OtterBox iPhone 4/4S Armor Series
Quality design; heavy-duty protection
Despite the fact that iPhones are among our most precious belongings, they cop a wild ride being with us on the daily grind; throwing them in our bags, dropping them on the ground … and that’s just with normal usage.
For people working in extreme environments, where water, dust and machinery is present, the longevity of your handset is on already shaky ground. This is why ‘ruggedised’ cases have fared so well in the mobile market; they are the ultimate investment.
Which brings us to one seriously tough design from OtterBox – the Armor for iPhone 4/4S. Made from four layers of protective materials, this case is not letting anything get in between you and your iPhone.
OtterBox says the Armor can bear 3m falls, withstand 2m submersions in water for up to 20 minutes and tolerate 1.8 tonnes of crushing force. At $109 it’s not cheap, but if it can prevent damage that would otherwise render your iPhone ‘caput’, the cost seems worth it.
Not all heavy-duty protective cases have the benefit of slick design, in addition to being hard-wearing, but the Armor’s form is as sleek as a rugged design can be, with bold colour combinations and industrial-looking metal hinges that open and fasten the case.
The main material of the case is a durable plastic, accented with a rubber inlay and enforced rubber closures that cover the earphone jack and connector port when not in use. There is also a cut-out at the back of the Armor to accommodate the camera lens.
The Armor’s fit is snug while still enabling full access to your phone’s functions; including the screen, connector port and volume and power controls.
The Armor is expensive, yes, but it offers insurance for your iPhone that is much less costly than buying a new handset. In addition to its hard-wearing capabilities, the case looks great – no mean feat for a design in the ‘ruggedised’ space.