Recommendation for thin(ish) clear hard case.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 11, 2008
Atlanta, GA
I love the look of the white iPhone 5 and I'd like to keep that intact. I've seen the Switcheasy Nude case, I was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions?



macrumors 6502
Aug 11, 2006
From the thread I started:

I've been searching high and low for the slimmest iPhone 5 case available. These are the ones I could find. There's clear versions of almost all of them.

I ordered all of these. Below are my thoughts.

1. splash ZERO Ultra-Slim PolyCarbonate Case for iPhone 5:

2. KaysCase HardSkin Cover Case for iPhone 5:

3. elago S5 Slim Fit 2 Case for iPhone 5:

4. BoxWave Minimus for iPhone 5:

5. [LF Black] Apple iPhone 5 Ringke SLIM Light Feeling Premium Hard Case:

6. [SF Matte Black] Apple iPhone 5 Ringke SLIM Soft Feeling Premium Hard Case:

7. Photive Hybrid iPhone 5 Bumper Case:

8. KaysCase Slim Soft Skin Cover Case for iPhone 5:

9. KaysCase HardSkin Cover Case for iPhone 5:

10. Photive Natural Slim Fit Case for Apple iPhone 5:

11. Anker Glaze Case for iPhone 5:

12. SPIGEN SGP iPhone 5 Case MATTE Hard Case Protection Cover [Ultra Thin Air]:


1. Snug fit and the front has extended lip around the screen edge the glass won't touch the table if you put it face down. Top & bottom are exposed. Generic cutout for volume buttons & vibrate switch.

2. Feels cheap. But it's slim. Top & bottom exposed.

3. Very well built. Fits perfectly. Top & bottom exposed.

4. Hasn't shipped yet. I think it'll be like #3.

5. Not bad. This one's a matte color and not very grippy. Fits perfectly. Only top & bottom are exposed.

6. Same as #6, but with a rubbery, grippy feel. Fits perfectly. Only top & bottom are exposed.

7. The left, right and top of the bumper are a shiny black with the front and back edges being a off-black or almost dark grey color. Bumper is flexible but firm.

8. The case is a tight fit around the phone, it's a perfect fit that goes on without scratching the aluminum sides. The left and right bumpers of the case are hard plastic, while the back/top/bottom are rubber-ish TPU

9. It has a smooth, comfortable feel to it. It doesn't add any unnecessary weight and it fits nice and snug, as expected.

10. I like. Reminds me of the Case-Mate Barely There series. The fit is perfect. Fully covers left & right sides of phone. Top & bottom are open.

11. Meh. TPU case paired with a plastic bumper. All sides are covered.

12. Super light, no bulk, fits perfect yet not to hard to put on or take off.


macrumors member
Nov 3, 2008
$7 clear case from radioshack

i got a clear case from radioshack for $6.99. it's a pretty good case that has a nice lip on the screen side of the case so you can lay it flat on a table without the screen touching the table.

only problem i have with the case is that it won't fit on my phone now that i put on the total body protection from bestskinsever... though i'd suspect that would happen with any case like this. i may end up removing the side skin protection from my phone but i thought i'd put them on at least to see how it felt.
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