You might think that "Bling My Thing" tells you everything you need to know about this case. It's a simple shell, encrusted with Swarovski crystals in a wave pattern. There are ten different colorways, offering different permutations of case and crystal color. But it's not all about flash. The Milky Way's hard polycarbonate case offers good protection against bumps and scratches, too. Watch out, though. Prying this thing off could easily break a nail. Just saying.
The Active is another take on Seidio's combo cases. This two-piece case features a silicone layer for absorbing shock, and a hard plastic exoskeleton to protect against major bumps. It's easy to install and uninstall, but the molded button coverings sacrifice a little bit of usability. Active is also available with or without the metal kickstand and holster.
If you're a bit of a klutz, the CandyShell Grip does a good job of keeping your iPhone in your hand and off the asphalt. Combining the sleek lines of Speck's CandyShell hard cases with rubberized details, this case manages to be sleek while offering good traction for your fingers. Design-wise, it's a little more party-in-the-back than business-in-the-front, but seven different color combos offer a bit of range in styles.
X-Doria's Dash keeps it simple with a sleek snap-on polycarb case. Roomy cutouts for buttons and ports let you use your iPhone's controls with ease. The back features a clear window that frames the Apple logo on the back of your phone surrounded by a perforated pattern that adds a slight amount of grip to your device.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.