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5 top protective phone cases

5 top protective phone cases
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Smartphones are far more than just handy devices to call people on. From watching movies and streaming music to keeping our finances up to date, our phones are like mini pocket computers that we rely on every day. But with our trusty phones in such use, it can be tough to keep them looking all shiny and new. And while scratches might be a minor inconvenience, broken screens can cost a lot to repair. To keep your mobile safe from damaging drops and shocks, here are our top five protective phone cases. 

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1. Best protective case for any adventure

The Lifeproof FRĒ series declares itself waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof – life proof in fact.

The FRĒ series fully envelopes your phone and has an integrated screen cover. Ports are also sealed to keep out dirt and grime.   

Designed to withstand drops of up to two metres, FRĒ cases will also protect your phone if submerged in up to two metres of water for one hour (although I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to test this). 

Available for Apple, Samsung, and Google phones, you can explore the full range on the Lifeproof website. Priced at between £69.99 and £79.99, these cases are expensive, so they’re the best if you have a lifestyle that demands top notch protection. 

2. Best protective case for everyday hard knocks

If you need a super-tough phone case that’s practical for everyday use, the OtterBox Defender wins hands down. More affordable than the Lifeproof series, it’s similarly robust.

The newest versions have been updated so they’re slimmer but still made up of multiple layers of polycarbonate and rubber to ensure ultimate protection. 

Port covers prevent mud, grit and dirt from building up. A raised edge stops your screen from getting the brunt of any knocks. Compatible screen protectors are also available. The OtterBox Defender series also offers something called DROP+, which claims to safeguard against four times as many drops as the military standard (that’s MIL-STD-810G 516.6, if you’re interested). 

As you’d probably expect from a range that’s designed for serious protection, the colours are pretty serious too – black, grey, army blue and a rather subdued purple.

Available for Apple and Samsung phones only, expect to pay at least £42 for a Defender case. Visit the OtterBox website for their full range.  

3. Best protective leather phone case

Made from genuine leather, Torro cases are smart, practical and affordable. They’re available as a bumper case only, a flip case (with and without tabs), or as a slip case. They also come in a range of colours (albeit limited).

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I have a Torro brown leather flip case for my now rather ancient iPhone, and it’s served me very well over the last 12 months. The leather is good quality and has worn extremely well.

There’s room to keep a credit card or two inside Torro’s flip cases, though Torro warn that it can interfere with the closure (although I haven’t had this problem).

You can buy Torro cases at Amazon, and they’re available for Apple, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and Google smartphones. Expect to pay around £29.99 (which is less than other genuine leather phone cases).

4. Best protective wallet phone case

The rather fearsome-sounding Wallet Slayer Vol.2 by Smartish crucifies the competition when it comes to wallet-style phone cases.

The Wallet Slayer is a bumper phone case with room for up to three credit cards, which sit snugly in the back. There’s also a clever slot that turns your credit card into a kickstand for your phone.

Textured sides provides grip and you can pimp it up with various added extras like a glass protector screen.

The Wallet Slayer Vol.2 is suitable for Apple and some Samsung phones, and a limited range can be found at For the full range of designs and colours, you’ll need to ship one in from the US. Expect to pay around £24 plus shipping fees. 

5. Best value protective phone case

If you’re looking for a no nonsense, good value protective phone case, then JTech is the brand for you.

Recommended by a friend of mine, this bumper style hard case is available in a limited range of colours and as a transparent cover to show off your phone in all its glory.

Raised bezels protect your phone’s screen from the worst scratches, but you can also buy compatible protectors for full coverage. The corners of the case are designed to absorb shocks from drops (which my friend can testify to).

JTech cases are available at and will set you back less than a tenner, so they’re an absolute steal. They’re suitable for Apple, Samsung, and Huawei phones.

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