What case do you need for your phone?
Every year mobile phones get thinner, sleeker and more expensive. What’s more, their price increases so that a new flagship smartphone can cost a few thousand. With that much money on the line, one drop could potentially explode your handset in to a thousand shards of useless glass and metal. Therefore, it’s important to get the right protection for your device. So, what case do you need for your phone?
In this guide we are going to cover what you should and shouldn’t look for in a case for your phone. Furthermore, what price points should you aim for?
You get what you pay for
When paying for a case, you do get what you pay for. If you have ever purchased a case from eBay or Amazon you will know that you can get a variety of cheap cases on next day delivery.
Many of these cases only provide a few mm of plastic between your phone and the ground. While this may have done a decent job in times gone by when phones were far more resilient and less prone to breaking, now these cases don’t cut it.
Cosmetic changes only
These cases provide little more than cosmetic colour changes to your phone. Often they are not worth spending any money on.
Additionally, some of these cases can be so badly made that they can damage your phone and even impair usage. Cut out’s can be imprecise and the materials they are made out of can block sound. This can mean that when in the case the phone cannot be used to effectively make calls or take photos.
Some cases can even scratch or crack your device. This is true if plastic or metal is sticking out of the case. Equally dangerous is if the case puts too much pressure on the phone because it’s not made to size.
Phone case innovation is dead
Phone cases always try and add some unusual useless feature. Back-up batteries, magnifying glasses, selfies attachments are just some of the few innovations.
All of these features add cost to your phone case. What’s more, these features do not protect your phone. They may even cause further damage to your handset.
Common bad case design
A common case variant is a built-in battery to provide extra charge while on the go. Commonly, these cases can cause electrical faults. Furthermore, they can overheat the element in your phone’s battery.
They also are more likely to cause further damage to your phone during a drop. This is due to the weight of them and the additional complication of an electrical connection during an impact.
Another case we see is the folding leather case. These cases try to provide you with slots for your credit cards and money. The downside to these is the leather flap can negate any impact resistance.
When closed, the Leather flap does not provide a rigid surface for the force to diffuse through. So, instead of the shock being absorbed by the sides of the case like it normally would, the force diffuses through the leather. It ends up going straight onto the screen, weakening and damaging the structure.
With this in mind, it’s always best to go for a case that provides protection, not innovation or features.
Phone cases that are built like a tank
One of the main reasons for these cheaper options or go without a case altogether is because they don’t want something size of a tank around their phone.
You don’t need a bulky case to protect your phone. However, you just need the right case.
A drop-tested case is one that has been tested extensively from a predetermined height onto concrete. This is done to be certain that your phone will survive an impact from that height.
Drop tested phone cases
Several companies make cases that are drop tested: Otterbox, Mous and Raptic to name just a few. They also come in a variety of different looks. All of them have a small footprint, no absurd features and are proven to protect your device from ridiculous heights.
They wrap around your device protecting the corners in thick shockproof rubber. In addition the cases have an inner layer to protect your phone from shock.
Additionally, they have a lip around the edge of the screen. The lip ensures that the device lands flat and the shock of the impact is sent in the right direction. Around the screen rather than through.
These cases are slightly more expensive weighing at around the £50 price point. However, they could potentially save you hundreds of pounds in repair costs. Even the simplest screen repair on a flagship device starts at £100.