OtterBox is one of the most well-known names in smartphone and tablet cases because of its extensive line of durable and recognisable plastic and rubberised cases. The OtterBox Defender, one of the company's most popular iPhone 5 and 5c cases, provides a litany of features, protecting against drops, dust, and scratches whilst also providing screen protection. The Defender Series is also notable because it is the only case in the OtterBox line that comes with a belt holster.
Another tough iPhone 5 case from OtterBox is the Armor Series case, which is a re-imagination of the original OtterBox case design notable because it is waterproof. An iPhone can withstand 30 minutes underwater up to 2 metres deep without damage with an Armor case on. The Armor Series also protects an iPhone from crushing force, drops, dust, and dirt.
The design of the Griffin Survivor case developed based on the standards set by the United States Department of Defense for military operation. This case protects the phone from many extreme sets of conditions, including dirt and sand, wind, shock, water and rain, and extreme vibrations. This case also comes with a heavy-duty clip for secure transport.
The Incipio ATLAS case offers users multiple layers of defence against many common iPhone threats such as water, dust, and shock. The case is waterproof when immersed in up to 2 metres of water for up to 60 minutes. The ATLAS was subject to rigorous testing and passed the international IP68 protection standard for Ingress Protection against dust and water.
The Case-Mate Tough Xtreme case for iPhone 5 is notable for its protective features and slim profile of only 1.3 cm. This case offers users three layers of protection with a soft exterior face designed to absorb impact and prevent impact damage. In addition, it comes with a built-in screen protector.
The manufacturers of the Spigen Tough Armor case for the iPhone 5 claim that it "provides better impact absorption than any other boxy case on the market". The Tough Armor case uses air cushion technology at its corners, which maintains its slim profile.
An added layer of defence against shattering and cracks comes thanks to the Spider Web Patterned TPU case material, which also increases its grip safety and slop resistance. While an additional 1.5 mm lip at the top adds additional protection to the iPhone's screen, users can add more secure screen protection with Spigen's line of tempered glass screen protectors, with which the Tough Armor case is fully compatible.
The name itself indicates the promise of the LifeProof case. Since many users find that the trials of daily life are the biggest threats to their iPhone, this case attempts to protect them from just that. The manufacturers claim that the LifeProof Fre offers "four proofs":
- Waterproof: immiscible in up to 2 metres of water for up to 60 minutes
- Dirtproof: seal creates resistance to dust and dirt
- Snowproof: because it keeps out water and dirt, the phone is also safe from snow
- Shockproof: capable of surviving a drop of up to 2 metres
To go along with this claim, independent testing of the LifeProof Fre reveals that it complies with international IP68 standards for ingress of water and dirt. In addition, this case protects iPhone's entire touchscreen from scratches and shatters, and it provides a slim, 12.5 mm profile.