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Until Apple starts cranking out iPhones in colors other than black and white, cases are the best way to add a splash of color, and low-cost cases like Cygnett's $19 Vector (which comes in purple or black) let you change up the color as often as you change your shoes.

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Protector Case for iPhone 5 Review

The Protector Case is not fancy -- it's just a silicon skin for your iPhone 5, kind of boxy, with less-than-elegant grippy patches that cover Jony Ive's gorgeous diamond-cut chamfer. But it wins points for its low price (just $14.99) and compatibility with the wide, flat Apple Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter.

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Superleggera Pro for iPhone 5 Review

Nobody tries to drop their iPhone, but the darn things are so easy to drop. So smooth, so thin, so constantly in our hands -- and occasionally on the ground. Today in the name of science I dropped my iPhone 5 on the carpet, on lineoleum, and even once I concrete. It didn't break. Some of that is luck -- any drop can break a phone if it lands juuust right -- but some credit also goes to the double-layer Superleggera Pro case.

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iDreamCase iDC Sleeve Review

When a product is as simple as an iPad sleeve, it's the little touches that matter. iDreamCase crafts the iDC Sleeve in San Francisco, using a leather-like fabric from Italy, and it feels much more expensive than it is: just $10.95 for the iPad mini, and $14.95 for the big iPad.

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Finding an iPhone case for under $20 is a bit easier than finding a sub-$20 case for an iPad. Cygnett's Red Vector deftly limbos that bar with its price of $19.99 for a glossy red case that protects the corners, sides, and back of your iPad mini from bumps and scrapes.