Three Keys to Selecting Your Next Smartphone Case

Smartphones have become an important, albeit expensive, part of our everyday lives, and protecting yours needs to be a priority.

Dropping a smartphone is the number one way to severely damage your device. Often, the phone just slips out of your hand and, depending on the surface beneath, can sustain damage ranging from minor to catastrophic. The second biggest case of smartphone problems is water damage. Fortunately, several top-quality cases exist that can dampen the blow during a fall and keep your phone dry if dunked. The trick is choosing which case is the right one for the way you use your phone.

Two Layers of Protection

A combination of an internal slipcover and external shell protects your device from drops, bumps and dust. Otterbox

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The first thought many people have when getting a new smartphone is to get the toughest, sturdiest case they can find. The only problem is that often those very sturdy cases are also very large, making it hard to carry the phone in your pocket without it being a constant nuisance. At the other end of the spectrum, people who want the most minimal case they can get in order to not add bulk to their phone often don’t get the quality of protection they need. Compare several cases and make the best compromise you can between size and security. Note that regardless of the size case you choose, a case made of a shock-absorbent material like silicon or rubber that covers your phone’s corners will protect it best. Plastic cases aren’t generally as effective as they don’t absorb shock well and are more likely to transfer impact onto the phone itself.

Lots of Colors

While not 100% waterproof, this choice will meet the needs of the majority of smartphone users. YOUMAKER

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Whether or not you need a waterproof case is something only you can decide. But there are two things you should consider. If you have a waterproof case and you don’t ever drop your phone in the water or other liquid, there’s really no downside. On the other hand, if you drop your phone in the water—whether a puddle, the sink, or even the toilet—and it’s not in a waterproof case, it is likely to sustain serious water damage. That said, waterproof cases are often larger and more unwieldy than their non-waterproof counterparts, and they’re also usually more expensive. If you decide to go without one—which many people do successfully—be sure and be extra cautious when using your phone around water or any other liquid. Also, consider getting some insurance on your phone so if you ruin it, replacing it won’t be as expensive.

Multiple Hues Available

This product comes with a multipack of sheets to protect the front of your electronics. COOLQO

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The topic of screen protectors brings debate from both ends of the spectrum. While some people believe that a screen protector is an absolute necessity for all smartphones, others believe that if you have a good, quality case, the screen protector is just a luxury, not really a necessity. While screen protectors protect your phone from scratches, gouges, and nicks, the majority of broken smartphone screens result from people dropping their phones on its corners or edges. Screen protectors can alleviate the damage to some extent, but a very sharp blow on the corners can sometimes cause extensive damage even when a screen protector is in place. In the end, most experts recommend screen protectors just because of the everyday damage they can help you avoid from things like car keys and other pocket items scratching the screen.