Looking for the best iPhone 5 case to protect your device? These are the best iPhone 5 cases money can buy. NOTE: Many of these cases will also fit an iPhone 5s.
1. Griffin Survivor iPhone 5 Case
Check out a review of the Griffin Survivor case in the video above, which also shows you how to install the case.
The Griffin Survivor case is rugged and quite grippable, which makes it ideal for people who take their phone outside, or people who use their phones while running. If you’re accident prone, this is a case that can take repeated impacts with the ground…so “butterfingers” people will definitely enjoy using this iPhone case.
Pros:Handy beltclipTons of case color combinationsIndependently tested to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810 (Withstands drops from six feet onto a concrete surface)Sealed ports block blown sand and dust (up to 18 m/sec for 1 hour)Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain (Test: up to 200 mm/hr for 1 hour)
Cons:Case design is bulkyCase may be too rugged for the needs of the average personDesign of the case interferes with call qualitySome difficulty using ports/camera when case is on the phoneBelt clip difficult to use, prone to breaking
2. Otterbox Defender iPhone 5 Case
In the video review above, the Jailbreak Nation team puts this iPhone 5 case to the ultimate test: throwing it off the roof of a house.
The Otterbox Defender case is rugged, yet with a relatively slender profile. While the case does retain some bulk, it can also take a beating.
Pros:Available in a panoply of color combinations, including multiple camo optionsDual-layer case construction is rugged and practicalIncludes built-in screen protectorAlso includes belt clipOverwhelmingly positive user reviews
Cons:Bulky case that belies the slender profile of the phoneScreen protector doesn’t sit flush on screen, may cause issues with responsivenessAux cables and headphone jack may not work easily with this caseLight-colored cases prone to staining from makeup or clothing dyesEdge of screen placement may interfere with controls for some apps or games
3. Incipio Stashback iPhone 5 Case
Check out a review of this handy wallet case in the video above.
The Incipio Stashback case for the iPhone 5 has a unique hinged design that solidly locks your cards away. It fits both cards and cash with ease, all while allowing you unimpeded access to your ports and jacks.
Pros:Available in tons of different colors and stylesCombines hard outer shell with soft silicone coreComplete access to all ports and controlsHinged design of card area feels more secure than sliding flapsCase can hold three cards, plus a small amount of cash
Cons:Screen may experience some “rainbowing”User reviews indicate case gets scratched easilyMay not have enough storage for some peopleBottom edge of the case provides less protection for the phoneCase may crack from repeated use over time
4. LifeBox Glow iPhone 5 Case
Check out the official LifeBox video above to see the glow-in-the-dark properties of this cool phone case.
If you want an iPhone 5 case that glows in the dark, this is your best bet. This case makes a bold statement, and is ideal for people who work the night shift, or people who spend a lot of time in dark rooms.
Pros:Glows in the darkAvailable in five colorsComes with a lifetime warrantyVery unique designGlow in the dark material can be manipulated and swirled around
Cons:Case is hard plastic, make not have the same impact absorption as soft rubber or siliconeGlow in the dark functionality requires prolonged exposure to bright lightMay lose glowing ability over timeNo onboard storageNo waterproofing/dustproofing features
5. LifeProof Fre iPhone 5 Case
In the video above, you can see a comparison review between the Griffen Survivor+ Catalyst waterproof iPhone case and the Lifeproof Fre waterproof iPhone Case.
Also featured on our list of the best waterproof iPhone cases, the Fre case has a built-in screen protector (unlike the similar LifeProof Nuud case, which does not have a front screen protector.) It’s an expensive case, but top-rated and very reliable.
Pros:Available in nearly a dozen different colorsFront screen protector provides peace of mind during underwater useComes with lots of cool accessories for water useOffers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10Submersible up to 6.6 feet
Cons:Requires waterproof testing prior to use with phoneHard to access portsPainstaking installation processMakes screen look darkerHeadphone adaptor is annoying to keep track of
6. Tech21 Impact Shell iPhone 5 Case
YouTuber “Theipodrookie” posted the rave review for the Tech21 case above. Theipodrookie notes:
“The Tech21 Impact Mesh Case is by far one of the best cases I have ever used. Every review I’ve seen is a positive review, this case has personally that I have found. Great protection, great look, and great color options for everyone.”
That’s pretty high praise, considering the crowded market for iPhone accessories.
Pros:D3O impact protectionWill appeal to fans of minimalist casesEasy access to portsFast installationRave reviews from most users
Cons:No port covers to block dustSlim profile may feel flimsy to someButtons hard to useCase is not perfectly ergonomicColor combinations may not appeal to all tastes
7. Speck Products SmartFlex Card Case for iPhone 5/5s
The video above from Run Around Tech reviews the Speck SmartFlex case.
This eye-catching case design is a winner, both in terms of cool colors and in terms of functionality. Ideal for those who want to store notes or cards in their case, the SmartFlex case is a drool-worthy accessory that’s bound to garner you a ton of compliments.
Pros:Easy access to cards and cashMultiple colorsCool designEasy on/offLab-tested to endure extreme temperatures
Cons:Some people prefer to have their cards in a more enclosed environmentToo easy for others to steal items from the openingsNo waterproofing/dustproofingVolume buttons are stiffHard to slide non-plastic items (like business cards) out from the case
8. SnowLizard SLXtreme iPhone 5 Case
Check out a review of the SnowLizard case in the video above, which includes a drop test.
As we’ve mentioned in past iPhone case round-ups, the SnowLizard iPhone case is perfect for people who engage in extreme sports or multiple outdoor activities.
Pros:Incredibly rugged designIdeal for underwater photographyWaterproof up to six feetWorks with optional accessories to customize your outdoor experienceGreat grippy texture
Cons:Very expensiveMay have more protective features than the average user really needsLimited color optionsBulkyHard to access some features
9. Belkin Lego iPhone 5 Case
Check out a video review of this cool Lego iPhone case above.
It’s an officially-sanctioned Lego case. Doesn’t get much cooler than that if you’re into building stuff out of tiny plastic bricks.
Pros:Official Lego case turns the entire back of your phone into a buildable areaProvides great grippable textureWraparound frame protects screen from scratchesFull port accessSlim profile
Cons:Not likely to appeal to people who dislike LegoMakes buttons slightly stiffer, harder to operate for some peopleKids or younger family members will try to steal your phone, constantlyMay be hard to remove those thinner Lego blocks from the case if appliedDoes not look very professional when applied to a work phone (unless you work for a toy company)
10. Hello Kitty Bow Cam iPhone 5 Case
If you love Hello Kitty, this cutesy, minimalist case captures what makes this cartoon cat so charming. The “bow” on the head is placed around the camera lens, giving this case a memorable look.
Pros:Made from impact-absorbing siliconeCovers power and volume buttons keep your buttons dust freeMultiple color optionsFeels soft in your handPerfect way to express your love of Hello Kitty
Cons:May not fit comfortably in your pocketLikely to see color fading over timeExterior prone to capturing dust particlesDesign is too cutesy for someDoes not offer waterproofing
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