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The cases you’ll need for rugged protection of your smartphone or tablet


We’re so attached to our smartphones and tablets we like to take them wherever we go no matter what we’re doing. And to keep them safe you need a case that can handle all types of conditions and the day-to-day bumps and scrapes.

We’ve taken a look at some cases from Griffin, Lifeproof and UAG and the one thing they have in common is that they can take the knocks.

And with some of them they are even waterproof so they can take a dip as well.

A lot of users need their devices with them while they’re working like a tradie or anyone else who works outside, on building sites and close to the water.


Griffin is a company well known for its accessories and cases and its Survivor series offers military grade protection.

The Survivor Core series is available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6.

The Core cases are made of shatter-resistant polycarbonate and offer drop protection with reinforced crumple zones in each corner.

The Griffin Survivor Core case
The Griffin Survivor Core case

And even though it is quite thin and sleek, the Survivor Core case can handle a drop from a height of almost two metres.

The back panel is clear rigid polycarbonate so you can still see your smartphone.

Moving up to the Survivor All-Terrain series you’ve got even tougher protection for your smartphone and tablet.

There are cases for the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 along with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Galaxy S5 and S6.

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain
Griffin Survivor All-Terrain

The Griffin Survivor All-Terrain cases offer four layers of protection including shatter-resistant polycarbonate, shock absorbing silicone, screen protector with fingerprint scanner and sealed plugs for connectors and ports.

So whether you’re in a building site, out on a run or on a wilderness trail, your phone or tablet is well protected.

The screen is covered to avoid scratches and breakages but the fingerprint reader still works to unlock the smartphone through the protective layer.

There’s also a belt clip that can double up as a viewing stand.

Griffin iPhone 6 Plus Survivor Core case – $29.95

Griffin iPhone 6 Plus Survivor All-Terrain case – $59.95

Griffin iPad Air 2 Survivor All-Terrain case – $99.95


For some users rugged protection for their smartphone just isn’t enough. They want to take it into the water.

Lifeproof is a leading brand when it comes to producing high quality waterproof cases.

The latest are the Lifeproof nuud cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which are submersible to a depth of two metres.

Lifeproof nuud case for the iPhone 6
Lifeproof nuud case for the iPhone 6

These nuud cases use screenless technology which means users still have direct contact to the iPhone’s touchscreen Retina Display while the rest of the device is completely sealed and made watertight.

But not only are the nuud cases waterproof, they are also shockproof, dirtproof and snowproof.

And even with all of this protection the Lifeproof cases are thin and light and don’t bulk up the device too much.

The headphone jack, camera lens, Lightning port and buttons are all covered and sealed. And even though the camera is covered by a clear surface you can still take photos – even underwater.

These new cases also have a clear back so you can still see your iPhone.

Lifeproof nuud cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available now for $129.95 and $149.95 respectively.


Rugged protection is what UAG (Urban Armour Gear) is all about with cases for iPhones and Samsung, HTC and LG smartphones along with the iPad, Microsoft’s Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3.

The cases are made from a patented composite material that fuses a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core.


On the outside are integrated shock absorbing corner bumpers and for good reason – drops are the number one cause of smartphone damage.

In fact, the UAG cases exceed military drop-test standards.

While the UAG cases offers all-round protection, they still give users complete access to all of the features including buttons, ports and speakers.

UAG case for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
UAG case for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

And the best part is that the cases add hardly any thickness to your device but give you peace of mind that your smartphone or tablet will be completely protected.