Your Apple Watch will go through the wars, which is why people have been asking us at Wareable about the best cases to choose for a little more protection.
With so much cash invested in your new smartwatch, we’re not going to judge if you still want a little body armour, and luckily, there are a handful out there that won’t totally ruin the aesthetic of your new device.
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We’ve picked a crop of the best cases to protect your Apple Watch, which won’t make your smartwatch look like a total dog’s dinner.
X-Doria Defense Edge 42mm
This aggressive red anodized armour clips over your Apple Watch to protect it from bumps and scrapes. Shrouded with rubber on the under side, it’s designed to keep its distance from your Watch’s face, and fits all 42mm models with official straps.
$29.99 | Amazon
JETech 42mm Apple Watch case
Another sleek and slim looking clip on, the JETech uses a plastic thermoplastic polyurethane coating to protect your Apple Watch from the ravages of the outside world. It comes in blue, black and clear – and at such a bargain basement price, who can argue?
$6.99 | Amazon
The super-clear Luvvitt Clarity case is a very good option if you like your Apple Watch looking just the way it did when you first opened the box. This transparent jacket is made of soft, flexible material to absorb the shocks and protect the brushed steel edging of your device from getting scratched and chipped as you pass out onto the tarmac at the end of your street after forgetting that buying a smartwatch alone isn’t going to make you fit. Comes with screen protector bundled.
The Kickstarter-funded Lunatik Epik is an entire rugged system for your Apple Watch. The idea is that you strip down the standard model and give it both a new aluminium alloy casing and a tough rubber strap or metal link version to go with it. With a shock-absorbing core and enlarged Digital Crown, this one’s really designed for those who’re intending on taking their Apple Watch skiing or on mountain bike rides and that kind of extreme sports gaff that involves taking gadget-threatening tumbles and wearing big gloves. Or maybe it’s just for the serially clumsy and all-thumbed.
A different take on rugged style is the ActionProof Bumper which was crowdfunding success story from Indiegogo this time. The sell is that it gives your Apple Watch super powers. The truth is that it protects it with a nicely designed rubber casing that leaves enough holes here and there such that it doesn’t mess with what Ive and the boys have come up with. You can still get your fingers on the Digital Crown, the microphone isn’t covered up and ActionProof has ensured that the optical heart rate sensor still fits flush against your skin. Noble considerations.
Spigen Slim Armour
The Spigen Slim Armour is a similar deal to the ActionProof Bumper but this time the protection is not quite so garish. This is definitely there in the case of mishap rather than misadventure. Despite its sleek, metallic appeal, it’s actually made from rubber – not sure whether that’s good or bad – but it comes in a silver, gold and white colour choices with the idea that no one really knows the difference except you. Fairly chic and mum’s the word, eh?
X-doria Defense Edge
For an Apple Watch case that really is made from metal, though, it’s X-Doria to whom you need to go. It’s machined aluminium to go on top of your machined aluminium because, after all, what is metal without more metal on top of it? It’s actually a relatively snazzy looking number and, once your $30 case is all buggered, it’s easy enough to pick it off so that you’ve still got a nice, pristine Apple Watch to sell on second hand the minute the Apple Watch 2 arrives.
Chenrui waterproof cover
Massive risk klaxon! This silicone, waterproof Apple Watch case is entirely untested and only available on Amazon. The company that sells it also appears to have no registered address. It is, however, the only case offering full waterproofing for the Apple Watch, so it’s definitely worth a mention here for the time being. Probably best you hold your horses on this one until we’ve got one in for testing complete with an Apple Watch, that’s not ours, to drop in a fish tank. Stay tuned for splosh and legal finger-pointing.
HealingShield Body Wraps
Just a fiver (minus the £1 postage from South Korea) and actually a decent way of funking up your timepiece. HealingShield is an Etsy store with 38 different Apple Watch case wrapper designs all of which are fairly tasteful. There’s no screen protection but it’ll certainly stop the body getting scratched up and it also comes with some easy to follow installation instructions, hopefully, in English.
Ultimate Shield screen protector
If you want to keep things seriously simple, then it’s the obvious screen protector for you. It’s a bit of a shame to have a layer of invisible plastic between you and that precision-engineered and gloriously over-designed touchscreen with its palate of interaction techniques but, ok, we get it. It’ll stop you accidentally driving a canyon across its face and you’ll probably never really notice it, and nor will anyone else. There’s billions of brands to choose from. Ultimate Shield will do you just fine.
24ct Gold Plated Swarovski case
Last of all, this isn’t so much an accessory as the entire Apple Watch itself. Head over to Strikegoldplating on Etsy and you can buy 24ct gold-plated smartwatch for a lot less than the Apple Watch Edition line itself which starts at £8,000. It comes with a fetching croc-look dark brown strap and the best/worst part is that that case itself is studded with Swarovski crystals. Just look at that smacker on the Digital Crown and tell us you don’t want one!
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