An iphone in a turquoise case. The case has a cutout to show the camera, and another to show the apple logo on the back of the phone.

Otterbox Defender (phone and tablet cases)

About £40 depending on device, from

The Otterbox Defender series of phone and tablet cases are one of the most useful adaptive devices I’ve encountered. I’ve used them on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and now the Galaxy S10 (are you sensing a pattern?). Otterbox makes various ranges of phone and tablet cases, but it is the Defender ones that I swear by.

Most of the Defender cases have screen covers, although the one I’ve bought for the S10 doesn’t. They add quite a bit of size and weight to the device, but for me that’s outweighed by the amount of protection they give to it. With my S7 Edge it reached the point where I was not at all bothered when I dropped it, because I knew it would emerge undamaged, and while I’m a bit more precious with my new S10, the case has prevented it being smashed several times already.

These cases are made of a hard plastic shell which clips onto the phone and is covered by a silicon case, which makes them immune to most forms of harm. Onto that silicon case, I tend to glue velcro (both the hard type, to attach to my Trabasack Mini Connect, and the soft type, to attach to the Meru mount) and a finger grip. I use superglue to attach these things, knowing I can peel them off using rubbing alcohol (or vodka) when they’re worn out.

With my S7 Edge, I ran over it in my electric wheelchair a couple of months ago. Admittedly it was on carpet, but the phone came out unscathed. Any case that can protect my phone to that extent is worth the £40 odd that they cost – especially if you consider the co-pay for repairs on most phone insurance policies!

What do you use to protect your electronic devices from disability-related drops?