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Save Your Phone with this Rugged Case

This rugged case protects your phone and other gadgets from drops, dust, and scratches. It’s available for most types of smartphones and tablets.

Price and Where to Buy: The Defender series starts at $39.95 on OtterBox’s website  or $29.95 on Amazon.

How It Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10.  This is serious protection for your phone, and will shield it from big drops, dirt, and scratches.
  • Value: 9/10. Depending on which model you buy, the prices for this level of protection are pretty reasonable.
  • Durability: 10/10. OtterBox cases go through hundreds of hours of testing to make sure that they’ll be able to shield your phone from anything you do to it.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. The Defender adds some bulk to your gadget, but at least they come in fun colors (and you can even customize your own case).

Final Verdict: If you’re hard on your phone, the Defender cases should be an easy decision.

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