Cell phone cases that do more
CM4 Q Card Case
This wallet case ($39.99, amazon.com) comfortably fits three cards, though it will stretch to accommodate a couple more in a pinch. There's a built-in screen protector, but the Q Card Case also comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth for when fingerprints and scuffs get in the way. The case is made of rubber and premium fabric, and our volunteers found it very comfortable to hold and use. The case is designed specifically for the Apple iPhone 5 and comes in black, brown, green, and rouge.
ZeroChroma VarioProtect Case
The ZeroChroma VarioProtect ($39.95, amazon.com) is a slim kickstand case that offers 11 unique viewing positions and can rotate 360 degrees. It's made of rubber-like plastic, so it was pretty easy to insert and remove phones from the case. Our consumer testers liked that the case had a lip on the front to act as a buffer for the screen in the case of a drop. The case we tested is designed for the iPhone 5 and comes in black, red, green, pink, and gray.
Targus Wallet Case
The faux-leather Targus Wallet Case ($39.99, amazon.com) allows you to keep your credit card and ID in a compartment on the back of your phone. The money or cards are hidden from plain sight, but it saves you having to flip a case open to send a text or make a call. This card case doesn’t add a lot of bulk and volunteers commented that they liked that their cards and cash were not visible, but readily available when needed. The Targus case we looked at is designed for iPhone 5 and comes in black, blue, and purple.
Speck SmartFlex Card
Made of a flexible polymer, the Speck SmartFlex case ($34.95, amazon.com) is designed so you can store up to three cards and twist the case easily on and off. It has a raised edge bezel to provide extra security for the screen — which several volunteers praised. The cards are more accessible than other similar cases because of the thumb release that allows you to more easily push them out. Consumer testers loved the convenience of the wallet in the back — since it let you run errands or go to the gym without the bulk of a purse. And many commented that they found the bumper gave it extra protection in case of accidental falls. The version we tested is designed for iPhone 5 and comes in black, red, green, gray, and purple.
The Moshi Overture ($44.95, amazon.com) is a sleek wallet case with three slots for cards, and room for cash behind them. It comes with Neato, a detachable microfiber pad you can use to keep your phone's screen clean. The Overture is reinforced with a polycarbonate frame, synthetic leather, and soft microfiber interior to keep your smartphone safe from everyday wear and tear. At first, a few volunteers found this case a bit bulky and awkward, but once they got used to it, they liked the design and included screen cleaner. Moshi makes Overture cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 in tangerine and gray, and the Apple iPhone 5 in orange, gray, and black.
Sena Lusio Case
The super slim leather Sena Lusio Case ($49.99, amazon.com) is handcrafted with a two-tone saddle-stitched design and lined with micro velvet for a soft, thin protective layer against your phone. Our volunteers commented that the case appeared and felt to be of high quality – and they liked that it was soft to the touch and easily glided in and out of their pockets. The Lusio we looked at is made for the iPhone 5 and comes in red, black, dark brown, and light brown.
Speck SmartFlex View
This SmartFlex View case ($34.95, amazon.com) comes with a pop out retractable stand for hands-free viewing. It features the signature Speck polycarbonate backing, which provides solid protection with a flexible on/off design. Our consumer testers liked look of the tri-toned case, too. The stand is retractable, so you can pull it out when you want it, and snap it back into place when you don’t. Volunteers also commented on the raised bezel, which helps protect the screen and cover the volume control and lock buttons. The case we reviewed is designed for iPhone 5 and comes in black, gray, purple, and blue.
Moshi iGlaze Kameleon
Our consumer testers liked the Moshi Kameleon ($49.95, amazon.com), a sturdy case with an aluminum kickstand, as much for its lightweight as for its durability. They thought it looked modern and sleek, without the added extra bulk. All ports are readily accessible — so it won't be inconvenient to adjust volume when on a call or reach other helpful buttons on your smartphone. The case also comes with buffer film and a microfiber cloth for cleaning. Our volunteers commented that the kickstand angle was ideal for video calls or reading, and that the phone was comfortable to hold and maneuvering in and out of their pockets. The case we tested is made for iPhone 5 and only comes in black.
XPal Power PowerSkin Pro
The PowerSkin Pro's ($79.99, amazon.com) softer rubber hides a battery booster housed inside. It was relatively lightweight and less bulky than the other similar cases in our test. The charge time was comparable to that of a typical wall charger, and can be performed while your phone is in the case to recharge both simultaneously. Our consumer testers thought the PowerSkin Pro was sleeker than other battery-case alternatives, and loved how it nearly doubled their phone's normal battery life. It comes in black, white, red and pink, and is available for a broad range of smartphones.
Sena Magia Wallet
The Magia Wallet case ($59.95, amazon.com) fully surrounds your phone for extra protection. It is made with handcrafted, premium leather and easily opens and closes with a magnetic strap.The inside has an accent color interior and three slots for cards or IDs. Volunteers liked that it had an opening for the phone's camera, though the rest was encased. The Sena we looked at is made for iPhone 5 and comes in black, red, and brown.