The main reason this water-resistant case is head-and-shoulders better than anything else I tested is that it provides 360-degree protection. The phone is bolted inside a hard plastic cage lined with squishy silicone, for maximum shock absorption. The grippy rubber back keeps it from sliding off surfaces. And the replaceable touch-through Gorilla Glass screen cover sheds water and guards against the same type of face plant that killed my phone. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s a lot cheaper than a new phone.
THE KNOCK: Water-resistant is good for rain; waterproof would let you take it swimming.