We take a look at the best in the business when it comes to keeping your phone and tablet safe in the field. Read on for the top ten rugged cases for your phone and tablet in 2023.

As farming embraces digitalization and the use of farm management software becomes more commonplace, the smartphone has taken on a critical role in day-to-day farm operations. A stylish phonecase might be nice, but farming operations present unique challenges for our devices compared to the everyday user. Protection from drops, impacts, scratches and dirt, not to mention waterproofing, are all features that we looked for when creating this list. Additional features like wireless charging, kickstands, and ease of cleaning also factored into our choices.

In recognition of how busy this time of year can be in farming, we’ve sifted through dozens of review sites and assembled a list of the ten most durable, reliable, and highly recognized cell phone and tablet cases that are perfect for farm use. These case companies and their cases meet the highest standards for impact protection, water resistance, and safety features for your device.

Black Otterbox Defender on Iphone 13

1. OtterBox Defender Series:

A perrenial favourite, this is a highly rated case that offers maximum protection against drops, scratches, and impacts. It has a multi-layer design with raised edges to protect your screen and camera, and port covers to keep out dirt. The latest models feature antimicrobial additives that claims to inhibit microbial and bacterial growth on your case. OtterBox makes cases for a wide variety of devices and offers a variety of colors.

Available through https://www.otterbox.com/

Lifeproof FRE

2. Lifeproof FRĒ Series:

This case is designed to be waterproof, snowproof, and dirt-proof. It offers full access to all buttons and ports while offering 360 degrees of protection with its built in screen protector. Known for their waterproof cases, the Lifeproof is submersible for up to two meters for one hour. Lifeproof Series cases are now available through Otterbox’s website and offer several models, including wireless charging enabled cases.

Available through https://www.otterbox.com/ 

Urban Armor Gear Plasma

3. UAG Plasma Series:

Urban Armor Gear has designed and tested this series specifically for medical professionals, but its rugged design and easy to clean surface makes it a great choice for farm use. With a military standard drop protection rating, this case will keep your device safe, clean and dry in any environment. The Plasma series cases include a rotating hand strap and a built in kickstand. UAG also offers a large variety of models for tablets of all kinds (not just for iPad users!)

Available through https://www.urbanarmorgear.com/ 

Spigen Tough Armor

4. Spigen Tough Armor:

This case has a multi-layer design with an air-cushioned technology and a layer of impact foam that provides military grade drop protection. It has a raised lip to protect the screen and camera and a built in kickstand all packed into a slim profile. The tough armor series also includes a wide variety of phone and tablet models.

Available at https://www.spigen.com/ 

Supcase Unicorn Beetle

5. Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro:

Tied with number 7 for the most interesting model name, this case is designed to be drop-proof and durable. Winner of CNET’s annual drop test, the Unicorn Beetle Pro has a dual-layer design with shock absorbing cushioning at all four corners, and a built-in screen protector. It offers easy access to all buttons and ports and comes with a one year warranty.

Available through https://www.supcase.com/ 

Griffin Extreme

6. Griffin Survivor Extreme:

This case is designed to protect your phone from extreme drops - up to 16 feet- impacts, scratches, wear and tear and weather conditions. Like the UAG Plasma, this case advertises an antimicrobial surface that will eliminate surface bacteria. It has a four layer design with shock absorption, and is compatible with wireless charging.

Available through https://griffintechnology.com/ 

Rhinoshield CrashGuard

7. Rhinoshield CrashGuard:

Another creative name on this unique take on the rugged case, the CrashGuard bumper system is designed to be slim and lightweight while offering protection against drops up to 11 feet. The unique bumper-style design is unobtrusive, is available in various colors, and is only 2.5mm thick. For additional protection, the CrashGuardNX is Rhinoshield’s customizable version that can convert to a full case with screen protector.

Available through https://rhinoshield.io/ 

Zizo Bolt

8. Zizo Bolt Series:

This case is designed to be rugged and durable, with its own patented dual-layer protection design. Advertising industry leading drop standards, with a built-in kickstand and belt clip, each Zizo Bolt case also comes with a tempered glass screen protector.

Available through https://www.zizowireless.com/ 

Caseology vault

9. Caseology Vault Series:

This case is designed to be slim and lightweight while offering the same military grade protection against drops and impacts that you expect. It has a dual-layer design with built in shock absorption and a sandstone textured surface for improved grip and feel.

Available through https://www.caseologycases.com/ 

Ghostech nautical series

10. Ghostek Nautical Series:

This full body case is designed to be waterproof to a depth of 20 feet and includes advanced impact and drop protection. A two part case system, the Nautical series is a full body cover for your phone with camera protection, port covers, and a touch compatible screen guard, and it comes in a variety of colors.

Available through https://punkcase.ca/collections/nautical-series 

At Croptracker, we understand the importance of technology when it comes to managing your business. As farming continues its transition to the digital world, the need for technology that can keep up is growing. Mobile record management will continue to be a critical part of agriculture, so keep your mobile device safe in the field.

Check back regularly for updates on this list, especially as the market expands with more features and new technology in phone and tablet protection.

Croptracker develops agtech solutions for industry leaders. Located in Eastern Ontario, Canada, our mission is to make crop production safer, more efficient, and more profitable. Croptracker’s award-winning farm software optimizes recordkeeping, labor tracking, production and cost management. 

Interested in learning more about Croptracker? Learn more about our Farm Management Software, or book a demonstration to schedule a meeting with our product experts.