a case study.

Two years ago, I finally ditched my Blackberry and came over to the iPhone--and haven't looked back since. As fate would have it, my plan was up for renewal when they announced the iPhone 5 a few weeks ago. Though I didn't wait in a crazy line on Friday, I did manage to pre-order one of my own :) I finally got my shipping notice on Saturday and cannot wait to get it in my hands later this week.

The only problem? I am an absolute fanatic when it comes to my iPhone case. With very few options available so far, I decided to let you all benefit from my research. Here is my little case study:


LEFT COLUMN: Case-Mate Glam Glitter Case + Jen Ramos Colors 201 Case + Case-Mate rPet 100% Recycled Case + Kate Spade Crossword Puzzle Case  | CENTER COLUMN: OtterBox Defender Series Case + Belkin Flex Case + Belkin View Case | RIGHT COLUMN: Case-Mate Tortoiseshell Case + Case-Mate Barely There Ultrathin Case + Paperfashion Floral Print Case + J.Crew Leather Case

I haven't made up my mind just yet, but I know I have to make a decision fast! Any advice?

44 comments:

  1. I have the Tortoiseshell case in this collage and I absolutely love it!

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  2. My new phone arrived Friday and it's great - but I absolutely cannot narrow down which case! I found tons of great designs on Etsy and Society6; was also considering that tortoiseshell but now have to check out the rest of these fabulous ones you found...

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  3. I'm still stuck with my iphone 4 but if I had to choose I'd get the pretty glitter one, the tortoise shell print, or the leather. All are fantastic! Good luck deciding! :) xoxo - Hope

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  4. These are all great options! I have had two Kate Spade cases for my iPhone 4, and while I have liked them a lot, they break pretty quickly. I am, though, pretty rough on my phone. How exciting that you got the 5. My husband got his and Friday and seems to be liking it so far. I'm not up for an upgrade because I got the iPhone 4s. Let us know what you pick. I think a phone case says a lot about someone...

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  5. i had a blackberry for nearly 5 years! and just switched to the iphone a couple weeks ago. i LOVE it! unfortunately my employer supplies my phone...and my case, a nice black rubber Otter box. not a fashion statement! loving the Jen Ramos case!

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  6. o i like the tortoiseshell case-v classy. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  7. Ooh man, I love all these! Esp the one that looks like paint

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  8. I adore the tortoise shell!! I posted about my love for all things tortoise shell a week ago
    xoxo Lauren Anne http://dcgirlinpearls.com

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  9. I love the gold sparkly one, the colors 201 case and the multi colored floral one!

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE the glitter and tortoise shell cases! I was just thinking this weekend about how I need to get a new iPhone case. I'm over the one I have and need a change!!!

    Alissa
    FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

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  11. Love this!! I think we're going to order the 5 soon so this will come in handy!

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  12. I love the crossword puzzle case. I would get that one if I had the 5. Alas, I have the 4S. ;)

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  13. I always end up with a simple case. My first one was just black, and I have a black one with white trim now. But I love the glitter and tortoise shell cases you have....simply and trendy!

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  14. Yay! I was wondering where I would be able to find cute iphone5 covers!!

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  15. So jealous you got the new one! love the leopard print case :)

    www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com
    Twitter: @samantha_mariko

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  16. I have the tortoise shell (for 4S) and love ti so much!!!

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  17. How do you like the new iPhone 5?! I got to play with a friend's yesterday but don't know if I'll take the plunge myself. My favorites of this bunch are the leopard and brushstroke cases.

    evannclingan.blogspot.com

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  18. Stay away from one with too much white - it gets dirty fast! But then again, that is also a good excuse to get a new one!

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  19. love love love the second one in the left column!

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  20. Love the Colors 201 Case! So cute! Jealous you're getting the new one! Have fun!

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  21. I can't wait to get my hands on the new iphone!

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  22. I think I'm going to get the new iPhone at the end of next month, when my current contract is up for renewal. If I wait until then instead of getting it now, it'll be much more affordable! I haven't even thought about what kind of case to get for it though. I'm loving that second one in the left column!

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  23. I just got that tortoise case (even though my iphone5 hasn't arrived yet ;) its super thin which is what I wanted. I really like that paint strokes case too. good luck!

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  24. I really love that tortoise shell case! So cute!

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  25. I was planning on getting the iPhone 5 and was so sad to realize they might not have the case that I have now (which I love). Luckily, you have it pictured here. Yay!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  26. i love the glitter one and the tortoiseshell one!

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  27. I really need a new case - love the glittery one!

    Laura xo

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  28. That Cocoa & Hearts case is gorrrgeous - but I think toroise is an absolute classic! And I think it totally depends on if you went for the black or the white - the earpiece/home button color makes all the difference!

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  29. I got mine from pre-ordering on Friday and my phone feels naked without a case. I *need* one, but I can't decide which one to get. I was actually eyeing that tortoise shell one on Case Mate. Maybe that one? Who knows?

    The Pretty Pinhead

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  30. All of these are amazing - I especially love the tortoise case!

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  31. I crazily stood in line at AT&T Friday morning... and surprisingly was only there 2 hours {including standing in line, getting in their, activating/paying then leaving} anyway... I just bought a case in AT&T and it's the white body with pink border *speck case. I actually really like it. It still seems super protective but is really thin and not ugly/bulky. Good luck finding the perfect case! I love my 5 so far!! xo

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  32. I'm still rocking my iPhone 4 (I got it RIGHT when the 4s came out for super cheap because I'm poor) so I'm jealous you're getting the 5! I suggest switcheasy.com for cases too. I love your picks- I wish I didn't just order one from Nordstrom or I'd probably get one of these!

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  33. Tortoise shell, for sure! Mostly because it looks like leopard and I'm obsessed with leopard. My little phone is cased in a leopard case half of the time (the other half, a flowered case).

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  34. Loving the leopard! I'm still sporting the iPhone 4 but am secretly hoping it breaks in the next few months so that I have a reason to grab the new one!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  35. I would recommend a silicone one. My iPhone fell on the floor with a shell,and it broke. Since I have a rubber one from Tory Burch it's all good. Fell a few times and nothing happened. Also think about protecting the glass screen! It gets scratched so easily.

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  36. Such great picks! I cannot decide myself! I am dying over the ones by paper fashion and jen ramos!
    xoxo

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  37. LOVE the 2nd one down in the left column! it reminds me of smeared lipstick :) definitely my next purchase, thanks for sharing!
    tiffany
    www.hydrangeasandhandbags.com

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  38. i just bought the tortoise one!! xxoo

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  39. my dad bought me an iphone 5 and i can't wait to get it this week! i was looking for cases and i think i may have fallen in love with the tortoiseshell one!!
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  40. I'm definitely too poor to avoid the iPhone5, but I did manage to get my hands on a free iPhone4 when the 5 was released. I am going to get it activated today (also ditched a blackberry) and ordered my case as soon as I ordered the phone. I love all the cases here, the second one down on the left is so neat!

    Stephanie

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  41. i hear ya! i got the iphone5 too and now i just need to case it up. im going to wait a month or two and see everything else that comes out!

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  42. I also purchased Jen's Colors 201 case! So fab! Great taste lady!

    http://shepristine.blogspot.com/2012/10/colors-201.html

    -Anne Marie

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