One of the best thing about Apple iPhone, the cases. The cool, vibrant, tough, unique and awesome cases that give your iPhone a new look. Some of them even add a new feature, like kickstand to go hands-free or ability to charge on-the-go using built-in battery in case.

Till now, almost all versions of iPhones had same dimensions and display size. So most of the cases which were made for iPhone 4S, are compatible with iPhone 4 and 3GS too. But now, iPhone 5 is launched with a 4-inch display and as a result, it’s taller than previous ones. It’s the thinnest iPhone too. Therefore, almost all cases that were made for previous models are obsolete for the iPhone 5.

Manufacturers are ready with a new range of better and taller cases already. The number of options are so much that you’ll probably miss out the best ones while buying one for your brand new Apple iPhone. To help you, to make your job easier, here is a list of best iPhone cases for men and women. As men have their own taste and women have their own, the manufacturers have to keep everyone’s needs in mind while designing. Just click on the title of any case to see more details and buy it right away.

Also Read: Best iPhone 4S Accessories

1. Incipio LGND

incipio lgnd

A very cool case with hands-free viewing ability. No, it does not have an ugly looking kickstand. The cover itself converts into a stand, which makes it better than the ones with kickstand. It comes in two colors, chocolate-brown and obsidian black. It weighs 1.43 ounce… and cost?

Price: $34.99

2. OtterBox iPhone 5 Defender Series Case

otterbox defender series

Protect your iPhone from random accidents with OtterBox Defender. It is protected by three layers namely, built-in screen protector, polycarbonate inner shell, and rubber outer slipover. The rubber plugs covers and protects the openings of the device, like headphone jack, charging port, etc. But still it allows full access to all functions and features including headphones, camera and volume controls. It weighs 4 ounce (114 grams) and comes in more than 8 vibrant colors.

Price: $49.95

3. Cygnett Vector

cygnett vector

Vector 3D Tough, is really tough indeed. The design is impact resistant, inspired by the angles of Skyscrapers and Stealth Jets. It provides access to all functions, like most of the cases in market and has a built-in screen protector. Available in two colors, Black and Purple.

Price: $18.99

4. Belkin Shield Pastels

belkin shield pastels

A colorful yet good-looking case with pretty nice pattern at the back. It is made with super-thin polycarbonate material, but it’s tough enough to protect your device from scratches and impact. The Shield series by Belkin is made specifically to protect the phone from everyday wear and tear. And it comes with one year limited warranty too.

Price: $29.99

5. Griffin KaZoo

griffin kazoo

It might look weird to majority, but it’s unique and some people would definitely like it. As you can see in the image, it’s animal based case. Cute or not, that’s you opinion. It still allows access to all ports and buttons. And it’s not only different but tough too. It is made of soft silicone, which is durable too.

Price: $24.99

6. Griffin Reveal Case

griffin reveal case

A very nice and unique case. It’s transparent and tough. Logically, it’s perfect because iPhone itself looks good enough. You don’t need a fancy or colorful case to make it pretty. All you need is protection from everyday wear and tear, and this case provides just that. As it’s transparent, it show-off your new iPhone to the world, the glossy finish and royal design. And the ultra-thin polycarbonate shell protects it from damage and scratches.

Price: $19.99

7. Class-Mate Barely There

class-mate barely there

Simple and intuitive design. In fact, it’s just one color – but a lot more choices. It’s a single-color case, nothing fancy, and it can protect your iPhone effectively. The sides and back are covered by an impact resistant shell, and the silicone interior liner provides impact cushioning. It is available in 12 vibrant colors including black, white, green, blue, gray, orange… and a lot more.

Price: $30.00

8. iLuv Diary

iluv diary

It’s not just a case. If you don’t carry a wallet, or don’t ‘want’ to carry one, your cards will still stay safe. You can put your credit cards with your iPhone 5. Both are expensive (or price-less?) and need to be taken care of. It’s made up of leather with polycarbonate interior shell to protect from external impact.

Price: $34.99

9. Seidio Convert

seidio convert

A unique case with the ability to convert itself. It’s like having two cases’ functionality in one. What Convert actually mean is, the primary case is a sleek one, which provides protection from everyday use. While the heavy-duty case protects iPhone 5 from outdoors and heavy accidents. Undoubtedly, it’s the toughest case so far.

Price: $34.99

10. Kensington Aluminum Finish Case

kensington aluminum finish

As the name suggests, it has Aluminum finish which gives it a glossy and shining look. Being a metal case, it protects your phone from damage to a great extent. It allows you to access all buttons and ports like any other product. The best part is, it’s not as costlier as you might think – because of Aluminum. In fact, it’s cheaper than almost all cases listed above.

Price: $24.99

11. Ionic Impression Dual Pocket Case

ionic impression dual pocket

There are not many features to mention about this one, except that it provides an extra pocket to carry credit card. It’s available in 4 colors – black/red, blue, pink/purple and white/red. It might not look ‘best’ to anyone, but it’s probably the cheapest one. Well, not as cheap as the Polka dots case of course, but that’s kind of creepy. Nonetheless, you might want to buy that instead.

Price: $7.85

Conclusion

It depends from person to person, as everyone has their own choice. But if we choose the best in particular categories…

  1. The toughest? Seidio Convert and Kensington Aluminium.
  2. The cheapest? Ionic Impression Dual Pocket.
  3. The weirdest? Griffin KaZoo.
  4. The coolest? Belkin Shields Pastels.
  5. Simply the best? Your turn! Tell us which is the best iPhone 5 case, in your comments below.

More awesome cases like Lifeproof, Dodocase, and many other are in development at the moment. We’ll update this post as soon as they’ll be out in market.