iPhone 5 Case

I have a love-love relationship with my current iPhone case. I love its cheerful, graphic nature, and I love that it does an admirable job protecting my phone from the many, many times I’ve dropped it. I love how smooth and sleek the hardcase feels in my hand, and I love that it’s practically impossible to remove, as I’ve had more rubbery cases before that I would nervously pick on and off till they permanently fell off my phone in sheer exhaustion.

However, I have apparently started to love my phone into shabbiness. As you can see in the second photo, my case has begun to rub off at the edge corners, and there are also a few visible nicks in its gorgeousness from “wear,” aka my aforementioned tendency to drop my phone. I mean, better to hurt the pretty case than the pretty phone, right?

And so, I’ve started looking afield lately. But I’m a bit perplexed: there are SO many options out there nowadays, and while I would be fine sticking with my tried-and-true GelaSkins (which is where I got my current case, as well as my favorite iPhone 4 case and laptop cases), I figured it was high time to check out other options too.

There are some super cute things at Society6 (I’d never get this, but I ADORE that it exists!), but I’ve heard multiple reports that the quality is junky — lots of rubbing off and whatnot. But I do like that they have a huge variety, as I’m never sure what’s going to strike my fancy, and I prefer having lots of options to sift through till one just jumps out at me.

Some of these are gorgeous too (I guess I’m in a serious geometric pattern phase). But as the GelaSkins ones are about as much as I’d want to spend, these end up being a bit pricey, especially if no one I know can vouch for their quality. So I turn to you! What are your favorite case-makers, especially considering my need for a large variety, some seriously design-y options, print quality (no rubbing off!), and, of course, ability to actually protect one’s phone?

Usain (my phone) and I thank you in advance!