If you want to keep that shiny new iPhone looking pristine and sexy, then you need to grab yourself some decent protection. Whether you want something to match Apple’s stylish flagship design, something to safeguard it from accidents, or something to show off your personality, we’ve got you covered in this iPhone 5/5S case roundup. When it comes to accessories, the iPhone line has always inspired some imaginative entries, and the latest release is no exception. We’ve got unbreakable iPhone cases, gorgeous iPhone cases, retro iPhone cases – in short, we have an iPhone 5S case to suit everyone.
Updated on 6-30-2015 by Simon Hill: Removed discontinued cases from Speck, Griffin, Slickwraps, Findables, Body Glove, Mophie, Nuu, InnoPocket, Edge, Marware, Hex, Ballistic, X-Doria, Cygnett, Sena, Lifeproof, and reformatted, updated prices, images, and links, and added cases by Sewell and Speck.
Here’s a clever idea that tries to solve the classic problem with folio-style cases – the fact it’s awkward to take calls with the cover flapping open. With this case, there’s a hard shell inside that your iPhone 5 or 5S is meant to slide into, but it also lifts easily out of the cover and snaps back into place thanks to magnets. The cover and the back of the shell are finished in synthetic leather. It also aims to be a wallet replacement, so there are three slots for cards and ID, and a big money pocket.
A striking look, a protective design–what more could you want in a case? The CandyShell combines a shock absorbent layer inside to protect against bumps with a tough outer shell of polycarbonate. There are also ridges to create a color contrast pattern and enhance your grip of the iPhone. The button covers work well, the cut-outs are precise, and you get all-round protection. You can buy this case in various color combos.
A slim case that offers decent protection is relatively rare so Trent’s offering is definitely worth checking out. It combines a hard inner case with a built-in screen protector, a soft TPU layer, and a hard polycarbonate back cover that can be changed (it comes in black, silver, or gold). This case can also handle the odd splash, but not full immersion. The port covers are stiff and the Home button protection can impact on how easy it is to use Touch ID, but it’s a good all-rounder.
Simple, basic, and cheap is what you get with these malleable TPU cases from Caseology. You’ve got a choice of seven colors, each with a subtle, shiny pearl coating. It’s a slim case, but there is a lip to protect the screen should it land face down and the corners can handle a drop impact. The cut-outs are fairly precise, and it’s quite a minimalist design overall.
Hand-crafted from genuine leather, these pouches come in a wide range of different colors and stitching finishes, so you can get the look you want. The quality is high and the pouch feels lovely in hand. The fit for the iPhone 5S is tight, which should keep the phone safe and secure. When you need to slide it out you simply pull the tab on the back and out it pops.
If you’re really concerned about dropping your iPhone 5S then Spigen has you covered with this case. The corners have air pockets to cushion any fall. The trade-off is that this case is chunky, with large angular button covers, and some people have had problems with the headphone jack. The cut-outs are precise and there’s one on the back to show off the Apple logo. You’ve got a choice of six colors.
It’s tough to find a fully protective case that guards against drops, shocks, and even full submersion, but doesn’t add ridiculous bulk or restrict your use of the iPhone 5S. The Nuud case is designed to do just that. You’ll find that the touchscreen and the Touch ID feature work with the case on. There are also built-in buttons, and you can get full access to ports through covers that can be opened. It does muffle the microphone slightly, and it makes actions like opening the control center by swiping up from the bottom more difficult to pull off.
We’ve seen a few cases like this before, but Performance Designed Products (PDP) also makes game console accessories and the company officially licensed the design from Nintendo. It’s a two piece case that clips onto your iPhone 5/5S and has built-in Sleep/Wake and volume buttons. There are also cut-outs for your ports, though you might have difficulty connecting some accessories because it’s quite a chunky case and it’s a little tricky to take off. There’s a decent lip to protect the screen, and the NES buttons on the back can be pressed, though they don’t actually do anything. This one is all about the nostalgia.
A CES 2014 award winner, this clever case from Mophie offers an extended battery rated at 1,700mAh and an extra 16GB or 32GB (add $30) of storage. Using the Mophie Space app you can back up your photos at the touch of a button, or store any other files you want in the case, freeing up space on your iPhone 5S. You can also plug it into your computer and drag and drop files as though it was a standard drive. Combine that with up to 100 percent extra battery life from the fully charged case and it’s a must-have. Check out our Mophie Space Pack review to learn more.
Urban Armor Gear has made a name for itself with an angular, futuristic, military design language. The cases combine a standard soft core to absorb impact with a polycarbonate shell to bear the brunt of knocks and falls. There are large buttons, cut-outs for ports, camera, and flash, and a screen protector to keep the display scratch-free. The Maverick case is translucent, so you can see your iPhone 5S within, but you can get opaque versions in various colors.
The thick inner rubber shell has toughened corners to deal with drop impact. It also covers the buttons and creates a raised protective frame around the screen. There are flip-open covers for access to the ports, and dust filters for the microphone and speaker. You slot the tough black frame on top, which creates a nice contrast if you select a colored inner. Finally, there’s a screen protector you can apply. The only real detail is an open circle on the back to expose the Apple logo. There’s also a cut-out for the camera and the Touch ID.
Apple’s official case for the iPhone 5S is made from premium leather. There’s a microfiber lining on the inside, and the leather covers all your buttons. It feels expensive and it will safeguard your iPhone from scratches and dings. The case is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, or red. It also has an impressively svelte form factor, and sports an Apple logo on the back.
We can all use a bit of extra power when we’re on the go and this battery case provides up to nine hours of additional talk time for your iPhone 5 or 5S. Considering it’s packing a 2500mAh battery, it manages to add minimal bulk, and it has a surprisingly slim design. There’s an interior protective case which you can slide in and out of the main battery case with ease. You’ll get a black one and a contrasting color option, so you can take your pick. The battery case also has an LED light to indicate charge and it comes with a power cable that also allows you to sync without removing the case. This is a well-designed bit of kit.
This is a really slim case and the brushed aluminum matches the iPhone style. There are precision cut-outs for unobstructed access to the camera, ports, and buttons. You also get a screen protector with the case. If you’re looking for basic protection from scuffs and knocks, but you want something that matches the iPhone’s premium look, then this is worth considering.
Here’s a genuine leather wallet case that flips open from the bottom. It has a magnetic clasp to keep it securely closed. The interior is lined with soft microfiber to prevent any scratches and there’s a pocket for storing credit cards or ID. Even with the case on, you’ll still enjoy unfettered access to the ports and controls, there’s even a cut-out on the back for the camera and flash.
Head on to page two for a vast array for iPhone 5 cases worth checking out. If you’ve found any great iPhone 5S cases that you want to suggest then post a comment. We will update this roundup with new entries from time to time.
This stylish, premium leather wallet comes in a range of colors and it features a convenient design that offers quick access to your iPhone 5. It’s very slim and lightweight, but offers durable protection. Flip it open to reveal a leather window that holds your iPhone in place, but leaves it fully accessible. There are also a couple of compartments for cards or cash, which allows it to double up as a full wallet replacement.
Super svelte and stylish protection for your iPhone comes from Moshi in the shape of its iGlaze Armour case. It has a tough polycarbonate frame with a diamond-cut aluminum back plate and a buffer film to prevent any dust from getting in. The case has the full range of cutouts required for normal phone operation and it is completely in tune with Apple’s design language. The case snaps on quite easily and is offered in bronze, grey, or black.
This case has a stylish, premium look finished in real leather. The frame is tough polycarbonate and there’s a TPU lip to give it a little flexibility for snapping on and off. You’ll find easy access for your iPhone controls, but like many other cases, it can cause the flash to white wash your photos. You have a choice of the understated black leather with green frame or much louder burnt ochre leather with black frame.
Funded through Kickstarter, the Snappgrip case is for photography fans. The basic case offers protection for your iPhone with all the usual cutouts and the textured surface is good for grip. The real attraction of Snappgrip, though, is the snap on camera controls, which convert your iPhone 5 into a traditional point-and-shoot camera. You’ve got shutter, mode, and zoom controls which connect via Bluetooth and work with the companion iOS app. There’s also a wrist strap and a tripod mount.
The initial release of the Acase Superleggera Pro for the iPhone 5 was botched and customers complained about a loose fit. The good news is that the case has been redesigned for snug protection. It’s a fairly svelte offering with a layer of shock absorbing silicone and a polycarbonate cover with a rubber coating for grip. It has silicone pads to protect your ports and there are cutouts for the camera and controls. It comes in a wide range of colors.
Here’s a little pocket book case that combines leather with Baltic birch wood. It is a high quality option handmade in the USA and it has a really distinctive look. It also has room for all of your credit cards and other bits and pieces. The wooden frame surrounded by durable leather closes snugly around your iPhone 5 to offer great protection and there’s an elasticated band to keep it in place. There’s full access to ports and controls, including the camera (though not the flash), thanks to precision cutouts.
This could be the perfect iPhone 5 case for anyone with butterfingers. The OtterBox Defender offers an inner polycarbonate shell, a screen protector, and an impact-absorbing rubber outer layer. There are also rubber plugs to protect the ports and a holster for wearing the phone on your belt. It comes in a range of two-tone color designs. It may be a bit bulky, but it will keep your iPhone looking as good as the day it was born.
When you have a gorgeous piece of design like the iPhone 5 you could be forgiven for not wanting to cover it up with a case. The View Case from Belkin offers basic protection without compromising that stylish look. It features a fully transparent polycarbonate back with a polyurethane band around the outside. You can choose from a variety of color highlights for the impact-resistant edging.
Whether you’ve splashed out cash on an iPhone 5 for your child, or you just love cartoon animals, the KaZoo case from Griffin might just tempt you. These basic, soft silicone cases offer full access to controls, ports and the display. Why not wrap your iPhone in a colorful animal character? You have a choice of a monkey or an elephant.
This slim case comes with a handy magnetic kickstand for propping up your phone, which snaps easily away when you aren’t using it. The case is very slim and the durable plastic has a soft-touch coating for comfortable handling. It comes in a variety of colors.
You’ll love the Oregon Claro Walnut finish to this case. It’s extremely slim for a wooden case, and your iPhone slots easily into the frame, which is like a wooden bumper. There’s a separate back plate that sticks to the back of your iPhone. The cut-outs are accurate and there are wooden button covers. There’s a subtle Grovemade logo on the spine, but other than that it’s all natural wood, hand-finished in the States.
This slim case combines a hard outer shell with a silicone liner, which cushions your device. It will give you basic protection without adding much bulk. It’s a classic, minimalist design with a comfortable soft-touch finish. It comes in a wide range of matte colors with a subtle inlaid logo.
Here’s a clever combination case that offers premium leather on the outside and a tough polycarbonate shell on the inside. It’s a book-style case and when you open it up you’ll also find a sleeve with a couple of slots for credit cards. The advantage here is full 360 degree protection when the case is closed and easy access when you open it.
Here’s another option for anyone looking to do some hands-free movie viewing on their iPhone 5. The Kicksnap case from Incipio has a built-in kickstand that flips out easily. It’s crafted from a rigid plextonium frame with an NGP soft-shell core. Like many iPhone 5 cases on the market, it is tough on the outside and soft on the inside for shock absorption.
This TPU case hugs your iPhone 5 tightly and it will guard against damage and give you extra grip. It is extremely thin and light with all the cutouts you need and a nice textured backing. It comes in a range of colors including blue, gray, pink, white, and black.
Found an iPhone 5 case that you’ve fallen in love with? Post a comment and tell us why you’d recommend it.
Updated on 7-25-2014 by Simon Hill: Added Trent Trentium case, Speck SmartFlex Card, Caseology Bumper, MediaDevil Leather Pouch, and Spigen Tough Armor cases.
Updated by Simon on 1-22-2014: Added several new iPhone 5S cases to the list.