By Socrates Siskos updated on 09/11/2013
With the Sept. 10 release date for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C coming up, there’s never been a better time to get a new iPhone case. Whether you’re going to be first in line for the latest model, or you’re sticking to your iPhone 4, here are five cases that are a little out of the ordinary.
1. The Case for Anyone Stuck in the 1980s
For anyone who might be looking for a case that serves absolutely no purpose other than to make you feel like you’re on the set of Wall Street, the 80s Retro iPhone Case ($6.88) is just the thing. By simply slipping your phone into the chunky plastic case, you can combine the technical wizardry of an iPhone with all the clunkiness of a retro-style telephone. Not to mention that a case that stocky is bound to provide a pretty impressive amount of protection for your technology.
2. The Case that thinks it’s a Locker
Whenever you leave the house, it’s almost certain that you take several small items that end up lost in your bag or pockets, leaving you fumbling around whenever you need your gum or lip balm. Now, thanks to a brand-new type of iPhone case, you can combine protecting your phone with keeping hold of all of your necessities, high-school-locker style. The Eyn iPhone Storage Case ($34.99) features a hinged back storage space with enough room for bank cards, cash, and other valuables, and it even comes with a kick stand and mirror.
3. The Case that Charges your iPhone
There’s nothing more annoying than your iPhone running out of battery power halfway through the day. Whether you need constant access to your emails, or you’re trying to arrange a meeting with friends, being without a phone is incredibly inconvenient. Luckily, the Elite Battery Case from PhoneSuit ($79.95) charges your iPhone to 100 percent capacity, meaning that the power of your iPhone is literally doubled. That should see even the most hardcore users through until dinner time.
4. The Case that Can Withstand Anything
If you’re into adventure sports or outdoor activities like bungee jumping or rock climbing, or even if you’re just a little accident-prone, your iPhone needs extra protection. With the range of iPhone cases from LifeProof, you can be sure that no matter what you do to your phone, it will almost certainly be safe. These incredible cases provide an amazing level of waterproof, shock-proof, and dirt-proof protection while managing to be incredibly slim and unobtrusive.
2. The Case that Smells Delicious
Yes, you read that correctly. As well as ensuring that your brand new iPhone is well protected, you now also have the option of making it smell great too. Scented cases are the latest accessory for smartphones, and the premise seems to be that if you can smell it, you can have it on your case. Popcandy has a wide range of scented cases, from the Fruity Popsicle ($12.99) to the deliciously indulgent Milk Chocolate ($13.99), while Jelly Belly, famed for their jellybean flavors, has also come up with a range of iPhone cases ($12.98) that smell good enough to eat.
If you don’t fancy a case that smells like candy, or one that’s so big it won’t fit in your bag, you could always opt for a nice, plain, sensible version. But it won't be nearly as much fun!