Best Tough Cases for iPhone 4 & 4S (2012)

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As our iPhones are precious to us, it is worth investing in something pretty solid to protect them from the world’s extremities.

Here’s a list of the ten best hard cases for the iPhone 4/4S. Let's take a look at them.

1. LifeProof Gen 2

Following the release of iPhone 4S, LifeProof introduced its latest LifeProof Gen 2 waterproof iPhone 4S case whose fame is claimed to be really tough.

waterproof iPhone 4S case

 LifeProof Gen 2 is a slim protective case designed to be compatible with all iPhone 4/ 4S models. In addition to protecting iPhone 4/4S from bumps and scratches, the fully sealed construction allows users to take their iPhones to swim or underwater (up to 2 meters depth), while the double AR-coated optical glass lenses let smartphone owners take clear photos and videos. Apart from that, compared with the original LifeProof waterproof case, Gen 2 features two extra bumpers in order to protect the ring silence switch and volume buttons. LifeProof Gen 2 waterproof iPhone 4S case is available in 4 colors, including pink, purple, black and white, each one is priced at $79.95 USD.

2. Ballistic hard core (HC) case

hard iPhone 4 case

Featured with four layers of protection, the Ballistic Hard Core (HC) offers a great security from drops, fingerprints, scratches and dust in general. The first layer is called an inner layer of rubber that helps protect against drops and other physical shocks. Next is a rigid structural frame, followed by another layer of shock absorbing rubber. The fourth layer is a removable outer silicone rubber shock-absorption skin that features connector seals to keep dirt and other foreign materials from getting into the iPhone's ports.

The company also introduces a slimmer case called the Ballistic Lifestyle which only costs $29.99 compared to $49.99 for one Ballistic HC case.

iPhone 4/4S Ballistic Life Style Series Case The HC now has six color combinations, hot pink/black, red/black, gray/black, black, white/black, gray/white. Iphone owners can freely show their personalities through their favorite colours.

3. Tuff-Luv Tough Grip Leather

tough iPhone 4 case

As the name suggests, Tuff-Luv Tough Grip Leather is exclusively designed for outdoor enthusiasts and provides an ulterior degree of protection for iPhone 4/4S. The case protects your iPhone from bumps, scratches, and dust at the same time. This case is actually the version 2 of the original Tuff- Grip case. Coming with many improvements, Tuff grip leather case makes good impressions on iPhone 4 users because of its outstanding features like elegant case handmade in genuine leather, press-stud button closure, soft interior lining, and new improved features over the original case to mitigate wear and tear pressure points, removing the antenna degradation caused by the contact with the hand.

The product is sold in the mobile accessory market at $49.99.

4. Speck MightyVault

rugged iPhone 4 case

With triple-layer protection MightyVault is one of the toughest, the most rugged iPhone 4S/4 cases. iPhone 4/ 4S will be fully protected from scratches and dings with a durable hard shell combined with a rugged front face-plate and press-through home button. Next, shock-absorption function is perfectly supported by a rubberized inner layer. And a grooved silicone grip band with resealable port covers adds an extra impact protection. Striking two-toned design makes this case look mighty fine, too. Now, Speck’s case is priced at $49.99.

5. The Joy Factory RainBallet

protective iphone 4 case

By offering maximum protection, the RainBallet allows the user to make the best possible use of their iPhone 4/ 4S regardless of a water-filled or rugged environment and the extreme weather conditions, such as at the pool or beach, during rainstorms and workouts, or at construction sites. Moreover, the Intelli-filter design blocks only water, not sound, preserving all premium audio quality. Joy factory’s case features Sharpvue lenses on the front and back of the case, turning iPhone 4 into a high quality, waterproof camera, providing the freedom for users to take their iPhone under the water environment. The manufacturer offers the case at the price of $49.95.

6. Otterbox Defender Series

best iPhone 4S case

The Defender Series for iPhone 4S is a slightly modified version of the original Defender Case for iPhone 4 that now fits both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models. Indeed, iPhone 4/ 4S users consider Otter’s product as a good protection solution because users have basically got everything covered except the screen, cameras, flash and a few more parts. The Deffender series are featured with 3 layers of protection preventing iPhone from drops, bumps, dust and shocks. Layer 1 protects keypad against scratching, as well as dust intrusion. The next layer offers a hi-impact polycarbonate shell for an added guard against drops and shocks. The third one is a high quality silicone skin to absorb bump and shock. Full access to all keys, ports and functions Defender Case is widely sold in the market with multiple color choices and at the price of $49.95.

7. Incipio Destroyer

Incipio looks a little square and bulky; however, it offers a wide range of benefits to iPhone 4/4S owners such as:

  • Silicone shock absorbing skin to hold the iPhone in place and absorb bumps and shocks
  • Made of an impact resistant, military-spec glass reinforced nylon
  • Two side rails protect all four corner A variety of color combinations are provided including Black /Black Skin, White /Magenta Skin, Silver /Blue Skin, Olive Drab /Black Skin, Black /Yellow Skin.

For each Incipio Destroyer case, the price is set at about $39.99.

Separate parts of Incipio Destroyer Case

8. Qmadix Xtreme

best iPhone 4 case 2012

The $34.99 Qmadix Xtreme case protects your iPhone with its double impact resistant material. This case differentiates itself from other similar products since it is equipped with a kick stand to let users enjoy watching videos. Moreover, it has silicone edges to proficiently protect the precious iPhone screen.

9. SwitchEasy CapsuleRebel Case

The $27.99 SwitchEasy CapsuleRebel Case owns an ultraframe hard protection system, a unique cover-all hard shell exo-skeleton frame made from super tough polycarbonate. Such a hard characteristic helps protect all the important parts of your iPhone 4S and other smartphone devices that may be prone to be affected. The case is also featured with Adaptive Dynamic Soft Polymer (ADSP), a new polymer which is quite soft but yet tough enough to divert hard shocks. ADSP is also very resistant to discoloration and soiling from day to day use. The CapsuleRebel is designed to protect all impact points of your iPhone 4/ 4S with its polycarbonate shield, while still offering users a very rewarding grip sensation due to the mixed material layout.

10. Cygnett WorkMate Pro

The Cygnett WorkMate Pro is the newly upgraded version, now it is significantly slimmer than the original one. The combination between layers of silicone and high-quality polycarbonate shell helps absorb shock during the falls. In addition, slimline case provides extra protection without adding bulk, which makes some customers dissatisfied. Thanks to Cygnett’s dedicate design, users can easily access all ports, controls and connectors. Buyers need to pay about $19.99 for one case including a screen protector and microfiber cleaning cloth.

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This article was published on 2012/05/18