OtterBox Armour Case Gets A Full Workout
The ESR Rebound Slim Smart Case consists of a TPU (a flexible plastic) shell with a trifold cover attached, and it stands out from the other cheap cases we tested in a few ways. The slightly soft case material is better than the rigid plastic the company uses for some of its other cases (which can chip or crack). Whereas most cheap cases have cutouts for the buttons, the Rebound Slim Smart Case has integrated button covers that provide a pleasant clicking feeling. This is one of the few cases we tested at any price that allows a full charging and syncing connection for the Apple Pencil, without sacrificing protection for the other edges. And it has individual cutouts for each hole of all four speakers, rather than long strips of exposed aluminum, as seen on most other cases. The case for the iPad Air has the necessary opening to use the Touch ID sensor in the power button.
OtterBox Armour case gets a full workout
The best Apple Watch cases can protect your investment. Sure, you love wearing your Apple Watch sans case. It looks good and is easily identifiable as an Apple Watch, making you feel like part of an exclusive club. But it's a good idea keep a case or shell nearby in case you find yourself on an adventure that make result in damage to your precious Apple Watch. If you feel the same way, take a look at these protective cases for Apple Watch. Be sure to check the listing carefully and make sure you're purchasing a case for the correct size and series; they are not all interchangeable.
These cases can also be more difficult to maintain depending on the model. The Clic Canvas requires an eraser to clean, and we were unable to find instructions for cleaning the Clic Wooden. But thankfully the Clic Card can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild hand soap.
Unsurprisingly, the Otterbox Defender, Symmetry Series Plus, and Commuter Series cases all passed our 5-foot drop test onto a marble floor with ease. They also showed minimal smudging in our grease test, and were among the easiest to clean with soap and water. Some Otterboxes come in multiple pieces, so just be sure to clean any debris that gets in any creases.
But the Pathfinder is also considerably cheaper at $40 and provides enough protection for basic drops. During our five-foot drop test on a marble floor, the Pathfinder successfully guarded our iPhone 12 from scuffs and scratches. The thick edges even prompted the case to bounce upon hitting the floor. If you don't want a case that screams rugged like the Pathfinder, the $40 Plyo Crystal Series also offers decent protection in a much more subtle design. The clear case still has thick corners for impact resistance and meets military drop standards, but doesn't have the Pathfinder's Rugged look.
I also want to mention that the cases I talk about here, are ones intended to allow you to actually use the phone in its full functionality. If you are looking for a way to block 100% of the radiation from your cell phone when you are not using it, then you can check out my article on the best RF blocking and faraday bags here.
Seen those internet videos where Mous lobs valuable gadgets from high places to prove the protective power of its cases? This shock-absorbing shell gives your AirPods the same level of shielding. Thanks to impact-proof AirShock tech, your charging case should survive if you happen to drop it from a ladder/crane/helicopter.