Apple iPhone 5C Case, Lightning Dock Hands-On

A little less than a week before Apple's iPhone 5C is expected to hit store shelves and doorsteps of eager customers who pre-ordered theirs online, and we already have our hands on Apple's official accessories designed exclusively for the colorful and very much glossy polycarbonate-made iPhones - the official $29 iPhone 5C Case and the $29 iPhone 5C Dock. Head past the break for our in-depth, first hands-on impressions along with some unfortunate news about compatibility.

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CalypsoCase Endless, Alcantara Sleeve Case For iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C

CalypsoCrystal has announced that its new CalypsoCase Endless edition is now available for Apple's iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C devices. Instead of using premium Italian leather, CalypsoCrystal took a more contemporary approach that is more affordable than its more luxurious leather offerings. The new CalypsoCase Endless sleeve case boasts Alcantara, an Italian synthetic suede material known to be found covering the interiors of luxury sports cars as it feels very soft and smooth, while also having extremely durable characteristics. For added strength and reinforced protection, the CalypsoCase Endless features an integrated  titanium support frame that keeps the sleeve rigid and your device protected in case you were to drop it.

CalypsoCrystal's new handcrafted CalypsoCase Endless edition is available now in a flurry of 12 vivid flavors for $64. Oh but they didn't forget about Android users, because there's also a version for Samsung's Galaxy S4 too.

The Best 10 iPhone 5C Cases You Can Get

Have you pre-ordered yourself one of Apple's candylicious iPhone 5C but Apple's official case wasn't cutting it for you? We hear you, we're not the biggest fans of the Crocs and Swiss cheese-esque design either. So we've devised a list of all the iPhone 5C cases we think you should consider instead, and most of them cost less than $29. If you're a third party kind of person, head past the break for the full rundown of some of the best cases you can currently get for that colorful iPhone 5C of yours.

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Apple's Official iPhone 5S Case & iPhone 5C Case


Planning on grabbing one of Apple's newest iPhones? Then you'll be happy to know that Apple has created an official protective case for both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S that fit like glove and supposedly feel great to hold as well. For the iPhone 5C's colorful lineup, Apple's iPhone 5C Case features a complimenting vibrant design with a quirky see-through circular pattern around the back that lets the iPhone 5C's glossy color poke through creating many color combination possibilities. Made out of a silicone material, the iPhone 5C Case has a matte and smooth rubbery finish that's available in six different colors.

Inside, the iPhone 5C Case features a microfiber lined interior and drilled speaker holes creating a tight protective encasement that's slim and form-fitting. You'll be able to pre-order and grab Apple's official iPhone 5C Case for $29 on September 13 along with the iPhone 5C, or once it's released on September 20. 

For the iPhone 5S, Apple has appropriately gone with a more sophisticated route with the official iPhone 5S Case to compliment the elegant design of the device. Apple's iPhone 5S Case is entirely made out of genuine leather for a luxurious experience and has a slim, minimalist design. Offered in six different, calming leather colors - the iPhone 5S Case features integrated buttons and protects the iPhone 5S all around including coverage for its chamfered bezel.

Inside, the iPhone 5S Case also features the same microfiber interior lining as the iPhone 5C Case as well as drilled speaker and mic holes. Like the iPhone 5C Case, you'll be able to pick one of these up on September 20 for $39. Apparently both cases are compatible with Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Lightning Dock. Apple has also confirmed with us that all current iPhone 5 cases will work with the new iPhone 5S, but not with the iPhone 5C which is designed differently.

iPhone 5C Cases Hit The Ground Running

More evidence pertaining to Apple's plastic iPhone 5C has surfaced recently in the form of none other than protective cases. Elago seems to be one of the few first case manufacturers to release cases for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5C. The company's new $11 S5C Slim Fit 2 case is a simple but well rounded snap-on plastic case that looks like it'll hug the iPhone 5C's rounded body with a form fit and lots of matte, soft-touch grippy finish goodness. It isn't the first time cases for Apple products found themselves being sold ahead of time based on official hardware specifications, and it usually means that a particular secretive Apple product is right around the corner.

Our new S5C Slim Fit 2 case for the iPhone 5C lets you protect and cover your phone in style! The case was molded to fit perfectly and allows easy, full access to all buttons and ports on your device.
Our Slim Fit 2 cases are specially coated to reduce the amount of scratches, oil, and dirt residue left on your phone, all while improving grip quality. Ultra slim, lightweight case offers corner and scratch protection, as well as a slight lift to allow your iPhone 5C to be put screen-side down on a flat surface.

Elago's S5C Slim Fit 2 case is available to be ordered now, but will only be in stock on August 26 which may or may not mean that Apple's highly anticipated plastic-made iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S handsets will be announced sooner that we had thought. Another slew of iPhone 5C cases made by a brand called Obliq are all shipping right now at bargain prices. But we obviously don't know if either of these cases will actually fit properly when the time comes and you get your hands all over that plastic iPhone.

Nir Schneider