Mobiles & Tablets

Toughen up, smarties

Sabyasachi Biswas | Updated on December 03, 2014

Otterbox Preserver.

Griffin Survivor


Protect your precious against the elements with these cases!

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to think about a really tough case for your iPhone – the urban jungle is vicious enough to destroy any smartphone in less than a second. You’ve got everything from piping-hot-coffee-spills to the cardiac-arrest-inducing-drop on to the concrete. These are some cases that would offer near-military grade protection to your devices.

Otterbox Preserver

The Otterbox Preserver is probably one of the toughest cases made for the iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5. It offers waterproofing of up to a depth of 2 metres, for up to 30 minutes – you can comfortably take your phone into the shower at least. The Preserver also offers protection against drops of up to 6.6 feet – unless you’re a pro basketball player and taller than 2 metres, your phone is safe. Despite being a tough case, the Preserver's solid construction comes in many colours, and also carries internal foam cushioning and synthetic rubber coated on polycarbonate plastic on the outside.

Price: $90

Compatible with: iPhone 5/5s, Samsung Galaxy S4/S5

Griffin Survivor

Probably the most well-known, the Griffin Survivor is also one of the thickest cases around. The chunky case comes with port sealants and is dust and water-resistant, apart from providing drop-protection from up to 5.9ft (1.8 ft). Mind you, despite all the heft, the Survivor is only splash proof, and not fully waterproof. Although it does come with a tab over the camera that can be pulled out in case you want to take a good picture, and is compatible with iPhone 5S’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The Survivor also comes with a nifty detachable belt clip.

Price: $50

Compatible with: iPhone 4/4s/5/5s, Samsung Galaxy S series

Ballistic Hard Core

The case is aptly named Hard Core because the Ballistic HC series can take an insane amount of beating – there are multiple layers to absorb impact from all sides, and specially features a screen protector for the most violent drops. Sure, this does make the case a very hefty and bulky one, but it also offers assured drop protection from up to 12 feet up. You also get splash and dust protection from sealed ports, and get a holster grip. This case is recommended for iPhone users who work in an industrial environment, and for those who are just simply clumsy.

Price: $60

Compatible with: iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6/

Published on December 03, 2014

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