Which one Is The Best Rugged Phone Case? Otterbox Defender vs Uag Monarch

Quick Guide To Decide Which One Is The Best Rugged Phone Case

For those of you who work with constant exposure to environmental hazards, you'll want to make sure your valuable phone is protected. No matter how careful you are, it is always possible that you and your phone will eventually find yourselves in a tight situation where only one of you is likely to survive.

One of the ways to protect your precious mobile phone is with a rugged phone case. Ruggedized case meet military testing standards for protection against water, shock, dust, vibration, and even extreme temperatures.

While both these cases come from two completely different brands they do share some of the same characteristics. Both offer great protection, come with a relatively slight different price, and have some great style to them.

I’ve tried both cases below and would like to share with you with all the pros and cons of each case. Consider these cases below the Guardians of your phone with no fear of breakage and then gift one to yourself for peace of mind.

1.OTTERBOX DEFENDER SCREENLESS EDITION RUGGED

OTTERBOX DEFENDER SCREENLESS EDITION RUGGED CASE

Features you’ll love

Meet the toughest case from Otterbox, the Otterbox Defender. I have always been a fan of Otterbox phone cases as they have always protected my phone and I haven’t seen a smashed phone in a case. Making it great for any Tradies out there that wants a regular phone and rugged case to protect it.

Meet the toughest case from Otterbox, the Otterbox Defender. I have always been a fan of Otterbox phone cases as they have always protected my phone and I haven’t seen a smashed phone in a case. Making it great for any Tradies out there that wants a regular phone and rugged case to protect it.

Features you’ll love

With four layers of protection and drop+ protection, the Defender is designed to keep every inch of your phone secure. The case itself has 3 parts that becomes one when you insert your phone to absorb any shocks and drops before reaching your phone. Otterbox throws each of their cases through a variety of tests. Defender Series case is built tough so your device won't get bruised up by drops and shocks. These include testing for drops, water, dust, shock, thermal, UV, alcohol, chemical, and more.

Get a bonus belt clip

The cool thing about this case is it includes a belt clip to holster your phone to your pants or bag and port covers to keep dust out of your jacks. Grab a case that will keep your investment shatter-free and can withstand anything from a bump to a beating at work. The Defender is compatible with the android and Apple phones. The colours you can choose from is purple Nebula, Big Sur ( Torquoise), and black.

Rugged but not waterproof

Although the Defender seals your phone so tightly, it is however not a waterproof case. Since it’s not a waterproof case, I don’t recommend keeping it submerged or taking it on a diving trip as an underwater camera. The other downside to the Otterbox Defender is that it is bulky compared to other phone cases on the market but this is however not so pricy for what I reckon is the best rugged case on the market. You might need a screen cover since it doesn’t come with a screen protector.

2. UAG MONARCH HANDCRAFTED RUGGED MILITARY STD CASE

Uag Monarch Handcrafted Rugged Military Std Case

Durable and stylish at the same time

This is the case for durability and style. Personally, I have no time to remove my phone from the case every time it needs to be charged. Fortunately, the Urban Armor Gear Pathfinder case can power up my wireless-charge-enabled device right on the dock without taking it out of the case. It’s also rugged enough to survive the riggers of the work site because it meets the military drop protection standard.

This is the case for durability and style. Personally, I have no time to remove my phone from the case every time it needs to be charged. Fortunately, the case can power up my wireless-charge-enabled device right on the dock without taking it out of the case. It’s also rugged enough to survive the riggers of the work site because it meets the military drop protection standard.

Built to survive harsh condition

UAG Monarch Series is built to survive harsh conditions for those of you working at the construction site. The layers consist of a "tough armour frame" consisting of 5 protective layers with top grain leather & metal hardware. You can have a firm grip with the Monarch cases since it has an oversized tactile buttons for precise use and upgraded the side grips with honeycomb traction to provide you a firmer grip every time you hold it anytime and anywhere.

Slim and Stylish

From the back, these layers make the Monarch ruggedly handsome. There is UAG logo in chrome accent and tyre-like threads on the sides with a leather back that is covered by a metal frame- a great case for construction workers. Not only durable and stylish, The best thing about this case is its thinness. It doesn’t really add much bulk to the phone.

The downside

During the drop tests, the Monarch made a terrible sound on impact. It sounded as if glass had. But, personally I don’t really mind as long it’s rugged and stylish. One more thing, don’t be surprised that the headphone jack, USB-C port and speakers at its bottom are exposed, and get an extra screen protector since it doesn’t come with a screen cover only the case.

Conclusions

So, have you made up your mind yet? If you're looking for a durable case with many functions, go with the Otterbox Defender since it has other advantages such as the belt clip that you can use to watch movies or holster your phone to your pants or bag. No worries if you drop it hard because it has multi-layer protection.

However, the difference is the Otterbox Defender is bulky and has port covers to close to keep the dust out of your jacks but has 3 layers of protection, and the UAG Monarch is slim, hand-crafted design with 2X Military drop-test standards but has no port covers. Both come with no screen protector, so make sure to put it on too to make your phone last forever.

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