Toughest, most durable iPhone 5 cases
1. Lunatik Taktik Extreme iPhone 5 case
Being the most durable case in the company's portfolio, the Taktik Extreme provides protection against impact, drops, and screen damage. And as it covers all ports and openings on the device, your iPhone 5 will be protected against dust and water damage as well. But don't worry – ports are still accessible by lifting the flaps that cover them.
Lunatik Taktik Extreme ($124.95)
2. Cygnett WorkMate iPhone 5 case
The WorkMate iPhone 5 protective case combines a heavy duty outer shell with an impact-resistant inner layer, providing extra safety for your investment. It is also nice that a screen protector comes included in the set. This accessory is quite affordable compared to other tough iPhone 5 cases, although pricing may vary from one retailer to another.
Cygnett WorkMate iPhone 5 case
3. Otterbox Armor iPhone 5 case
The Armor iPhone 5 case by Otterbox is not only highly resistant to serious drops and physical damage, but it also provides protection against liquid damage. In fact, the iPhone 5 inside it should survive a dunk in water for 30 minutes at up to 6.6 feet below the surface. The accessory is available in several colors, with five original artsy designs offered as well.
Otterbox Armor ($99.95-$109.95)
4. Ballistic Hard Core iPhone 5 case
There's a lot that this iPhone 5 case is resistant to – fingerprints, scratches, dust, and of course, accidental drops. There's a built-in screen protector as well, protecting the smartphone's display from damage. The built-in kickstand allows one to place the iPhone 5 in landscape mode on a flat surface – ideal for watching videos.
Ballistic Hard Core ($59.99)
5. Case Mate Tough Xtreme iPhone 5 case
With its three layers of extreme protection, the Tough Xtreme case by Case Mate is durable enough to meet or exceed military-grade specifications for damage resistance. The iPhone 5 display is protected as well, covered by the accessory's built-in screen protector.
Case Mate Tough Xtreme ($60)
6. Lifeproof fre + LifeJacket Float iPhone 5 case
The Lifeproof fre iPhone 5 case is already pretty tough, providing protection against shock and water damage. If you want to take things to the next level, however, you need the LifeJacket Float. It not only provides extra damage protection, but also ensures that your iPhone 5 will float in water if dropped by accident.
Lifeproof fre ($79.99 + $39.99 extra for LifeJacket Float)
7. RokForm RokShield v3 iPhone 5 case
This rugged iPhone 5 case provides high damage protection at a reasonable price, with a screen protector included in the set. What's more is that the company also bundles a mounting accessory with this product, allowing the user to stick their iPhone 5 to a car's dashboard or any other flat surface.
RokForm RokShield v3 ($39)
8. Incipio Atlas iPhone 5 case
Water and dirt will have a really hard time trying to do any damage to an iPhone 5 protected by the Atlas. The case is also heavily resistant to accidental impact damage thanks to its multiple layers of protection.
Incipio Atlas ($89.99)
9. Griffin Survivor iPhone 5 case
Designed to meet or exceed military specifications for durability, the Survivor is Griffin's toughest iPhone 5 protective case. It is the must-have accessory for extreme conditions, ensuring resistance against dirt, sand, shock, vibrations, and the elements. And yes, a built-in screen protector is included, ensuring that the iPhone 5's display stays unharmed.
Griffin Survivor ($49.99)
10. HardCandy Shockdrop iPhone 5 case
This iPhone 5 case is just as rugged as it looks. With 6 millimeters of shock absorbing silicon at the corners, it provides great protection for your iPhone 5 against accidental drops. The surface's texture provides excellent grip for extra safety. A replaceable screen protector covers the smartphone's display.
HardCandy Shockdrop ($39.95)
11. Seidio Obex iPhone 5 case
The Seidio OBEX iPhone 5 case is tough enough to withstand more than just occasional shock and drops. It also keeps dust, dirt, water and other liquids away as it meets and even exceeds the IP68 specification. At the same time, the waterproof membrane shields covering the speakers and microphones help to maintain the sound quality during calls or media playback.
Seidio Obex ($79.95)
12. Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 5 case
Drop protection, shock absorption, extra grip – all of these advantages can be provided for your iPhone 5 by the Spigen Tough Armor case. At the same time, the accessory comes at a very reasonable price for what it offers. The smartphone's screen is still somewhat vulnerable, but for a little extra cash, the company can provide you with a durable screen protector as well.
Spigen Tough Armor ($29.99)
13. Speck ToughSkin Duo iPhone 5 case
The "Duo" in this case's name comes from the use of a slim inner layer and a rubbery outer layer, giving your iPhone 5 superior protection against light and serious drops. The rugged exterior provides additional grip, reducing the risk of one dropping the phone by accident. The inner case can be used on its own for those times when the extra durability isn't necessary.
Speck ToughSkin Duo ($39.95)
14. Zagg iFrogz Bullfrogz case for iPhone 5
Here's a very durable and reliable iPhone 5 protective case that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. With its rugged two-piece design, the Bullfrogz case is highly resistant to impact, all the while leaving all ports and sensors accessible. Just keep in mind that the iPhone 5 screen would still be vulnerable as the case does not cover it.
iFrogz Bullfrogz ($29.99)
15. Bonus: SnowLizard SLXTREME 5 iPhone 5 case
Here's a case that is not yet available for purchase, but just might be the ideal accessory for your active lifestyle. The SLXTREME is tough, solid, resistant to water and dust damage, and comes with an integrated 2300mAh cell, capable of doubling your iPhone 5's battery life. In addition, there's a built-in solar panel providing extra power in cases of emergency.
SnowLizard SLXTREME 5 (Coming soon!)