iphone 5 cases

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Speck's fabric-covered hard cases get a style boost from snowboard gear maker Burton's wild patterns. This one-piece case snaps easily on and off your phone, and features rubberized buttons and perfectly shaped cutouts for all your phone's ports. The fabric covering offers good grip, and comes in three bold patterns to make your iPhone stand out in a crowd.

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Let's get this out of the way up front. 55 bucks is an insane amount of money to pay for an iPhone case, unless it's made of unicorn fur. The two-piece case fits snugly -- so much so that getting it off requires a fair amount of effort. It's available in a rainbow of eight different shades, and features a lightly-grippy surface. The case and holster are also available separately, and you can get the case with or without the metal kickstand, which only works in landscape orientation (not portrait).

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Drop Tech offers all-around protection for your iPhone 5. The thick rubber outer case stretches over a plastic frame that features a clear screen protection layer. The rigid frame protects your device from dents and dings, and the textured rubber design absorbs impact from your inevitable butterfingers moments. Operation through the screen protector feels natural, although it dust tends to collect on the inside surface. Luckily, the case can be quickly disassembled for frequent cleaning.

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If you're clumsy, or work outdoors, Cygnett's WorkMate is a heavier-duty case made of flexible plastic and rubber. Molded ridges on the inside claim shock-absorbing powers, but we're a bit skeptical that they'll add much more protection. WorkMate comes in Slate Blue or Khaki, which is actually a military green. The rubber  covers make your phone's buttons a bit harder to operate, but you may appreciate the additional protection in rougher environments.

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If minimalism is your thing, check out Cygnett's Polygon case. The Polygon comes in either clear or a slightly translucent blue, and the clean design won't add much bulk to your new iPhone 5. The back of this plastic shell features a series of triangles that form a modern hexagonal pattern. It'll protect your phone from scratches, and it's easy to put on and take off if you change cases frequently. The thin plastic features cutouts for buttons and ports.