According to Google's 2012 mobile research report, 80% of smartphone owners don't leave home without their phone.
That means that in the course of a day, your iPhone 5 could go from the nightstand to your pants pocket (along with your keys and spare change) to the cup holder in your car (next to a hot mocha that you better hope doesn't spill) to the office (next to a second cup of joe) to the lunch table at Chipotle, and so on. No matter how careful you think you are, you're bound to get a scratch or two on your iPhone if you take it everywhere with you unprotected.
That's where an iPhone 5 case comes in. Non-slip grip, impact resistance, and damage protection all in one. Not sure which iPhone case is best for you? Here's a quick rundown on a few of the different iPhone 5 case types available on the market.
The most common type of iPhone 5 case is a bumper case. It's meant to protect the back and edges of your phone from dents, scratches, and other damage. Most bumper cases are made with silicone, but you'll find any number of materials out there, from wood iPhone cases to plastic, bamboo, or aluminum cases.
The bumper case gives you a non-slip grip and protects your phone if you drop it, but it doesn't offer any protection for the screen.
Tucking your iPhone 5 inside a case that looks like a small book not only protects your phone but cuts down on your chances of theft, since no one will know that the book holds such a valuable device.
Since the book includes a cover, your screen is protected as well, which keeps it safe from accidental scratches when you carry the phone in your pocket, purse, or bag. There's also a nifty pocket to stash your credit cards, license, and cash. Who needs a wallet when you have an iPhone book case?
A pouch offers protection for both the front and back of your iPhone 5. You can easily slip your phone in and out of the pouch, so it's easy to use the pouch when you need it or leave it home when it's too much extra bulk to bother with. The downside is that you have to keep track of the pouch, since it's not attached to your iPhone like a bumper case or a book case would be.
For minimalists who only want protection from scratches, a clear, scratch-resistant screen protector and back protector offers a bit of extra protection without all the extra bulk. Keep in mind that a clear cover won't prevent damage from dropping your phone or other impacts. You'll need a case for protection like that.
iPhone 5 Cases
Worried about scratches and dents on your iPhone 5? Check out our selection of iPhone 5 cases made with real leather and wood.