Tough phone case shoot-out: How do these cases measure up?

Want to better protect your smartphone? Deputy tech editor Trevor Tan conducts drop tests using six different phone cases to suss out some of the best protection you can get for your device.
(From left) Lifeproof Next, UAG Monarch, Samsung Protective Standing Cover, Otterbox Pursuit, X-Doria Defense Shield and ITSkins Spectrum Case.
(From left) Lifeproof Next, UAG Monarch, Samsung Protective Standing Cover, Otterbox Pursuit, X-Doria Defense Shield and ITSkins Spectrum Case.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

The ITSkins Spectrum Case is not only the cheapest case in this shoot-out, it is also the thinnest and lightest one.

While its looks may not inspire confidence - a colleague quipped that it is like a $10 "pasar malam" silicon case - the case uses thermoplastic polyurethane polymer that is said to be able to withstand drops from 2m. In addition, air pockets on the case's four corners help disperse shock on impact, while its raised bezel in front protects the phone from face-down falls.

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