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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 Armor Series Waterproo smart phone cases

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A:DUNK PROTECTION

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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