Whether you’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone or you’re a long-time user, it’s smart to protect your shiny tech toy with a case. After all, there’s nothing like a cracked screen or a broken iPhone to ruin your day. And take it from someone who lives in a two-iPhone household: A distinctive case helps prevent annoying mix-ups, too.
From funky to functional, here are six iPhone cases to consider.
- Bamboo iPhone Case from Grove (pictured), $69 and up
We love the slick simplicity of Grove’s plain bamboo case, but it also offers a variety of artistic designs on the back (or a custom design if you’re feeling creative). Plus, Grove’s cases are made in Portland, Oregon, so you have the satisfaction of supporting a U.S.-based small business.
- iPhone 4 Fuel Lite – Battery Extender Case From Case-Mate, $60
Ever spent the day running from meeting to meeting when your iPhone runs out of juice? Not with this battery extender case! This impact-resistant case gives you up to four additional hours or internet or talk time beyond the standard iPhone battery life. Recharging works via microUSB.
- Amphibian All Weather Case for iPhone 4, $30
If you’re someone who’s prone to spills (or likes to take underwater photos), then this case offers extra assurance. The silicon jacket provides extra drop protection.
- BoxWave Keyboard Buddy iPhone 4 Case, $70
Miss having a keyboard? This protective case includes a Bluetooth keyboard that slides back into place when not in use and recharges via USB. It’s also lightweight, weighing only one-tenth of a pound.
- Scosche Kickback Case for iPhone 4, $15
This glossy black case includes a built-in kickstand for landscape viewing, handy for when you want to watch a video or set your iPhone on a table to use as an alarm clock. It also features a impact-resistant rubber interior in case you drop it.
- iPhone 4 Cases from Case Scenario in Pantone Color, $36
Inspired by Pantone colors and available in nine different hues, these boldly colored iPhone cases make it highly unlikely that you’ll grab the wrong handset by mistake.