1. iLuv Selfy
Now, we have to say that we haven’t seen a case quite like this before. Why? Because it integrates a wireless camera shutter remote into the rear, letting you snap shots away from your phone. It works through Bluetooth and doesn’t require any extra apps, so you can stick to your favourite. The case itself is pretty sturdy, with a dual layer TPU construction and a polycarbonate back.
£29.99 | iLuv
2. Otterbox Resurgence
Otterbox is known for its rugged phone cases, but the American brand has taken it one step further with the Resurgence, adding a powerful extra battery in the mix too. It’ll double your phone’s battery life and features a two-piece design that protects it from drops and dings.
£99.99 | Otterbox
3. Logitech Protection Plus
Logitech claims that most people drop their phone on the corner, so the brand has decided to fit its iPhone 5 case with reinforced polymers in each corner, so that shocks are spread across the whole device. It exceeds the military drop test standard, has a raised bezel edge to protect that 4-inch Retina display and the hidden metal mount tucked away in the back lets you attach extra Logitech mounts.
$30 | Logitech
4. Catalyst Waterproof
Without adding much extra bulk to the iPhone 5, Catalyst’s case turns the fairly dainty device into something with much more strength. It’s waterproof up to 5m, so it’ll easily deal with a meeting with your morning coffee and can withstand drops from 2m.
£54.99 | Catalyst
5. Dog and Bone Backbone Wireless Charging
Sadly, the iPhone 5 or 5s (or the 6 for that matter) don’t boast wireless charging tech, which is a shame as it’s feature we’ve come to love on Android and Windows Phone devices. No worry though, as this case lets you dispose of the cable and juice your phone up wirelessly. Once the case is fitted and dropped on the included charging pad, it uses Qi tech (like the Nexus 5 & 6) to fill up that battery pretty quickly. The case itself is also military tested for strength, so it should survive a four foot drop without causing any harm.
£78.90 | Dog and Bone
6. XTREME iPhone Case
It may look like fluorescent armour, but that’s because it kinda is. The XTREME iPhone Case is packed with Reactive Protection Technology, made of XRD foam which stiffens on impact and absorbs 90% of the impact. There’s also a rigid outer polycarbonate shell and an inner shock-absorbing TPE insert, which combine to make this one of the safest havens for your iPhone 5s on the planet.
7. Adidas Originals
Sports fans look no further, as these Adidas cases come in a huge 12 colours and are designed to reflect the iconic three-stripe sneaker range. The rubber around the side ensures a tight grip, and the stripes are stitched smartly on the back, making this one neat snapcase worthy of your brand new toy.
More than just a stylish way to protect your phone, NueVue cases clean the screen and offer antimicrobial protection every time you remove the device. According to the company, 15 minutes in the case will kill 80% of the bacteria on your device and two hours will kill nearly all of it. Available in a variety of colours and materials – cotton twill, canvas, and leather - for a very reasonable price, too.
9. Incipio 'Focal'
A great choice for amateur smartphone photographers. The case has dedicated shutter and zoom buttons along with an integrated grip for quick and easy snapping.
Most waterproof cases use a variety of seals to keep your phone dry, Over-Board's system is far more simple - just wrap it in clear thermoplastic polyurethane. It certainly does the job, and the single size fits all except the most oversized handsets.
11. Power Support Air Jacket
If you like your phone to be on show, the Air Jacket is the case for you. At 1.2mm thick it’s sleek and virtually invisible, but still thick enough to provide some protection for the sides and back.
12. Mophie Space Pack
Mophie started with external battery packs, but the Space Pack takes things a step further. Not only do you get an additional battery, you also get up to 32GB of storage, which could save you the pain of deleting reels of photos for that all-important system update.
13. Incipio Atlas ID
With five layers to protect against water, shock, dirt and dust, Atlas ID is as protective a case as you’ll find, without being massively bulky. And all without compromising the touch ID ring.
14. BoostCase Hybrid Power Case
The slimmest external battery case on the market. Boostcase has a unique two piece design, with a battery sleeve and an ultra-thin snap-case that comes in a variety of styles.
15. Geeky iPhone Cases
Taking inspiration from anything awesome ever made ever, these iPhone cases are definitely worth taking a good look at. The folks at RedBubble have got a vast selection of geeky iPhone cases.
Feast your eyes on cases inspired by popular childhood gaming franchises, such as Zelda or Pokémon, timeless classics such as Doctor Who and Star Wars, to the cult phenomenon that makes ludicrously illegal activity seem like fun until it all goes wrong with Breaking Bad themed cases.
Alien, Halo, Bioshock, Disney, Apple, Minecraft and Lord of the Rings, the list just goes on for miles. With a few Game of Thrones cases, and not to mention all the superhero cases too, you’d be mad not to look at this site.
16. Utility Case for iPhone
This useful case is perfect if you’re one for losing useful at the worst possible moments. It rather efficiently houses eight tools, including screwdrivers, scissors, a toothpick, a nail file, tweezers, and a couple of pens. It's pretty sturdy too so it’ll provide some pretty solid protection, and comes with a built in kickstand. Total utility fest.
17. Personalised Wooden iPhone Case
Wood never seems to go out of style, and complements technology perfectly, so these iPhone cases should go down a treat. From Sophia Victoria Joy Ltd come a few wooden cases with a timeless feel. All are totally customisable too, made from 100% laser etched bamboo. If you’re a fan of travelling, go for the personalised destination case, where you can pick nine locations to feature on the back of your phone.
If you’re after something simple, you could always pick an initial to engrave on the back of your case. Alternatively, they make great gifts too, with a completely customisable word search style design.
£39 | Not On The High Street
18. Personalised Periodic Table Case for iPhone
Oakdene Designs have got you covered with the personalised Breaking Bad inspired iPhone case. This case lets you pick your own atomic number and symbol, as well as printing your name and date of birth, and comes in a variety of styles, too.
You’ve got the option of picking a case made for the 4/4S, or the 5/5S as well as the iPhone 5C. Available in two styles, there’s a choice of the slimline case, giving you the bare essentials of standard scratch protection, or the “Defender” case, which is a little more hard-wearing if you’re prone to dropping your phone a lot.
£18 | Not On The Highstreet
19. Bourbon Biscuit Case for iPhone
Ah, the ongoing battle of Britain’s best biscuit. The one thing that every cuppa needs is a good biscuit. It’s the post-work chill out combo that can soothe a nation, and launch a thousand ships. Although we don’t recommend dunking your phone in a hot mug of tea, we do however recommend these quirky iPhone 5/5S cases, with designs based on custard creams, or bourbons, depending on your poison.
These cool cases come with a black or white frame, depending on the colour of your phone too. They’re also available for iPhone 4/4S, too. Lovely job.
20. Tech21 Impact Trio Case
Tech21’s Impact Trio Case has one task – and that’s to ensure your iPhone comes out of a vicious drop on the pavement unscathed. A hard outer shell spreads the force of impact, while D3O material in the inner layers absorbs energy. This extra tech doesn’t lead to added weight though; this is a slim case that easily snaps on and off.
21. Sena Ultraslim Access
We’re big fans of Sena’s cases for the iPad, so it’s not much of a surprise we also really like its iPhone offerings. Out favourite is the Ultraslim Access – a simple sleeve, constructed out of hard wearing leather that keeps the sophisticated look of the iPhone 5s. A handy cut-out at the bottom gives you easy access to the Lightning connector and there’s even a swish velvet lining along the top.
22. Mophie Juicepack Plus
The iPhone is far from the worst smartphone in terms of battery life, though its still only going to keep you juiced up for a day. Battery charging cases are everywhere now, combating this issue and one of our favourites is the Juicepack Plus. Packing a 2,100 mAh battery, this baby can make sure your phone isn’t out of charge when you need it most. Not content with just providing power, this also has a durable, impact-resistant band protecting the corners and the rear.
23. True Religion Zach Wallet
Wallet style cases are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Keep your phone protected, and carry around some cards and cash, all in one package. The Zach Wallet is hand-crafted from premium leather, boasts a microfibre interior for scratch prevention and has a handy stand, with multiple viewing angles, so you can settle down with some Netflix.
24. Naztech Vault Waterproof Ultra-Slim
By adding a shockproof casing and protection from even the most severe of conditions, the Naztech Vault is a real ‘take anywhere’ case. It can protect your iPhone underwater for a whopping 20m, it’s IPX-8 rated and SGS certified, yet is far from obtrusive. Getting it on is easy and quick and it looks pretty good too.
25. Belkin Lego
It’s a case that you can use actual Lego on – need we say anymore? Possibly the most fun you can have, while at the same time protecting your shiny iPhone 5s. There’s all around rear coverage and bevy of colours, but it’s the childhood memories that win us over.
26. Knomo iPhone
Constructed of genuine leather (well, we wouldn’t expect anything else from Knomo) this will save you space in your pockets – as it includes both a place to keep your phone and a handy pull-out sleeve for your cards. Three cards can be stored in the removable section, while a microfibre lining cushions your iPhone. This is a really well made and classy case.
27. Proporta Leather case with Carbon Fibre
Not many cases can actually make this boast, but this one has been shot with a shotgun – and survived. While it’s not advised you take this test yourself, it does mean this is one sturdy customer and will be sure to provide oodles of protection to your iPhone. There’s a carbon fibre lining, microfibre interior to keep the screen scratch free and a layer of fine leather on the outside.
28. Kouros Torque
Constructed out of a combination of fine Italian leather and Alcantara fabric, this slip case has a really premium look and feel, perfect for protecting your new iPhone 5s. The device easily slips in and out, plus there's a cut out portion on the bottom so you can keep everything charged up without removing the case. If you choose the black colour, you'll get a lovely red stitched pattern, that works great with the base colour.
29. Stickygram case
If you're an avid user of Instagram, then this case is a great way to show off your snaps to more than the online community. Stickygram connects to your Instagram account, then lets you choose your favourite images to add to one of their matte cases. You can alter the layout, plus there's a choice between black or white for the background colour.
Price: $34.99 (£22) | Stickygram
30. Incipio Kicksnap
The outer polycarbonate case protects from bumps and abrasions, but the unique selling point here is the kickstand. Prop up your iPhone for a suitable viewing angle, and make use of that wide landscape screen for movies and videos.
Price: £22 | Buy it now from Amazon
31. Otterbox Defender
Tough case experts Otterbox is bringing its three-pronged protection to the iPhone 5s offering durable multi-layered polycarbonate and silicone materials that covers screen, back and sides and will guard not only against bumps and bruises but also against your mucky mitts.
32. Pantone Universe Snap-on
Simple, lightweight, protective - pretty much sums up the Pantone snap-on cases. Pantone's glossy in-mold decoration tech is the longest-lasting colour printing technique on the market. The new colours are all fabulous too, including Blue Atoll, Dandelion and Purple Cactus Flower.
33. Pantone Universe Clip and Go
Trusty polycarbonate, shock-absorbant silicone and a satin-finish flap combine to make a solid, impact-resistant case. And they double as a stand too, so you can rest your phone in both portrait and landscape modes - ideal for videos and Facetime.
Price: £22 | Buy Pantone Universe Clip and Go from Case-Scenario
34. Incase x Mara Hoffman Snap case
The iPhone 5 is a beautiful device, but it does lack a bit of colour. Brighten up your prized possession with this Incase snap case, with added artwork from uber trendy New York designer, Mara Hoffman.
Price: £26 | Buy Incase x Mara Hoffman Snap case from Incase
35. Griffin Beamhaus Pocket
Encase your iPhone in this suede lined, leather clad beauty. You know it deserves it. Along with being stylish, the Beamhaus Pocket is also practical, with a nifty slot for cards or spare cash and even comes in its own carrying pouch.
36. Belkin Lego Builder case
Release your inner child and add a tad of creativity to your iPhone 5, while protecting it from unwanted bumps. Shock absorbent and scratch resistance features aside, this case from Belkin also lets you add classic Lego bricks right on its back.
Price: £25 | Buy it now from Amazon
37. Proporta Ted Baker cases
This is a nice slim case that will protect from light bumps and scrapes - but Ted Baker is the star of the show here. The Autumn/Winter collection uses natty floral regalia, for those who are more than comfortable with their sexuality.
Price: £30 | Buy Proporta Ted Baker cases from Littlewoods
38. iFoolish 2 case
There are plenty of polycarbonate protective cases out there, but there's only one that has an 4-inch drawing board on the back. There's also a pen that fits nicely into the case, so you can amuse yourself on the tube, or leave messages for your friends.
39. Tavik Pentry
Form-fitting Plexitonium hugs the curves of your precious iPhone, protecting it from bumps and scrapes - as per your usual silicone case. This one also comes with a full alphabet's worth of letters to insert into the back, so you can spell out a five letter word of your choice.
Price: £23 | Buy Tavik Pentry from Tavik
40. Case-Mate Madison
Though not the most protective cover we've seen for a phone, the Madison makes up for it with chic styling, thanks to tthe quilted leather casing finished with Swarovski crystal inserts. Also, there is a soft, microfibre lining - so you're not totally helpless if your phone slips from your grasp.
41. Case-Mate Artistry Wood
These cases start off as a piece of exotic hardwood - sourced in a manner most friendly to the environment of course - before having a thin aluminium bezel added. Simple and elegant. You can chose from a variety of woods, and all have an inlay to help protect your phone from impacts.
Price: £35 | Buy it now from Amazon
42. 2013: Pantone Universe Bookcase
Clearly iPad Bookcase inspired, the Pantone Universe Bookcase folds out and lets you view your iPhone in a portrait or landscape viewing position, as well as dressing your iPhone 5 up in a smart variety of colours.
Price: €39.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
43. Seidio OBEX
The OBEX is designed to make sure you're pride and joy never gets so much as a scratch of damage, however badly you treat it. Rubber Silicone stoppers keep dust and liquids out of the key ports, whilst waterproof membranes protect the speakers and microphones without hurting the quality of your calls.
Price: $79.95 | Buy it now from Mobile Fun
Hitcase has been around for a while if you're an iPhone 4/4S user, but at CES the hardcase manufacturers confirmed that the Hitcase would be available for iPhone 5 on March 1st. The Hitcase covers the entirety of your iPhone, protecting it from all manner of dangerous situations, as well as being waterproof to 10 metres. It even comes with a harness for GoPro-esque shenanigans.
Price: £130 | Buy it now from Selfridges
45. Incipio ATLAS
The ATLAS - due for release in February 2013 - is waterproof, dustproof, snowproof, drop-proof, shockproof and, probably lots of other things... proof. It's waterproof to a depth of 2m, for around an hour, making it not quite as waterproof as the LifeProof case, or the Seidio OBEX. But what it lacks on that front, it makes up for with striking design.
Price: £90 | Buy it now from Amazon
46. LifeProof Frē
LifeProof claims that the Frē case is the most advanced ever built. It offers incredibly comprehensive, military grade elemental protection for your iPhone 5, along with good looks and a few colour choices. Not only that, the Lifeproof case protects your camera lense with CrystalClear glass, ensuring that your photos remain, well... crystal clear.
Price: £70 | Buy it now from Amazon
47. Snugg case
There is nothing worse than pulling out your shiny, new iPhone and noticing a scratch on that beautiful glass rear or a dirty rub mark on the aluminium antenna. The Snugg Skinny fit iPhone provides a rubberised silicone designed to ‘hug’ your iPhone giving it comforting protection without sacrificing any of the slim design.
Price: £14.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
48. Incipio Feather
A barely-noticeable, 1mm thin, ultra strong polymer case for those who want protection from house keys and loose change. Slightly larger (0.12mm) than the Dicota Slim Cover, but the opaque charcoal grey colour way retains the sleek design as Apple intended it.
Price: £18.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
49. X-Doria Dash
The only iPhone case with a window. The X-Doria Dash combines a glossy polycarbonate with a unique, perforated fabric that looks visually striking but provides all the necessary protection for your new iPhone.
Price: $34.99 (£21.60) | Buy it now from Amazon
50. Case-Mate Creatures
Available in Monkey, Peacock, Penguin and Panda flavours, these fun, colourful cases feature easy-to-hold grips to ensure that no iPhone's were harmed during the making of this case. Features a raised bezel that adds extra screen protection
Price: £24.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
51. Gear4 Wave
A simple clip-on case from Gear4 provides access to all the necessary external buttons and new Lightning charge port. Most importantly, the cover itself looks great with a grooved wave design.
Price: £24.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
52. Griffin Explorer
With a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame surrounded in a rugged, shock-absorbing silicone, Griffin’s Survivor collection protects from more than just the daily commute: dirt, sand, rain, shock and vibration are all left in the wake of apocalypse-enduring protector. And it's available in a whopping 294 colour combos.
Price: £34.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
53. Scosche kickBACK Sport
An integrated kickstand makes FaceTime calling and movie watching a doddle, whilst the shock-resistant polycarbonate exterior offers protection during active workouts. A sweat, dirt, oil and abrasion-resistant material ensures this is the ideal case for those with an active lifestyle.
Price: $29.99 (£18.60) | Buy Scosche kickBACK Sport from Scosche
54. Dicota Slim Cover
If you want to maintain the iPhone 5’s slender form but stay protected from house keys and loose change in your pocket, the slim cover will add just 0.88mm in thickness and also help prevent daily damage to your Apple smartphone. You can take your pick from blue, black, white or transparent shades of the slimline case.
Price: TBC | Buy it now from Amazon
55. Belkin ProFit Armband
Whether MiCoach, Nike+ or Endomondo is your running app of choice, if you’re investing in the iPhone 5, you are going to need to accommodate that extra screen estate. With an adjustable closure to prevent constant fiddling, there’s also a small pocket to keep your key or enough loose change for a bottle of Lucozade.
Price: £24.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
56. Cygnett UrbanShield
If Apple’s most beautiful product bar none is simply not beautiful enough, you may want to invest in this sleek case offering from Australian case-maker Cygnett. Available in a choice of brushed aluminium and carbon fiber, the slimline shell will add a sleek, but understated look to the new iPhone with access to the camera to shoot freely from its snug surroundings.
Price: £24.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
57. Proporta iPhone 5 Leather case
Flipping open like the business phones of old, this is a serious-looking case for suited folk. Constructed partly from aluminium to absorb knocks and drops, there's a soft black and cream pinstripe lining and also comes with a free screen protector.
Price: £29.95 | Buy it now from Amazon
58. Belkin View Case
Perfect for those who want to flaunt their shiny new iPhone 5 in the faces of Android lovers, the View Case sports a transparent polycarbonate back and features a protective band around the edges that is made from a scratch-protecting TPU material.
Price: £19.99 | Buy it now from Amazon
59. CalypsoCase Rainbow
If you are willing to spend a bit more on a more luxurious mobile home for the iPhone 5, CalypsoCase has joined forces with designer Lara Bohnic to bring her unique style to its latest handcrafted cases which include the ‘Rainbow’ made from a fashionista-loving glossy leather with silver finishing.
Price: 149 Euros (£119) | Buy CalypsoCase Rainbow from Calypso Crystal