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.
iLuv's Diary is a black leather folio with a hard-shell frame inside that you snap your iPhone 5 into. The inside flap has two credit card slots, and we were able to fit three cards total comfortably, or four cards really crammed.
Apple continues to find ways to make the iPhone more accessible to cell phone users on a budget, teaming up with Walmart and Straight Talk to offer a no-contract handset with unlimited talk, text and data.
Does anyone really think that Apple won't make a cheaper iPhone eventually? As Cupertino gradually reaches the loftiest heights of their profit margins, it would seem inevitable they will start to explore less-expensive options to soak up any remaining market share worldwide. But hey, if this is news to you, read on to find out what The Wall Street Journal has to say on the subject in our Tuesday recap...