Buying an iPhone 5 case is not an easy task, especially if you want to buy the perfect iPhone 5 case for your needs. There are hundreds of iPhone 5 cases to choose from, but the Gotta Be Mobile team narrowed the selection down to the 50 most amazing iPhone 5 cases on the market.
We scoured the Internet to find the best iPhone 5s cases in a multitude of categories so that you don’t need to spend a day and a half finding your perfect iPhone 5 case.
Our list of 50 Amazing iPhone 5 cases is broken down into 13 categories from cheap iPhone 5 cases and minimal iPhone 5 cases to waterproof iPhone 5 cases and rugged iPhone 5 cases. We also have iPhone cases for photography and for high fashion, though the prices will climb for some of them.
Rounding out the collection of iPhone 5 cases are custom case options, skins that offer a small layer of protection and one glass screen protector to use in place of an iPhone 5 case.
50 Amazing iPhone 5 Cases
Read on to find the best iPhone 5 case for you in our list of 50 amazing iPhone 5 cases for 2014.
These minimalist iPhone 5 cases offer protection from scratches and small drops without adding bulk or getting in the way of using the iPhone.
Apple Leather iPhone 5 Case
The Apple leather iPhone case is marketed towards the iPhone 5s, but it works just as well on the iPhone 5. This slim leather case protects the back and sides of the iPhone while adding only a little width and thickness. With this case on the iPhone 5 is as thick as the iPhone 4s, which is to say not very thick at all. The leather will wear over time and some users find the wearing too much on brown and red versions, so keep that in mind before buying. Read our Apple leather iPhone case review for more details.
$39 at Apple
OtterBox Symmetry iPhone 5 Case
The OtterBox Symmetry iPhone 5 case is a new option from a company best known for thicker, more rugged case options. This one-piece case actually incorporates the soft and hard dual-material that OtterBox uses to protect phone sin thicker cases, offer a tight fit that doesn’t add much thickness to the iPhone 5. This case option arrives this Spring, but our hands on time with the case during the last two weeks is very positive. The case will arrive in multiple colors and patterns will also arrive for $5 more.
$39.95 at OtterBox
Case Mate Barely There iPhone 5 Case
Case Mate’s Barely There iPhone 5 case comes in more than a dozen colors, wrapping the iPhone 5 in a protective shell that adds a small layer of protection while also allowing users to match their style or look. This case offers a soft touch finish and even comes in a clear option that lets users see through to the iPhone 5’s design. Users can also choose a custom option for $15 more.
$25 at Case Mate
Spigen Ultra Thin Air iPhone 5 Case
Spigen makes a collection of wonderful iPhone 5 cases and this Ultra Thin Air model is as thin as they go. The hard polycarbonate case helps protect from scratches and small drops without adding much thickness to the iPhone 5. This case is available in a clear option as well as in colored options which cover up the Apple logo to mask the appearance of the phone.
$19.99 at Spigen
ZeroChroma Vario Protect for iPhone 5
ZeroChroma makes some of our favorite iPhone cases including the Vario Protect, which is a slim iPhone 5 case that includes a kickstand. Users can swivel the kickstand to work in portrait or landscape orientation so it is a great companion for FaceTime or watching movies. The kickstand supports multiple angles and can also act as a small grip for fingers when walking with the iPhone 5. Check out our ZeroChroma iPhone 5 case review for more details.
$39.95 at ZeroChroma
SF Bags Suede Jacket for iPhone 5
If you want a slim pouch to protect the iPhone 5 in a purse or bag, but prefer a naked iPhone 5 while actually using the device, the SF Bags iPhone Suede Jacket is a nice fit. Users can choose from suede, zebra or cheetah prints and there are optional sizes that can also incorporate the added bulk of an Apple Leather case. If you prefer to carry earbuds or something small with the iPhone, add a pocket for $4 extra.
$10 and up at SFBags
A good iPhone 5 wallet case lets users carry two to three cards and some cash so you can leave home with just an iPhone in your pocket instead of a bulky wallet or a purse.
Sena WalletSlim iPhone 5 Case
Sena makes great looking and feeling leather iPhone cases and the WalletSlim is one of our early favorites for carrying an iPhone and a few cards. The snap on this adds some bulk, but it also adds the assurance that your cards won’t slip out of the iPhone case while you are out and about. Users can choose from six color options including red, orange and pink. Read our Sena WalletSlim review for more.
$44.95 at Sena
OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet
OtterBox takes the protection of the Commuter Series iPhone cases and adds a wallet that can hold three cards or two cards and a little cash with all the protection that the Commuter line offers. OtterBox offers several color options and we really like the click that secures the wallet portion of this case and prevents cards from flying if you drop the case. Read our OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet review for more.
$44.95 at OtterBox
MAPI Tion iPhone 5 Wallet Case
MAPI makes our current favorite iPhone 5 wallet case with a slim supple design that allows us to carry three cards and doesn’t add a bulky strap like the Sena case does. While the case isn’t design to hold more we can fit one or two bills behind the phone. The case is tight enough that cards don’t slide out when we don’t want them to. Read our MAPI Tion iPhone 5 wallet case review for more.
$50 from MAPI
BookBook Wallet Case
The Book Book for iPhone case turns your iPhone 5 into a small hardcover book in one of three colors and designs which adds bulk, but it is a tradeoff that many users are willing to make. The BookBook iPhone 5 case includes slots for four cards and a place for cash, which is the most of any iPhone 5 wallet case we’ve reviewed. The latest models include an opening on the back so you can take photos while the case is on. Read our BookBook iPhone 5 case review for more and be on the lookout for cheap knockoffs on Amazon.
$59.99 at TwelveSouth
Speck Wallet Case
The Speck SmartFlex Card for iPhone 5 lets users carry up to three cards and some cash in a colorful package. The back of this iPhone 5 case includes a cutout for the cards and a push area to slide them out when you are ready to use them. Gotta Be Mobile editors and family members are using this case thanks to the nice looks, protection and convenience of carrying cards in a small protective package.
$34.95 at Speck
Not everyone has a lot of money left to buy an iPhone 5 case after singing a contract or buying one at full price to use on Straight Talk, so here are some cheap iPhone 5 cases that are still good options.
Amazon Basics iPhone 5 Case
Users that need a slim, cheap iPhone 5 case should check out the Amazon Basics brand. Amazon sells many items under a house brand that offer a little protection at a nice price. Amazon offers the Amazon Basics iPhone 5 case in eight color options from black and white to brighter color combinations. This includes a polycarbonate hard shell with a silicon inner portion for added protection. Amazon also offers cheap Lightning cables.
$9.99 at Amazon
Belkin Grip Candy iPhone 5 Case
Belkin also offers a cheap iPhone 5 case that is less than $10 on Amazon. This case comes in nearly a dozen colors with solid and sheer back covers to fit your style. This case adds a small bumper around the front to protect the screen when placed face down on a table.
$9.30 at Amazon
Elago iPhone 5 Bumper
Apple doesn’t sell an iPhone 5 bumper case, but Elago does with multiple color options in this affordable iPhone 5 bumper option. Like other bumper cases this slim band leaves the front and back of the iPhone open, protecting the device with a bumper that runs the entire edge of the iPhone 5 to protect form drops on corners and to add a little lip to the front and back of the iPhone 5.
$13.99 at Amazon
Sometimes the only option for an iPhone 5 case is one that exudes style and costs almost as much as the iPhone 5 did. Here are some of the fanciest iPhone 5 cases around.
Michael Kors iPhone 5 Wallet Clutch
Most of the iPhone 5 wallet cases we looked at previously live in a pocket or a purse, but this Michael Kors iPhone 5 clutch is a case that is also a fashion accessory with a strap to carry your iPhone 5, cards and cash for a night out without a big purse or when you don’t have a pocket to carry a traditional wallet case.
$79.95 at Apple
Louis Vuitton iPhone 5 Case
Most of the high-end fashion iPhone 5 cases are tailored for women, but Louis Vuitton offers a slim iPhone 5 carrying case for men who want to show off a little traditional Vuitton design. This case shows a small logo and uses the well-known checkered design of other Louis Vuitton luggage.
$315 at Louis Vuitton
Case Mate Gemstones iPhone 5 Case
Case Mate’s Gemstones iPhone 5 case offerings come in Turquoise, Howlite and Gold Jet with real gemstones accented with brushed aluminum. These colorful and beautiful cases look right at home on the iPhone 5 and when we saw them in person the quality really stood out.
$150 at Case Mate
Gresso DNA D2 iPhone 5 Case
Sometimes an iPhone 5 case is expensive solely to show that you can afford it, which is the case with the Gresso DNA D2. This iPhone 5 bumper is made of titanium and includes a 1 gram 18k yellow gold insert with the Gresso logo. this is the most expensive iPhone 5 case in our roundup, but a bargain compared to others offered by Gresso.
$1,000 at Gresso
If you need an iPhone 5 case to use while working out, these are the best options we could find.
Belkin EaseFit iPhone 5 Armband
The iPhone 5 is a pain to hold while working out, so a good iPhone 5 armband is a nice way to carry the iPhone 5 with you at the gym or while running. The case is made of neoprene and lycra and is hand washable to prevent smells from building up. The case portion protects the iPhone 5 from sweat and keeps it secure during workouts.
$13.99 at Amazon
TuneBelt iPhone 5 Armband
The TuneBelt Sport Armband for iPhone 5 is adjustable from 9-inch to 17-inch to fir most arms and the company sells a extender to fit even larger arms. This iPhone 5 armband also includes a built in spot to wrap excess headphone wire so it isn’t in your way while working out. The case includes a reflective stripe and is washable. The main area secures the iPhone 5 and protects it from shocks and from sweat.
$19.95 at TuneBelt
An iPhone 5 battery case can double or triple the battery life of the iPhone 5 and allows users to charge up with a more common Micro USB charging cable when the case and iPhone are dead.
Mophie Juice Pack Helium
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium is the slimmest iPhone 5 battery case from Mophie, but it’s just right for users that need a little more battery life each day. Mophie claims the Juice Pack Helium can deliver 80% more battery life to the iPhone thanks to a 1,500 mAh battery. In our Mophie Juice Pack Helium review we found 60% was a more accurate number, but that is still a good value for the small size of this case. It is also available in a wide range of color options.
$79.95 at Amazon
Incipio offGRID iPhone 5 Battery Case
The Incipio offGRID iPhone 5 battery case uses a large 2,600 mAh battery to offer up to 180% more battery life according to Incipio. This case allows users to charge up the iPhone and the case at the same time and shows the power status on the front of the case, instead of the back like Mophie and others do. Users can charge via Micro USB so it’s always easy to find a charger.
$70 at Amazon
Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 Battery Case
Users who want a cheap iPhone 5 battery case that still delivers longer battery life should check out the Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 battery case which is $40 less than competing cases. The Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 battery case includes a Micro USB charger and a 2,300 mAh battery which the company claims will recharge the iPhone 5 one full time.
$55.55 at Amazon
Mophie Space Pack iPhone 5 Battery Case
The Mophie Space Pack iPhone 5 battery case is more than just a battery case, it adds storage to the iPhone 5. If you bought a 16GB iPhone 5, and need a place to keep photos and videos this case includes 16GB or 32GB of extra storage. The Space Pack impressed us at CES 2014 earning the Best iPhone Accessory award at the show in January. The battery is rated at 1,700 mAh which should deliver about a full recharge and the storage space is accessible form an app on the phone or your computer.
$149 and up at Mophie
If you want a custom iPhone 5 case with your photo or logo on it, these options are affordable and offer great quality products.
Gelaskins Hardcase for iPhone 5
If you want a custom iPhone 5 case the Gelaskins Hardcase for iPhone 5 is a very nice option that is affordable as well. This slim case will show a few scuffs over time, but the clearcoat prevents them from damaging the actual print. The system is set up for a single photo upload in most cases, but in the item above we made a collage on a computer and uploaded it.
$35 at Gelaskins
Case Mate Custom iPhone Case
Case Mate offers a similar option, but delivers a lot more customization options including the film strip above and other collages that uses can make right on the website. Pick a custom background color as well. If you already store your photos on Facebook, login and pull them over for even faster customization. Case Mate offers several types of cases from minimal to rugged.
$40 to $50 at Case Mate
Skinit Custom iPhone 5 Case
Skinit offers a lot of iPhone case and skin options including a custom case that lets users put one photo on the case. Users can choose from a Pro or a Lite case depending on how much protection they need. These cases wrap around the iPhone edges so you can see the color and photo on each side of the iPhone 5.
$30 to $40 at Skinit
When you need a rugged iPhone 5 case that can handle the hazards of being a parent, working in construction or enjoying the outdoors.
OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 5
The OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 5 case is a multi-layer case the offers a great level of protection and includes a belt clip holster for easy access to the phone while outdoors. This case adds some bulk to the iPhone, but for the trade-off users get very good protection from drops. There is a built-in screen protector that shields against scratches and unlike most protectors is not one that you need to apply and keep dust or bubbles out, it’s just part of the case. Check out our review for more.
$27 and up on Amazon
OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 5
The OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 5 case offers a similar multi-layer design as the Defender Series, but in a slimmer and easier to carry in your pocket design. This case doesn’t use a built-in screen protector, but it does include one that users can apply. The case is available in a variety of colors and even with a 3D design on the back. Check out our review of the case for more.
$20 and up at Amazon
Tech21 iPhone 5 Case
Tech21 makes a thin case that is impressively rugged for the size thanks to a D3O impact band that runs along the edge of the case. This band is soft under normal conditions but when force is applied from a drop or a smack onto a hard surface it absorbs the pressure to protect your phone. This material allows for a thin case that delivers a lot of protection. Gotta Be Mobile publisher Xavier Lanier uses one of these cases on his iPhone to keep it safe while in the hands of his child.
$34.95 at Apple
G-Form XTREME iPhone 5 Case
The G-Form EXTREME iPhone 5 case uses a similar type of protection, though it is not the same material as Tech21. G-Form is well known for gear that protects football, soccer and other athletes including extreme sports and now offers similar protection for phones. This case includes Reactive Protection Technology, which stiffens upon impact to protect the iPhone from damage if it is dropped.
$39.99 at G-Form
Ballistic iPhone 5 Case
The BALLISTIC Hard Core iPhone 5 case is designed to take whatever you throw at your iPhone thanks to reinforced corner protection, multiple layers of protection and the ability to keep the iPhone safe from a high-impact drop of 12-feet, according to the company. The case includes a built-in screen protector for additional device safety. This case is available in a variety of colors.
$59.99 at BALLISTIC
Sometimes a rugged iPhone 5 case isn’t enough and you need a waterproof iPhone 5 case to help the iPhone survive a day at the beach or your hectic life. Here are five options ranging from always on to one that slips on for use in the hot tub or at the pool.
Incipio Atlas iPhone 5 Case
The Incipio Atlas is a waterproof iPhone 5 case that protects the iPhone from water and includes a warranty to offer a repaired or replaced iPhone if it suffers water damage while in the case. Incipio markets this case as the ultimate travel companion that is capable of keeping the iPhone safe while on the go in weather and water. The case is available in a variety of colors.
$79.99 at Incipio
Lifeproof Nuud iPhone 5 Case
The Lifeproof Nuud iPhone 5 case is a waterproof case that doesn’t put anything in between the user and the screen. A seal forms on the glass front of the iPhone and around the home button so users can still enjoy the same feel of the iPhone 5’s glass display. The back of the case is open to show the design of the iPhone 5. Port covers clip closed to seal the phone’s headphone and charging jacks from water. Read our review for more. Users can also choose various accessories and armbands.
$89.99 at Lifeproof
OtterBox Armor iPhone 5 Case
The OtterBox Armor iPhone 5 case is a rugged and waterproof case that wraps the iPhone 5 in a mix of soft and hard material to handle drops and water like a champ. This case is crushproof as well, with OtterBox running it over with a truck. We enjoyed using this case to take photos and videos underwater during our review.
$99 Reg, 49.99 on Sale at OtterBox
BubbleShield iPhone 5 Waterproof Bag
When you need waterproof protection for the beach or hot tub, but you don’t need an always on waterproof iPhone 5 case the BubbleShield bag is a great option. This slides on to an iPhone 5, even one with a slim case on it, to protect the iPhone while reading or Facebooking in a hot tub or at the beach and slips off when you are done. It’s more durable than a Ziploc bag and it is reusable. Check out our review for more.
$19.95 for a 5 pack at Joy Factory
Optrix XD5 iPhone 5 Case
If you need a waterproof iPhone 5 case that can also mount to something for capturing extreme sports the Optrix XD5 is your best bet. This case seals tight ant includes a lens on the outside of the case to offer a wider angle shot. The case is waterproof to 15 feet and can attach to mounts on helmets, handlebars kayaks and more.
$80 at Amazon
Sometimes you want more than just an iPhone 5 case, you want something that is weird, fun or crazy. If that’s you.Here are 5 incredible iPhone 5 cases to look at.
Yellow Jacket Stun Gun iPhone Case
The Yellow Jacket Stun Gun iPhone 5 case is exactly what it sounds like, an iPhone case that includes a stun gun for protection. In addition to stunning assailants the battery can also be used to charge the iPhone. The stun gun can deliver 50 zaps on one charge and is quite loud. It is available in many colors and arrives in March 2014.
$149 at Yellow Jacket
Opena iPhone 5 Case
Never be without a can opener thanks to the Opena iPhone 5 case with a built-in bottle opener. This case includes a slide out metal bottle opener that puts the pressure of opening a bottle on the case, not on the iPhone. The case is available in white and black options, and is certainly better than a flip-flop bottle opener.
$19.95 at Opena
Rabbit Ears iPhone 5 Case
Fans of New Girl may want to find a rabbit ear iPhone 5 case to steal the styling of Jess. If that’s you, this is a nice option. The bunny ears iPhone 5 case includes a detachable fluffy tail as well as two big ears that stick out the top of the case. Tis case is available in many colors including bright pink.
$3 at Amazon
Glow in the Dark iPhone 5 Case
If you want to make sure your iPhone 5 is easy to find in the dark, this glow in the dark iPhone 5 case is a good option to consider. This case is bright and includes a glow in the dark lighting bolt on the back. Beware of super-cheap glow in the dark iPhone cases on Amazon, many of which have poor reviews.
$9.99 at J. Crew
The iPhone 5 camera is one of the most popular consumer cameras on the market thanks to consistently good pictures. If you want to add to the experience here are a collection of cases you will enjoy.
Olloclip iPhone 5 Case and Lenses
The Olloclip iPhone 5 case and lens accessories allow users to add multiple lens options ot the iPhone 5 and the case flips around to act as a shutter button while a lens is attached. Olloclip offers a 4-in-1 lens solution with Macro and wide-angle solutions, a Telephoto and Polarized lens and a Macro option as well. The iPhone 5 lens options are sold separately so you can buy the ones that fit your needs. The case also includes a tripod and hotshoe mount. Check out our review here.
$99 for Case and 4-in-1 at Olloclip
The mCAMLITE is an aluminum case that makes it easier to hold the iPhone 5 steady for photos and videos. This case includes a 37mm wide-angle lens and a macro lens combined. There are multiple areas to connect to a tripod or mount as well as a hotshoe on top to attach a flash. The case also includes a microphone for better audio. Check out our review.
$129 at ALM
GLIF iPhone 5 Tripod Mount
If you need a slim iPhone 5 tripod mount, GLIF is a good option. It’s not as much a case as an accessory, but for users that want to swap out a minimal iPhone 5 case for a tripod mount occasionally it is worth a mention. The mount cups the iPhone 5 and can attach it to a standard tripod.
$20 at Amazon
The Kogeto Dot is a unique iPhone 5 camera case in that it lets you take a 360 degree panorama or panoramic video with the iPhone 5. This is results in video you can actually drag around the view to see all the way around the camera. The video above shows this in action. The Kogeto Dot sticks out from the iPhone 5, but it is not something you would normally leave on all the time.
$49 at Kogeto
Tiltpod iPhone 5 Case
The Tiltpod is an iPhone 5 case with a small keychain accessory that can connect to the iPhone 5 case and grip to a desk or surface to stand the iPhone up. This acts as a tripod as well as offering a stand for Facetime calls or watching videos. Check out our review for more.
$29.95 at Gomite
Sometimes you don’t want to use an iPhone case, but you still want some protection. Here are a few iPhone 5 skins and screen protectors that will help you go caseless without worry.
Spigen GLAS.tR SLIM
Spigen offers a glass screen protector that is design to protect the glass iPhone screen from scratches and drops. It may sound odd to use another piece of chemically strengthened glass to do this, but it works. If you drop the iPhone 5 with this slim piece of glass on it the protector may break, but it should keep the iPhone screen safe.
$34.99 at Spigen
We already shared a hardcase option from Gelaskins, but as the name implies they are best known for skins. You can get a custom skin or choose from licensed artwork and comics for a great looking bit of protection from scrapes and scratches. There are many options to choose from and you will get a matching wallpaper to round out the design.
$15 at Gelaskins
BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber
The BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber skins stick right to the iPhone protecting it from scratches. This skin is available in three color options and can cover just the back or the full body. This is not just a print, as it offers a texture of Carbon Fiber for a nice tactile feel. This proven skin earned good marks from us as far back as 2011, and is still a go to skin for the iPhone.
$19.95 at BodyGuardz
ZAGG Invisible Shield
ZAGG offers several options for the InvisibleShield series of iPhone 5 skins and screen protectors including the original, high-definition and an extreme version. Users can pick from front or front and back protection to keep the screen and the back of the phone safe. Installation is pretty easy, though you will need patience. If you want to keep the look of the iPhone and avoid a case while still protecting the iPhone for resale this is a nice option. Check out our review for more.
$14.99 and up at ZAGG