Griffin Survivor iPhone 4 Case: Meets US/UK Army Specs


If you work in an environment where your iPhone is exposed to extreme conditions, a strong case is essential. The latest case from Griffin Technology is their Survivor case for the iPhone 4. Griffin sent us this case and after checking it out, I’m confident to say this is one hardcore solution.

Opening the box you’ll find some screen protectors and a tiny microfibre cloth. That’s it. What makes this case so strong is the combination of the shatter-resistant polycarbonate shell wrapped in a tough silicone outer wrap. If your phone is wrapped in the full body invisibleSHIELD, it will barely fit inside this case. The best option is to go ‘naked’ with the Survivor.

Here are the specs:

  • Independently tested and certified to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810 and UK Department of Defense Def-Stan 00-35
  • Integral Display shield deflects Wind/Rain (Test: Up to 200 mm/hr for 1 hour)
  • Rigid internal frame protects from Shock/Drop (Test: Drop on flat concrete surface from 6’/1.8 m)
  • Sealed ports block Blown Sand/Dust (up to 18 m/sec for 1 hour)
  • Silicone cladding blocks vibration (18 hrs at 20-2000 Hz)
  • Multi-position clip attaches securely to pack strap or belt

If you’re the type of person that frequently has accidents with their iPhone, consider the Survivor case for your iPhone 4. Now, remember you’re going to get a tonne of protection–but along with that comes bulk. So there is a trade off.

Check out these video tests done by Griffin. I think they speak volumes for how strong this case really is. Now, if only I had this case on my iPhone 4 when I dropped it and smashed back glass panel.

Pics below:

Alternatives would be the OtterBox Defender series, which is also very formidable compared to the Survivor. However the silicone on the Survivor case is much thicker around the edges so I’ll say this case takes the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    In reality it an otterbox defender knock off. Though it does look like it takes the cake. Considering I droped my iPhone in a defender case off the top of a 3 story scafold and continued my conversation. I would love to put the survivor threw the paces.

  • Dennis

    The otterbox is nicely designed but has flaws that can’t be over looked. The speaker cutouts on the bottom are not covered. To me this makes the case useless. Dust, moisture and debris can get in with no problems. The next thing is the camera lens. It has no protection as well. The last thing is a common complaint with most owners. The silcone cover on the bottom front becomes stretched too easily, thus allowing in dust, moisture debris. It’s a shame people pay upwards to $70 for crap. the only thing the case does well is shock protection. But really…. when are you ever going to drop your phone from 20 floors up?

    I work construction, so I did a lot if research before purchasing the iPhone 4 to see if there was a case that fit my needs. I found one and it’s from a company called the Trident Kraken. It’s made just like the Otterbox, but corrects the Otterbox’s mistakes. The bottom speakers have a filter, the camera and all other openings are covered. The only opening is in the earpiece which can’t be covered. However, the opening is the exact size of the earpiece which provides as much protection as possible. I take the case off every Friday and the end of my work week to put on my Incase Slider for the weekend. Even after repeatedly taking off the case, there is still very little stretch in the silicone.

    All in all, if it wasn’t for this case I wouldn’t be an owner of an iPhone 4. In my opinion I have yet to come across anything that protects better and meets my demands on the construction site.

    I work construction, so I need a case to preve

  • randomrazr

     actually the otterbox is 30-40 dollars….

  • Dennis

    I wrote “upwards to $70”. $70 is the MSRP.

  • Alana

    Will this fit the iPhone 4s? On the Griffin website it shows many of their existing cases fitting the iPhone 4s but not this one.. wondering if it’s only something to do with vibrate button.