The toughest smartphone cases

We use them everyday but often forget how expensive smartphones are and why they need to be protected from damage.

An additional cost to your smartphone is the case you carry it in. These cases are designed either for fashion or security against damage. Here are four of the toughest smartphone storage cases to protect your mobile investment.


This is the number one selling smartphone cover in the USA. You can buy it online for delivery to Australia. The Defender Series is the toughest case available. It boasts a layered design with a durable silicone slip-cover, surrounded by a polycarbonate shell. There’s also a built-in screen protector and covers to keep lint and dirt out of the ports. Otterbox puts these cases through 24 different tests, for a total of 238 hours of testing.

Tech21 Evo Elite

This case from Tech21 offers solid drop protection for your iPhone. It has been drop tested from two metres, which is slightly higher than the typical height of a smartphone fall. The protection extends around the entirety of the case. It’s durable, coated with a scratch-resistant finish and is ultra-thin and lightweight. It has built-in button covers, and cut-outs for the camera, speaker, and Touch ID.

Ballistic Tough Jacket Maxx Series

The cover offers multiple layers of protection and can survive drops of 2.5 metres on to concrete without a problem. It comes with a replaceable screen protector. The corners are raised and heavily reinforced to prevent cracked screens. There are openings for ports and port covers to keep out dirt and dust.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Case

This rugged case utilises a combination of hard polycarbonate and shock-absorbent TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), a built-in screen protector and port covers. The button covers are fine and the cut-outs are accurate for iPhone users.