How can I protect my phone or tablet at work? I need a tough protective cover, here are my top 3

December 7th, 2014

Many of our customers over the past few years have moved to smart phone technology for the collection of data out in the field with the PocketClock app, as more business apps have become available more smartphones and tablets have been used in the field.  Since iPhones were released in June 2007 there almost isn’t a business person who is not using a smart device for day-to-day business. Today you can almost manage your entire business from your mobile phone including accounts, banking, invoicing, payroll, job costing, rostering and more. Certainly since the release of the iPad and the bigger screen more and more people are running their business on smart device technology.

With all these new smart devices out in the field our single biggest issue behind battery power is the protection of the smart device itself. I have a 22-year-old son who washes boats for living and has gone through more phones in the past couple of years than I’ve had in my lifetime, I hope he reads this blog. As more smart devices have been released companies have come along and invented ways to protect the device.

Another project that I have worked on recently involving almost a hundred smart devices had a situation where too many devices were having the front screen smashed or cracked. The customer requested a solution so we went searching the Internet for shatterproof protective covers for smartphones. These protective covers started at around $45 each and were as much as $100 each, with the cost of smart phones anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $1000 investing in a protective cover can be a small insurance policy price to pay.


I will list some of my favourites below and welcome your feedback on any other devices that you find or are using to protect your smart devices out in the field.



Otterbox Cases

Otterbox smart device protective cases are the case of choice for USA and Canadian JobClock customers, they now ship to Australia and New Zealand.

The Otterbox website says….
Starting with something as simple as a box, OtterBox was created in 1998 and built upon fundamentals of hard work, creativity and perseverance. Our cases are dedicated to all the klutzy, spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have broken a device or valuable due to their active lifestyle and like our customers, we’ve been there too!

Camouflage back                                                                                                       Functional front


Tough and waterproof


AMZER Shattterproof – this is hot!

AMZER ShatterProof Screen Protector is super thin urethane film at only 0.2 mm thick, ShatterProof certified by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) having passed D1004 Tear Strength, D2240 Hardness and D4329 UV Light Discoloration Tests. The protector is scratch resistant, stress resistant, drop resistant and a has special self healing capability with dissipative functioning embodied – it is virtually indestructible making your device unbreakable!

Watch an amazing video here on the AMZER Shatterproof protective cover including hammers, power tools, grinders and more.

 Gumdrop Marine & Industry Cases

iPads are being used in more and more Marine and Industry applications. There are few environments more inhospitable to electronic devices than the active marine environment or construction job site.

From government and industry to individuals with active lifestyles, Gumdrop has answered the requests of its customers who are using iPads equipped with navigation, weather and monitoring apps by providing a weatherproof rugged enclosure that will dependably stand watch.

The Gumdrop Marine Series for iPad Air features a weather-tight enclosure that clicks and locks into an optional robust quick-release mount.

The PocketClock app allows easy collection of employee and contractor start and finish times on the job and against cost codes or activities. Get your employees and contractors start and finish times live back into your office and throw away the time sheets for ever.

Peter Morrissey has been working with employee time and attendance for more than 15 years, Peter has supplied more than 3000 customers around the world with employee time management systems. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Peter bought the JobClock system into Australia in 2008 to fill a void not being covered at the time. As cloud technology has come along the JobClock system not only services construction but many more industries hungry for employee labour costing information.

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