The Best iPhone 5 Cases


Our favorite case: LifeProof. Besides being ridiculously thin, the
Lifeproof protects your phone from the harshest of elements. Water, snow, dirt,
and dust don’t stand a chance.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $79.99


Runner-up: Switcheasy Tones. We really like the Tone case. It’s made of a
nice texture of materials that feel good in your hand. The Tone also covers all
buttons and has little plugs that seal up the headphone jack and Lightning port
when not in use. Our only concern is losing the little plugs. They’re tiny.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $24.99


Cheapest case: iPhone 5 Bumper. The bumper is SAI editor Jay Yarow’s
favorite case. It’s the one he uses daily. This generic bumper protects the
edges of your phone without adding bulk.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: Approx. $2


Uncommon Hiroshi Fujiwara Snap Case. We really liked the variety of colors
and designs with this special edition of Uncommon’s Ready-Made cases. The
Uncommon style of snap cases was the most sturdy we tested. The plastic feels
really solid so in the event of a drop we’re sure our phone will be protected
pretty well. One shortcoming of the Uncommon case was how difficult it was to
get our iPhone out of the case.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $34.
95


Incase Slider Case. The Incase Slider is a sturdy case that provides great
protection for your iPhone, but one of our biggest gripes with it is that it
doesn’t fit nicely with a screen protector, causing it to bubble.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $34.95


Incase Snap Case. The Snap Case is minimal, and this version is clear so
you can still show off your iPhone.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $29.95


For those of you who like to work out, try the Incase Sports Armband. We
like the Incase Sports Band the best because it fully protects your phone from
perspiration and other elements while working out.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $39.95


Incase Leather Snap Case. The Leather Snap Case was also one of Jay Yarow’s
favorites. He really liked the texture and how Incase used high quality
materials to match Apple’s high quality materials that make up the iPhone
itself.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $49.95


Incase Leather Sleeve. Incase’s wallet case was neat. The only concern was
that if we lose our phone, we’re also losing some credit cards along with
it.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $39.95


Best Value Case: Cygnett Aluminum/Carbon Fiber Urban Shield. Before we got
an influx of iPhone cases, this Cygnett duo was our favorite. It’s cheap,
minimal, looks great, and it protects your phone pretty well. The biggest issue
we had with Cygnett’s style of snap cases was access to the volume up/down
buttons, silent switch, and power button. Cygnett’s case rises above the
buttons, making them hard to get to.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $24.99


Cygnett Tangerine AeroGrip Form. Jay used this case for one day and then
tossed it. The color was too loud for him. The sides of the case have dents to
give you a good grip. This case also suffers from Cygnett button syndrome.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $18.99


Cygnett ICON — Haven. We liked the matte feel of this one and even the
quirky design. But like the other Cygnett cases this one too made getting to
the top power button difficult.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $29.99


Speck CandyShell Grip. The Candyshell Grip comes in a variety of colors.
Sports editor Leah Goldman uses this as her daily case. While she hasn’t had
any huge drops, she’s definitely dropped her iPhone while using this case and
she says it’s been fine.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $34.95


Fabshell Burton by Speck. The Fabshell comes in four different styles. BI’s
Law & Order reporter Abby Rogers uses this case. She thinks this iteration
is ugly but the material is rough providing a good grip. She’s dropped her
phone several times with this case on but it has survived unscathed. Rogers did
note that her phone doesn’t seem to get as warm with this particular case.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $39.95


Belkin Shield Pinstripe. This pinstripe case is very simple and minimal. We
like the design on the back. This case is intended to prevent scratches and
scuffs. A light drop with this case and you may be all right but serious drops
may not be as kosher.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: $29.99


Trident Case. The Trident case is very intense. It’s a hybrid silicon and
hard shell case with a kickstand built into the back. While it feels sturdy, we
didn’t really like the bulk it added our our iPhone. If we were to drop our
phone we think we’d be OK though.

The  Best iPhone 5 Cases

The Best iPhone 5 Cases

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Price: Approx. $49.95

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