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#1 JJ98

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

Just got myself an iphone 4s and am a bit nervous about damage from dropping it etc, so I was looking for a good protective case.

DH has the Griffin survivor which is really good but it is very bulky. Is there any others out there that offer good protection but aren't quite as bulky?  (It won't need to survive a 23 story fall or anything which seems to be a good selling point for some models! LOL)

Just wondering what others have and the pros & cons.

TIA

JJ

Edited by JJ98, 19 November 2012 - 04:05 PM.


#2 sir_mix-a-lot

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:22 PM

The bulky ones will always give better protection. I have a two piece one I got from Ebay... The inner is rubbery (silicone probably) with a harder plastic casing. It's a little on the bulky side, and the colours are very Ben-10, but otherwise it's good. The harder plastic outer seems to mitigate against the inevitable silicone stretching.
Get a good film to protect the screen too.

#3 Feral timtam

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

I use one of the leather flip wallet covers from Ebay on my Samsung s2. The protect the phone well enough that I had to buy a new one thanks to my old case disintegrating on me.
That cover has protected my phone from multiple falls off the verandah railing in our highset Queenslander, a fall from a third floor holiday apartment and my 19 month old DD's attempt at 'washing' the phone. Plus you can pop your bank cards and license in the slots and leave the wallet at home. There are some made for the Iphone that have coin pockets in them as well.

#4 roses99

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

Absolutely definitely get an Otterbox!

My DH has the Defender, which you could throw off a building and not smash your phone, but I find it too bulky. I have the Commuter, which I love. I have dropped it several times (on bitumen, even) and it's been fine.

#5 ali-song

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:00 PM

DH is very hard on phone cases, and managed to destroy an Otterbox in less than six months. More usual users may have a better experience. He's now got a Lifeproof case, which he so far likes much better. It's much less bulky than the Otterbox and the case is less rubbery so it is easier to get in/out of pockets & purses. I found it at one of those kiosks in the aisle of a shopping center, but you can also get them online. I'm much less hard on my phones, and have been fine with a Candyshell.

#6 roses99

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:07 PM

QUOTE (ali-song @ 19/11/2012, 05:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DH is very hard on phone cases, and managed to destroy an Otterbox in less than six months. More usual users may have a better experience. He's now got a Lifeproof case, which he so far likes much better. It's much less bulky than the Otterbox and the case is less rubbery so it is easier to get in/out of pockets & purses. I found it at one of those kiosks in the aisle of a shopping center, but you can also get them online. I'm much less hard on my phones, and have been fine with a Candyshell.

Damn! I was very happy with my Otterbox until I read this and looked up Lifeproof. Now I want one! Waterproof? Awesome.

BTW, I'm not at all hard on phones or phone cases. But I have a two year old...

#7 Mama8

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

I LOVE the lifeproof case!!!
DH and i have them and i cant recommend them highly enough.
Ive dropped mine a dozen times and it just bounces.

DH had the otterbox and changed to the lifeproof and he says its 10xs better biggrin.gif

http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/ap_en/iphone...CFYgdpQod1jsA0g

#8 lactasticmama

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:07 AM

We all have an otterbox each (incl the kids). They are great. The day I put it on my iPhone, it fell down the back of the couch onto tiles, and survived.

#9 UncommonSense

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:27 AM

I have a speck candyshell..  DS dropped my phone and it landed corner first onto a brick floor and no damage at all..

#10 Gioiello

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:28 AM

My DH has one by Ballistic - it is waterproof as well as shockproof. He works in a FIFO job and is constantly in either very dusty or very wet environments, so his phone needed good protection. The Ballistic case has completely protected his iPhone and still looks like new. The only down side is that it is a little bulky and was a bit expensive.

I use a leather wallet type of phone case. I'm on the second one now, because one of my dogs decided to take my phone outside and use it as a chew toy (I have Siberian Huskies, so very big teeth!). My phone still looks brand new and the only damage done was to the case. Having said that, I don't think they had it out there too long!

I continued to use the chewed up case until it fell apart this week. I am now using DH's old case which was the same as mine.

EFS

Edited by Gioiello, 20 November 2012 - 09:29 AM.


#11 Escapin

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

Mine is a Speck candyshell too. It's survived multiple drops/thorws/hurls from myself and my toddler onto tiled concrete floor. It ain't very pretty but it sure works!

#12 WYSIWYG

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

LifeProof looks the best. I've never tried it.
I just got a screen protector put on mine, and used a letter flip case. DF uses the leather flip case and has done for longer than I have and never had any issues, and has dropped it a lot more than I. At the moment I have a normal case, but have ordered an iPhone wallet so that I can put my money, cards, driving licence and phone all together without having to carry around a bag or a million things. It looks really cute too wub.gif
I am strict with my phone though, kids aren't allowed to play or touch it.

#13 Therese

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

I have an otterbox cover and I love it. My phone has been dropped onto our slate floors and survived original.gif

#14 Halcyon~

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

QUOTE (*~Cyndii~* @ 20/11/2012, 09:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I LOVE the lifeproof case!!!
DH and i have them and i cant recommend them highly enough.
Ive dropped mine a dozen times and it just bounces.

DH had the otterbox and changed to the lifeproof and he says its 10xs better biggrin.gif

http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/ap_en/iphone...CFYgdpQod1jsA0g


I second this

#15 MrsLexiK

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

Unless it covers the actual dock part I wouldn't bother with anything other then a normal case.  I somehow managed to get water into the dock part of mine and it totally buggered and shat itself (got it replaced last night) to this day I have never had a screen smash, nor break for anything else.

#16 Mama8

Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

the lifeproof case has a snap lock flap thats water proof that covers the dock part original.gif


#17 NinjaMum

Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:21 PM

Chiming in with a +1 for Lifeproof!

DH had an Otterbox Defender - very disappointing as it's disintegrated with ordinary use after 12 months. He's not rough with the phone, and he found the otterbox case is very bulky as well. So we've swapped to the lifeproof case in the hope it'll last longer than 12 months.

Edited by NinjaMum, 20 November 2012 - 12:25 PM.


#18 dimensionk

Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

I have this and LOVE it!  wub.gif

http://www.case-mate.com/iPhone-5-Cases/Ca...Naked-Cases.asp

PS I bought it on eBay




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