Ready to accessorize your iPhone 5? Here are some of our favorite picks
iPhone 5 accessories are in high demand and we've rounded up some of our favorites to help you weed through 'em. Check out this list of our top 10 picks and get ready to break out the plastic.
Protect it: If you're one to fret over a scratched screen (and really, who isn't?),ZAGG's Invisible Shield is your best bet. The military-grade material has been used to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris, making it a surefire scratch-prevention plan for your iPhone 5's slick display.
Keep it covered: Once you're good with the shield, strap a SEIDIO Active case on your iPhone 5 and you can rest at ease that your shiny new handset is safe from everyday wear n' tear. You won't have to worry about too much extra bulk, either, because for as durable as this thing is it's still surprisingly slim. Seidio's Active case also sports a metal kickstand, which is perfect for those steamy FaceTime dates or Skype conference calls.
Dock it: We dig theThe Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 for its simplicity. It's a product that Apple could have easily included with its fancy new smartphone, but it didn't. Rather than being bitter, we'll happily take this affordable third-party option, which is available in anodized black, aluminum or hardwood, $25.
Make it more compatible: Chances are you'll need to buy one of Apple's new 30-pin to Lightning adapters whether you like it or not. The iPhone 5's redesigned dock connector is smaller and shaped differently than its predecessors, rendering all of those old docking stations and other accessories you've collected over the years useless without this $29 accessory.
Get your groove on: If we could splurge on just one major accessory, the Sonos wireless Hi-Fi system would be it. Basically, Sonos lets you use your iPhone 5 like a remote control for your music, and it sounds brilliant.You can manage everything wirelessly straight from your handset, including the ability to control tracks from anywhere in your house and even play different songs in different rooms.
Pimp your camera: OK, so we'll admit that Gizmon's clip-on lense isn't exactly a "must-have" iPhone 5 accessory (the phone's 8-megapixel camera already takes some slick pictures well enough on its own), but it is loads of fun. The crafty little gadget slips right onto any iOS device and features a center focus filter, cross-screen filter, fisheye lens, and a polarizing lens, $25.
Use it like a wallet: Why carry around a smartphone and a wallet, when you can have everything you need in one easily accessible spot? Cygnett's Flipwallet case for iPhone 5 does a nice job of keeping all your essentials protected, and it looks nice too. You can grab one over at Amazon for about $40.
Go retro: When looking cool takes precedence over being practical, you may as well make a statement. We like this green and black throwback Atari case by Gear4, which instantly turns the back of your iPhone 5 into a vibrant display of nerdy nostalgia. You can pick one up over at Dr. Bott for $20; also available in white and red.
Charge it on the go: TheMophie Powerstation gets you about three to four full charges on your iPhone before you need to recharge the device itself. It's great for all those times you're stuck without a charge in the middle of an outlet-free zone. And before you cringe at the $100 price tag, keep in mind that Mophie is compatible with most smartphones (not that you'd ever dream of ditching your iPhone 5, of course).
Keep it clean: This is especially important if you're not yet sporting a shield protector over your precious 4-inch display. We like these multi-colored microfiber cleaning cloths by Reiko. You can get a pack of 12 for about $8; they come in nine different colors and are all contained separately so you can keep one in your work bag, one at home, one in the office and use the rest as stocking-stuffers for your gadget-lovin' friends.