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CES 2014: Roundup of the best iPhone and iPad cases

This year's Consumer Electronics Show included some memorable moments and booths, from Michael Bay's on-stage breakdown to LG's massive Ultra HDTV installation. But what is a trade show without a healthy helping of accessories?

Specifically, we're talking about cases for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Whether it's a faux-fur-clad or bedazzled fashion statement, or a fully functional hardware keyboard to turn your tablet into a productivity machine, there was a case for every taste at the Las Vegas Convention Centre this year.

Last year witnessed the emergence of 3D printed cases and custom designs, and that trend continues this year. And as screens get bigger and phones get slimmer and more delicate, the need for a protective case is undeniable. That's evident in this year's offerings, with a wide array of cases that can take a real beating.

As usual, Apple products rule the day at CES, even if the company itself isn't actually there – the vast majority of cases are designed for iPhones and iPads.

The iPhone variety includes colourful designs and fashion-forward touches that would make any phone a unique personal statement. However, there were also some very odd ideas – such as an iPhone case which adds a stun gun to your handset.

On the iPad front, keyboard cases and those designed to protect the thinner and lighter iPad Air were well represented.

Alas, we couldn't include every cool case in this article. After trawling the show floor this week, we've picked out the most interesting and useful designs which we now present for your delectation.

Flir One

The Flir One turns your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S into a personal thermal imaging device. It could be helpful for contractors looking for temperature dips in buildings, hunters searching for prey, or even fire-fighters looking for signs of life. On a less serious note, Flir said the case could also have uses for game developers.


BlackBerry fans rejoice! Financed by Ryan Seacrest and built for the iPhone 5 and 5S, the two-piece Typo slides onto your phone, covering the Home button and serving as a protective casing and full hardware keyboard. See our hands-on preview of the device for more details.

Yellow Jacket Stun Gun Case

Need extra personal protection from your phone? Yellow Jacket raised more than $100,000 (£60,000) on Indiegogo in 2012 for its smartphone stun gun case. The company showed off a version for the iPhone 5/5S at CES.

Speck CandyShell Inked

Speck updates its tried-and-true CandyShell line-up for iPhones with new high-res graphics that wrap around the entire case body.

Speck DuraFolio

The DuraFolio for iPads combines the convenience of a folio stand with military-grade protection from drops.

Tylt Pillo

These fun iPhone 5/5S cases from Tylt incorporate a soft pillowed texture around the back to complement the music or retro print inspired designs.

Tylt Folio

The Tylt Folio offers up a roomy backlit keyboard and full body protection for the iPad Air.

Gaiam Pose Folio

Achieve balance with this smartly designed yoga-inspired case for iPads that offers multi-stand modes.

Gaiam iPhone 5 Wood Case

Carved from real wood, the Gaiam iPhone 5 Wood Case is slim and light, while adding a nice natural touch to the iPhone 5/5S.

Body Glove Track Suit

This rugged iPhone 5/5S case meets MIL-STD-810G Military standards, meaning it can take a beating, while the bottom flips back making it easy to dock.

Valor Tuff Enuff

Valor makes this fun moustachioed case for the iPhone 5/5S and the Galaxy S4, and both feature metal kickstands to prop your phone up for video watching.

Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air

Belkin's Qode line of iPad keyboards offer full body protection, an auto on/off feature, and three viewing angles using magnets embedded above the keyboard.

Belkin Outrigger Case

The rubbery Outrigger from case veteran Belkin was inspired by sneaker technology, with edges that are reinforced with shock absorbing waves.

iEssentials Eddie Bauer Case

iEssentials teamed up with Eddie Bauer to make these stylish patterned cases for the iPhone 5/5S.

Kyoot iPhone Case

Keep your iPhone cosy by wrapping it in faux-fur with this playful case from Kyoot.

Itskins Tortoise Divine

Fans of the tortoise-shell look will like this line of iPhone cases from Itskins.

Zagg ZAGGkeys Cover

Turn your iPad mini into a mini laptop with the ZAGGkeys cover, which offers a backlit QWERTY keyboard and adjustable hinge design.

Anymode Beam Case Marvel

Anyone looking to show off their Marvel fandom will appreciate these comic book inspired cases for the Galaxy Note 3.

Incipio Offgrid Union

This battery case for the iPhone 5S packs a 2000mAh cell and interchangeable backplates for personalisation.

Incipio Focal Camera Case

The Focal Camera Case form Incipio snaps onto the iPhone 5S, providing a deeper hand grip and dedicated shutter and zoom buttons.

And that’s your lot. Want to know which of these cases won our award for the best iPhone accessory at the show? Then have a gander at our best products of CES 2014 article.