble

Hard Candy still sells its ShockDrop, a three-layer case with a built-in screen protector, for the iPhone 5. When it comes to the 5S, it has a couple of eye-catching, bubbly cases, the Neon Bubble and the Chrome Bubble (pictured here).



Price: $34.95

See more info and pricing for the Hard Candy Chrome Bubble case.

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iSkin Aura

iSkin keeps refining its Aura line and its version for the iPhone 5 with its signature brushed-aluminum back has never looked better. It comes in multiple attractive colors (yes, I would have a hard time choosing one). The company says that the Aura is compatible with the 5S.

Price: $40

See more info and pricing for the iSkin Aura case.

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iSkin Solo

This is the case that put iSkin on the map. Made out of soft yet durable translucent plastic, the Solo comes in four colors, including purple, black, pink, and teal. iSkin says it's compatible with the 5S.

Price: $30

See more info and pricing for the iSkin Solo case.

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Incase Metallic Slider

Incase has several iPhone cases, including its popular Metallic Slider series case. This one's available in multiple colors.

Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the Incase Metallic Slider case.

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Incipio iPhone case collection

Incipio is makes a number of cases for the iPhone 5/5S, including the LGND, Kicksnap, Feather, and DualPro.

Price: $25-$35

See more info and pricing for Incipio cases.

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Incipio Atlas ID

The Atlas is Incipio's Lifeproof-style waterproof case. The new ID version allows the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to work on the 5S. I still prefer the Lifeproof Fre case, but the Atlas is one of the better waterproof cases available. Like a lot of these waterproof cases, accessing the headphone port isn't always a simple affair, especially if your headphones have a bigger jack. The Atlas ID comes in a few color options.

Price: $89.99

See more info and pricing for Incipio Atlas ID.

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Incipio offGrid Pro

Incipio calls its offGrid Pro a "removable battery case." All cases are removable, of course, but removable here is a reference to the battery inside the case which is indeed removable. In fact, you get two thin removable batteries, so if you need even more juice, you can carry that extra battery around and swap it in when you need to. One battery will charge the iPhone 100 percent (doubling the iPhone's battery life), so this battery case is rated to triple the battery life of your phone when you count that second removable battery.

You can charge your phone and battery in the case with a micro USB cable or use the separate battery charger, which can charge both removable batteries at once. Like other battery cases for the 5/5S, you may have some trouble accessing the headphone port on your phone, particularly if your headphone jack is superslim. Incipio, like Mophie, provides a short headphone dongle that works with any headphone jack.

Price: $99.99

See more info and pricing for Incipio offGrid Pro.

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Loop Mummy i5

Loop's bandage-inspired Mummy i5 case doesn't quite cover the back of your iPhone, but it does leave room for you to slip a credit card and a $20 bill or two into it. Just don't jam too many cards in there or you'll stretch the case out. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $25

See more info and pricing for the Loop Mummy i5 case.

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Lunatik Taktik Strike

Lunatik makes a few "extreme protection cases," which have interchangeable backs and fronts (if you decide to get two colors). The Lunatik Extreme is the toughest case, but it isn't compatible with the iPhone 5S Touch ID (a 5S version should ship in the near future). However, the Taktik Strike, which doesn't cover the home button, works just fine with the 5S. Also available in white and pink.

Price: $79.95

See more info and pricing for the Lunatik Taktik Strike case.

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Magpul MAG542

Magpul Industries, the maker of controversial firearms and firearm accessories, also puts its brand on iPhone cases. The MAG542 is an affordable, attractively designed case with a nicely textured finish and "PMAG-style ribs for added grip."

Price: Around $13

See more info and pricing for the Magpul MAG542 case.

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Mapi Alinda + Smyrna

Though a tad pricey, Mapi's Alinda + Smyrna is a swanky case/holster that comes in a few different colors. What's nice is that you can opt to go just with the thin Smyrna shell case (yes, it's covered in leather) or add the holster on the occasions you need more protection.

Price: $80

See more info and pricing for the Mapi Alinda + Smyrna case.

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Mapi Orion

Mapi's cases aren't cheap, but they're made of very high-quality leather. The Orion is a flipper-style case with a twist: It allows you to prop up your iPhone horizontally or vertically. Available in a few different colors.

Price: $90

See more info and pricing for the Mapi Orion case.

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Marware Doubletake

For a fairly simple case, the Marware Doubletake has some flair to it. It blends a glossy finish with some textured design elements, which will help keep your case in your pocket. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $29.99

See more info and pricing for the Marware Doubletake case.

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Marware Milan

The Marware Milan is an interesting wallet folio case with credit card slots that mixes faux wood with faux leather. It looks pretty good for being made of vinyl and plastic, but its list price is high. Luckily you can find it for significantly less online.

Price: $59.99

See more info and pricing for the Marware Milan wallet case.

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Marware Revolution

Marware is known for making affordable smartphone cases. It has a number of new cases for the iPhone 5, including the nicely textured Revolution, which also comes in white. You will probably find it for less money on Amazon.

Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the Marware Revolution case.

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Marware Stash case

This is Marware's take on the Wallet case. It can hold two credit cards or IDs and has a built-in plastic clip to hold the cards in place. What's also kind of cool is that you can use your credit card to prop up your iPhone horizontally or vertically, converting the case into a stand.



Price: $34.99

See more info and pricing for the Marware Stash case.

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M-Edge Trina Turk Echo collection

M-Edge's Trina Turk line is geared toward women and comes in multiple design options. The case has a nice glossy finish with rubberized trim. It's a little swankier than it appears at first glance.

Price: $39.99

See more info and pricing for the M-Edge Trina Turk Echo collection.

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Mophie Juice Pack Plus

Mophie has been the go-to battery case for lots of power users who can't get through a full day without it. The company makes a few different Juice Packs and the Juice Pack Plus has the highest capacity battery (2100mAh), more than doubling the battery life of your iPhone (it's rated at "120 percent"). It's sleek for a battery case (it also comes in red and white), and while it's a little pricey compared to some competitors, it's still recommendable.

Just be warned that if you may have some trouble accessing the headphone port, particularly if your headphones have a larger jack -- or an L-shaped one. Mophie does provide a headphone dongle that sticks out the bottom of the case and fits any headphone jack. It is easy to lose, however.

Price: $119.99

See more info and pricing for the Mophie Juice Pack Plus.

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Moshi Concerti

Moshi has a number of nice cases for the iPhone 5, including the Concerti, a good looking flip-style case that comes in black and red.

Price: $40

See more info and pricing for the Moshi Concerti case.

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Moshi Overture

Moshi's Overture case, which comes in a few different colors and looks rather swanky.

Price: $40

See more info and pricing for the Moshi Overture case.

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Musobo Retro

The Retro has an eye-catching design that comes in several colors.



Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the Musobo Retro case.

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Newer Technology NuGuard KX

Newer Technology's NuGuard KX is a slim case that offers good protection, thanks to "state-of-the-art" X-Orbing gel technology. Should work with the 5S.

Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the Newer Technology NuGuard KX case.

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OtterBox Armor Series

The Defender Series used to be OtterBox's toughest case but now the waterproof Armor Series, which comes in three different colors, is the company's toughest. I like the slimmer design of Lifeproof's waterproof case better, but the Armor is a beast of a case and you can access the headphone jack without using a special dongle. That said, I didn't entirely trust the seal on the little door that covers the headphone jack. But OtterBox says the case is rated to be underwater as far down as 6.6 feet for up to 30 minutes.

It's worth noting that while Armor case lists for $99.99, you can find it online for less than $70, which is a bit less expensive than the Lifeproof. Note: It is is not compatible with the iPhone 5S.

Price: around $70

See pricing for the OtterBox Armor Series from Amazon.com.

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OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox's old stalwart, the Defender Series, has been updated for the iPhone 5S (it's also compatible with the iPhone 5). Otterbox has removed the plastic covering at the bottom of the screen and has cut a hole out in the screen shield so you can use the 5S's fingerprint sensor. This is currently OtterBox's toughest case, though it's not quite as tough as it once was. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $50

See more info and pricing for the OtterBox Defender Series case.

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OtterBox Preserver Series

This is OtterBox's new slimmer, waterproof case. It comes in iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C versions. As of mid-October, the iPhone 5 version was shipping, but the 5S version, pictured above, was still a few weeks away. The Preserver looks more like a Lifeproof case, which is ironic, considering Otterbox now owns Lifeproof (we're still waiting for a Lifeproof case for the 5S).

Price: $89.99

See more info and pricing for the OtterBox Preserver Series cases.

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OtterBox Reflex Series

OtterBox bills its Reflex Series as lightweight, protective, and more dock-friendly. It comes in multiple colors.

Price: $35

See more info and pricing for the OtterBox Reflex Series case.

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Rocketcases Retro

Rocketcases makes a number of basic, retro-style cases (you've probably seen the cassette-tape case). They're all affordable at $14.95 -- and compatible with the iPhone 5S.

Price: $14.95

See more info and pricing for Rocketcases Retro cases.

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Pure.gear Kickstand + Holster

If you're looking for a holster style setup, Pure.gear's Kickstand + Holster case is a nice option for a reasonable price. Available in black or white.

Price: $29.99

See more info and pricing for the Pure.gear Kickstand + Holster case.

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Pure.gear Slim Shell

Pure.gear's Slim Shell case is simple yet appealing -- it's similar to Speck's Candyshell cases. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $24.99

See more info and pricing for the Pure.gear Slim Shell case.

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Ringke Slim

The Ringke Slim is a very simple, thin case that comes in multiple colors and costs around $10.

Price: $10

See pricing for the Ringke Slim case from Amazon.com.

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Rokform Rokshield V.3

Rokform makes cases with built-in mounting systems. Its Rokshield V.3 is compatible with the iPhone 5S and comes in multiple color options. The includes a a car mount and other mounts are available as optional accessories.

Price: $39

See more info and pricing for Rokform Rokshield V.3 + car mount.

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Scosche Rawhide

The Scosche Rawhide is a simple polycarbonate case with a fancy leather back.

Price: $19.99

See more info and pricing for the Scosche Rawhide case.

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Seido Active

Seido, known for its tough cases, has several options for the iPhone 5, including the Active, which comes in multiple colors and includes a built-in metal kickstand. (Note: Seido is expected to offer new iPhone 5S cases shortly).

Price: $30

See more info and pricing for the Seido active case.

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Sena Hampton Flip

Sena makes some of the swankier leather cases for smartphones and the iPad. I'm more partial to its flip-style cases (it also makes several pouch-style cases), which protect your screen when closed. The Hampton Flip has smooth leather and is available in a few different colors.

Price: $55

See more info and pricing for the Sena Hampton Flip case.

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Sena Magnet Flipper

The Sena Magnet Flipper has a slightly different design from the Hampton. It, too, comes in multiple colors.

Price: $50

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Sena WalletBook

Sena's take on a wallet-style case. Available in multiple colors.

Price: $50

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Skech GripShock

Skech is offering a growing number of iPhone 5 cases, including the affordable GripShock case that comes in multiple colors. It's relatively thin, but offers a fair amount protection and a nicely textured "weave" finish.

Price: $19.95

See pricing for the Skech GripShock from Amazon.com.

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Skech Kameo

Another case from Skech that I like is the Kameo, which is fairly thin and durable and has a padded, removable back panel (two back panels come with the case).

Price: $34.95

See pricing for the Skech Kameo from Amazon.com.

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Skech Lisso Book

More people are choosing folio style cases for their iPhones with a flip cover to protect their screens, and Skech has its Lisso Book, which also features a slot to store a credit card and ID on the back. It's one of the better folio-style iPhone cases I've tested, with a magnet in the cover and a slim, real leather design. Only drawback: the corners of your iPhone aren't covered.

Price: $44.95

See pricing for the Skech Lisso Book from Amazon.com.

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Speck SmartFlex Card

Speck makes a couple of attractive wallet-style cases that have slots for a couple of credits cards and a little cash. There's the SmartFlex Wallet and the slightly more expensive CandyShell Card ($39.95), which has a glossy finish. Available in multiple color options.

Price: $34.95

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Speck SmartFlex View

The Speck SmartFlex View has a retractable stand that allows you to prop up your phone in a horizontal or vertical position. Available in black, gray, purple, or blue and compatible with 5S.

Price: $35

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Spigen SGP Argos

The Argos is one of Spigen SGP's bread-and-butter cases. Available in a few different colors, it's a flip-style case that's highly protective.

Price: $37.99

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Spigen SGP Ultra Thin Air

The Spigen SGP Ultra Thin Air is exactly what it sounds like -- an ultraslim case. I tried the white model and it looks really sleek on the white iPhone 5, but obviously doesn't offer a ton of protection (the top and bottom of your iPhone are left pretty exposed). It's also available in clear and black.

Price: $20

See pricing for the Spigen Ultra Thin from Amazon.com.

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Spigen Valentinus

The Valentinus is Spigen's popular leather wallet-style case.

Price: $54.99

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STM Arvo

STM is another Australian case maker, and I'm a fan of its iPad cases. The company offers up a few different iPhone 5 cases, including the Arvo, Grip, and the new Harbour 2.

Price: $35

See pricing for the STM Arvo from Amazon.com.

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STM Opera

Of STM's iPhone 5/5S cases, I think like the design of the Opera the best.

Price: $27

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Tavik cases

Tavik makes a few different cases for the iPhone 5 (yes, they come in multiple colors). I like The Time and Channel cases. Still awaiting word on whether they work with the 5S.

Price: $30

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Systm Chisel

The Systm Chisel is an interesting looking case with two layers and a Poron XRD protection back. I'm not sure what that stands for but it sounds rugged. Note: Systm cases have apparently been produced and designed by Incase. The Chisel is available in a handful of color combos.

Price: $35

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Systm Vise

The Vise is Systm's entry in the tough-case market. It comes in a few different colors and like the Chisel, features an interesting design.

Price: $50

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Tech21 D3O Impact Snap Case with Cover

As I mentioned in an earlier slide, U.K.-based Tech21's Impact line includes several models. For those of you who like some screen protection from a folio-style case, this is the company's Impact Snap with Cover case.

Price: $35.95

See pricing for Tech21 D3O Impact Snap Case with Cover from Amazon.com.

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Trident Cyclops

Trident makes a host of tough cases for the iPhone 5. It's hard to say which one I like best. The Kraken is probably the toughest, but it is fairly beefy. Meanwhile, the Cyclops offers a lot of protection but is a little slimmer. It's now compatible with the iPhone 5S.

All of Trident's cases are available in multiple colors.

Price: $39.95

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Trident Perseus

Like Ballistic, Trident started out as a tough case maker but has gradually added slimmer, more fashionable designs like the Perseus ($14.95) above. Available in several translucent covers.

Price: $14.95

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Tylt Pillo

Tylt's Pillo line gets an expansion with several new padded-back designs.

Price: $9.99

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Tylt Energi Sliding Battery case

Tylt makes a few different iPhone 5/5S cases, the most interesting of which may be the Sliding battery case, which includes -- you guessed it -- a slide on battery pack.

Price: $99.95

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Uncommon cases

With Uncommon cases, you pick the design -- yes, you can upload your own photos if you want -- and it gets printed on a case. There are a few different case options to choose from. You can also opt for one of dozens of "ready-made" case designs.

Price: About $40

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uNu Power DX External Protective Battery Case for iPhone 5S/5

This is uNu's competitor to the Mophie charging cases. It's got an integrated 2300mAh battery that's rated to completely recharge your iPhone 5 or 5S. Mophie's equivalent case, the Juice Pack Plus (2100mAh), costs around $35 more. I'd say the Mophie's a little slicker looking but if you want to save some money, the uNu's a relatively good deal.

Available in black or white.

Price: $79.95

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uNu Ecopak

uNu markets itself as a "green engineering" company and its EcoPak Protective Snap-on Case & Detachable Extended Battery is an interesting concept. Unlike a lot of other extended batteries, this one is detachable and can charge other devices as well (it has a USB port).



The Ecopak includes a 2,500mAh battery that clips on to the back of an Eco-Snap case (uNu sells the Eco-Snap cases separately). You will have to connect your Lightning cable to charge the phone, but you can detach the battery and tuck it into a bag when you don't need the extra juice.

Available in multiple colors.

Price: $79.99

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X-Doria Defense 720

X-Doria has launched several new cases for the launch of the 5S (and 5C), including the Defense 720, which has a translucent back and a choice of three different trim colors.

Price: $34.99

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XtremeMac Microshield Cork

XtremeMac is making a number of cases for the iPhone 5 and 5S. I'm partial to the Microshield Cork, but it appears to be compatible with the iPhone 5, not the 5S.

Price: $25

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ZeroChroma VarioClear 5

ZeroChroma's Theater-Stand 360 case is now available in a translucent version with various trim colors. The stand swivels to prop up your iPhone vertically or horizontally. This case is also come in a non-translucent version -- the VarioProtect 5 -- for $5 less ($39.95).

Price: $44.99

See more info and pricing for the ZeroChroma VarioClear 5 and VarioProtect 5 cases.

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ZooGue Social Pro

ZooGue has offered a number of deals on its simple Social Pro shell cases, and right now, it's selling them for $9.99 with free shipping. It comes in multiple colors.

Price: $9.99

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