Many people will be lucky enough to unwrap the iPhone 5 this Christmas. If you fall into the category of ‘iPhone-5-owner-to-be’ then you might want to busy yourself by prepping for the handset’s arrival. One thing that differentiates this iPhone from its predecessors is the introduction of the new Lightning connector: a new smaller 8-pin, all-digital dock connector which takes up far less space on the phone’s underside. Add to that the headphone jacks migration to the phone’s base and the additional height the iPhone 5 now has thanks to its larger 4-inch screen and a number of your older iPhone accessories can cut the mustard.
We’ve assembled a list of some of our favourite Phone cases designed specifically for the new Apple flagship which serve as protection and decoration in all sorts of packages, take a look.
Proporta has teamed up with British fashion brand Joules with some stunning new iPhone 5 cases. Designed using Joules countryside-themed prints, there are four shells in the range: Creme Floral, Dog Print, Stripe and Navy Floral. Priced £24.95, they protect the iPhone against scratches, with cutouts for the volume control, Lightening port and headphone jack and come with a Proporta’s Lifetime Exchange Warranty. [LINK]
Ted Baker (Proporta)
Proporta’s Ted Baker collaboration goes from strength to strength, this time with a distinctly British feel with the Ted Baker Dottey Cotton Collection (29.95): Sporting a unique dog, with dickie bow motif, this tough shell case is available in red, natural or black. Cut outs let you access all the iPhone 5’s volume control and power button. [LINK]
Ted Baker Sweet Talk (£19.95) these iPhone 5 jelly cases don’t just protect the iPhone 5’s aluminium and glass fascia, but they also smell good too - the pink case come with an aroma of Watermelon. The case includes cutouts for the iPhone’s ports and buttons and as with other Proporta cases there’s a lifetime guarantee. [LINK]
This Australian manufacturer has developed 11 different case ranges for the iPhone 5, in a host of styles and each one comes with a lifetime guarantee.
SecondSkin (£10.99) - The most affordable case in Cygnett’s lineup, this silicone ‘skin’ is a thin, unobtrusive case designed to protect your iPhone 5 from the general scuffs and bumps of everyday life, the front is also raised to help keep the handset’s display away from anything that could risk causing a scratch. SecondSkin comes with a screen protector and is available in burgundy and black at launch.
ICON (£19.95) - Australian animator Nathan Jurevicius has lent his artistic abilities to Cygnett’s ICON range, with each case featuring a different graphic based on the art from his Scarygirl graphic novel and online game. The design shown here is called Haven, but there are four different designs in the ICON series and each product comes with a screen protector.
WorkMate (£29.99) - If you’re planning on hurling your precious new iPhone around, then you might want to invest in Cygnett’s WorkMate case. A dual material design which includes a thick silicone skin and a hard protective shell. The manufacturer promises that this case is pocket friendly, but assume it’ll add significant bulk to the handset’s otherwise wafer thin 7.6mm thickness. Available in dark green and black or dark blue and black.
Popular UK-based mobile accessory makers Gear4 has wasted no time in pushing a range of new iPhone 5-friendly cases out. Their selection is small right now, but expect it to grow rapidly once the new iPhone actually hits stores in the coming days.
Atom (£19.99) - One of the most unobtrusive cases around, the Gear4 Atom cases is made from thin, impact resistant plastic that’s clear, so you can still see your new iPhone underneath without it falling prey to everyday scratches and scrapes.
IceBox Edge (£19.99) - This two piece design offers good protection with minimal bulk. Reminiscent of the Apple bumper cases, IceBox Edge features a rubberised band to surround the edge of your handset, whilst the back is formed of clear impact resistant plastic so you can admire the phone’s two-tone back panel without risk of harm. Available in black or white.
Guardian (£19.99) - A slightly more heavy-duty option the rubberised plastic boasts improved edge protection, whilst the brushed aluminium back looks good and provides additional strength. Available in black or white.
US accessory company Griffin has always had a fondness for the iPhone. Griffin's iPhone cases look to offer a large variety of colour options with six distinct ranges.
Moxy (£19.99) - If striking looks are what you feel your iPhone needs Griffin’s Moxy case range uses jungle inspired themes, with bold patterns and bright colours. The outer casing, which holds the design, is bonded to a polycarbonate hard shell rubberised on the inside.
KaZoo (£19.99) - If you fancy choosing an iPhone case with a little character (literally), then Griffin’s KaZoo soft touch silicone cases have been formed as both an elephant and a monkey. What’s more the Animal Parade line continues the trend with Koala and Tiger designs, should you prefer something different.
Survivor (£34.99) - Back and better than ever, the Survivor range is the perfect case for those who feel the need to drag their iPhone through sand, dirt, dust and rain. It’s the only case in Griffin’s repertoire which exceeds the requirements for the US Department of Defense’s 810F standard. Made from thick silicone, wrapped around polycarbonate, these cases ensure that your iPhone stays safe through all sorts of situations. What’s more it comes in a varied array of colours.
Hard Shell (£14.95) - For those who want a no frills, simple case with minimalist design, Proporta has four hard shells designed to fit the bill. Available in black, white, blue and pink, each case is made from thin but strong polycarbonate and features all the necessary cutouts for ports, speakers and hardware controls.
Leather Style (£24.95) - If you want a more stylish a sophisticated look, Proporta’s faux leather flip cases might be worth considering. All the iPhone’s ports and controls are unobscured by the case and the ‘C’ design means that the entirety of the phone’s front is protected when the front cover is magnetically locked into place and there's no need to remove the case to use it. Available in black and pink, it comes with a free screen protector.
Leather Pouch (£29.95) - If you want to fuse sophistication and refinement with protection, this pouch utilises real leather, stitched over an aluminium frame, so it looks and feels good to hold, whilst offering excellent structural protection around your iPhone. It also comes with a pinstripe patterned interior, red stitching accents and a lifetime warranty.
One of the latest casemakers to join the fray, QDOS offer a range of simple, elegant cases that opt for a minimalist approach to their designs in much the same fashion as the device they’re designed for. An automotive inspire range of cases should garner your iPhone 5 with a gloss or metallic body shell to suit your mood.
Smoothie Pure (£19.99) - The Smoothy Pure range offers users a selection of slick colours with a lacquered car paint-style glossy finish. Designed to be scratch, fade and impact resistant, these snap-on hard cases are available in red, black or white.
Metallics (£19.99) - There are a select number of cases in QDOS’ Metallic line including a Union Jack etched brushed, a completely mirror-polished item and a vertically brushed metal case dubbed Titanium.
Smoothie Racing (£19.99) - An amalgamation of both the previous ranges, the Racing series picks from a darker colour palette than the Pure series and blends it’s deeper, cooler tones with a brushed metal finish for a sophisticated look. A snap-on hard case available in purple, blue or khaki.
This family owned business has developed into a recognised accessory brand with the iPhone market and their latest range of iPhone 5 products aim to offer some unique selling points of the competition.
strapSHIELD - If you don’t like having to pocket your iPhone, then the strapSHIELD reduces the risk of damaging your phone whilst it loops around your wrist with the integrated strap. Rubberised exterior in a range of four two-tone colour schemes: black & white, blue & grey, green & grey and pink & blue.
kickBACK sport - It’s likely that many new iPhone 5 owners will want to get the best out of the new 4-inch 16:9 display. As it’s now perfect for watching movies and videos, the Scosche kickBACK case is part protective rubberised shell, part viewing stand. With its fold out kickstand, this case provides added functionality and as with the strapSHEILD line, comes in a range of vibrant colours: black & white, white & black, blue & grey, green & grey and pink & blue.
rawHIDE - Polycarbonate hard case on the inside, leather cladding on the outside. This black leather case snaps onto your iPhone 5 endowing it with a look of sophistication and refinement whilst keeping it safe.