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The best rugged cases for protecting your smartphone

Which companies out there are developing shock-absorbing, waterproof and shatterproof protection for your iOS and Android smartphones and tablets?
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Topic: Mobility
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Otterbox Samsung S7 Edge Defender case

Otterbox's Defender series for Samsung Galaxy devices includes cases equipped with four layers of protection for your smartphone. The cases are comprised of a screen cover, foam buffer, inner shell and outer slipcover to help prevent damage caused by falls and spills. In addition, the case includes a belt clip which is likely to be handy for users enjoying the outdoors and sports.

Price: $59.95

Via: Otterbox

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Otterbox iPhone 6/6s Defender series case

In the same series, Otterbox also offers similar protection for Apple iPhone 6 or 6S users.

Price: $59.95

Via: Otterbox

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Anker Ultra-Protective Case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S

Available in three different colors, Anker's protective cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S are a cheaper alternative for users who want an additional layer of protection but do not need heavy-duty, military grade standards. These cases are also a good option for daily use as you do not need to take off the cover to access ports or buttons on your device.

Price: $29.99

Via: Anker

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Speck CandyShell iPhone cases

If you're interested in rugged casing with a far wider variety of color combinations, Speck's CandyShell cases are another option. Razor-thin at only 0.16 inches, the cases meet military drop test standards and includes raised bezel screen protection at each edge.

Price: $34.95

Via: Speck

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Lifeproof Fre Galaxy S7 case

Lifeproof's Fre Samsung Galaxy S7 rugged case is suitable protection for both daily life and more punishing adventures. The form-fitting case is fully sealed with a built-in screen cover, waterproof to 6.6 feet for up to an hour, drop-roof from up to 6.6 feet and also offers protection from dust and snow.

Price: $79.99

Via: Lifeproof

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FlipSuit cases

Bodyglove Mobile offers a range of protective cases for Apple's iPhone, Samsung Galaxy models and LG devices, and one in particular stands out for fans of flip covers. The FlipSuit, available in black and cyan, is a dual-layer protective case for the iPhone 6 Plus which uses gel to absorb shock from accidental falls, has passed military-grade testing and includes an outer layer which protects against dust and scratches. The case also had a built-in kickstand which is a useful feature.

Price: $49.99

Via: Bodyglove Mobile

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Ballistic Tough Jacket case

Ballistic, a well-known brand in the rugged case industry, has developed the Tough Jacket line for users who need additional protection for their valuable mobile devices. This particular range, available for devices including the Samsung Galaxy range, have raised lips and corners to prevent damage from impact, can protect your device from a drop of up to six feet, and include multiple layers of protection such as silicon bumpers and shock absorbent polymers.

You can check out the full range of devices here.

Price: $34.99

Via: Go Ballistic

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Pelican Marine waterproof iPhone cases

If you're a keen diver or scuba enthusiast, the Pelican range may be right for you. Pelican focuses on cases which have strong resistance to water and offers cases for the Apple iPhone range which will keep your devices protected even when continuously under the water. IP68 certified and tested at a depth of two meters for half an hour, the cases are created from polycarbonate materials and reach military drop specifications.

Price: $67.99+

Via: Pelican

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