Recently my Taylor 414ce (a guitar I’ve owned and loved for nearly 10 years) took a dive and hit the stage, simultaneously cracking the instrument’s body and my very soul. Though an iPhone is nowhere near as pricey as a $2,000 Taylor, it’s still a couple of hundred dollars that’s worth protecting so you don’t have to suffer the anguish of busting it by accident like I did with my guitar.
Some cases are meant to withstand mild blows, some are merely aesthetic, and others serve both purposes remarkably well. Today we’ll look at 20 of the coolest places online to pickup the perfect iPhone case that serves your desired aesthetic and/or functionality.
Interesting in finding even more accessories for your iPhone and iPad? Check out 50 Fantastic iPhone Gadgets & Accessories and The Ultimate List of Stylish iPad Cases, Bags & Accessories!
Griffin has been making Apple device accessories since before the iPod had a color screen. They are one of the oldest and most trusted providers of these types of products and have plenty of great iPhone cases to choose from.
Griffin’s coolest cases are the result of a partnership with Threadless. Once you pick out a design you like, you can get it as an iPhone case, t-shirt and wallpaper graphic. If you think having a t-shirt that matches your iPhone case is nerdy, you’re probably right. But rest assured that it’s nerdy in an awesome Mac user way, not in a “I wear a pocket protector and love calculators” way.
Like Griffin, Belkin is an aged veteran in the Apple accessory wars. The company has been around for over 25 years and has several award-winning products. If you want to be confident in the quality of your purchase, Belkin is one of the safest bets you can make.
Belkin has over unique 20 case styles for iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS. My favorite is the Shield Cinema case, a tough polycarbonate case with a stylish built-in kickstand for media viewing.
Incase makes cases for everything from guitars to soccer bags. They have a large line of stylish cases for several Apple products including iPhones, iPads, iPods and MacBooks.
The Incase iPhone 3G/3GS line features over 20 different case types made from a range of materials like metal, leather and plastic.
The Incase product that caught my eye was the beautifully shiny Chrome Slider Case. It’s nice to be able to wrap your iPhone in protective plastic while giving it a premium, metallic look.
iFrogz has 8 unique case designs that come in a variety of colors and materials. They also sell cases for iPods, Blackberrys and soon, iPads.
Though iFrogz cases are almost all two-tone, this case is one solid color (Gray, Clear, Blue, Purple or Green) and features a cool etched dot pattern that centers around the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone.
OtterBox cases are decidedly tough and rugged. Whether you’re a climber, cyclist or desk jockey, if it’s protection you’re after, start your search with OtterBox.
Though certainly not for everyone, the OtterBox 2600 Series PDA Case offers the ultimate iPhone protection. This thing is a water-resistant, airtight iPhone sarcophagus that is without a doubt more masculine than any of your friends’ cell phone cases.
Speck’s main goal is to “create good quality cases (for all sorts of devices) that always have a touch of flair and uniqueness and more fun to own and use.”
They have just under 10 unique case styles that are all quite stylish and fun. Perfect for anyone who’s looking to make a personality statement via iPhone.
Speck’s Fitted cases feature cool fabric patterns wrapped over a hard shell. it’s a nice break from the typical plastic feel and you just can’t beat an argyle iPhone.
Case-Mate sells tons of different iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook cases of all different types. The company claims to be obsessed with quality and inspects every single product before placing it into its hand-folded box.
This one was a tough call due to the fact that Case-Mate simply has a lot of really cool cases. The cases I found to be the most unique though were the ID Credit Card line.
This highly-functional case features a built-in pocket that conveniently holds your ID and credit cards. Granted, you’re screwed if you lose your phone but as long as you hang onto it you can lighten your load by leaving the wallet at home.
Shade cases are designed to be thin, lightweight and pocket-friendly. They don’t add a lot of bulk or inhibit accessory use in any way.
Shade cases are 100% recyclable, dirt and stain resistant, super affordable and even offer full screen protection. If you’re looking for a minimal case that will add protection without getting in the way, ShadeCases look like a great place to start.
ShadeCases only come in a single design but are available in clear, black, aqua, blue, green, red, pink, violet orange, yellow and black/clear. Below is a glimpse of the Serene Green.
WowCases has a huge selection of different case styles to suit the personalities of all types of iPhone users. Choose from over 30 unique styles, created from a variety of materials and available in multiple colors.
Whether you like skulls, hearts, snake skin, soccer or Hello Kitty, WowCases has the ideal case for you, most of which are available under $20.
I’m a big fan of both Coke branding and flavor so the Coca-Cola case series instantly caught my eye. These cool cases come in three flavors and will only set you back the cost of a few 12-packs.
Tired of cheap plastic cases? Want something more befitting of an executive? Sena makes only premium cases from calfskin Napa leather imported from Italy and Turkey.
Sena takes special care to design each case so that it enhances rather than hinders the functionality of the device by offering sturdy protection and easy access to important areas.
The Manget Flipper case is Sena’s most popular iPhone case and is designed to open with a flick of your thumb for quick and easy access to your phone. It also features a removable metal clip so you can choose to clip it on or carry it in your pocket.
If none of the case providers above are offering what you need, check out the additional options below:
- Xtreme Mac
- Coveroo Custom iPhone Cases
- The Appleberry Store
Are You Protected?
Many iPhone users will always prefer to use their Apple products unaltered and without a case, but for those that are interested in either protection or customization, the selections above comprise some of the best iPhone case creators and distributors on the planet.
Let us know in the comments below if you prefer to use protection or to go case-less. If you do suit up, tell us which cases you’ve tried and what you thought of them.