This was the second case I ended up buying. The Spigen Air Cushion clear case is probably the best case if you want to go clear. I thought that’s what I wanted but in the end I don’t think it looks good on my space gray iPhone. It does look good on the white and gold iPhone though.
The main difference between this and the Spigen softflex TPU case is that the back is a hard plastic. The sides are made of the TPU rubber material. I think since it has the hard back, the case is a little more snug than the softflex case. It is a hair thicker than it too but it’s not noticeable.
The Linear Metal case is a pretty sweet case but it’s not so practical when you have kids. It’s aesthetically pleasing but I’m not entirely sure it’d survive a drop from a couple feet up. The phone would be ok, but I think the plastic frame would break.
I did some further research and ended up finding the Neo Hybrid iPhone 5S case. It’s made up of two parts. A rubber cover goes around the whole phone and a frame that resembles a bumper snaps in to the rubber part. When put together it looks like one piece and fits really snug. The volume and lock buttons are solid and give great feedback.
I think the best feature, like the Linear Metal case, is that it doesn’t cover any of the glass so that a screen protector isn’t affected. I hate when cases make the protector bubble.
I also got it in Space Grey for my black iPhone 5S.
One of the reasons I switched from Android phones to my iPhone was the abysmal battery life. I’m sure it’s better now but I don’t really want a phone the size of an TI-82 (or whatever number they’re up to now).
Another reason is that iPhones have pretty good resale value. I just sold my iPhone 5 for $300 and bought a 5S for $400. It also helps that I’m anal about keeping things in good condition. I have kids that like to play with my phone, I need to have a case on it since they occasionally drop it or flat out throw it. The little boy likes to chuck stuff.
I figured I’d get my wife the new white/champagne 5S because she has a lot of stuff with gold accents. Most cases just cover up the design of the iPhone so I set out on a search for the best case*. I think I found it. The asterix is for best white/champagne iPhone 5S. I’ll post about my case later. I bought the Spigen Linear Metal Crystal case off Amazon and it came 2 days later. I f’n love Prime. The case is made of three parts, the clear backing plate, top half of the frame, and bottom. The champagne color matches the phone perfectly.
It’s really easy to install, just slide the clear backing plate in to the top half of the frame, slide that over the top of the phone, and snap the bottom half on. The fit is very snug so there is no play with it on at all. The frame covers just enough of the face of the phone so that it leaves the glass completely uncovered. That means that you can put on any screen protector you want and it won’t make the edges bubble.
I claimed that it’s the best case for the white/champagne iPhone, but it does have one drawback. Since it’s all plastic, I’m not sure it could withstand a drop from waist high. I don’t doubt it would keep the phone safe, but I would imagine that the frame would crack. But if you know me, I’m a form over function guy most of the time and in this case I like it’s form. If you have a black 5S or just want a different color, there are a few others. I think the blue would look pretty slick on a black phone.