First and foremost, if it's solid protection you're after (and if you're prone to dropping your phone) you need a hard case for the iPhone because it's made of glass. It's a great phone functionally, but if you drop it as is, you're done. Many have those slim, trendy skin cases but they will not protect the phone against a drop even if they look cool. Apple and Verizon don't seem to be up front about how delicate the phone is.
I researched cases quite a bit and this one kept coming up. Highly protective, and it fits my phone perfectly. The built in screen protector is crystal clear and DOES NOT LEAVE watermarks or streaks like other cases with a built in screen do.
Now, some caveats: First, it's a little tricky to put the case on if you attempt it without directions. It's a plastic shell that snaps on and then the hard rubber gets wrapped around it. I strongly suggest you use the web video link that is printed on the inside of the box. Second, the flap on the bottom for the power jack was a little annoying at first. It took me a while to figure out how to seal it correctly. Lastly, this case WILL turn your phone into a brick. If you want something very slim that will maintain the aesthetics of the phone, this isn't for you, but that's a trade off you have to accept to have hardcore protection. I can fit it in my pocket, but it's a project getting it in and out, and it's a little lint collector. In summary, a great case for solid protection if you're willing to sacrifice sleekness and aesthetics.