Are you a smartphone user? If so your handset probably comes with your everywhere, stashed in a pocket or bag.
Modern phones are made from glass and metal, which makes them feel lightweight and ensures they look attractive, but also means they are prone to scratches and cracks especially if dropped.
There are hundreds of cases available, the majority protecting your device from everyday wear and tear, but if you want something a bit stronger, choose a tough case that will protect your device from drops, dust and splashes.
Griffin Survivor All Terrain
Price: £20-£30, Apple
This no-nonsense case is built to US Department of Defence MIL-STD-810G standards. Its shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame and shock-absorbing silicone protect from drops as high as six foot six inches - onto concrete. It’s water-resistant too, shielding the phone from rain. A tough layer of plastic protects against scratches, while allowing the fingerprint scanner to work. All of the ports and buttons are sealed to keep out rain, dust and sand. And there’s a scratch-resistant window over the camera and flash. The detachable clip doubles as a kick stand too.
Griffin Survivor Slim
Like its tougher All Terrain brother, the Griffin Survivor Slim is built to US Department of Defence drop standards, but it’s much slimmer to take up less room in your pocket. Your phone could survive a drop of up to six foot six inches thanks to its impact-resistant polycarbonate shell and silicon bumper. An anti-scratch shield and recessed edges protect the glass screen against scratches and damage too.
Spigen Tough Armor, from £15-£25
Price: £15-£20 Apple, Samsung
Spigen’s case is arguably the most stylish we’ve seen, available in striking metallic colours and a super slim design. Dual layers of tough polycarbonate and anti-shock absorbing TPU provide drop-protection to US Military standards. There’s no screen cover, but a 1.5mm lip protects the screen. And the logo on the back? It flips out to form a kickstand.
Price: £70-80, Apple, Samsung
LifeProof’s Fre case is the only one here that’s fully waterproof, protecting to a depth of two metres for up to an hour. So you can happily snap underwater. The case is also snow, dirt and shock proof to military standards, surviving drops as high as six and a half feet. The plastic screen protector shields the screen against scratches, while allowing Touch ID to work as normal. Despite its tough-nut credentials, the Fre is a slim 7.6mm deep, so it won’t add bulk to your pocket.