Chances are, your smartphone is protected by a thin and light case, which is perfectly fine for everyday use. But in a natural disaster, you’re going to be relying on that smartphone. It is likely to become your primary means of communication, access to news and navigation, as well as a reference resource and your entertainment. There’s a lot riding on it.
That minimalist case isn’t going to cut it, especially if you venture outdoors in stormy conditions to patch a roof, cut fallen tree branches or pile sandbags. You’ll want a rugged smartphone case to supplement the water resistance that most current smartphones already offer.
For iPhone owners, Lifeproof makes some of the best protective cases with its Next series. For $79.99, you get a case that blocks the iPhone’s ports from debris, dirt and dust. An enclosed iPhone can survive a fall from over 6 feet. And despite the rugged protection, the display remains unobstructed, so touch controls and viewing aren’t affected.