The week in iPhone cases: Take 5, part 3

Regardless of how you plan to acquire your new iPhone 5, you won't have a difficult time finding a case for it

Were you lucky enough to get your order in for your iPhone 5 in time for delivery on September 21? Or are you planning on waiting in line at the Apple Store, so you can revel in the glory of the iPhone 5 with other owners? Regardless of how you plan to acquire your new iPhone 5, you won't have a difficult time finding a case for it. Last week, we had not one, but two installments of The Week in iPhone Cases, both devoted to the iPhone 5. And this week, the iPhone 5 cases keep a-comin'.

CM4: The Q Card (iPhone 5; $40) combines a protective snap-on shell made of comfortable soft-touch rubber with the convenience of an inner premium fabric compartment capable of holding up to three plastic cards, plus some extra cash. Its front bezel is designed to keep the screen of your iPhone elevated from the ground to help protect it from scratches and bumps. The Q Card comes in black, blue, red, or brown.

Dicota: The company's iPhone 5 lineup includes the Hard Cover (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; ¬9), a patterned hard plastic shell available in 4 different styles (as well as a Pro edition (iPhone 5; price unavailable) that features a faux-leather exterior).

If you're looking for a more discrete case, you may want to check out the Slim Cover (iPhone 5; price unavailable), which is designed for thinness and is available in several different patterns and colors.

Fabrix: The company's lineup of fitted sleeves (iPhone 5; $15 to $30) includes literally dozens of different designs, all made from high quality materials like wool felt and corduroy, and available in a wide variety of designs and colors, some in collaboration with well-known bespoke tailors from around the world.

Orbino: The Pantera (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; $189 to $399) is handmade from fine leather crafted to fit your iPhone perfectly, with an all-metal home button, and a front flap that provides all-around protection. A cleverly-designed belt clip at the back of the case can also be rotated to double as a kickstand. The Pantera comes in eleven different styles, ranging from traditional Tuscan leather to more exotic crocodile, stingray, snake, and ostrich varieties.

Sena: The company's iPhone 5 lineup includes eleven different cases, all made from Sena's trademark high-quality leather.

The UltraSlim (iPhone 5; $30) is an ultra-thin pouch that features soft velvet lining with stitching along the opening and comes in black, tan, red, white, or brown. For a slightly more substantial feel, you may also want to check out the Elega (iPhone 5; $50), which comes with a shock-absorbing layer and is available in black, tan, orange, or black.

Sena's wallets include the Magia Wallet (iPhone 5; $55), whose seamless design includes a special adhesive tape to hold your handset in place; the Hampton Wallet (iPhone 5; $60), which features three card pockets and is made of full-grain croc leather, available in black or red; the WalletBook (iPhone 5; $55), available in black, tan, red, or brown with its secure snap closure, a money compartment, a removable ratcheting metal clip system; and the Wallet Skin (iPhone 5; $55), whose simpler construction brings together minimal bulk and excellent style, which is available in black, tan, red, or brown.

If flip cases are your things, look no further than the Magnet Flipper (iPhone 5; $55), which includes a magnetically attached front flap and provides wraparound protection for your handset. Likewise, the Hampton Flip (iPhone 5; $60), which also includes two credit card pockets and a full-grain leather protective cover with a snap-on clasp.

Targus: Although the company's website has not yet been updated, Targus has announced three iPhone 5-compatible models: The Wallet Case (iPhone 5; $40) features a special hidden compartment in which you can safely store credit and identification cards and paper money, and is available in black, french blue, or Merlot faux leather.

The Slider Case (iPhone 5; $35) is designed to provide maximum protection to all sides of your handset while minimizing bulk. Its raised front face helps prevent damage to the screen, while a special interior bumper keeps the electronics safe from shocks. The Slider is available in black, french blue, or poppy red.

Finally, the Slim Fit Case (iPhone 5; $25) is a snap-on back case made of TPU and polycarbonate and designed for a snug fit that doesn't add to the iPhone's heft. It comes in black, french blue, poppy red, pearl grey, olive branch, or Merlot.

USBFever: The Tuneprism (iPhone 5; $20) is a snap-on shell that features a unique prism pattern on its back, offering a unique stylish way to protect your handset from the vagaries of everyday use. It weighs just 16 grams, and its rubberized exterior provides a secure grip. The Tuneprism comes in smoke black, pink, turquoise, or black.

The Twine Leather (iPhone 5; $23) is a polycarbonate snap-on case with a faux-leather exterior designed to add protection while keeping bulk to a minimum. Available in black or white, the case also comes with a protective film to keep your phone safe from any angle.

Wrapsol: The Ultra (iPhone 5; $15 to $30) is a thin protection film that keeps your phone safe from bumps and scratches. Designed to offer superior optical quality, it is available in three different varieties, including a "privacy" edition that prevents third parties from shoulder surfing while you use your phone in public. The film uses a completely dry process designed to actively release air bubbles during application.

Zagg: The Invisible Shield (iPhone 5; $15 to $30) brings the company's popular protective film to Apple's latest mobile device. The military-grade patented material can be easily installed, is bubble free, is even self-healing, and is backed by Zagg's lifetime warranty. It can be ordered in a several varieties and format, depending on how much of your handset you want to over, and what kind of viewing performance you're looking for.

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