5 Best Field-Ready iPhone 5 Cases

Sep 25

Written by: Derek Dellinger
9/25/2012 9:18 AM  RssIcon

 
Just behind the crowds of Apple devotees collecting their iPhone 5 are the legions of new cases hitting the market. How you select one may be ultimately subjective — a quest to find the perfect balance of durability and design. Do you try to add some customization to your device and make a statement? Or do you hope to ensure protection while causing as little harm to Apple's careful industrial design as possible? Fortunately, with this many options, there are cases to cover everything.

Here are five cases that will ensure your iPhone 5 is still intact when the iPhone 6 comes out.
 
 
Grove Case iPhone 5
Grove Case
For a more environmentally-conscious option and a more natural-looking design, check out the Grove Case. The Grove Case is made entirely of environmentally-friendly post-consumer fibers and renewable bamboo, and manufactured in a single building in Portland, OR. The Grove Case costs $80, though you can preorder it till end-September for $60. (A refundable $20 deposit is required to place a preorder). The case is expected to ship in early October.


HitCase Pro
 
 
The HitCase Pro was designed for athletes and adventurers who are likely to give their phone a beating, but such durability should serve a custom installer just as well. (The sleek black casing ain't bad looking, either.) The HitCase Pro features an extremely durable and high-impact protection system, and can be mounted on a variety of surfaces, such as the handlebars of a bike, or the top of a helmet. While the HitCase Pro will set you back $130, its companion app can record videos alongside a special overlay that displays speed, altitude, inclination, and other stats. (Okay, that part may be less crucial when you're stripping wires, but it's still cool.)
 

Macally Protective Holster
 Macally offers around a dozen iPhone 5 cases, but for the tech set more accustomed to belt-clips than arm-bands, Macally's Protective Holster should hit the spot. For $30, this specially designed iPhone 5 case is equipped with a detachable belt clip that can double as a viewing stand. Removed from the holster, the case can still be used as a stand alone case. The Protective Holster is built from TPU material to ensure protection and durability.
 
 
The iPhone 5 Defender Series offers great protection not only against knocks and drops, but also against dust buildup. Three layers of protection include a polycarbonate skeleton that cushions the iPhone while the built-in screen protector prevents smudges and scratches. The outer layer wraps around the solid inner shell like an epidermis. A redesigned, slim belt-clip holster also doubles as a media-viewing stand. The iPhone 5 Defender Series Case costs $50.
 
 



ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD EXTREME isn't a case, per se, but a tougher version of the invisibleSHIELD screen protectors made by ZAGG. The precision pre-cut invisibleSHIELD applies directly to your iPhone 5, providing durable protection. This screen protector has its origins in the military, where it was used to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris, the company says. Check out the video of the invisibleSHIELD EXTREME above for a cool demonstration of its powers. The invisibleSHIELD EXTREME costs $30 for the screen protector component and $50 for full body (front and back) coverage. It is available now at Zagg.com and Best Buy in the United States.
 
Of course, if you're able to find a case with a good map printed onto the back, you may want to consider that.
 

Tags: iPhone 5 , Cases
Categories:

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

 

Archive
<April 2014>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
Monthly
April, 2014 (11)
March, 2014 (15)
February, 2014 (14)
January, 2014 (24)
December, 2013 (11)
November, 2013 (12)
October, 2013 (15)
September, 2013 (19)
August, 2013 (18)
July, 2013 (19)
June, 2013 (12)
May, 2013 (18)
April, 2013 (17)
March, 2013 (13)
February, 2013 (16)
January, 2013 (26)
December, 2012 (9)
November, 2012 (11)
October, 2012 (16)
September, 2012 (11)
August, 2012 (15)
July, 2012 (13)
June, 2012 (8)
May, 2012 (9)
April, 2012 (10)
March, 2012 (7)
February, 2012 (11)
January, 2012 (14)
December, 2011 (5)
November, 2011 (12)
October, 2011 (8)
September, 2011 (4)
August, 2011 (7)
July, 2011 (11)
June, 2011 (12)
May, 2011 (8)
April, 2011 (6)
March, 2011 (9)
February, 2011 (10)
January, 2011 (9)
December, 2010 (4)
November, 2010 (7)
October, 2010 (4)
September, 2010 (9)
August, 2010 (7)
July, 2010 (8)
June, 2010 (12)
May, 2010 (6)
April, 2010 (8)
March, 2010 (10)
February, 2010 (11)
January, 2010 (1)
December, 2009 (6)
November, 2009 (6)
October, 2009 (11)
September, 2009 (6)
August, 2009 (4)
July, 2009 (4)
June, 2009 (5)
May, 2009 (7)
April, 2009 (9)
March, 2009 (7)
February, 2009 (9)
January, 2009 (8)
December, 2008 (9)
November, 2008 (6)
October, 2008 (7)
September, 2008 (7)
August, 2008 (3)
July, 2008 (5)
May, 2008 (1)
April, 2008 (4)
March, 2008 (3)
February, 2008 (5)
January, 2008 (2)
November, 2007 (1)
October, 2007 (4)
September, 2007 (2)
August, 2007 (3)
July, 2007 (4)
June, 2007 (6)
May, 2007 (6)
April, 2007 (4)
March, 2007 (4)

 

Skip Navigation Links.
Skip Navigation Links.
download

If Nothing Else, Burkhardt will Make It an Interesting Ride
Read More»
By John Sciacca

The Sound of Whole House Audio, Minus the Wire
Read More»
By Curt Hayes

Burkhardt Looks to Reinvent Architectural Speaker Category with Origins Acoustics
Read More»
By Jeremy J. Glowacki

Managing the After-Hours Service Call Hot Potato
Read More»
By John Sciacca

Selling Integrated Home Systems Like a Realtor Sells a House
Read More»
By Todd Anthony Puma


CEDIA Awards Ceremony 2012
Wisdom Audio Factory Tour
Unexpected Atlanta
Triad DesignerSeries Step-by-Step Install
Top 10 Things to See at CEDIA 2010

+ All Slide Shows
sell rs 07 gold and get payment in 10mins at Rsorder.com
Read More»
oldschool runescape gold with super big discount just at rsorder easter 2014
Read More»
oldschool runescape gold with super big discount just at rsorder easter 2014
Read More»
Re: Would a DTV Delay Matter to You?
Read More»
Re: What is Your Recurring Revenue Stream?
Read More»
Re: Was Utz Baldwin the right choice for CEDIA CEO?
Read More»
Re: Was Utz Baldwin the right choice for CEDIA CEO?
Read More»
Re: Was Utz Baldwin the right choice for CEDIA CEO?
Read More»
Re: Would a DTV Delay Matter to You?
Read More»
Re: Was CES time well spent?
Read More»