Not all of us are iPhone nudists. Some of us prefer to clothe our gadgets in a case. But there are probably more cases out there than there are actual iPhones, and we all have unique priorities, whether it be screen protection, style, or saving money. Here are the best iPhone 5 cases that live up to your specific needs.
This weekend, hundreds of readers chimed in to tell us what cases are best for all sort of different users—from the extremely cheap to the paranoid. Remarkably, we got to something like a consensus:
If you need protection...
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If you're stylish...
Recommended by: delectablychic
If you're cheap...
Elago's s5 Glide Case: This is a slim, slide-on iPhone case that comes in all kinds of colors. You can change out the bottom or the top piece if you'd like a two-tone version, and it costs less than the price of a movie ticket. $11 on Amazon.
Recommended by: SKampff
If you want to blend in...
Spigen Slim Armor Case: Want to fool people into thinking you're not using a case at all? Slim Armor mimics the design of the back of the iPhone. And it comes in half a dozen or so different colors if you don't care about any of that. $18 on Amazon.
Recommended by: Giggity
If you want something that's invisible...
Spigen Ultra Thin Air Slim: Are you generally anti-case, but still hankering for some cushion from accidental drops? Spigen also makes a barely-there bumper that will still give you some protection. And you can hardly even see it. $22 on Amazon.
Recommended by: diegomolineaux
If you're au natural...
Carved: So you like the look of a natural back but you don't want that same wooden case everyone has. Carved makes some relatively affordable options with some interesting etched wood backs. $24-$29 at Carved.
Recommended by: EljhHck
If you want a multitasker...
Twelve South Book Book: This iPhone case only looks like a tiny vintage book. It's a nice theft-deterrent, and the leather sheath doubles as a wallet with pockets for your ID, your credit cards, receipts, cash, and whatever you need to carry with you. $60 on Amazon.
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