Stop Using Your iPhone 5 Naked: A Few of Our Favourite Cases

Some of you are purists, preferring the iPhone 5 just as nature (Apple) intended: sleek, light and beautiful in all of its aluminum-backed glory. Many of you will fall into another category: you have children, a job that has you constantly on the go, outdoor hobbies or maybe just butterfingers. If you fall into that second category, a case can be a real phone-saver.

Of course, you might just like playing dress-up and find that a new case makes your iPhone feel brand new over (and over) again!

When it comes to cases, there are a few schools of thought:

Hard-Core Protection
You really didn’t mean to run over your phone with the car. You also didn’t mean to drop it out of a second storey window. Chances are good you also didn’t mean to leave it out on your back porch during the last rain storm. Sometimes life just happens and those a little more accident prone should really consider a serious military-grade case.
Recommendation: Griffin Survivor ($49.99 USD)
Reasons: This case is built for extreme conditions (dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration) while still being fun and colourful.

Just-in-‘Case’
If you will pardon the pun, this style of case is like insurance: there for the moment you accidentally drop your iPhone 5 onto the kitchen floor. Cases like this will protect from the typical types of every-day life events that could otherwise damage your phone. They may not be waterproof and likely won’t keep your device safe during a sand-storm, but they give you a fighting chance. Sometimes it’s all about compromise; these cases tend to be a lot smaller and lighter than their heavy-duty counterparts.
Recommendation: Incipio Faxion ($34.99 USD)
Reasons: Beautiful hard-shell case with a soft, impact resistant core.

Safety from Bumps and Scratches
Being honest, a case of this type is almost entirely cosmetic –but what is wrong with that? The other reason to grab a case like this is for a little extra grip, especially for those of you one-handed iPhone users.
Recommendation: Belkin View Case ($19.99 USD)
Reasons: The clear back lets you enjoy the two-toned beauty of your new iPhone 5 while giving you a little TPU band around the edges for a splash of colour and extra protection –plus, the price is right!

Whatever your choice, have some fun with your iPhone 5 case –make sure that it represents your lifestyle and personality. What is your favourite go-to case?

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  • Otterbox commuter . Best part about otterbox if something breaks they ship you a new case with almost no questions asked .

  • Not a mention of @otterbox!!!
    The Defender series has wrapped everything I own since my Blackberry days, (of oh so so long ago). Nothing beats an Otterbox.

  • Farids

    In terms of cosmetics, and not protection, I’ve rarely found a case more beautiful than the Moshi cases. That’s because they tend to show off iPhone’s own beauty.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    spigen screen protectors, thats all i need

  • glitch

    Great posts Jillian ! -> short, interesting, n has a personality

  • erik thiessen

    dodo case

  • f1ght3r

    I have a spigen Glas.T R and the Neo Hybrid EX bumper. Definitely the best iPhone case/ screen protector out there!

  • JH

    My favourite case is the thin and cheap $0.99 ebay ones. Search 0.3mm iphone 5 case. It barely adds any bulk to the phone and protects it from scratches.