The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

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...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

Otterbox Defender: You're not going to win any fashion points for this case, but your phone will definitely be protected. The Otterbox is an indestructible lockbox for your phone. $30 on Amazon.

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If you're stylish...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

Kate Spade: Maybe you coordinate your nails to match your iPhone. If so, Kate Spade has tons of fashion-forward cases to complement your stylish sensibilities. $40 at Kate Spade.

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If you're cheap...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

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.

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If you want to blend in...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

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.

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If you want something that's invisible...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

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.

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If you're au natural...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any Need

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.

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If you want a multitasker...

The Best iPhone 5 Cases to Fit Any NeedS

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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