I cannot believe the irony of this. My iPhone 4 has been on the fritz all summer. Dropped calls. Weird, high-pitched, pulsing static. Frozen screens. Frequent, but unpredictable, muteness. Difficulty multitasking and general bugging out. Sooooo annoying. But I knew sticking with my lemony iPhone 4 was worthwhile. I was holding out for an iPhone 5. I knew I could make it through September, and last week I gleefully listened to an NPR report announcing the announcement that happened today.
The iPhone 5 was FINALLY (almost!) here! After the official unveiling today, I got busy rounding up my picks for iPhone 5 pre-order cases, and whilst sitting on the edge or the tub, absentmindedly supervising a potty break (ok, I was fantasizing about a 4-inch display, ultra-fast wireless, and indeed, just finishing a conversation more than five minutes in length), my sweet Boy Wonder #2 dropped said nearly-fried iPhone (accidentally) into the toilet, while watching his very favorite YouTube clip, "I Have to Go Potty." Dropped. The phone. Into the toilet. My precious!
I could see through the water that the screen had gone black. I fished it out and quickly wiped it with an antibacterial hand wipe. I'm a germaphobe. Then I threw it in a big bag of rice. And still, hours and hours later, it's non-responsive. I took it out just to look at it a few minutes ago and some kind of green goo oozed out. I think it's done.
All this, nine loooong days before the September 21st release of Apple's iPhone 5. Nine days without texting. Nine days without on-demand, anywhere-at-all email access. Nine days without spur of the moment video and snapshots of my sweet babes. Without my calendar. My iPhone Kindle. Leo's potty videos. Basically, my [electronic] life. Gah!
I don't know if I'll make it those nine long days, but here are my picks for some of the best iPhone 5 case pre-orders currently on the market. None of them will save your phone from a dip in the potty, but at least they'll keep it safe from bumps, scratches and shattered (retina!) displays.
Above, Case-Mate's customizable iPhone 5 case in Ain't No Mom Jeans print : )
Nordstrom and Case-Mate have the monopoly on fab new iPhone case designs. Nordstrom has exclusive Kate Spade and Case-Mate cases available for pre-order. The Kate Spade designs are drool-worthy, but they're expected to ship in early December, just in time for the holidays, so you'll have to wait. The adorable, preppy print and monogrammed Case-Mate Nordstrom exclusive pre-orders will ship in early October, so you'll only be on high alert with your new iPhone for a few weeks (assuming you camp out like I plan to).
I love the adorable, preppy prints of the Nordstrom exclusive Case-Mate iPhone cases. The "M" on this one has me one click away from checkout.
Again with the crazy-cute prints and preppy monogramming. Love the pink/orange color combo.
This soft, floral & faces design is so feminine and lovely.
Polka dots. You know I love them. What can I say?
There's something just so 80's-fabulous, Robert Palmer-Simply-Irresistible (in a good way) about this case.
Do crosswords? Or just aspire to? Perfecto!
This eye print by New York illustrator and artist Deanne Cheuk is almost an animal print. Like dalmatian or something. Kooky. Never seen anything like this.
This glossy, semi-translucent tortoiseshell hard case feels really fresh after a dog's age with my tired J.Crew matte leopard print case,
For someone who calls even squirt guns "squirters" or "water shooters," just to avoid the word "gun," I find this pink camo print oddly appealing. And PLEASE, click through on the Realtree Camo Print cases link at the bottom of the Otterbox site. It is sooooo worth the click. Is there some sort of young, sexy woman NRA thing going on that I haven't heard about yet? It is so kitschy and I just don't even know what. It makes me wonder just what kind of protecting Otterbox has in mind, and what exactly do they think is next?
Again, bulky iPhone cases aren't my thing, but this is a great, non-militia alternative to an Otterbox. And the ice blue/raspberry color combo? Yummy.
Think I'm going to make it nine long days without a smart phone, Mamas? Could be an interesting experiment. . .Wish me luck.