Top 5 Best iPhone 5s Cases: The Ultimate List

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The iPhone 6 may be getting all the attention these days, but plenty of folks are still perfectly happy with their iPhone 5s. Part of the appeal of a 5s is actually the cases and accessories. While iPhone 6 owners are still waiting for high-end casemakers like LifeProof and Mophie to release iPhone 6-compatable versions of their cases, iPhone 5s owners have a much wider selection of premium cases to enjoy. If you still rock the iPhone 5s and want to keep your phone protected, these cases are designed to help keep your phone safe and functional. These five cases are the ultimate cases for iPhone 5s owners. Please note: prices listed for these cases may vary by case color, retailer, or consumer demand.

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1. LifeProof Fre Case for iPhone 5s

Check out a review of this case in the video above.

LifeProof makes rugged iPhone cases that are shockproof, snowproof, dirtproof, and waterproof. While they are expensive, they are great cases for anyone who works outdoors, or anyone who spends time near the water. There are also some additional accessories that are compatible with this case, such as a “LifeJacket” flotation device. This orange floater can be paired with this case for use in (and under) the water.

You may also like the LifeProof Nuud, which doesn’t have a screen protector. This means better screen sensitivity, and yet the phone case retains its waterproof quality.

Price: $78.63 (2 percent off MSRP)

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Offers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10
  • Premium build quality
  • LifeProof offers tons of additional accessories, such as a flotation device for water use
  • Feels more secure than the LifeProof Nuud
  • Submersible

  • Cons:

  • Speaker output and call quality affected in case
  • May make screen look dim
  • Difficult to access ports
  • Annoying if you lose adaptor
  • Tends to pick up lint and grime over time

  • Find more LifeProof Fre Case for iPhone 5s reviews and product information here.


    2. Mophie Space Pack Case for iPhone 5s

    Mophie is arguably the most respected name in iPhone battery cases. The Space Pack is a cool twist on a traditional battery case. In addition to adding to your phone’s battery life, the Space Pack case also adds extra storage to your device. This case comes in 16GB and 32GB options, and adds 1700mAh of battery life (equivalent to another six or eight hours of talk time, depending on your network.)

    Price: $139.90-$179.95

    Buy the 16GB Mophie Space Pack case here.

    Buy the 32GB Mophie Space Pack case here.


    Pros:

  • Added storage
  • Added battery life
  • Fairly slim case, given how much extra stuff it packs in
  • Multiple color options
  • Includes cable

  • Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Soft touch finish can be a little hard to grip sometimes
  • Some users find Wi-Fi connectivity is impacted slightly by this case
  • Some users criticize customer service
  • Case can get very warm at times

  • Find more Mophie Space Pack Case for iPhone 5s reviews and product information here.


    3. Speck Candyshell Grip Case for iPhone 5s

    Check out this case in the video above.

    Speck has been making the CandyShell Grip cases for many generations of iPhones now, and iPhone fans keep getting the same case from Speck, year after year. This case has such a devoted fan following for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it comes in a huge array of colors. Secondly, the grippy lines on the case make it easy to hold onto when your hands are a bit sweaty from hitting the gym. Finally, despite its low price, this phone has been military-grade drop tested.

    Price: $14.95 (55 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Easy to grip
  • Military-grade drop tested
  • Great color options
  • Rocker volume buttons are covered
  • Raised bezel protects screen from impac

  • Cons:

  • Not waterproof
  • Covered buttons can be harder to use
  • Too easy to remove, for some
  • May not play nice with your screen protector
  • Case texture makes it hard to remove quickly from pants pocket

  • Find more Speck Candyshell Grip Case for iPhone 5s reviews and product information here.


    4. Otterbox Commuter Wallet Series Case for iPhone 5s

    Get a closer look at this case for the iPhone 5s in the video above.

    Otterbox makes one of the best wallet-style cases for the iPhone line. The Commuter Wallet case has a slider that makes it easy to access your cards, even with one hand. The compartment for cards will hold 2-3 cards and a bill fairly easily. The case is durable and resistant to impacts. If you want to combine your wallet and phone case into one seamless unit, this is a great option.

    Price: $21.99 (45 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Multiple color options
  • Storage for multiple cards/ID
  • Securely “clicks” closed
  • Access wallet drawer contents without turning case over
  • Comes with self-adhering screen protector

  • Cons:

  • Cases lack interesting patterns or designs
  • Not waterproof
  • Some dislike the “bump” where the cards go
  • Unlike some other wallet cases, this one doesn’t have a built-in kickstand
  • Can be hard to grip with wet or sweaty hands

  • Find more Otterbox Commuter Wallet Series iPhone 5s case reviews and product information here.


    5. Thule Atmos X3 iPhone 5/5S Case

    Check out a drop test video featuring this iPhone 5s case in the player above.

    Thule is perhaps best known for things like bike racks and roof racks for skis, but they also make iPhone cases. This rugged case is easy to grip, and comes in a variety of interesting color combinations to help you express your personality. It provides great protection, but it is also easy to snap on. The drop test video above also showcases its durability. If you want an iPhone 5s case that is both slim and impact-resistant, this is one of the best options out there.

    Price: $31.22 (22 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Nice color options
  • Easy to grip
  • Easy to install
  • Corners give added impact protection
  • Good balance of slimness and strength

  • Cons:

  • Color combos may not appeal to all tastes
  • Button covers might be stiff at first
  • Not designed for submersion in liquids
  • The lightning connector port is a bit narrow, may limit your use of third-party lightning cables
  • Lacks brand cachet of other iPhone case makers

  • Find more Thule Atmos X3 iPhone 5/5S Case reviews and product information here.