The Most Protective iPhone Cases

The Most Protective iPhone Cases
The Most Protective iPhone Cases
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The Top 8 iPhone 4 and 5 cases offering the most protection

The thrill of receiving a new iPhone, is often short lived when its sleek vulnerability is unveiled as you turn it over in your hands. All of a sudden, an overwhelming need to maintain its pristine finish takes over. But what are the most protective iPhone cases on the market? And better yet, which of them is right for you?

Here is Enigma’s Top 8 most protective iPhone cases. We thought 8 would be a fitting number as it is the number of new beginnings!

The detailed list below should help you figure out, which protective iPhone case is best for your new iPhone.

Ballistic Hard Core (HC) – $59.99/ £43.99 (company website)

The Ballistic Hard Core (HC) Series Case is considered by many to be the most protective iPhone case available. It is built with five layers of protection and meets military specifications offering protection from: wind, rain, sand, drops, fingerprints, scratches and more.

Tricky point

The case is quite bulky. If you can’t handle bulk, this is not the case for you.


Made for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

  • Advanced protection  – five layers
  • 1st Layer – Built-in screen protector
  • 2nd Layer – Shock absorbent polymer
  • 3rd Layer – Resistant polycarbonate
  • 4th Layer – Additional shock polymer layer
  • 5th layer – Optional outer layer of silicone
  • Built-in button and ports covers
  • Comes with durable rotating holster
  • Contains water resistant mesh to cover speakers

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Griffin Survivor – $49.99 / £34.99

The Griffin survivor offers extreme protection for iPhone and has been tested to meet UK and US Defense Standards. This heavy duty case is great for withstanding environmental conditions, drops scratches and bumps.

Tricky point –The case can be tricky to assemble initially with the inner plastic case and the outer rubber layer, but once it’s on you’re good to go.


Made for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

  • Built-in screen protector
  • Built-in seals for buttons and ports
  • Built-in rubber camera cover
  • Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain
  • 1st Layer – Rigid internal frame protects against shocks and drops
  • 2nd layer – Silicone cladding blocks vibration
  • 3rd layer – Optional multi-position clip

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Speck ToughSkin Duo Case – $39.95/ £28.9 (company website)

The ToughSkin Duo is essentially made up of two durable iPhone cases in one. Protecting against fumbles and stumbles, this case has multiple colour options and a handy holster for extra security.

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Tricky point – Unfortunately, you can only join in the ToughSkin Duo fun if you have an iPhone 5


Made for iPhone 5 only

  • Shock absorption
  • 1st Layer – Slim, flexible inner case
  • 2nd Layer – Rugged exterior with graspable notched surface
  • Comes with detachable holster

Case Mate TANK – $50/ £29 (company website)

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The appropriately named TANK has been independently tested to meet US Department of Defence standards protecting against: shocks, drops, wind, rain and sand. The case also has a definitive sliding cover for maximum protection for the iPhone screen.

Tricky point – The charger port is covered by the case, so it can be tricky to plug in.


Made for iPhone 4/4s only

  • 1st Layer – Thick silicone cover interior
  • 2nd Layer – Shatter resistant, polycarbonate hard shell
  • Built-in retractable sliding screen cover

OtterBox Defender Series – $53.91/ £39.99(company website)

The OtterBox Defender can be purchased in many different colours and features a unique polycarbonate and silicone combination to protect against scratches, bumps and shocks.

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Tricky point– Not all OtterBox defenders protect the apple logo on the back of your iPhone. Be sure to check before you purchase.


Made for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

  • Built-in screen protector
  • Coverage for buttons
  • 1st Layer – Hard plastic shell
  • 2nd Layer – Silicone cover
  • 3rd Layer – Holster clip

Case-Mate TOUGH XTREME – $25-$35/ £15-£25 (company website)

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The Tough Xtreme was made to meet military testing standards with a two piece maximum protection design. More stylish and slim than many other maximum protection cases, this product also comes in a variety of colours.

Tricky point – Primarily built to protect against bumps and scrapes, not to brave the elements.


Made for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

  • Built-in screen protector
  • Impact-resistant PolyCore hard outer sheIl
  • Shock-absorbing interior liner
  • Button covers and port flaps

Impact Band Case – $29.95 /£19.95 (Apple store)

Impact Band uses a shock-absorbent D3O polymer to help repel the bumps and drops any phone will receive in normal use. The extra padding around the circumference also protects the iPhone’s three outer buttons.

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Tricky point – The case may be tricky to secure around your iPhone initially


Made for iPhone 5/5s only

  • Fully integrated case with D3O impact protection material for maximum protection
  • Minimalistic look and feel – does not add bulk to your device
  • Clear back plate protects the back of your iPhone 5 from scratches

Speck ToughSkin Case iPhone 4/4s – $39.95/£23.95 (company website)

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The Speck ToughSkin provides a two-piece layer, to help protect iPhone 4 and 4s devices. The inner hard shell can be used by itself or it can be combined with the outer silicone overcoat for more protection.

Tricky Point: The vibrate button is hard to get to while the outer layer is on.


Made for iPhone 4/4s only

  • Rugged dual-layer protection
  • Grooved, rubbery exterior for extra grip
  • Protective hard inner case
  • Detachable holster with rotating belt clip

We hope our list has helped you decide which protective iPhone case is right for you.

Let us know if we’ve missed any important ones out!


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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