Gumdrop Drop Tech Designer series protects your Apple iPhone 5

Gumdrop Drop Tech Designer series protects your Apple iPhone 5

Summary: Rugged iPhone cases add bulk to a slim device, but they are necessary if you work in the field are live an active lifestyle and need to protect your investment.


Last year I took a look at a few rugged iPad cases and one of them was from Gumdrop. They recently sent along one of their Drop Tech Series for iPhone 5 cases and I wanted to share some of my experiences with it. These types of cases are good for those who spend time outside working with their iPhone or have active lifestyles where their iPhone is exposed to the elements.

Check out my image gallery showing the Gumdrop Drop Tech Designer case with my iPhone 5.

I am not a huge fan of rugged cases that require me to install a separate screen protector so I was pleased to see the Gumdrop Drop Tech come with the screen protector attached to the front piece of the case. The case comes in two pieces, the front with the screen protector has a hard plastic shell. The review unit came in light blue. Unlike other rugged cases I have tried there are not two hard pieces that fit together. The front piece covers all around the front and the sides.

To hold the back in place and secure, the yellow (in this case) thick rubber piece fits over the back, around the sides, and into a groove around the front to securely hold it into place. The rubber material is not sticky like some cases I have tried so it easily fits into and out of my pocket without collecting lots of lint and dust. The back has ridges on the back and the material helps you grip the iPhone too.

There is a hard plastic black ring that fits around the camera opening to help protect the camera and add some rigidity in this area. There are covers on the bottom for the 3.5mm headset jack and Lightning port and one on the side for the ringer switch. Distinct pieces cover the power button and volume buttons so you can easily control these functions with the case on your iPhone.

The Gumdrip Drop Tech case adds very little weight to the iPhone, but it does add some bulk. This bulk is good for protecting your iPhone, especially in the corners where drops tend to have more severe consequences. The integrated screen protector doesn't seem to have much impact on the sensitivity of the display and so far has remained scratch free. You can pick up a Gumdrop Drop Tech Designer series case for $44.95. They are available in blue & pink, yellow & blue, orange & blue, and purple & pink. They also have the standard Drop Tech Series in black, red and black, and Army green for the same price.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, iPhone, Reviews, Verizon

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  • Or, You Could Get A More Rugged Android Phone

    Apple fans seem to look down on plastic, even though it's more resistant to dents and scratches than the metal that Iphones are made of.

    After all, what are these protective cases made of, if not that same plastic?
    • Yes because you are quite sure

      that no Android powered phone ever got put inside a case.
    • Not worried about "dents and scratches" so much as...

      ...damage that actually disables the phone. Well-done aluminum does seem a much better product than plastic for phones in that regard.

      Apple users had the plastic vs. aluminum durability argument with Macbooks for years. Being ductile and energy-absorbing, after years of laptops real-world usage in the field aluminum won. Apple now uses aluminum.

      Even though modern iPhones are pretty tough, once a month on average I drop my iPhone 4s on concrete and I cannot afford the risk of operational damage. In the past I used basic plastic cases and replaced them every month or so as they became destructed by such falls.

      Today I use an Otterbox Commuter case (plastic with silicone) and it lasts years instead of months. My iPhone 4s is like new after a year and a half of abusive use.
      • Re: Well-done aluminum does seem a much better product than plastic for pho

        Why are these cases not made of that, then?
  • Kid tested

    My wife and I each have an iPhone and iPad, with her devices loaded up with apps for our one and three year old kids. Gumdrop cases have kept those devices in perfect condition and give tiny hands better handling. Fantastic fit and finish, too.

    Regarding the commenter asking why not a more rugged phone, well I prefer my iOS stuff without cases most of the time. But if I need protective hardware for special use situations, not only do I have the largest accessories market to hunt in, but my final protected result will be far lighter and smaller than if I started with, say, a Lumia 920. And no naked phone worth using can sustain abuse like a fully protected one, like Gumdrop or Otterbox provide.
  • Aluminum doesn't absorb impacts!

    When was the last time you saw a car bumper bar made out of Aluminum?
    If ever, they all went to modern plastics as the absorb impact help with the impact zones of modern cars.
    Think about it!
    • Re: Aluminum doesn't absorb impacts!

      Precisely my point.
  • Not worried about "dents and scratches" so much as...

    Yes, Gumdrop cases do incorporate hard plastic. But they have a soft rubberized silicone outer shell (as described in the article), which provides some bounce and forgiveness in case of accidental drop. The rubber exterior also has a rugged textured surface for improving grip-ability. It can be much easier to handle than smooth, slick aluminum. And the silicone-based material is not prone to scratch marks.
  • Cases are not just 4 protection!

    It seems that cases are just being discussed as a protection for the phone though it adds in the look also...."A good physic looks more attractive in good clothes"

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    Marry James
  • EDGE Design Aktiv case

    Use an EDGE Design iPhone 5 aluminum case. Get the high end feel and the shock absorption in one.
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