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The lat­est iPhone ac­ces­sories

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BELKIN SHIELD PIXEL

Belkin, $ 29.95 belkin. com. au Look­ing like a pix­e­lated rain­bow, this case makes a bold state­ment on the iPhone 5’ s longer can­vas. The case is made from stiff poly­car­bon­ate, so it pro­tects the new phone’s an­odised stain­less steel body from scratches and marks. It hugs its charge closely, cov­er­ing all four cor­ners of the phone and leaves space at the top, bot­tom and left side for ports and speak­ers. Its cam­era open­ing also stays clear of the lens and flash. The case is thin enough not to add much bulk to this thin­ner phone, though its colourful ex­te­rior is not im­mune to scratches. It’s also not de­signed to pro­tect the phone from se­ri­ous falls.

GEAR4 AN­GRY BIRDS PRO­TEC­TIVE COVER

Gear4, $ 29 gear4. com. au These iPhone 5 cases were re­leased so quickly af­ter Ap­ple’s an­nounce­ment, the pack­ag­ing says they fit the ‘‘ new 2012 iPhone’’. Name- call­ing aside, Gear4’ s An­gry Birds themed- case range is im­pres­sive and cov­ers the gamut from the clas­sic red bird to the golden eggs, space birds and a mon­tage of his mates and en­e­mies. The hard plas­tic case is solid and fea­tures a glossy fin­ish. Its sides are trans­par­ent and the case is thin­ner than its ri­vals. This makes the case a touch more frail but, when at­tached, you’d never know it.

STM HAR­BOUR FOR IPHONE 5

STM, $ 34.95 stm­bags. com. au This is one of the first phone cov­ers pro­duced by Bondi- based STM and it’s fit­tingly Syd­neyin­spired. Inside, the case fea­tures a tile de­sign like that of the iconic Opera House, though out­side it fea­tures plain, soft- touch plas­tic. This case is thicker than most, how­ever, be­cause it fea­tures two lay­ers for im­pact pro­tec­tion. Strangely, the bot­tom of the case can also be de­tached from the phone and used to cre­ate a stand that keeps the iPhone straight on a desk. Un­for­tu­nately, the bulk of the case adds a lot of girth and makes but­tons harder to press and the bot­tom flap is not as prac­ti­cal as it sounds.

BELKIN MICRA SHEER MATTE CASE

Belkin, $ 19.95 belkin. com. au Those who want to shield their iPhone 5 from harm, but don’t want to hide its at­trac­tive form, should ap­pre­ci­ate this Belkin of­fer­ing. The Micra Sheer Matte Case is so named be­cause it is trans­par­ent, but it comes in five bright hues, from ruby red to this lime colour called ‘ glow’, that make a state­ment on the white iPhone in par­tic­u­lar. This case adds lit­tle thick­ness to the phone and, cu­ri­ously, is made of hard plas­tic with a matte fin­ish that feels good in your hand and could pre­vent slips. On the down­side, its cam­era open­ing is quite small and comes al­most too close to its lens.

CYGNETT WORK­MATE

Cygnett, $ 34.95 au. cygnett. com Full rub­ber jacket. That’s the best way to de­scribe Cygnett’s heavy duty iPhone 5 case. Its shell fea­tures two lay­ers – one soft sil­i­cone and the other hard poly­car­bon­ate – to cre­ate a case to shield Ap­ple’s new phone from falls. Cygnett says this makes the case shock­re­sis­tant rather than shock- proof, so drop­ping your phone on hard sur­faces is far from rec­om­mended. Cygnett did drop two iPhone 5 hand­sets to demon­strate its rugged­ness, how­ever, and only one sur­vived in­tact: bit. ly/ SS3­duw. Users must ac­com­mo­date a larger, thicker case but know­ing your phone may sur­vive a sud­den meet­ing with a tiled sur­face should be a wor­thy trade- off.

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