Apple loves to tout the beautiful design of the iPhone 5, from the anodized aluminum back to the diamond-cut chamfer. DSstyles has a different approach: cover the whole thing in Swarovski crystals. According to the official product certificate that comes with this case, it contains a total of 1,306 of the cut-glass crystals, and the design is eye-catching to say the least.
Sena's Magia Wallet feels and smells like fine Italian leather, because it is. The simple magnetic closure flips open to reveal your phone, plus room for three cards and a few bills. The style echoes classic ladies' pocketbooks, and the Magia wouldn't look out of place during a night out on the town.
Newer Technology's NuGuard KX has been drop-tested according to military specifications. There's even a video on the company's website of a NuGuard-clad iPhone being dropped by some sadistic-looking robot thing, and emerging unscathed. The one-piece case snaps on, and is made of "hyper-advanced X-Orbing gel."
For minimalists, iPhone cases are something of a dilemma. The iPhone is beautiful and sleek...but the majority of case options cover up Apple's storied design with something else entirely. On the other hand, Moshi's iGlaze is the least amount of case you can get and still call it a case.
iLuv's Pulse features a two-piece design that allows you to mix and match parts to create different color combinations. The base layer is a solid-color cover that covers the back and edges of your phone. It's unremarkable on its own, but the bright outer layer snaps on top, offering bold stripes in a contrasting color. The second layer also adds three-dimensional texture that helps the phone stay in your hand and off the pavement.
Hard Candy touts its tough-looking ShockDrop case as being "Construction-site approved." We tried taking the case to a construction site to test that theory, but workers there said we were trespassing, so you'll have to take Hard Candy's word for it.
Urban warriors will appreciate this simple one-piece snap-on case with bright illustrations from Fu-design, featuring London, New York, Paris, and Taipei. There's no screen protector, but the back and edges of your iPhone will be guarded by three different layers. Two plastic layers are backed with a durable aluminum alloy. Echo Creative assures us that the metal helps with heat dissipation, but...is iPhone overheating really a problem that needs solving?
If you're looking for a minimal iPhone case, this isn't it. Sure, it looks cool, being machined out of aluminum and all. But this is the first case we've seen that needs a layer of vinyl strips to protect your phone from its case. And don't even get us started on the fact that the case comes with its own zippered protection case. Oh, and did we mention that you also might want to add the screwdriver key fob to your keyring, in case you need to get your phone out of this contraption? It's all a bit much, although that's sort of the point.
The toughest iPhone cases are often the bulkiest, but Crimson's Aluminum case bucks that trend. Cladding your iPhone in a rigid frame of aircraft-grade aluminum, the case's minimal design offers protection from everyday scrapes.