If you are like me, you drop your phone at least once a day. Apple accessory company Incase has released a new brand of phone cases called SYSTM that are built to be tough. I have been using the SYSTM Chisel
on my iPhone over the past couple of months of travel and outdoor adventure where it has saved my phone on numerous occasions.
The SYSTM Chisel is built around the concept of soft on the inside and hard on the outside. Wrapped in a hardshell exoskeleton, a full layer of PORON XRD Extreme Impact Protection runs along the back of the case with a shock absorbing TPU foam layer on the inside to further protect your phone. The case easily snaps on and off your iPhone and features a raised front edge to help protect the screen from any impact. You can also buy a screen protector to further shield the glass from any damage.
My only nitpick about the case is that although it is chiseled along the back for better grip, the sides are not. The hard case is slippery, especially when wearing gloves, so you end up dropping your phone perhaps more than usual. But since the case does such a great job of protecting your phone from any impact, I guess it doesn't make that much of a difference.
One thing that does bother me, however, is that iPhone cases in general, the SYSTM cases not excluded, do not allow for full connection to all 3.5mm audio plugs. For example, when I am driving and want to connect my phone to the stereo, I need to first remove it from the case. Annoying.
Bottom Line: The SYSTM Chisel
case may not save your iPhone from the bottom of the lake, toilet, or even your beer, but it will protect your phone from all those falls off the table, out of your pack, and possibly even from a pitch or two up a climb.
The SYSTM cases retail from $24.95 to $49.95 and work with the iPhone 4/4S/5 and even the Samsung Galaxy S III.