GET ON THE CASE

Australian T3 - - TECHLIFE -

Look­ing to keep your phone stylish and in one piece? You’ve come to the right place, friend…

1/ Grove­made Wal­nut and Leather All of Grove­made’s cases are hand-crafted in the hip­ster hotspot of Port­landia, Ore­gon be­fore be­ing shipped to lucky own­ers around the world. This classy op­tion is framed in lo­cal Claro Wal­nut, then cov­ered in ve­gan leather. It dou­bles as a kick­stand, and rides a fixie bike. US$129, grove­made.com 2/ Life­proof Fre The best “beat the el­e­ments” case for our money, the Fre takes on wa­ter to a big two me­tres, plus dust, dirt, snow, mud, heavy im­pacts and shocks. De­spite this, it main­tains a low-ish pro­file and you can still use Touch ID. From $90, life­proof­cases­tore.com.au 3/ Mo­phie Space Pack There are a few de­cent bat­tery cases around, but Mo­phie’s con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent mod­els beat the rest. The Space Pack is the first to pro­vide both ex­tra bat­tery and stor­age space for your iPhone (5s and 5 only), com­ing in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB ca­pac­i­ties, and a range of tasty colours. From $180, mo­phie.com 4/ In­ci­pio Fo­cal The Fo­cal pro­vides a num­ber of cam­era augmentations that any am­a­teur smart­phone snap­per would doff a cap to. Ded­i­cated shut­ter and zoom but­tons help elim­i­nate screen-fid­dling and out-of-fo­cus­ness, and there’s a handy grip and wrist-strap too – safety first. $80, syn­tri­cate.com.au 5/ Dodocase Durables Wal­let In the mood for some­thing a bit more coun­tri­fied? This waxed can­vas num­ber is as hardy as a sea­soned grouse beater, with ad­di­tional lay­ers of felt and cot­ton twill keep­ing your phone safe. An ex­te­rior leather pocket holds cash and cards. US$50, dodocase.com 6/ Alto Scapa Pre­mium ma­te­ri­als abound here, with the fab­ric be­ing Ja­panese wine cloth, no less, and hence three times stronger than reg­u­lar can­vas. The Ital­ian veg­etable-tanned leather el­e­ments will age over time to a “beeswax” hue. Im­pec­ca­bly taste­ful. US$41, vi­aalto.com

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