Life-Proof Your Gadgets

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Life-Proof Your Gadgets
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Modern smartphones and tablets are engineered to be thin, lightweight and lovely. Unfortunately, those same characteristics -- aesthetically pleasing as they may be -- often make it far too easy for your precious to slip through your fingers, a fate that often spells doom for devices. If you tend to put your gadgets through the wringer, check out these cases that offer protection from just about any hazard you may encounter.

Ballistic Tough Jacket
Ballistic Tough Jacket

Ballistic Tough Jacket

Protect your gadgets against a fall with the Ballistic Tough Jacket. The case provides three layers of protection -- shock-absorbing inner and outer layers and a middle layer of impact-resistant hard plastic -- along with reinforced corners designed to keep your treasured tablet safe. The removable cover protects your screen and doubles as a kickstand. The Tough Jacket is available for the iPad, iPad 2, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Kindle Fire.

Ballistic Tough Jacket Series

Drop Tech Series by Gumdrop
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Drop Tech Series by Gumdrop

Your tablet is adventure-ready when you slip it into Gumdrop’s Drop Tech case. Screen and port covers protect the delicate touchscreen and inner components from scratches and splashes, while a dual-material, multi-layer shell provides shock absorption to reduce the chance of damage from drops and bumps. The Drop Tech series is available for a variety of popular devices, including the iPad, Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

Gumdrop Cases

G-Form Extreme
G-Form

G-Form Extreme

If slippery fingers make you fear for the life of your iPhone, check out G-Form’s Extreme line of cases for the iPhone 4S and 5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod Touch 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. The case is slim and flexible, providing a high level of protection for your device while adding very little bulk. The raised edge leaves the touchscreen fully accessible but protected in case it’s set down or dropped screen-side down.

G-Form: Extreme

Liquipel
Liquipel

Liquipel

Liquid is the mortal enemy of all things electronic, but Liquipel is trying to change that. The startup makes a waterproof coating that promises to protect your smartphone or tablet from drips, spills and even submersion. Unlike waterproof cases, Liquipel uses a self-sealing nanocoating that’s permanently applied and invisible. Pretreated devices can be purchased directly from the company, or you can ship your device to the company to have the water-repelling treatment applied.

Liquipel

LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5
LifeProof

LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5

Great protection often comes with added bulk, but LifeProof tries to break that stereotype with their Fre iPhone 5 case. Thin and lightweight, the case is designed to be truly “life-proof” by providing military-grade protection against water, snow, dirt and being dropped. Although ports and buttons are sealed for protection, you still retain complete access to all of your phone’s standard functions and features.

LifeProof Fre

OtterBox Defender for Kindle Fire HD
OtterBox

OtterBox Defender for Kindle Fire HD

Whether you’re hiking in Costa Rica or just letting an excited toddler play her favorite games, your Kindle Fire will be safe from bumps and scratches if it’s nestled in an OtterBox Defender case. The built-in screen protectors keeps sticky smudges and scratches from marring the tough screen, while the polycarbonate inner shell and silicone exterior absorb the impact from drops.

OtterBox Defender for Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Inch

Griffin Survivor Series
Griffin

Griffin Survivor Series

Designed to meet Department of Defense standards, the Griffin Survivor series provides extreme protection for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Kindle. A silicone-and-polycarbonate shell absorbs impact to protect your phone from drops and vibration, while a polycarbonate screen cover guards the touchscreen (while retaining its functionality) from scrapes and scratches. Plugs seal away the ports, volume controls, hold switch and camera, protecting them from dust and liquid.

Griffin Technology: Survivor Series

Incipio Atlas
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Incipio Atlas

Wherever you go -- whether it’s rock climbing in the desert or sailing in a summer storm -- Incipio’s Atlas case will keep your iPhone safe from wayward waves and tumbling rocks. The case combines polycarbonate and silicone for shockproof protection, and claims to be waterproof to a depth of six feet for up to an hour. If liquid is your biggest worry, Incipio walks the walk with a one-year warranty that offers to repair or replace your phone if the case fails to protect it from accidental water damage.

Incipio Atlas

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