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Ultimate Guide to iPhone Cases

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/20/2011

Still searching for that ultimate iPhone case? What are you really looking for in an iPhone case? Durability? Design? To help you out in finally getting the best iPhone case, here's our ultimate guide to iPhone cases based on several of our iPhone case round ups published previously.

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    What Makes a Great iPhone Case?

    A plethora of iPhone cases have come out since the first generation iPhone. We really can't help but wonder what makes an iPhone case great enough for consumers to consider buying it? Is it the design or durability? Aesthetics or beauty? Is an iPhone case that does not add bulk to your iPhone enough to convince you to purchase that particular iPhone case? In other words, what really makes an iPhone case great?

    Let's try to analyze this by looking at the different iPhone cases that we've reviewed before.

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    The Best iPhone 4 Cases

    iphone4bumpercase We've previously rounded up 10 of the best iPhone 4 cases based on no specific features. The list was based on the general features and specifications of the iPhone 4 cases. It includes listings of great iPhone cases such as the Case-Mate Barely There iPhone 4 case. Incidentally, this is currently my iPhone case and I haven't removed it from my iPhone 4 since I bought it a couple of months ago.

    Of course, we've also included the official Apple Bumpers for the simple reason that these iPhone cases are not only well designed in their funky color variation but also since they somehow resolved the death grip issue of the iPhone 4. You still remember that issue with the iPhone 4, right?

    Other noteworthy iPhone 4 cases on our top 10 best iPhone 4 cases include - Speck's Hard CandyShell, Incipio Ultra Light Feather Case, and more.

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    Waterproof iPhone Cases

    waterproof iphone cases If you're the type of iPhone user who takes your iPhone underwater or near water areas, it would be best for you to use a waterproof iPhone case. iPhone cases such as these are usually the ruggedized type made of waterproof materials. These type of iPhone cases are either those that stay buoyant when you are submerged in water or those that sink with you at certain depths in the water. Any of these cases will fail to prevent water damage to your iPhone if you don't adhere to the specified depth that they can withstand.

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    Expensive Designer iPhone Cases

    gnggoldiphonecase If you've got the extra money to spare on your iPhone case, there are several designer cases that you can opt to purchase and use for your iPhone. We've recently rounded up five of these expensive designer cases, and honestly I almost bought one of them if not for my wife who objected to my plan for the simple reason that it is not practical for us to spend such a huge amount on an iPhone case. Anyway, on our list of expensive iPhone cases are those from Louis Vuitton, the GnG Gold iPhone Case, Orbino Strada, Stuart Hughes iPhone case and the ones from SoftBank Japan. Prices of these iPhone cases range from $250 to as high as $116,000. Are you willing to splurge on an iPhone case as expensive as one of those on our list? Check out our top five expensive designer iPhone cases list.

    For some cheaper options that still give your iPhone stand out style you could take a look at iPhone cases by artists or the top cool iPhone cases. You may even think about getting a custom iPhone case made.

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    Best iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS Cases

    griffin6219iphone2gcase If you're still stuck with the old iPhone 3G or 3GS models, you also need to protect your device from bumps and scratches from everyday use. Thankfully, your options for iPhone cases are not limited. In fact, there are many great cases for your iPhone 3G or 3GS. We've rounded up the top five iPhone 3GS cases before and two of these cases are highly recommended - the SwitchEasy Nude for not adding too much bulk to the iPhone 3GS and of course the highly durable Otterbox Defender case for iPhone 3GS. With Otterbox, you can rest easy knowing that your iPhone 3GS is very well protected from accidental falls and bumps. You can also check out the top ten iPhone 3G cases.

    As for the iPhone 2G, we've also listed down five of the best cases for this iPhone model. You can choose from among the DLO Jam Jacket Silicone Case, Slider Case by Incase, Griffin Hard Shell Leather Case, Black Flip Leather Case and Soft Polycarbonate Slim Fit case for iPhone 2G.

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    Best iPhone Hard Cases, Strongest iPhone Cases

    otterboxcommuter case Since we've mentioned the Otterbox Defender Case, allow us to tell you now that it is not your only choice for a hard and durable case for your iPhone. There are other iPhone cases which provide you with optimum protection. We've listed down five of the best of these iPhone hard cases before. In fact, we've listed three hard cases for the iPhone 4 and two hard cases for the iPhone 3G/3GS. If you are still looking for the best iPhone hard case, you can select any of these five iPhone hard cases - iPhone 4 Defender Series Otterbox Case, iPhone Jett Metal Case, Otterbox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 3G/3GS, Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4, and Incase Slider Case for iPhone 3G/3GS.

    You'll also find that the best metal iPhone cases are very durable.

    If you're looking not only for iPhone hard cases but also those which are the strongest, we've rounded up three of the strongest iPhone 4 cases before as well. Read our round up of the three strongest iPhone 4 cases here.

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    Verizon iPhone Cases

    casemateverizoniphonecase For the new owners of the Verizon iPhone 4, you're probably looking for the best case to house your precious iPhone. Fortunately for you, we've anticipated that you'll be checking out the Internet for available cases for your new Verizon iPhone 4. Well, then look no further that our recent list of great Verizon iPhone 4 cases. We've got seven of these new Verizon iPhone 4 cases rounded up to help you decide which one to get. So, what are you waiting for? Read our Best Verizon iPhone Cases here.

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    References

    • Bright Hub, http://www.brighthub.com
    • Case-mate, http://www.case-mate.com
    • Otterbox, http://www.otterbox.com
    • Amazon, http://www.amazon.com
    • Apple, http://www.apple.com
    • Image credit: case-mate.com, otterbox.com, amazon.com, brighthub.com