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Best iPhone Hard Cases

written by: Stephanie M. Lucas•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 1/7/2011

This roundup up of the best hard cases for iPhone includes pictures, descriptions and links to buy the cases.

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    Reasons to Get a Hard Case for iPhone

    If you're in the market for a new case for your phone, an iPhone hard case might be the best option out there. Many people are big fans of silicone skins, but they don't offer much protection to your phone. Hard cases give you more protection, potentially saving your phone from damaging situations. Some iPhone hard cases are even designed to protect your phone if you drop it. Hard cases are the best protection against scratches, bumps and drops. Check out our roundup of some of the best hard cases for iPhone:

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    iPhone 4 Defender Series OtterBox Case

    iPhone 4 Defender Series Case This high-quality heavy duty case is made of a polycarbonate shell with a silicone outer skin. Sold for $49.95, the case is every bit worth it. The Defender Series iPhone case protects your phone against bumps, shocks, drops and dust. It is one of the toughest hard cases on the market. My phone has survived numerous drops on the pavement without so much as a scratch with OtterBox's Defender series case for iPhone.The case is available in a number of colors and is also sold for other iPhone models.

    You can buy the iPhone 4 Defender Series Case directly from OtterBox.

    Image Credit: OtterBox

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    iPhone 4 Jett Metal Case

    Jett Metal Case 

    If you are looking for a hard iPhone case, you can't get much harder than metal. The iPhone 4 Jett Metal case is made of aircraft billet aluminum. This case comes with a small tool set to attach the case to the phone; it physically reframes your iPhone. The manufacturer reports that the aluminum case is specially engineered and will not interfere with the cell phone signal. Consumer reviews give this case high marks. This metal iPhone case comes in 5 different colors and is sold for $49.99.

    You can buy the iPhone 4 Jett Metal Case from Case-Mate.

    Image Credit: Case-Mate

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    iPhone 3G/3GS Commuter Series OtterBox Case

    iphone commuter series case 

    OtterBox offers high-quality protective cases and their Commuter series case is no exception. Made from a polycarbonate outer shell silicone skin, this iPhone hard case gives you added protection for the reasonable price of $34.95. Although it is not quite as protective as the Defender series cases, it still protects against bumps and shocks. The Commuter series cases are also available for iPhone 4 and are currently sold in 7 different colors.

    You can buy the iPhone 3G/3GS Commuter Series Case directly from OtterBox.

    Image Credit: OtterBox

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    Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4

    Incase Snap Case 

    Another noteworthy iPhone hard case is the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4. It offers a lightweight low-profile, keeping your phone from seeming gaudy, while still offering the protection of hardshell construction. Available for just $34.95, this case is an easy snap-on attachment.

    You can buy the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 from Apple.

    Image Courtesy of Apple

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    Incase Slider Case for iPhone 3GS

    incase slider case 

    Last, but not least, is the Incase Slider Case for iPhone 3GS. The ultra slim hardshell exterior gives easy access to all the phone's functionality. The bottom piece slides off, allowing you to dock your phone without taking off the entire case. Sold for $34.95, this case is available in all black.

    You can buy the Incase Slider Case for iPhone 3GS from Apple.

    Image Courtesy of Apple