Retail price: $19.95

Specs per manufacturer: The OtterBox Impact Series is a durable silicone skin, brilliantly engineered with inner coring to dissipate shock away from the device. Untitled7Untitled8

Reviewer: Chris Minguez of Chugiak, AK

Findings: My last smart(debatably)phone went caseless. And so it, understandably, wears dings and scratches from having dropped out of my lap to the pavement from the great height of a lifted Wrangler seat. I thought it held up pretty well for a couple of years. In any event, I didn’t want the same for my new HTC Hero, so I got it an OtterBox Impact case. OtterBox makes a killer product. The Impact case comes with a screen protector, rubber interior case, and plastic exterior impact protector. All ports are covered with rubber seals, and add very little bulk to the phone. My only complaint: the screen protection film should have been matte finish, rather than gloss. The gloss has the same fingerprint problem that the actual screen of the phone does. Other than that, the case has kept my Hero looking new for three months straight, and will continue to do so.

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