If you're a butterfingers like me, you've probably broken and dented a few iPhones in your day. Although those ultra thin cases look great, they just don't hold up to the rough treatment my iPhones receive, so I always buy heavy-duty cases with military-grade protection. My iPhone 12 is no exception. After a few years of trying out different types of cases, these are my picks for the best iPhone 12 rugged cases.
LifeProof has been around long enough to prove their worth; I've been buying cases from this brand since I was rocking an iPhone 4. A LifeProof case has yet to disappoint me. Clear, rugged, and drop-tested to the extreme, this case really is life-proof.
There's a reason they call this case the Gripzilla! The rubberized, grooved sides fit perfectly into your hand to prevent drops. Even if it does fall, the air-cushioned corners and raised bezels will protect the iPhone from any angle.
Despite its surprisingly low price point, the Spigen Tough Armor Case provides excellent impact protection all around, even around the camera lenses. It also has a nifty built-in kickstand!
Rough and ready
The Otterbox Defender is about as rugged as it gets for iPhone protection. This is a great choice for anyone who leads an active, heavy-duty lifestyle. This case will make your iPhone 12 virtually indestructible.
Slim and clear
If you prefer a rugged case with a sleek profile, look into the TORRAS Patronus Series. This case is both slim and transparent, but it also offers shock resistance up to drops of 8ft.
Here we have a heavy-duty case that offers military-grade protection as well as fine Italian leather! The outer folio is made up of soft leather, while the corners, screens, and camera are protected by tough TPU. The only downside is the steep price.
Ghostek offers a fine case that is both highly protective and totally waterproof. With a built-in screen protector and air-tight covers over all ports and buttons, you can dive or sail with this case without a worry.
Stop worrying about damaging your iPhone, and rest assured with one of the best iPhone 12 rugged cases. We prefer the LifeProof Next (opens in new tab) for a combination of heavy-duty protection, sharp design, and long-term reliability. This brand has been producing excellent protective cases for over ten years.
If that case is out of your budget, try Spigen Tough Armor (opens in new tab). This case offers military-grade impact protection at a great low price point. Once you have your iPhone 12 properly cased, you can enjoy all your favorite adventures without a thought for dropping your phone.
Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.
Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.
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