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Ballistic Hydra for iPhone 5: The Hercules of Cases

Designed to protect your iPhone 5 from the ravages of nature and keep out water, dust, and hard blows to the body, the iPhone 5 Ballistic Hydra Case ($79.99) is rugged and nearly indestructible. Perhaps even Hercules would have trouble destroying this Hydra.

You can submerge it in water as deep as 7 feet for as long as 30 minutes. It will survive 8-foot drops as well. It will keep out dust, dirt, and sand and protect against scratches with a tough screen protector. The screen will not touch when laid on a table.

An Air Gap Suspension System surrounds the phone with 1 mm of air.  The corners are reinforced for extra protection.  This hefty case offers four layers of protection but is still surprisingly slim and trim and not unattractive.

All the port covers are waterproof. Note: when earphones are plugged into the phone, the case is not waterproof.  

The case snaps into a belt clip holster that swivels. The hook on the belt clip prevents the case from falling off a belt.

If you are somewhat accident prone, and you really want to protect your phone, this is the case for you with four layers of defense. It’s a bit pricey at $79.99, but the manufacturer pays for shipping, so that helps. YThere are five color combinations to choose from: gray and white, pink and black, black and white, green and black and gray and black.

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