Protective Smartphone Cases: Pong Rugged Case Review

Posted on Aug 25 2014 - 10:41pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


How many of you have broken the screen on your phone before? I will admit, I was in tears in March when my iPhone dropped and landed on our bathroom scale. My heart just immediately sank when I looked down at my 2 month old phone and saw my screen in fractured pieces, completely unusable unless I wanted to turn my finger into a bloody mess. It was then that I learned the ugly truth of how much it would cost to replace our screen. I paid the rip off price of getting it fixed at the Apple store and then the next day my husband bought tools and an extra screen online to make sure we never had to go through that again. While we are prepared to fix another shattered screen, it would be better if my phone had a case to prevent it from happening – period.

For some reason, I thought buying a case for my phone would be super easy. I would buy something my friends recommended and be done with it. Well, the recommendation was over $100 and for some reason, this cheap girl didn’t want to pay THAT much. I wanted a case that not only looked good, but protected my phone. While I was on my search, I was contacted by Pong, asking if I wanted to review one of their new Rugged Case for the iPhone 5S. After reading a bit about this case and how it could also potentially protect me, I was curious and knew I had to try it!

Pong Cases: What is It

Are you worried about wireless energy coming from your phone, and wanting to be proactive with all the conflicting studies out there? If so, we think you will love the Pong Rugged Case! Never heard of Pong? They are the makers of smartphone and iPad cases that not only protect your device, but limit your exposure to wireless radiation from your phone by redirecting it away from your head and body. Using their patented intelligent antenna technology, it reshapes the radio frequency signal from your phone to reduce your overall exposure and increase your outbound signal. While the overall effects of cellphone radiation are still uncertain, they feel that people should be proactive and protect themselves and their children from any adverse effects that may be found in the future. As well, they are one of the only companies that have been proven to reduce the exposure of wireless energy in FCC certified laboratories, reducing wireless energy directed through the user by up to 82% below the industry standard. In the end, why not choose a case that protects your electronics and maybe you as well?

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Pong Cases: Overall

So far, I am very impressed with my Pong Rugged Case. In the box, I received a nice cleaning cloth, a protective sheet for my touch screen, and my Pong case in Sangria. One of the first things I noticed about my case is that the silicone is very soft but sturdy. Many silicone cases I have tried in the past have a texture that in all honesty, almost irritating. With its design, you can expect to get the benefits of your phone being able to withstand the shock of a drop, protecting your screen and phone from the drop itself. As for the case itself, it is very easy to install – just snap your phone in and you are ready to go. While I did not have a way to test to see if it redirects wireless energy, I can say that it did seem to boost my iPhone 5S’s signal in normal use. Normally, I get 2 bars in our basement, and since putting on this case I have been sporting 3 bars of signal. Really, if you are looking for a case to help you be proactive and protect yourself against wireless energy while also protecting your phone, this seems like the right case for you. Based on my own experience, I am happy to give the Pong Rugged Case an A rating.

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Pong Cases: Where to Purchase

Would you like to purchase one of these fantastic cases for yourself or someone in your family? You can purchase a Pong Classic Case or Pong Rugged Case (like featured in this review) on the Pong website .

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

62 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Chad Gottfried August 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I need to get one of these for my wife. She needs a good, rugged case and one that blocks excess energy is a plus.

  2. Stephanie August 26, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Awesome….I’ll have to go to Best Buy and get one of these for my daughter for Christmas! Thanks for the review and a chance at winning one of the Pong cases!

  3. Pamela Gurganus August 26, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I had never heard of Pong before and really enjoyed reading this review. This is definitely something I need! I love that this case not only protects your electronic device, but you as well! That’s really awesome technology! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Cheryl Rogers August 26, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I love that this case is so extra protective. I didn’t realize that it had a special technology to keep the waves to stay away from you and keep you safe.

  5. Dorothy Teel August 26, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    How neat will have to check these out at Best Buy, my son has broken his share of phones and he keeps trying to find the perfect case for his phone, may be a great Christmas idea, very interesting review.

  6. Lisa Williams August 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    My daughter needs one of these! she is constantly dropping her phone or sitting on it and this case is rugged and durable and I love how it blocks excess energy and is easy to use.

  7. Shannon August 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    This sounds like something I need. I am very careful with my phone but my husband almost drops it all of the time because the case it comes with is slippery.

  8. Barrie August 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I had an otter box and now have an otter box knock off but I DO worry about radiation or whatever it is with my iphone. I will definitely look into Pong as it sounds exactly what I want and need!

  9. Cami August 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I agree with you on the silicone, sometimes it is “sticky” in my pocket. I’ll have to try a Pong case. Cute color, too!

  10. Roz August 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I need a new case and the Pong case might just be the answer. I really like the look of it and the built in antenna is a plus.

  11. Margaret Smith August 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    These cases sound great. I really need to get one to help protect my phone.

  12. denise low August 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I really need this one to protect my phone.These are pretty neat.Thank for the chance

  13. Marti Tabora August 27, 2014 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I have never heard of these cases before, but it’s great, especially for people that are worried about the wireless energy coming from the phone. Not only that, but will protect the phone as well.

  14. Cynthia C August 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    This is the first time I have heard of Pong cases. They don’t have one for my phone, but my son has an iPhone and could use one.

  15. Rosanne August 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I like that these cases have an air vent to let it cool off. The one that I have does ot have any way to release the heat.

  16. Jackie Smith August 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I have never had a pong case. I am looking for a new case. this one looks durable and will protect phone well.

  17. heather August 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I think these are so great. I would love to win this one for my friends birthday.

  18. Tina Truex August 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    These sound awesome. I had never heard of them before. They have great features. I will have to check them out more. Thanks for the review.

  19. Natalie Nichols August 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I like the different colors! My screen is shattered right now. I really need to get it repaired and then get a good case like this.

  20. Cynthia August 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I would love to win

  21. Russell Moore August 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I like the concept of the case. Truthfully though, I am more likely to buy it for my grandkids than for myself.

  22. Jodie Rector August 31, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I have never heard of before so this was a great review to read. I like that it’s a hard case and not silicone easy to get in and out of my purse or pocket. Thanks for the information!

  23. Holly Thomas August 31, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I need a rugged case for my phone, I constantly drop it!

  24. Sue Hull August 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Wow! I need a case like this.I have an Android cell phone.Every time I drop it I flinch.I have linoleum so I think that’s why it didn’t break. I’ll have to tell my daughter and her fiance about this case.He’s a big time techy junkie.Lol! Great review 🙂

  25. Christina G. September 1, 2014 at 12:02 am - Reply

    The fact that they have been proven to reduce the exposure of wireless energy is good enough for me. Sold! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Denise Taylor-Dennis September 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    What a great case that looks very protective.

  27. David Smith September 3, 2014 at 2:27 am - Reply

    These cases look like they would be really good. I’d like to have one for my son’s phone to help keep it from getting damaged.

  28. Chris O September 4, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Sounds perfect for our son, the breaker of phones.

  29. Kelly September 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This is sweet! I too have shattered my phone. In fact, I shattered my phone and my tablet at the exact same moment in time. Slipped from my hands… ugh. This looks like a great product. Even better than protection, I LOVE that it helps shield radiation! That is a big concern for me as I am on the phone quite often. Also I love that it allows for better reception. I live in the sticks and phone reception can be an issue. I have one spot I know I can go in my house to talk on the phone. I would be super happy if that would be a non-issue.

  30. Gale McCarron September 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Oh how my Hubby is in dire need for one of these! He’s gone from dropping his phone to the floor and into a glass of ice tea. I can’t keep up with how much money we’ve spent for a new one. Fingers crossed tight for this one 🙂

  31. debbie campbell September 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of a case protecting you, so that is cool. I hope these Pong cases come for other phones, beside Iphones!

  32. Lesley F September 5, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    This is a case that I will have to look into. I’m amazed that your bars went up in the basement which is something that I could really use. Thanks for sharing

  33. Pamela Kumfer September 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Just got a new phone yesterday need a good rugged case, to keep it safe

  34. Alicia September 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I would love to try a Pong case. I definitely need a durable case for my phone.

  35. Natalie September 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    My smartphone takes a beating on a daily basis. This case would offer great protection!

  36. April Farley September 6, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Everyone must protect their investment and these cases are much cuter than the others that I have seen. Well worth the price to not have to worry about breaking you phone!

  37. Barbara Riffe September 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    This would be great. I am a Looks like a man or woman would use it. Thanks

  38. Jill Myrick September 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    This would definitely benefit us with as many family members as we have on our plan. It would be great to have cases that I know will protect our phones and I love that they will also give us a small signal boost.


  39. Susan P. September 7, 2014 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I’ve had a Pong case on my iPhone for more than a year and it is very durable and protects my phone extremely well. I don’t drop my phone very often but when I did, the case did it’s job. Nothing happened to my phone. The only part of the case that has stretched is where the charging cable goes in and that is very minor stretching. I would only buy a Pong case for any future phones – well worth the money.

  40. Caroline Wampler September 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    That is awesome that it is so protective! It is also cool that it made your signal stronger–how great!

  41. bianca roman September 8, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    it’s nice to hear that the silicone casing is sturdy and not flimsy like the rest of them out there..that’s why i don’t purchase them because they feel like a waste of money! i’m super excited that it boosts your bars by one or two!!! there are some places (like at work) where my signal is crap! this would be so awesome!

  42. Sara Zielinski September 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great case. I would love to have this case.

  43. Maria Iemma September 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    My daughter has already damaged two cases and it is only September! I hope this case outlasts all her other ones.

  44. Maria Marcotte September 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    This is a must have! I would love to get one! Love the color selection!!!!!!

  45. Della Barker September 9, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I could use a protective case for my iphone. I also like that it makes your signal stronger and that it protects not only protects your phone, but that it also helps shield radiation!

  46. Patti Griner September 9, 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    These cases look really nice. My son would love one.

  47. kathy pease September 9, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    My son has broken so many phones..This case looks very durable and just what he needs.

  48. Sarah L September 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know that there was a case that could somewhat protect you from the waves. I don’t think mine does.

  49. Marnie Guffey September 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of Pong before reading this review. I would definitely like to try this as I tend to be very rough on my phone and cases.

  50. Buddy Garrett September 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    The case sounds great. It offers protection, it is stylish and I love that it redirects wireless energy away from you.

  51. Lily Kwan September 10, 2014 at 2:14 am - Reply

    This smartphone case looks very nice. Thanks for sharing!

  52. wendy rozema September 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I really like the PONG CLASSIC CASE FOR IPHONE 5/5S

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