Vote now for your favorite iPhone/iPad protective hard case! - TiPb Awards 2010 App, Accessory, and iOS awards

The 2010 TiPb Awards have begun and it's time to vote on all your favorites. This time it's for your favorite iPhone/iPad protective case of the year. You know what we mean. The full plate armor or kevlar vest. The case you go to when you absolutely, positively can't afford to get your iPhone or iPad damaged.

With the debut of the iPad and the all new form factor of iPhone 4, there are lots of new cases vying for your vote, but there can only be one 2010 TiPb Award winner! Choose your favorite in the pole above and then let us know why you chose the favorite you did in comments below. (And if you don't see your favorite here, add it as a write-in as well!)

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Vote now for your favorite iPhone/iPad protective hard case! - TiPb Awards


I voted for the Otterbox Defender though I prefer the Otterbox Commuter, which is what the link at the bottom points to.

InCase® SnapCase. Slim rigid design with just enough excess on the front to keep the face off the table. Comes with a stand for extended horizontal viewing.

The best case is the otter box commuter case gives you great protection it's stylish and not nearly as bulky as the defender it's easy to get in and out of pockets and absolutely ZERO dust gets into the case even though it's not full covered with the built in screen shield it is the best case out there.....equally grate is the incipio silicrylic that is a 2 part case like the commuter and does the same thing protection wise as the commuter 2 great cases

The Element Vapor case for iPhone 4 is my favorite phone case. Don't yet have a case for my iPad as I haven't found one that I like yet.

The OtterBox Defender hands down. As fragile as my iPhone 4 is, it is indestructible in this case. I even dropped it out of a second story window onto concrete below without any damage to the phone whatsoever. You can't do that with a normal hard case.

I chose "other."
The best case is no case. What's the point of carrying a slim, beautiful piece of industrial design in a nasty little plastic case? The most sensitive part, the screen, remains uncovered.
I've never had or used a case for any iPhone I've owned, and I like it that way.

I love my Plaid Book Style Case from Javoedge because it protects the front and the back, and allows me to carry a couple cards and a bus pass with me.

The Otter Box Defender for the iPhone 4 is tried and true; I was recently on holiday (vacation) in New Zealand hiking on the North Island, when I fell and landed directly on my iPhone! I had my iPhone 4 in my hand at the time, as I had just taken some pictures with it, and inadvertently ended up using the iPhone to break my fall as I hit the ground (the iPhone 4 was what hit the ground first!). All I got out of it were a couple of minor scrapes and bruises. I feared that the impact might have cracked my iPhone, but when I opened the case to inspect it for damage and clean it, it was totally unharmed; just slightly dirty from the fall. The Otter Box was unharmed as well. All I did was clean the dust off of it (there was no dust inside the case). I breathed a huge sigh of relief there... So my Otter Box Defender has been worth every penny. Best case currently out there, full stop (period). All they have to do is somehow make it waterproof, and it'll be perfect.

Using the SwitchEasy CapsuleRebel. Fantastic protection and brilliant looks. What more could you ask for.

1 is the Otterbox Defender series. Hardcore protection if you really want to keep your phone from damage followed by the Otterbox Commuter series. No other case even come close to these even though they may look better.

The SGP Neo Hybrid case is the best ever. There is just no comparison between it and any other case out there.

+1 on the SGP Neo. The Defender is the best for hardcore protection, but many people don't need that much and it's bulky. The Neo Hybrid is the best everyday case to use. It looks and feels good. For those who don't use a case, I hope you drop your phone and crack the glass.... jkjk =)

I have the Otterbox Commuter and Apple Bumper Cases for my iPhone 4. Like them both, but prefer the Bumper personally. I work in a machine shop and carry my phone in my pocket in that environment 75% of the time without worry. Main reason I keep the bumper over the Commuter is that the Commuter catches a good bit of lint....that and the top (sharp) plastic lip rubs my ear when I talk on the phone.
The Bumper I got free with Apple's Antennagate thing.

Otterbox, it isn't pretty, but it protects my phone from damage, I am more concerned with protecting my phone than having a stylish case, but understand people that like looks or no case on the iPhone. This case has kept my phone safe from falls and once my puppy, needed a new screen protector, but the phone was not damaged, will always have my phone in an Otterbox.

The best protection is not dropping your iPhone in the first place. I see people throwing cell phones around like toys all the time. If you can't take care of them, you're going to pay the price, either with broken phones or having to buy bulky cases. Replacing phones is a hassle beyond the cost, and wearing a bulky case diminishes your everyday use of the device.

 CASE-MATE TOUGH CASE!!!! There is no has it all durability, functionality and always Soooo chic!! I love the colors and it doesn't look make my phone feel like a brick like the nOttercases.... Woohooo Case-Mate 

The OtterBox Defender is awesome. But rather than pay between $30-$40 for it, I bought a knockoff on ebay for $6 shipped. Works just as well, and it's probably even made in the same factory by the exact same Chinese school children.

I had the Otter Box and it was too big. The CaseMate Tough is awesome, much sleeker/smaller. Drop my phone down a flight of stairs thinking for sure it was broken. But the Tough Case saved it.
Thanks CaseMate

The case I use for my iPhone4 is the SwitchEasy Reptile. Great look, great fit, super tactile button response, and it doesn't peel or bubble my screen guard. What more can you ask for?