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There are certain times -- waiting at the doctor’s office or on an airplane, for example -- when you’ll hand your iPhone over to your kid without one thought of the potentially fatal (to your phone) consequences. But you don’t need to risk your $200 device just to distract him with Angry Birds or a Nick Jr. app. You just need the right case to protect your cell from sticky fingers, spills and accidental tumbles. We found six super-durable iPhone cases that will do the job.
Griffin Survivor, $49.99
Deemed an extreme-duty case, this model was tested and certified to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standards to protect iPhones form dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration, temperature and humidity. If that can’t save your phone from your kid’s carelessness, we don’t know what can! The case is shatter-resistant and shock-absorbing, and it includes a built-in screen protector.
X-Protect Case by G-Form, $39.95
Made from seemingly magical materials that instantly stiffen upon impact, this lightweight, flexible case absorbs over 90 percent of the energy when dropped. (It was tested by using an encased iPhone as a hockey puck -- it survived an 82mph slapshot.) G-Form got its start making knee pads and other sports pads form the same materials. The company's motto? “Hey, if it’s good enough to protect your bones, it’s good enough to protect your precious consumer electronics.”
OtterBox Defender Series, $49.95
You won’t leave a single inch of your iPhone unprotected with this triple-layered case. It even has a built-in screen protector so you don’t have to mess around with those flimsy plastic shields. Plus, the belt clip can be turned to prop the phone up on its side so your kids could watch a cartoon hands free.
Lifeproof iPhone Case, $79.95
This ultra-protective case is a splurge, but it offers more protection for the price. It will withstand dust, sand, grit, mud, snow, ice, drops as high as 6 feet and water. In fact, the case will make your phone waterproof enough to capture underwater photos and videos on your next vacation. That alone is worth the extra $30, right?
Griffin Woogie 2, $19.99
While you’re not going to want to keep your iPhone in this silly plush case 24/7, it’s the perfect option for occasional toddler handling. The plush toy has a see-through pocket for your phone, which offers protection while allowing for touch-screen play, and an opening to plug in those all-important headphones. The Woogie’s furry legs double as a way to position the phone when watching videos.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case, $19.99
If you let your baby play with educational apps, this is the perfect protective solution. Built-in handles help your little one hold on to the device, and since the whole phone will be inside a plastic enclosure it will be guarded from drool, spit up and other possible spills.