With many of my friends upgrading from previous iPhone models to the latest 5th iteration, so too has the show and tell of new accessories to customize and protect arrive. Along with cases, covers, and skins, there are an assortment of add-ons to extend the utility of the iPhone beyond the stock configuration...
theGOODbook: I think this is a great accessory to have for the creative who likes to travel or gets inspiration from out of the office (which I think pertains to a lot of people). It's a beautiful leather wallet that isn't too bulky, but functions as a wallet, iPhone 5 case and sketchbook in one. theGOODbook is handcrafted in Portland and comes in tan or black leather. You also get an extra blank sketchbook once you've filled the first one with doodles and notes.
Slid Stopper: For those of you who have experienced the awful feeling of dropping your iPhone, the Slid Stopper gel skin should put your mind at ease. It's made from a gel resin that has a good grip but doesn't stick to your pocket or the inside of your bag. It's also scratch resistant and has shock absorption but still has a slim design.
Speck Smartflex Card: Advertised for the "urban adventurer", this Speck case stores up to 3 cards plus cash, making it an ideal solution for nights out when you don't want to carry a bag or don't have pockets. There's a slot for your thumb so you can easily push your money out when needed. The Smartflex comes in 4 different colors, in addition to black.
Stylus Pen Kuel: One of the most appealing features of the iPhone 5 is the larger screen space. It's not a tablet, but that doesn't mean a stylus won't come in handy for it, and for this task, I like Spigen's Kuel H14 Stylus Pen. The design is sleek and there are fun color options including a coral and mint green. The pen tip is manufactured with a special silicon and high polymer coating and works on any capacitive touch screen.
iPhone Wrist Strap: I'm an advocate for phone wrist straps, especially if you like taking your phone outdoors and using it as a camera. Photojojo has a wrist strap designed specifically for the iPhone that has an aluminum bracket that screws to the bottom of the phone. The vegetable-dyed leather strap loops onto the bracket. It's another good solution for slippery fingers - and a stylish one at that.