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Top 10 iPhone 4S Cases

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There are no shortage of iPhone 4S cases and covers, but there are a limited number of awesome iPhone 4S cases.

These iPhone cases protect the phone and its functionality while looking great doing so.

The GottaBeMobile staff owns many of these cases, or would happily buy them if we had unlimited funds.

Read: 10 Best iPhone 4S Accessories

iPhone 4S owners looking for premium cases need look no further than GottaBeMobile’s favorite iPhone 4S cases.

Element Vapor Pro iPhone 4S Case

Beautiful iPhone 4S case with an array of options and finishes.

Element Vapor Pro Case

The Element Vapor Pro is a premium case that comes highly recommended from several GottaBeMobile readers. I don’t own one, but the case looks amazing in person. The aluminum or alloy frames come in a number of color combinations.

On top of looking great, the Vapor Pro features oversized headphone jack and dock connector cutouts for optimal accessory support.

For added panache, pick up the Carbon Fiber Back Plate for $29.99.

$129.99 – $159.99 @ Element | $59.99 and up Various Colors @ Amazon

Zero Chroma Teatro-S iPhone Case

The Zero Chroma iPhone 4S case adds a rotating kickstand to the iPhone.

ZeroChroma iPhone 4S case

The Zero Chroma Teatro-S iPhone case doesn’t add much bulk, but it does add a kickstand to the back of the iPhone. This is the iPhone 4S case I use most often.

The kickstand rotates for FaceTime in portrait mode or watching movies in landscape. It also acts as a mini tripod for filming video with the iPhone 4S.

$39.72 @ Amazon

Piel Frama Leather iPhone Wallet Case

The best leather iPhone cases are from Piel Frama.

Piel Frama iPhone 4s wallet case

Piel Frama designs beautiful leather iPhone cases, including a great magnetic leather wallet case. Piel Frama’s leather iPhone 4S wallet case adds minimal bulk but still has room for several credit cards.

The flip magnetic wallet case for the iPhone flips open to prop up the iPhone 4S in portrait mode. The leather has a great feel and the hand stitching looks wonderful.

$84 @ Amazon

Otterbox Defender iPhone 4S Case

Triple layer protection with a built in screen protector.

The Otterbox Defender Series iPhone case is the pinnacle of protection for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Three layers provide protection from drops, a built-in screen protector protects the display, which is then covered with the belt holster clip.

Otterbox Defender iPhone 4S cases come in a variety of colors including solid, military camo and Realtree camo designs.

$29.99 @ Amazon | $59.95 Camo @ Otterbox 

Book Book iPhone 4S Case

Turn the iPhone 4S into a classic book with this camera covering case.

The Book Book iPhone 4S case isn’t for everyone, but for those who love the look of a classic book, the Book Book case is a great fit. The case includes cutouts for credit cards and ID, but unfortunately covers the camera.

Thanks to the premium look and feel this case is on the wishlist of several GottaBeMobile team members.

$59.95 @ Amazon

Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless

Extend the iPhone 4S’ battery life and never lose keys again.

Kensington BungeeAir Power

The Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless is a great looking battery case for the iPhone 4S that adds in the ability to find keys and receive a warning for when the iPhone is left on a desk or in a cab. There is also a card holder that acts as a kickstand when watching movies.

The Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless is my battery pack of choice and our top pick in the iPhone 4S Battery Case Showndown.

$59.19 @ Amazon

Case-Mate Phantom iPhone Case

An iPhone 4S case with great protection and good looks.

iphone 4s case-mate  Phantom case

The Case-Mate Phantom iPhone 4S case protects the iPhone 4S from drops and seals the ports without adding significant bulk.

This case has been the daily driver for my wife for the past 4 months. The Phantom case delivers great protection in a variety of colors at an affordable price.

$29.65 @ Amazon

Tuneband iPhone 4S Running Case

A great case for running and working out with the iPhone.

TUneband iPhone 4s running case

The Tuneband is a great case for runners that straps the iPhone 4S right to an arm so there’s no need to carry the iPhone or run headphones up a shirt to keep the cord from flapping all over.

Pair the Tuneband with the Phillips Bluetooth workout headphones to go wireless free on workouts.

$19.99 @ Amazon

Speck Candyshell Card for iPhone 4S

Protection from drops and room for 3 cards.

Speck CandyShell Card

The Speck Candyshell Card for iPhone 4S includes room for three credit cards or folded cash and protects the iPhone from random drops and bumps and thanks to a lip offers some screen protection when placed face down or dropped face first.

The Candyshell Card is available in a number of colors and comes highly recommended.

$27.20 @ Amazon 

GelaSkins Hard Case for iPhone 4S

Everything we love about Gelaskins skins in a hardcase.

Gelaskins iPhone 4s hardcase

Gelaskins is best known for great looking customizable skins and licensed artwork that sticks to the iPhone 4S, but now GelaSkins offers hard cases with more protection.

The new GelaSkins hard cases are available with all the same great designs, and with a customizable look that lets users upload custom artwork and photos to truly personalize the iPhone 4S.

$34.95 @ GelaSkins

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

12 Comments

  1. The Geekiest Guy

    04/25/2012 at 12:24 am

    You left out the Diff case… Its pretty great, you should probably check it out.

  2. jay

    05/13/2012 at 4:24 pm

    If you do a report on iPhone security products have a look at
    http://www.securityanchor.com/images/82iphone.jpg

  3. Kawai

    07/18/2012 at 9:29 pm

    Great iphone cases! I liked the Zero Theatre one!

    I thought you may like these ones too, handmade in Japan with the painting technique of Maki-e
    http://xcooljapanx.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/the-craft-of-japan-high-quality-lacquer-smart-phone-case-is-now-on-sale-around-the-world/

  4. luis

    10/07/2012 at 8:37 pm

    book book case is not a good idea if you live in the third world specially if they see you pulling out credit cards ahahaha they not only take my phone but alson my credit cards if i had ones hahah ballistic is the best

  5. James

    10/25/2012 at 3:34 pm

    Have a tunebelt and use my flip belt more. http://www.flipbelt.com

  6. Ryan Goldfire

    11/07/2012 at 7:23 am

    If you want an original natural leather sleeve/case for your iPhone, visit http://www.AtelierPall.com
    Hand stitched, full grain leather, my iPhone case is both safe and stylish.

  7. Ana

    11/30/2012 at 4:31 pm

    there’s a really cool one on eBay that is not listed here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121031703234?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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  9. Joe Bowler

    03/20/2013 at 1:52 pm

    Best case I have had http://www.edge-design.com

  10. Harrison

    04/30/2013 at 5:56 pm

    Nice case, but I prefer the Pong Research iPhone case. Studies conducted by numerous scientific teams in several nations have raised troubling questions about possible associations between heavy cell phone use and serious health dangers. That’s why I investigated ways to cell phone radiation protection. In the end though, I found a couple of reviews of >Pong Research ‘s cases, that convinced me to give it a try. This case is built with an antenna in between layers of the back cover, which reduce exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception. I was skeptical about it, however, I bought a case. Because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

    • Shareld

      11/02/2013 at 9:40 am

      Has the case helped with reception and dropped calls?

  11. Danielle Patterson

    02/03/2014 at 12:49 pm

    Just found number 5 on Amazon at a good price and has great reviews: http://amzn.to/1fH9APN – Got free shipping too.

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