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Review: First crop of iPhone 5 cases available now

A gorgeous new iPhone 5(s AAPL) in hand, pristine right out of the box — you might want to protect it with a case, but with Apple shipping the iPhone 5 so soon after announcing it last week, you may be scrambling to find a good compatible case. Fortunately, a few manufacturers have confirmed cases available starting Friday and provided samples for review. Here are some great choices.

Tech 21 Impact Band $39.99

This minimalistic design provides basic bumper protection on the sides as well as a clear plastic back to protect the finish from scratches. The soft D3O® material fits snuggly around the phone and protects the edges from drops and adds color (nine choices) and personalization to your iPhone without adding bulk. This is a great case for people who don’t generally like cases.

X-Doria Dash $34.99

Want protection but don’t want anyone to mistake your iPhone 5 for any other product, like the iPhone 4? The Dash provides side and back with hard plastic protection for your iPhone while leaving a clear window to show off the distinctive iPhone 5 logo and coloring. Currently available only in black, it’s a slight step up in protection without much compromise

Scosche Kickback $29.99

The kickBACK is a thicker hard plastic protector for your iPhone 5 with a sporty finish that makes the phone easy to grip even with sweaty hands. The case comes in five different colors as well as basic black and white.

The cool feature of this case is the integrated kickstand which makes FaceTime easy as well as movie viewing in landscape mode. Clever.

Gumdrop Drop Tech $44.95

Although the more traditional extreme case manufacturers such as Otterbox were not able to provide samples in time for this review, Gumdrop actually sent me a case for review the day of the iPhone 5 launch. This case provide complete integrated protection for all ports as well as the screen in a dual-layer design of hard plastic skeleton enveloped with a soft plastic exterior with stylized tire-inspired texturing. Currently only available in black, more colors are on the way

This is a slightly bulky product, but if you need hard core protection, this is a great case.

As far as how these manufacturers developed cases so quickly, basically they guessed. “We made some assumptions to be in a position to move very quickly once specs are unveiled by Apple,” tech21 CEO Jason Roberts said in a statement.

Because this iPhone is made out of aluminum, it’s supposed to be less likely to crack or shatter. Are you going to get a case for your iPhone 5 or go “naked”?

14 Responses to “Review: First crop of iPhone 5 cases available now”

  1. Jordan Arvin

    I am looking into getting a new phone case for my iPhone, and I came across They have seem pretty cool cases, and they have some good discounts. I can get 20% off my order and free shipping if I use the code BG20UV. What do you guys think about them? Has anyone purchased one of their cases before?

  2. Soybean Futures

    In my point of view, iPhone 5 case is not so bad. Instead of a stainless steel mid-frame sandwiched between two pieces of glass, the iPhone 5 now is made out of aluminum, just like Apple notebooks or desktops, and this does a number of things for the iPhone. For one, it makes the entire device stronger. Instead of having a solid piece of glass on the front and back, there’s now just glass on the front. Instead of both of these glass slabs being attached to the front and back separately, now the phone’s case is made out of one piece of aluminum, with the front display sitting flush in the iPhone. You can instantly feel just how solid and well built the iPhone 5 is the first time you pick it up. in the case you want to protect your iPhone 5 better. you may get an plastic or wood case for it. this seems to be one of good collection for wood case.

  3. ryanlawrence171

    iPhone 5 comes in five different colors as well as basic black and white. New iPhone 5 have cool feature of case is the integrated kickstand which makes Face Time easy as well as movie viewing in landscape mode.

  4. I have the Tech21 case – have used these since the 3GS. Check out the YouTube video on 3DO – you certainly won’t understate this as “basic drop protection” then! BTW, their iPhone 5 case is their best yet, IMO.

  5. RaptorOO7

    Funny you don’t list the OtterBox cases which started shipping today from OtterBox, but I had one on order with my new iPhone 5 from Verizon Wireless so they are available. Speck Products just released their new iPhone 5 cases today. I ordered the Satin Finish Candy Case in Black. I will either keep the OtterBox or return it, not sure until i see it.

    Of course I am really waiting for the TakTik Case for iPhone 5 by Lunatik which is built like a tank.

      • Stephen Di

        Gotta say, I’m a pretty huge fan of the Otterbox Commuter case- It’s way less bulky than the Defender case, and provides all the protection I need and still fits in my pocket.

        It feels very engineered and designed too, lots of little bevels and angles on it. And this generation is better than the last one because the camera hole is much bigger and much more useful. I also really like how it protects the docking port and earphone jack too. All in all, I’d say it’s my favorite case.

        Of course… the lunatik case is going to be the most heavy duty case around, but it looks like it’ll weigh in at 10 pounds and be the size of the ipad mini when it’s through!