Got your hands on an iPhone 5? Be smart and protect it. Check out 35 of the coolest cases you'll find designed specifically for Apple's latest smartphone.
On the inside, Apple's latest smartphone, theiPhone 5, packs in plenty of improvements: a faster A6 processor with better graphics and battery performance, speedy LTE connectivity, andiOS 6, which adds scores of new software features. But for many, the biggest deal is that, for the first time in two years, the iPhone actually looks different on the outside.
Apple didn't stray too far from its successful design formula; the new iPhone is still the same shape with the same lines, but it's longer, thinner, and lighter, with a larger 4-inch display, and a smaller, redesigned Lightning connector.
Another key change: The iPhone's back panel is now mostly aluminum, rather than a single sheet of glass, as it was on the iPhone 4 and 4S. This makes the new design a bit more durable, but make no mistake, you still need a case for protection. And these days, you can get a high-quality case for as little as $10. It's a small price to pay to help keep your phone in good condition while you wait to upgrade to the iPhone 6.
Apple's design changes have sparked a huge new crop of third-party accessories, including cases, built specifically for the iPhone 5. And we see new cases all the time (so we update this story often), but for now, here are some of the most righteous cases to protect, add some flair, and even increase your iPhone 5's functionality.
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Miniot iWood 5
Starting at €70 (approx. $100 USD)MSRP
While it's not the slimmest way to protect your phone, there's something elegant about a case carved from pure wood. Maybe it's the stark combination of digital and analog. TheiWood 5 from Dutch company, Miniot is a two-piece case that slides together to encase your iPhone 5 (buttons and all) in one of six types of wood. (Choose from walnut, padouk, cherry, oak, mahogany, or maple.) You can add a free message on monogram to the back of the case, or upload your own image that the company will etch into the back of the case for about $20 USD (€15).