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?
It's the end of the first month, so we're about 1/12 the way through with the year. Woohoo us! By now you should have all your tax documents together, so what are you waiting for--start planning your tax refund expenditures with some great gear like the stuff we have one sale this week.
The Engage Bamboo has a lot to like. The snap-on case's silver plastic looks like metal. It adds very little bulk to your iPhone 5. The etched logo on the bottom-left is unobtrusive and its texture actually adds just the tiniest bit of grip.
When it's time to hit the town, sometimes there's no room in your fancy coat's pockets or your sequined clutch for a bulky wallet and your iPhone 5. Speck says its SmartFlex Card case can hold 3 cards, but we got 3 thick credit cards plus a slightly thinner driver's license in there, and the fit was snug but didn't stretch the case past its limits -- and the cards were still easy to remove, thanks to the thumb-sized hole opposite the in/out slot.
The RokShield v3 isn't just a case, it's the core of a mounting system: Rokform offers attachments from a tripod adapter ($29) to a suction mount ($49), and a sturdy bike mount ($69) to clips ($29) and a simple lanyard ($9). It all works with this burly, three-part case with optional screen protector.
Sometimes a silicone sleeve is all you need, and Moshi's Origo is one of our favorites. It adds very little bulk, but the honeycomb pattern on the inside is raised ever so slightly to give you a bit of extra shock protection, and the pattern is visible from the outside too.
If you're on the fence about covering the handsome aluminum back of your iPhone 5 with a case, Moshi's iGlaze Armour is a polycarbonate snap-on case with an aluminum back panel that mimics the look of a naked iPhone 5, in black on black, white with a silver backplate, or gray with a bronze backplate.
The Stashback case from Incipio isn't totally flat on the back; the bottom two-thirds or so bulge out a little. That's because there's a hidden compartment between the case and your phone that can hold up to 3 cards: ID and credit cards.
So we can all settle down now that the new year is upon us and we can all get right back up to excited because CES is coming up next week, which means ever so much gear and so many new apps that will make your life simpler, funner, happier, more productive. At any rate, until the release date of those devices, we'll have to content ourselves with these sweet deals.