Review: Civilian Series Rugged iPhone Case from UAG

I have been covering (and using) cases from Urban Armor Gear for several years, and the cases always had a military-grade feel to them, with a rigid exoskeleton design. It looks like the company now wants to appeal to the masses, based on the Civilian Series iPhone Case ($49.95) it sent me to try. While the traditional models were thicker and had lots of flat surfaces, the Civilian is thinner, smoother, and rounder. But this protective iPhone case still has a rigid design that doesn't skimp around the ports, which some cases do.

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Now that iPhone cases have to have such a large opening for the multiple cameras, it's even more important that they maintain their rigidity, and Urban Armor does a good job in that area. The design spreads the impact of a drop thanks to a beehive-like honeycomb design. It's quite appealing, even though it will be hidden by your iPhone when ensconced in the case. The case itself is made of a soft-touch polymer that should help prevent drops. It comes in some interesting color choices, namely black, army drab, and slate. These rugged iPhone cases are not on the cheap side, but watch for sales.

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  • Rigid design
  • Soft-touch polymer
  • Interesting color choices
  • Smoother back
  • Supports wireless charging


  • Higher-end pricing

Final Verdict

UAG is maintaining its military-style and rugged iPhone case design, while bringing a smoother look to the Civilian Series.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.