Forget films; add an extra layer of Gorilla Glass to your iPhone

I'm rough on my electronics and always use a case on my iPhone. I'm convinced that if Batman had an iPhone, he'd use the Lunatik Taktik Extreme case on it. <a href="" rel="publisher">Google+</a>

Some people don't like cases on their iPhones, and this post isn't for them. If you're still reading, you're probably like me and have dropped your glass and aluminum toy on the pavement at least once, and maybe several times. I use my iPhone so much that I can't afford not to have it protected by a case, and while AppleCare+ is amazing (and a must purchase with an iPhone), the inconvenience of getting an iPhone repaired is as bad (or worse) as the expense.

For the above reasons, I almost always keep my iPhone in a protective case. In fact, I rotate my cases depending on what I'm doing with my iPhone and where I'm taking it. It's been my experience that the summer months are the most dangerous for my iPhone because I use it outside more, I take more road trips, and I have less pockets to store it in (think shorts and t-shirts).

And then there's the water. iPhones hate water.

Today's case instalment is about my favorite summer iPhone case, because it's super rugged and water resistant. And yes, it comes with an extra layer of genuine Gorilla Glass on the front, which beats the pants off a film any day.

Forget films, add an extra layer of Gorilla Glass to your iPhone - Lunatik Taktik Extreme iPhone 5 case - Jason O'Grady
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Enter the Lunatik Taktik Extreme case ($124.99) for the iPhone 5, aka, Batman's iPhone case.

It features a 6mm impact truss around the perimeter (like the Taktik Seismik case I reviewed in April 2013), allowing your iPhone to survive a drop onto most hard surfaces without any trauma. It also includes covers for the Lightning and headphone ports so that sand and water don't get in when they're not in use, but my favorite feature — hands down — is the extra sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass that protects my iPhone's screen from dings, scratches, and suntan lotion.

In addition to always using a case, I always have a film on the front of my iPhone to protect it from the various hazards that lurk in my pockets, but also to give it extra protection in the event of a fall. The Gorilla Glass in the Taktik Extreme case is better still. Unlike films, which inevitably develop grooves, can peel off, and somewhat distort the image quality of the iPhone 5's Retina display, Gorilla Glass is smooth, non-distorting, and almost impossible to detect when it's on. Gorilla Glass also performs just like the iPhone's native screen, and has zero impact on performance.

While it's not waterproof (very few cases are), the Taktik Extreme offers just enough water and dust resistance to keep my iPhone out of trouble during summer activities, and I don't worry about using it at the beach or by the pool. I had no trouble with the size of the Lightning port opening, but the headphone port was a little snug with the audio cable in my car (although it still worked). Also, the bezel around the screen makes it a little harder to drag app icons between home screens, but not more than other similar case that I've used. Like all impact cases, Taktik Extreme adds a little heft and weight to the otherwise svelte iPhone, but the trade-off is well worth the extra protection, in my opinion.

If you're rough on your electronics and looking for a case that will protect your iPhone from the perils of summer, the Lunatik Taktik Extreme is for you.


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