I only use cases that provide both scratch/hit protection and shock absorption. This case does both. I admit it. The kid scientist in me actually dropped this item straight down so i could see what would happen. The phone actually bounced! not THATS shock absorption and energy redistribution at its finest. It's design also allowed me to strike up conversation with clients. In this digital age, style counts! I'm glad i got this item as a sample. I tend not to stray from war works, but i do love companies that push the envelope. This one's a keeper.