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Best Rugged Smartphone Cases | Android and iPhone

Howard Wen
, writer
May 30, 2017
> Technology

These cases will best protect your iPhone or non-rugged Android smartphone.

Most cheap smartphone cases can shield your device from minor exposure to dirt, liquids and scratches. But for more extreme incidents — such as accidentally dropping your phone into water, or from several feet in the air (as is likely to happen on a construction site) — you’ll have to pay more for a case to keep your device intact. Here are the few case brands and companies that specialize in these kind of rugged protectors for you to consider.  

OtterBox Defender Series, $69.90 

The Otterbox Defender includes of three layers of protect, including a screen protector. External covers block dirt and dust from getting into your smartphone’s ports. An optional kickstand can be clipped to the back to prop up your smartphone on a table. The Defender also comes in several color combinations, which include choosing separate colors for the shell and slipcover. 

Under Armor Gear Trooper, $39.95 

Under Armor sells smartphone cases that feature military grade drop-test standards. The Gear Trooper, for example, is as series for the higher-end iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone models. It can also serve as a wallet. It flips open and has space inside to hold up to four credit cards.

Lifeproof Fre, $89.99 

The LifeProof Fre clamps onto your iPhone or Android phone’s display to give it a watertight seal. The company claims that an iPhone encased in their Fre can withstand being dropped into 6.6 feet of water. It should also protect your smartphone when dropped from up to 6.6 feet. 

Griffin Technology Survivor Extreme, $39.99 

For the iPhone 6 to 7 Plus and the Galaxy 7, the Survivor Extreme consists of four layers of protection that include a screen protector. The company claims it can keep your iPhone undamaged from a 10-foot drop onto concrete. It has a belt clip on its back, which also serves as a stand to prop up the phone on a flat surface. 

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Howard Wen
Howard Wen
Freelance writer for technology publications, specializing in Windows 10, Microsoft, Android, Google products and services, Linux, mobile devices, Open Source projects and security.
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