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The Week in iPhone Cases: November edition

It's time for another look at the world of protective devices for your iPhone. Like we do every week, we have a mix of cases that cater to all tastes and needs, from simple to luxurious and to just-plain-fun.

Case-Mate: The Peacock (iPhone 5; $30) is but one of the many animal inspired protective accessories that are part of Case-Mate's Creature Cases collection. Other models feature tigers, pandas, monkeys, flamingos, bears, elephants, and penguins. Each of these cases feature an innovative lay-flat design and a raised multipiece construction that creates an easy-to-hold grip.

Hadaki: The Watercolor Solids iPhone Pod (iPhone 4 and 4S; $17) is a pouch designed to hold your iPhone securely when you're not using it. It's built from tough nylon and features a clever magnetic strap that keeps the case securely closed during transport, while helping you pop your iPhone out when you need it. It comes in teal or dark teal, with a soft fleece interior that provides extra protection.

iBillfold: The iBillfold 2 (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; $25) features a sturdy clip on the back that can be used to hold money and credit or ID cards--much like a traditional billfold, but without having to remember an extra item when you leave the house. This clip keeps your cash and cards safely in place. It's built with a fortified polymer material to ensure strength and robustness, and its design ensures that it slips in and out of your pockets with ease (presumably only when you actually want it to).

MapiCases: The Tion (iPhone 5; $50) is a beautiful wallet case handcrafted from high quality gloss leather and made specifically for the iPhone 5. It features three pockets on the back to accommodate several credit or ID cards, and has custom cutouts that allow unfettered access to the iPhone's ports, buttons, and cameras. The Tion is available in black, red, tan, brown, or white.

Moshi: The iGlaze Armour (iPhone 5; $40) is a snap-on case that combines a diamond-cut aluminium backplate with a resilient polycarbonate frame and a luxurious metal finish. The backplate is available in a brushed black, brushed silver, or faux-wood finish, and the case features the necessary cutouts to ensure access to all ports and both cameras.

Ontrion: The iHangy Slip-in Case (iPhone 5; $30) combines the company's iHangy necklace with a convenient case that keeps your handset both safe and secure. The case is fabricated from a combination of rubber and hard plastic, protecting the phone from bumps and scratches and offering an excellent grip. The case/necklace combination is available in white, pink, or black.

Qmadix: The Vital Cover (iPhone 5; $35) is a snap-on shell made of impact-resistant polycarbonate material. It includes a shock-absorbent inner layer that helps keep your iPhone safe from bumps and drops, and a dual-feel external construction that combines glossy and matte parts for a unique look. It comes in either a black-over-black or white-over-white finish.

Toddy Gear: The Wedge (all iPhone and iPod touch models; $15) is a special stand made of soft, padded cloth that comes in a multitude of styles and colors--nine of which are brand new. The stand works by propping up your iPhone in either landscape or portrait orientation. The new models include the presidential election-inspired Stand for Change and Red Elephant, as well as the Rustique, Vickie, Nomad, Houndstooth, and many more.

USBFever: The Baseus Aluminum Sliding Bumper (iPhone 5; $20) protects the sides of your iPhone from bumps, scratches, and drops, using a co-molded combination of rubber and plastic, with a metal finish available in black, blue, pink, or grey (the latter will set you back a dollar extra). The finish is designed to ensure a firm grip, and the case features all the appropriate openings for cameras and ports.

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