Protect Your Phone
Pick the right case to shield your device from falls, rain, and dirt, whether you’re a…
Weekend warrior LifeProof cases (iPhone 5: $80, 1 oz.; iPad: $100, 11.6 oz.; lifeproof .com) are waterproof (up to 6 feet for 30 minutes), shockproof (up to a 6-foot drop onto concrete), and dustproof. The slim profile makes the phone case easy to stash in a pocket, and the responsive touchscreen helped it earn a 2013 Editors’ Choice Award.
Gear abuser Otterbox’s Armor Case ($100, 3.9 oz. for iPhone 5; $100, 4.8 oz. for Galaxy S3; otterbox.com) uses heavy-duty plastic to protect from submersion (6 feet for 30 minutes), drops (up to 10 feet), and pressure (4,000 pounds).
Power user The Mophie Juice Pack PRO Outdoor Edition case ($120; 2.5 oz.; iPhone 4/4s; mophie.com) is splashproof (not submergible), dustproof, and shockproof, plus it includes a rechargeable integrated battery pack that can store 1.5 iPhone charges. A standby switch lets you control when the juice is on.
Never Lose Touch
Roughly the size of a beefy smartphone case with an antenna, the Thuraya SatSleeve ($499 for iPhone 4/4s, $599 for iPhone 5; thuraya.com) turns your iPhone into a satellite phone at a fraction of the price of many traditional sat phones. (We can’t wait to field-test one.)