In 2013, a poll from Mobile Insurance reported that 31 percent of iPhone owners had a cracked screen and many of these phones had been that way for six months or longer. Drops, slips and water exposure are unavoidable. But, that doesn’t mean your phone has to be destroyed in the process. Especially if you invest in the new iPhone 6, you need a case that prolongs its life while still giving you the ability to easily use all of its features. Preserve the life of your new phone by investing in one of these three heavy-duty iPhone 6 cases.

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OtterBox

OtterBox phone cases are the No. 1 selling case in North America. The company began making phone cases in 1998, and today OtterBox offers cases for nine different brands, including Apple’s iPhone 6. OtterBox’s top iPhone sellers include the Defender Series and the Symmetry Series. The Defender Series offers three layers of protection, drop and dust protection, and screen protection. The Symmetry Series is less rugged and more stylish; however, it only has drop protection and screen protection. Both cases are available in a variety of colors and styles.

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In addition to the durable case offerings, OtterBox sells Alpha Glass, a fortified glass screen protector. The Alpha Glass ultra-thin screen protector helps preserve your screen’s responsiveness while protecting against screen scrapes and scuffs. The thin layer of glass can even reduce the chances that your screen will crack if it’s dropped. If you want even more features, Alpha Glass Privacy has the added bonus of privacy by blocking your on-screen content from being viewed by curious eyes from all four sides.

LifeProof

LifeProof cases are built with active lifestyles in mind. This means you can take your phone anywhere from the snow to the beach without having to worry about the devastating damage caused by sand, dust and moisture.

LifeProof offers two iPhone case styles in a handful of different colors. The sleek design, Fre, provides top-notch protection without all of the bulky features of other cases. Or, the slightly larger style, Nuud, opens up the touchscreen to direct touch while still protecting your phone against water damage.

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LifeProof cases have passed the military-grade standard for shock and drop protection. Life Proof cases go through a series of tests before they’re shipped to customers. But, if your LifeProof case does not stand up to the elements, LifeProof offers a one-year warranty for all Apple iPhone 6 cases.

Pelican

Pelican was founded in 1976 by scuba diver Dave Parker, who recognized a need for rugged cases and flashlights that wouldn’t leak or fail. Today, Pelican offers dozens of cases specially designed to protect laptops, phones, storm cases, luggage and more.

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Among the list of offerings is the Voyager, a slimly designed iPhone 6 case that uses multiple layers of polycarbonate and energy-absorbing PU and TPR rubber to protect your phone. The Voyager is available in six different colors so you can choose a style that suits the color of your new iPhone 6. In addition, the soft texture of the non-slip grip helps prevent your phone from sliding off surfaces. The case also has a coated screen protector and comes with a swiveling belt clip and kickstand. Like the LifeProof cases, Pelican cases go through a rigid military-grade test before they are placed on storefront shelves. Pelican also offers a lifetime warranty that covers all iPhone 6 cases.

~ David