Smartest cell phone cases
Our GHRI Consumer Electronics pros prescreened 100-plus products designed for the iPhone — first for appearance (who wants to carry an ugly case?), then for weight, added bulk, and durability. Consumers tested the top 19 so we could call out the best.
Moshi Overture ($45, amazon.com)
A bit bulkier than a flat card case, this bifold has three slots as well as room for cash. Its strong frame and exterior provide good protection. (Available only for iPhone 5.)
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CM4 Q Card Case ($40, amazon.com)
This slim, soft-touch number easily fits three credit cards. It's comfy to hold, and the phone buttons still worked well even covered by the case.
Speck SmartFlex View ($35, amazon.com)
A retractable kickstand moves in and out to prop up your phone horizontally or vertically. A great pick for hands-free chatting and viewing.
PowerSkin Battery Case ($80, amazon.com)
This battery extender can be a lifesaver for active users whose devices run out of juice. The phone and the case can be recharged together, too. (Also available for some Samsung, BlackBerry, and other smartphones.)