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Desperately seeking new iPhone cases

Your intrepid CNET editor hit the CES show floor in search of new iPhone cases. Plenty were found.

This is the Seidio Obex waterproof case. Note: It is not curved. That's just an optical illusion.

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Evutec S Series cork cases

Evutec makes some interesting cases made out of interesting materials, including wood, carbon fiber, kevlar and, now, recycled cork. For 2016, it's got some brand new models that are bonded are reinforced with fiberglass and kevlar in some cool designs.

They're not available yet but should arrive in the next few months for $50-$60 (around AU$80 or £40).

See more Evutec iPhone cases.

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Eveutec S Series Cork cases

Close up with the Evutec cork case.

See more Evutec iPhone cases.

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Evutec ST Series

Some of the new cases have textured finishes. These ST Series cases are slated to cost around $60 (AU$90 or £40, converted) when they're released in the coming months.

See more Evutec iPhone cases.

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Incipio Esquire Series

Incipio's new Esquire Series has that sophisticated, wool blazer look that sets it apart from its plastic brethren. It ships soon for $40 (about AU$60 or £25).

See all the Incipio Esquire Series cases.

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Incipio Highwire

Incipio recently started shipping its Highwire case. It's a slim case that has a nice, no-slip, soft-to-touch finish. Available in 6 color options.

See all the Incipio Highwire cases.

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Switcheasy Fleur

SwitchEasy has a few new cases, including the cool-looking Fleur, which also comes in black. It's due to ship soon for $25 (AU$35 or £15, converted).

See more Switcheasy cases.

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Switcheasy N+ Metallics

What's a little a little strange about the Switcheasy N+ Metallics case ($20, or around AU$30/£15) is that when you go to hold it you think it's going to be hard plastic. But it's actually a soft, bendable TPU case. Available in multiple metallic colors, including everybody's favorite, rose gold.

See more Switcheasy N+ cases.

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Switcheasy Monsters

If you're looking for a case that's sure to get you some attention, look no further than Switcheasy Monsters cases, which have finally arrived for the iPhone 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus.

See all of Switcheasy's Monsters ($20).

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Seidio Luma case

Seidio's Luma Case uses your device's LED camera flash to disperse colorful light throughout the clear body of the case to make sure you don't miss notifications and/or annoy everybody in dark environments. Available in multiple color options.

Buy the Seidio Luma case.

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Seidio Luma case (rear view)

Seidio's Luma Case from the back.

Buy the Seidio Luma case.

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iOttie Ion wireless Qi charging receiver case

iOttie makes popular car mounts, including some that wirelessly charge your phone. That's fine for certain Android models that have a Qi wireless charging chip built into them, but currently the iPhone is missing that component. Enter the iOttie Ion, the company's new wireless Apple MiFi-certified charging case (no charging Qi base is included, just the case for $50). Also available in black.

Buy the iOttie Ion Wireless Qi charging receiver case.

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Olloclip Studio

The Olloclip Studio is a $90 (AU$130 or £60, converted) photography-oriented case system that's designed for use with Olloclip's assortment of add-on lenses, which clip over the iPhone's lens to give you telephoto, wide angle, fisheye, and macro capabilities. The new rig ships in early February and is available for both the iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus.

See more info about Olloclip Studio.

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Seidio Kryptec series

Seidio's upcoming Kryptec series has kind of a cyber militaristic theme with a tagline that reads "Battlefield to backcountry." Available soon in multiple colors for around $30 (AU$45 or £20, converted directly).

See more Seidio cases.

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Kryptec colors

The full lineup of Seidio's upcoming Kryptec cases.

See more Seidio cases.

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Stacked

Stacked is a new wireless charging system for the iPhone that's a good concept but still has a little work to do in the design department. After you put a Stacked case on your phone, you can then magnetically charge your phone with a Stacked external battery back. You can also charge multiple battery packs at once, stacking them on top of each on a magnetic wall charger. That's pretty cool. The only bad thing is the battery backs are fairly bulky (they need to get slimmer) and the system is fairly pricey at $130 (about AU$190 or £90).

See Stacked's Stack pack.

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X-Doria Impression cases

I liked the look of X-Doria new Impression cases that will be part of its Defense Lux line when they ship in the next few months. They're due out soon and carry a list price of $60 (about AU$85 or £40).

See more info X-Doria cases.

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Urban Armor Scout Card Case

Fans of Urban Armor tough cases take note: It has a new Scout Card case with a hidden compartment that holds up to four credit cards. Available in black now with more colors to coming early in 2016.

Buy Urban Armor Scout Card case ($40, or around AU$65/£25).

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Urban Armour Scout Card case

The Urban Armor Scout Card case with its back door almost shut.

Buy Urban Armor Scout Card case ($40)

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Incase Crate case

Incase's upcoming Crate case caught my eye. It will carry a list price of around $35 (about AU$50 or £25) when it ships in the next few months.

See more Incase cases.

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