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Holiday gift options: Rubberized hard shell cases for iPhone 5

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With the holiday season upon us, you may be looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, office gift, or present for an owner of an iPhone 5 (even if it is a present to yourself!). With the iPhone 5’s availability finally easing, one great option is a case for that new iDevice. Rubberized hard cases offer a medium level of hybrid protection from scratches while also offering some added shock absorbency for the occasional drop or bump, all with minimal bulk.

X-doria: Venue

The Venue case offers a very slim profile for the iPhone user who prefers a next-to-nude device but does not want the specter of accidental drops and bumps ruining their iPhone. With a completely rubberized interior, including a very thin wraparound bezel, this case offers light impact protection from all sides, including the screen if you drop the phone on a flat surface.

X-Doria Venu Limon

A contrasting piping runs along the back and sides of the phone in a chevron pattern, adding a bit of style and comfortable grip. The piping is raised and slightly off center, so the phone does wobble slightly when on a flat surface, which may be slightly irritating (but hardly a dealbreaker).

This case offers a very snug fit and extra assurance with minimal bulk, and is available for $35. The Venue is available in a stunning variety of colors including pink/white, black/gray, green/blue, and blue/teal, so fashion-conscious case shoppers are sure to find a suitable fit.

Product [X-Doria Venu Case for iPhone 5]

STM Bags: Harbour Case

The Harbour case is a triple hybrid, combining a flip-bottom case with a rubberized hard shell case.

Although not immediately useful due to a dearth of Lightning-compatible docking accessories, the Harbour offers a convenient flip-off bottom that exposes the lower quarter of the iPhone, allowing easy docking (though all audio ports and the Lightning port remain accessible at all times). Whether docking is popular over wireless solutions like Bluetooth or Airplay remains to be seen, but the Venue is a good looking and useful case even undocked; a rubber strip runs along the back left hand side of the case, providing a convenient place to rest your index finger when using the phone.

Featuring a thick bezel around the front of the phone and a rubberized interior, the Harbour protects the iPhone from drops, scratches, and bumps.

Available for $35 from STM’s website, this case is available in black/gray, white/gray, blue/gray, gray/red, and pink for $35.

Product [STM Harbour Case for iPhone 5]

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