Gallery: 20 phone cases designed to protect your device

​Don't take chances

The average cost of a smartphone in the US is more than $500--that's a lot to pay for something so small, fragile, and easily droppable. It doesn't help that manufacturers seem to be falling over themselves to make devices more fragile and easy to destroy.

I'll be the first one to admit I hate phone cases: They take away from the aesthetic quality manufacturers work hard on and turn a sleek device into an unsightly lump.

Until Samsung, Apple, and the rest of their ilk get it together and stop making phones out of eggshells we'll all just have to cope. Here are a few popular choices for protecting that expensive investment.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.