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The Best Smartphone Cases: OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Case for iPhone 5

My girlfriend is looking for a new phone, and she’ll be using it outdoors a lot this summer. Which one has the most protective case available?


OtterBox’s most badass cell phone case is the iPhone 5’s best defense against bumps and water. The Armor Series survives 10-foot drops on concrete, immersion to 6.6 feet for 30 minutes, or your kid’s mistaken notion that it’s a speed bump for his bike. At almost 4 ounces, however, the box adds considerable heft to your phone, and users note that the headphone ports and buttons can be hard to use. But, then again, a broken phone is a pain miles from home.

Price: $95

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