Updated August 14, 2019 by Joseph Perry

The 9 Best Rugged Phone Cases

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in April of 2016. When you've spent a small fortune on your smartphone, you would be wise to make sure you protect it from the everyday hazards of bumps, scratches, and knocks. These rugged phone cases are designed for various models, including iPhones and Android devices, and are built to withstand drops as well as moderate water exposure and dust. Some of our selections include integrated screen protectors, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rugged phone case on Amazon.

9. Trianium Duranium

8. ArmadilloTek Vanguard

7. Luxsure Aluminum Metal Gorilla Glass

6. Urban Armor Gear Plasma

5. Spigen Armor

4. Youmaker Heavy Duty

3. Rokform Rugged

2. Defense Ultra

1. Seacosmo Full Body

Editor's Notes

August 06, 2019:

It only takes one drop or well-placed bump to turn your smartphone into an expensive paperweight. For everyday protection, a lot of good cases are available, including some waterproof ones and good-looking wooden ones. But if you're prone to dropping things, or if you work in a physically demanding job, such as construction, you should check out rugged phone cases.

Think of them as a cheap insurance policy on your costly device. They are made with tough materials like carbon fiber, aluminum, or polycarbonate, and also feature a layer with shock-absorbing properties such as silicone or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Some also have reinforced corners that decrease the chance of spider-webbing your screen if you drop the phone on its corner.

In this update, we refreshed the list with cases designed for late-model iPhones and Android devices. We gave one of our top slots to the Rokform Rugged because of its innovative hole for a lanyard--ideal and necessary if you mount your phone on a motorcycle or bicycle.


Joseph Perry
Last updated on August 14, 2019 by Joseph Perry

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.


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