This article first appeared in HWM June 2012.
Cases for the iPhone are a dime-a-dozen, but then again, if you’re looking for one that protects against knocks, scratches and the whole world in general, the selection thins down by quite a fair bit.
The Griffin Survivor Extreme-Duty case however, is a classic case of over-engineering. Designed with both US and UK military standards in mind, the Survivor comes in two pieces: a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame that hugs your iPhone from within, and a rugged shock-absorbing silicone skin that wraps around on the outside. A built-in screen protector keeps your iPhone’s glass display from the elements too.
When installed, the Survivor adds quite a fair bit of bulk to your iPhone. But it is protected to a ridiculous degree, being protected from even blown dust, sand, grit and rain, to name a few. Hinged plugs keep the dock connector, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls sealed nicely, while a detachable heavy-duty clip secures your smartphone to your belt, because hey, this thing isn’t going to be able to fit in your pocket anytime soon.
If your day job takes you through extreme weather conditions, like dust storms for example, the Survivor is just the kind of case you’d want to bring along. And at just S$79, it’s not all that expensive either when compared with having to shell out for a brand new iPhone.