Gift Guide: The Cygnett Icon iPhone 5 Case

Short Version:

When I first wrote about the Cygnett Icon case for iPhone 4/4S, I called it the perfect case. It wasn’t rugged like the LifeProof case, and it didn’t come with any extra tricks like a fish-eye camera lens, a bottle-opener, or a swiss army knife-style assortment of blades and tools. It did, however, maintain the iPhone’s slim profile, it was comfortable due to a soft touch rubber finish, and it protected my phone against many a drop.

Today, I’m glad to report that the Cygnett Icon case for iPhone 5 is the same caliber of iPhone case perfection, and most certainly worth considering when shopping for holiday gifts.

Long Version


  • Snap-on design
  • Soft-touch finish
  • Designed by real artists
  • Super thin plastic case


  • Available: Now (Some models are out of stock)
  • MSRP: $29.99
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The Cygnett Icon is…

… quite simply, the best everyday iPhone 5 case I’ve seen so far. Cygnett pulls in work from artists like animators to graffiti artists and everything in between to adorn their plastic Icon line of cases. Each one is finished with a soft-touch coating that feels great against the hand, and they easily snap on and off.

The most important part of the Cygnett Icon collection, however, is just how thin and unobtrusive the cases are. There’s only a slight ridge that juts out over the screen, keeping it protected (the case comes with a screen protector, too, if that’s how you roll). The Icon case doesn’t bulge, or add any girth to the phone, which is one of the big annoyances with buying an iPhone case. They’re always muddling up the iPhone’s beautiful design.

Buy the Cygnett Icon for…

… anyone who just got an iPhone 5 and still needs a case. At least, that’s the obvious answer. Your niece, nephew, brother, or sister are all good answers, too.

It’s also not a bad idea to piggyback if you know that a family member is getting the new iPhone 5 from your parents or grandparents. The Icon case is a good way to show that you care, but with a budget in mind.


… anyone lucky enough to receive the Icon case for the holidays will learn quickly just how valuable it is. At first glance, you wouldn’t think the Icon can protect much. But then you drop your phone, and you drop it again, and again. No scratch, no dent.

After a few drops, the recipient of this case will surely have a new (albeit slight) appreciation for your thoughtfulness. The Cygnett Icon isn’t just an average iPhone case. It’s a great case.

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