iPhone 5: Glam up your gadget with fabulous cases!

It's official, I have iPhone 5 fever! After years of using subpar smart phones (I'm looking at you Android!), I finally made the move to the iPhone and I don't regret it one bit.

I'm a gadget girl and I love playing with the latest and the greatest products on the market but I didn't want to be one of those people who bought an Apple product simply because it was trendy to do so.  But alas, after a MyTouch 4g and an HTC Sensation proved just how unreliable an Android could be, I was left no choice than to follow the flock.

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I was so graciously gifted a white iPhone 5.  Not only was it cute but now, I am able to receive ALL my phone calls and text messages, which was impossible with my previous phones.

But I digress, this post is meant for those of you who have also recently switched or upgraded to the iPhone 5 and are having trouble finding a snazzy case to adorn and protect this valuable investment.

The first thing I knew I needed to buy for my new phone was a case.  So naturally I visited my local Apple
store (738 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL) because they would be able to hook me up with the best possible products.  Sadly this was not to be since an associate said they would not be receiving any until "sometime" in October. #applefail

The second place I went to was Best Buy and luckily they had about 20 different cases to choose from with prices ranging from $20-$45.  I purchased the Griffin Reveal ($30) in Fluoro Fire/Clear (see photo above).  The case snapped on easily and had the cutouts perfectly made for my iPhone.  Click here to purchase

If you are looking for a bit of sparkle, Case-Mate Glam might be what you are looking for.  The hard shell casing has gotten great reviews and offers a bit more of security than the Griffin Reveal.  They come in all the fun colors below and a few more. Click here to purchase

When I go out I don't like to carry a big handbag but my phone doesn't always fit into my clutches or wristlets.  While I still had my Android, I found this amazing wristlet from Michael Kors ($88) that had a built-in section to house a smart phone!  It is specifically made for the iPhone 4 but houses the 5 perfectly even though it has a larger screen.  Click here to purchase 

Looking for something fun? iLuv's Aurora case not only features an adorable pattern but it is also glow-in-the-dark!  This is definitely on my wish list, and at only $19.99, you can afford to buy different colors.  But hurry because they will sell out.  Click here to purchase

For my eco-warriors out there, you have options as well!  There are a few companies out there making bamboo cases but after my research I discovered that Grove is one of the most trusted.  Their cases are made of 100% post-consumer fibers and renewable bamboo.  They offer a variety of designs and monogramming for an extra charge.  Click here to purchase

These represent a small fraction of cases out there currently available for purchase and pre-order and I have no doubt the numbers will increase significantly with time. .

In the meantime, if you are looking for other options, Etsy, and RedBubble have fabulous cases with existing designs (Harry Potter, Hello Kitty, Doctor Who, patterns, monograms and everything in between!) and Skin It allows you to upload your own photos or logos for a super customized case!

Have you recently bought an iPhone?  I'd love to hear app recommendations and what cases have worked best for you!


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