Sometimes you can’t help but drop your phone, but you can make sure to protect it via some of the most tough and durable cases on the market for you iPhone 5. With these cases, you won’t have to worry about any damage to your new iPhone 5 because of their many durable and shockproof features that will your protect your phone from spills, falls and much more!

12. Speck ToughSkin Duo iPhone 5 Case

For those who want extra protection, the ToughSkin Duo is like two cases in one, with sharp color options and a super-functional holster that makes safety look smart. You can use the slim inner shell on its own when you need to keep a low profile. The outer case has rubbery, notched surface provides a no-slip grip and full-on shock absorption.  Get yours for $39.95.

11. Case Mate Tough Xtreme iPhone 5 Case

The Tough Xtreme is a rugged case in a slim package. It actually combines military-grade protection with a sleek, non-bulky style with its three layers of toughness and soft oft exterior wrapped around a hard skeletal structure. Available in a variety of colors, it retails for $50.

10. Seidio Convert Case iPhone 5 Case

The Seidio Convert is like having two cases in one! There’s a sleek case for everyday protection and a heavy-duty case for the demands of the outdoors or rugged professions. The rugged case adds a  layer of shock-absorbing silicone and a precision-fit skeleton. There’s two color options (black and grey) and it’s $50.

9. HardCandy ShockDrop iPhone 5 Case

The ShockDrop Case features 6mm of shock absorbing silicon at the corners, a semi-rigid (replaceable) screen protector, and tear proof flaps. The body slims down to 3mm of protection to allow an easily fit into your bag or enterprise iPhone Charging Carts…all for only $39.95.

8. Edge Design AKTIV iPhone 5 Case

For those that like the sleek look but want ultimate protection will like the high-end, lightweight aluminum AKTIV from Edge Design. It has an anodized finish and a strong interchangeable polymer band that suspends your phone inside the open sided aluminum case, so that the metal doesn’t touch your phone.  It comes with a lifetime warranty and goes for $99.

7. Ballistic Hard Core HC Series iPhone 5 Case

The new Ballistic Hard Core (HC) Series Case is engineered with five layers of engineered drop protection, including a built in screen protector, water resistant mesh over all speakers and an extremely durable rotating holster. Get it for only $59.99.

6. LifeProof fre Case iPhone 5 Case

For those who really want to ensure maximum protection, the LifeProof fre Case is waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof that lets you take your phone on any adventure you go on for $80.

5. Otterbox Commuter Series iPhone 5 Case

Otterbox’s  Commuter Series cases are built with two-layers of protection and has an adhesive screen protector. They come in a variety of colors so you can choose your favorite color combo.  Available direct for $35.

4. GumDrop Drop Tech Series iPhone 5 Case

The Drop Tech Series specifically conforms to the shape of the iPhone 5 and offers multi-layer protection, making it one of toughest and most durable iPhone 5 cases on the market for $44.95

3. LUNATIK TAKTIK 5 iPhone 5 Case

Premium protection is what you get with the TAKTIK 5 from LUNATIK since the case features rugged capabilities and strong iconic aesthetics with innovative performance to transform your phone through bold design, precision engineering and the best performance materials available. The case comes with Gorilla Glass and will make sure you iPhone 5 is safe from unexpected falls and more. Price is TBD, but you can sign-up for notifications.

2. Otterbox Defender Series iPhone 5 Case

The Defender Series from Otterbox features one layer that’s made from a  polycarbonate skeleton that cushions the iPhone while the built-in screen protector prevents smudges and scratches, while its outer one wraps around the solid inner shell like an epidermis, creating a practically indestructible iPhone 5 case for $50.

1. Griffin Survivor Case iPhone 5 Case

Your iPhone will survive anything when it’s protected with the Griffin Survivor Case that’s tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F. It will withstand dirt, sand, shock, rain, vibration and more thanks to a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock-absorbing silicone, as well as its built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment. Available in a variety of colors, the case retails for $50.

Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.

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  1. I used the griffin survivor for nearly a year. Working on a farm I needed something tough. In the first few days of using it, I “lost” my phone in a field at night. The next day I found it buried in the dirt crushed by the combine. Fearing the worst, I cleaned it up and my phone and case were untouched and in full working order. I was impressed enough to use and abuse it for the next year!

    1. How long did it take for you to receive your case? I ordered one and I cannot get in touch with the company for any type of tracking or delivery schedule

  2. Hey this is a really detailed article – would love to see an updated version of this to include all the news ones over the past year etc.

    1. Don’t think it was out at the time of writing – haven’t checked I might be wrong .. The new ottorbox defender and new life proof etc are also relatively new additions to the case market.

  3. Kristie, thanks for the article. The site for LifeProof claims that the case enhances the sound of the speakers. Did you find that to be true? Any comments re: sound on any of the other cases? (Nice pic of you too, by the way.)

  4. At a certain point the protective cases become a bit overkill. Certified by the Department of Defense? I like the Case-Mate Xtreme case since it doesn’t add all that much bulk but will still protect my phone when I drop it. Maybe I’ve just lived in the city for too long…

    1. It should protect your iPhone from occasional drops, but it probably won’t take a bullet or a drop higher than 6 feet.

      1. I currently use the Case-Mate Xtreme and it is amazing! I have dropped it ton of times, but the worst one was I dropped it from the top of a wooden stair case all the way down to the concrete at the bottom. I wouldn’t purposfully run it over with my car or anything.. but for any type of drop test it is the perfect case. especially for the size.

    2. I use the Case-Mate Xtreme and have dropped my iPhone 5 from waist high or so several times and it has protected my phone well. It is one of the thinner/lighter “full protection” cases I have found to date that isn’t exorbitantly priced.

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