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Survivor provides 'Extreme Duty' protection for iPhone

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 11 2011, 13:59

Break it if you can. Image: Griffin Technology.

If there’s one thing worse than breaking both legs while tumbling down a mountain, it’s shattering your mobile phone in the process—thus kissing goodbye to any hope of notifying the emergency services.

That being said, while the folk over at Griffin Technology cannot prevent such physical perils, they can at least offer adrenaline junkies a modicum of assurance when it comes to preserving their chances of rescue... well almost.

Meet the aptly named Survivor Extreme Duty Case, which has been created specifically for the iPhone 4 smartphone (and fourth-gen iPod Touch) and promises to provide genuinely heavy-duty protection for the device held within.

According to Nashville-based Griffin, its robust case is compatible with both AT&T’s and Verizon’s version of Apple’s handset, and the Survivor has been tested to meet or exceed U.S. Dept. of Defense military standard 810F and also U.K. Dept. of Defence standard 00-35.

“It’s my job to test, abuse, and destroy our products to see what they’re capable of,” outlined Griffin quality assurance certification coordinator Michael O’Connor. “We’ve dropped them, thrown them against—even through—walls, and we can’t seem to damage the iPhone or iPod Touch inside. Of course, we don’t suggest you do this at home.”

Other contributing aspects include a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame capable of withstanding shocks and drops on all sides up to a height of 1.8 metres, along with silicon cladding that deflects vibration between 20 to 2,000 Hz.

It also boasts an iPhone display shield for fending off up to 200 mm/hr of rain, sealed ports for blocking sand and dust, and a detachable multi-position clip for attaching the case to a belt or bag strap.

Available now for $49.99 USD in colour choices of black, olive, pink and black, and white and black, you can see the Survivor in action by watching the following video:

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