Top 10 Best iPhone 5 Cases

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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.

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  • Handy beltclip
  • Tons of case color combinations
  • Independently 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 bulky
  • Case may be too rugged for the needs of the average person
  • Design of the case interferes with call quality
  • Some difficulty using ports/camera when case is on the phone
  • Belt 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Available in a panoply of color combinations, including multiple camo options
  • Dual-layer case construction is rugged and practical
  • Includes built-in screen protector
  • Also includes belt clip
  • Overwhelmingly positive user reviews

  • Cons:
  • Bulky case that belies the slender profile of the phone
  • Screen protector doesn’t sit flush on screen, may cause issues with responsiveness
  • Aux cables and headphone jack may not work easily with this case
  • Light-colored cases prone to staining from makeup or clothing dyes
  • Edge 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Available in tons of different colors and styles
  • Combines hard outer shell with soft silicone core
  • Complete access to all ports and controls
  • Hinged design of card area feels more secure than sliding flaps
  • Case can hold three cards, plus a small amount of cash

  • Cons:
  • Screen may experience some “rainbowing”
  • User reviews indicate case gets scratched easily
  • May not have enough storage for some people
  • Bottom edge of the case provides less protection for the phone
  • Case 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Glows in the dark
  • Available in five colors
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Very unique design
  • Glow 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 silicone
  • Glow in the dark functionality requires prolonged exposure to bright light
  • May lose glowing ability over time
  • No onboard storage
  • No 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Available in nearly a dozen different colors
  • Front screen protector provides peace of mind during underwater use
  • Comes with lots of cool accessories for water use
  • Offers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10
  • Submersible up to 6.6 feet

  • Cons:
  • Requires waterproof testing prior to use with phone
  • Hard to access ports
  • Painstaking installation process
  • Makes screen look darker
  • Headphone 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.

    Buy it here.

  • D3O impact protection
  • Will appeal to fans of minimalist cases
  • Easy access to ports
  • Fast installation
  • Rave reviews from most users

  • Cons:
  • No port covers to block dust
  • Slim profile may feel flimsy to some
  • Buttons hard to use
  • Case is not perfectly ergonomic
  • Color 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Easy access to cards and cash
  • Multiple colors
  • Cool design
  • Easy on/off
  • Lab-tested to endure extreme temperatures

  • Cons:
  • Some people prefer to have their cards in a more enclosed environment
  • Too easy for others to steal items from the openings
  • No waterproofing/dustproofing
  • Volume buttons are stiff
  • Hard 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Incredibly rugged design
  • Ideal for underwater photography
  • Waterproof up to six feet
  • Works with optional accessories to customize your outdoor experience
  • Great grippy texture

  • Cons:
  • Very expensive
  • May have more protective features than the average user really needs
  • Limited color options
  • Bulky
  • Hard 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Official Lego case turns the entire back of your phone into a buildable area
  • Provides great grippable texture
  • Wraparound frame protects screen from scratches
  • Full port access
  • Slim profile

  • Cons:
  • Not likely to appeal to people who dislike Lego
  • Makes buttons slightly stiffer, harder to operate for some people
  • Kids or younger family members will try to steal your phone, constantly
  • May be hard to remove those thinner Lego blocks from the case if applied
  • Does 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.

    Buy it here.

  • Made from impact-absorbing silicone
  • Covers power and volume buttons keep your buttons dust free
  • Multiple color options
  • Feels soft in your hand
  • Perfect way to express your love of Hello Kitty

  • Cons:
  • May not fit comfortably in your pocket
  • Likely to see color fading over time
  • Exterior prone to capturing dust particles
  • Design is too cutesy for some
  • Does not offer waterproofing

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