I’ve worn expensive watches but never felt the need to hide their elegance and beauty with a protective case. With the Apple Watch though, its different. I feel compelled to keep the watch protected against any accidental damage, much like I do with my iPhone or iPad. If you feel the need to protect your Apple Watch, the good news is there are Apple Watch cases that offer that protection. We bring you some of the more popular cases that are worth checking out.
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Apple Watch Cases For Protection Against Scratches & Bumps
Griffin Survivor Tactical Case
Apple accessories maker Griffin have a couple of cool Apple Watch cases and one that’s designed for sturdier use is the Survivor Tactical case. It is a rugged case that is built for protection from impacts, screen and body damage.
The case features a touch-through screen guard that protects the Watch’s Retina display without impacting its sensitivity or Force Touch capabilities. It also ensures complete protection for the Digital Crown from above, leaving you with the option to access it from below.
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What’s more, the case easily clips on without the need to remove the Watch band. However, users have complained that the case tends to pop off so you have to be watchful when you’re handing grocery bags or purse straps.
It is available in 5 color options – Black, Green, Red, Blue and White and costs $29.99.
Catalyst Case for Apple Watch
The Catalyst Case is a fantastic rugged watch case that promises waterproof and drop proof protection while ensuring complete functionality of your Apple Watch. The case waterproofs up to 100 meters, drops and shocks up to 2 meters and also keeps dust, dirt and snow at bay.
That level of protection comes with some downsides though, especially design-wise as you can hardly see the Apple design beneath all that protection. Adding this case certainly takes away the clean aesthetic design that is the Apple Watch and if you are too much invested in looks as much as functionality, you may find the Catalyst a little too intrusive.
The Catalyst case is available in Stealth Black and Alpine White for $59.99.
X-Doria Defense Edge
If you’ve got an Apple Sport band, this X-Doria Defense Edge case will make for a good match. Its soft rubber lining protects the edges from scratches and impact while its aluminum metal covering ensures that it remains one of the more elegant protective Watch cases you’ll find in the market right now. It also has an easy snap on design that lets you wrap the case around the Watch making it more easy to use if you often change watch bands.
The Defense Edge comes in a variety of colors like Sport Green, Sport Orange, and Gold-Blue among others and should go well with any of your Apple bands.
Supcase Unicorn Battle Pro
The Supcase Unicorn Battle Pro is a beautiful rugged case that protects all corners and sides of your Apple Watch keeping you safe from all impacts, shocks and bumps. Hard polycarbonate material lines the outside while a soft TPU ensures that there are no scratches on the Watch. The Unicorn Battle Pro is also a comfortable wrist band, which means its going to totally alter the look of your Apple Watch.
That said, its still very easy to snap on and does not obstruct the functionality of the Watch in any way with easy access to all the controls, buttons and sensors.
The Supcase Unicorn Battle Pro is available in 5 different colors for a reasonable price of $17.99.
If you don’t want to alter the look of your Apple Watch, yet still like to have some protection, consider i-Blason’s pack of soft TPU cases, which are available in a pack of 5. These cases leave the side button and crown exposed to ensure smooth functionality. They are not snap-ons and you’ll have to remove the watch straps to put the case on or take it off. This means that it won’t fall off when you do some heavy work or bump into something.
The i-Blason pack is inexpensive and would make for a nice girlie collection thanks to its mix and match options. Note that these cases do not come with a Watch band. The i-Blason pack is available in blue, green, red, black and clear colors and cost $11.99.
ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Screen Protection
If you want your Apple Watch to look like an …..Apple Watch, well, you could do without all the ruggedness and just add a simple screen protector. The ArmorSuit screen is made from an extremely flexible, yellow-resistant material that is scratch proof, tough and clear. This screen protector offers full military-grade protection and complete coverage on the Watch including curved corners and edges of the device.
It also promises to significantly reduce dust, oil and fingerprint smudges. Once you’ve added it to your Watch, you won’t even notice it’s there. Which is exactly the way it should be.
ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Screen Protection is available for $7.85 on Amazon.
Whether the Apple Watch needs protection or not is debatable. I’ve worn more expensive watches without protection and never worried one bit about scratches and marks. And with a new iteration of the Watch coming up almost every other year, the urge remains to buy a new Watch anyway. So why bother with a Watch case?
That said, not everyone wants to buy a new Watch and since the Apple Watch offers more functionality than just time keeping, its likely that you want to keep yours protected. Some of the Apple Watch cases listed here offer protection over elegance and some completely take away the beauty and originality of the Apple Watch.
So if you are picking up an Apple Watch case, you have the difficult choice of picking between beauty and functionality. Whatever you choice of device is, I hope it keeps you happy and your Apple Watch working like it should.
If you are using an Apple Watch case, do share your experience with us. We’d love to hear who you are wearing and how happy you are with it.