iPhone 4: Ten of the best cases

You've got your brand spanking new iPhone 4. Time to pretty it up, armour the glass frame -- and maybe even solve your signal problems. It's time for a new case

You've got your brand spanking new iPhone 4 . You've called the one other person you know with FaceTime , you've plumbed the very depths of iOS 4 -- maybe you've even downloaded an ebook or two . It's time to think how you're going to pretty up your new phone in your own personal style. We have one word for you, friend: cases.

Cases serve a practical purpose beyond protecting your glass-framed phone and making it all purdy: signal problems from holding it a certain way can be solved by whacking it in a case. Here's a selection of our favourites...

We kick off with the Scosche KickBack G4, pictured above with kickstand for watching video. We've gone for the white version because it looks like an Imperial stormtrooper.

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The two-tone Speck CandyShell sports a thin, hard-shell coating with soft rubbery interior lining.

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Sometimes you want the protection of a case but with the devil-may-care swagger of someone who scorns such mollycoddling. The Zagg InvisibleShield provides military-grade protection, but you'd never know it was there. Like a ninja.

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The cute little MoviePeg lets you prop up your iPhone in either portrait or landscape mode.

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Here's one you'll never get tyre-d of. The Case-Mate Vroom is made of 100 per cent silicone for wheel-y great performance.

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You won't be at a loss with the Belkin ProFit Armband, made of moisture-wicking material to remove sweat from your body, with water-resistant covering to protect your iPhone 4 from water damage .

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No messing about for the Case-Mate Carbon Fibre Case Holster Combo, a military-grade carbon-fibre leather holster with a multi-directional, 360-degree ratcheting belt clip. Cor.

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Level up with the Coolbeans717 Video Game Gamer Gadget Case.

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If you have your own 3D printer, you could draw down with the iPhone Revolver Holder, designed by one Junior Tan. As much as Apple haters probably wish all iPhone owners would shoot themselves in the head, we wouldn't recommend showing this off to any policemen. But you knew that already, you're not an idiot.

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If you haven't already forked over enough of your hard-earned spondooliks to Apple, pop back to the Apple Store for the official Apple iPhone 4 bumper, made of durable rubber and moulded plastic. It costs £25. At least they called it a 'bumper', and not a 'fender'.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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