Targus Wallet Case for iPhone 5 $45
IT'S useful to have one hand free without having to choose between bringing your phone or wallet, nor having to lug around a bag. The Targus Wallet Case integrates a flap with two slots, which can hold credit cards, name cards, membership cards, etc. It makes your iPhone 5 even more of an all-in-one gadget, though it does add some thickness to the phone. The case itself is plastic but the flap is made of soft faux leather. The Targus Wallet Case is available now in black, blue and maroon from retailers, such as Challenger, Courts, EpiCentre and Harvey Norman.
Otterbox iPhone 5 Defender $69
CLUMSY fingers need the amount of armour the Otterbox Defender adds to the iPhone 5. You get three layers of protection. The first layer is a polycarbonate inner layer. A silicone jacket wraps around that. And a screen protector shields the most delicate part of the phone. Dust and debris are kept out, and it slips into a holster that attaches to belts with a swivelling clip. The Otterbox iPhone 5 Defender is available now in 17 colours from retailers such as SingTel, StarHub and Courts, or directly from Otterbox Asia Pacific www.otterbox.com.hk for US$49.95 with US$9.99 flat-rate shipping to Singapore.
Cygnett UrbanShield Carbon Fiber Hard Case $59.90
CARBON fibre is one of those hi-tech material synonymous with premium gadgets, motorsports and fine watches. But Apple didn't use it in the iPhone 5. Add it yourself with Cygnett's UrbanShield Carbon Fiber Hard Case. It adds a layer of genuine carbon fibre to the phone's back. And you can definitely tell faux carbon fibre apart from the real stuff from the depth of the interwoven fibres. The case is actually a back shell that snaps onto the iPhone 5, but does provide some frontal protection by forming a raised bezel around the screen. The UrbanShield Carbon Fibre case is available from Challenger, Gadget World, EpiLife, Juzz1, iStudio and EpiCentre.
LifeProof fre for iPhone 5 case $129
IF waterproof peace of mind sounds good, or you have young children who have a penchant for dribbling on your iPhone 5, the LifeProof fre case is the one to get. It comes in two halves that snap together to protect your iPhone 5 from water, snow, dirt and shock. A catch opens to expose the Lightning port for charging and syncing, while a separate headphone cable adapter can be attached to allow music enjoyment without compromising the case's watertightness. The main downside is that it adds a screen protector that slightly reduces the sensitivity of the touchscreen. But considering all the protection it provides, it's remarkably slim and only adds 1.5mm in thickness. The LifeProof fre case is available now in black or white at Apple Premium Resellers and www.equestinternational.com.