Everything You Need To Know About Choosing The Right Phone Case
The accessory walls in our stores have so many choices that it’s easy to get caught up in all the options for a phone case. Bulky? Thin? Plastic? Belt clip? Trying to find the balance between protection and style is enough to make anyone consider going off the grid. But have no fear, we know from experience what protects a device and what doesn’t so we’re qualified to help you make this decision.
A material world
The material of a case plays a large part in whether your phone breaks or not when accidentally tossed on the concrete. Luckily (but also frustratingly), there are an endless number of choices when it comes to material.
Plastic is the most common material that you will find phone cases in, but not all plastic is created equal. Polycarbonate and polyurethane are the most popular choices in plastic cases and they all have their pros and cons.
- Polycarbonate is a thick and strong plastic that is really resistant to damage. It is probably the most popular plastic to use for phone cases. Otterbox trusts polycarbonate for their bestselling Defender Series of cases because it allows for a slim, but very protective design. It’s also the primary material in the Fré and Nüüd Lifeproof cases.
- Polyurethane is an easily molded plastic that is often used interchangeably but is actually less durable than polycarbonate. But polyurethane is widely customizable and cheaper, which means that it’s easy to find.
Silicone is a gel-like substance made from silicon and petroleum. Silicone is good at absorbing vibrations and it’s often molded to be soft or customized so it won’t slip out of your hands. Silicone cases for phones and tablets often fit tight around devices but many say they are difficult to clean. Griffin uses all silicone cases in their survivor and protector series cases that are advertised to be kid-proof.
Metal cases aren’t particularly easy to find, but they offer incredible protection for your phone. Unfortunately, they often come with a hefty price tag and some people say that surrounding your devices with metal weakens the signal.
Wood and leather are elegant and stylish but don’t usually provide great protection. They’re more novelty than functionality.
If you’re looking for a case that is going to protect your phone, no matter what you put it through, pay close attention to the shape of the cases you’re looking at. Does it have a screen overlay so that it won’t crack if it hits the ground screen first? Does it have easy access to all the buttons? Paying attention to the details will tell you almost everything you need to know, so avoid choosing just based off the color.
Otterbox, Griffin and LifeProof tend to be more expensive, but they have an incredible range of protective cases. No longer are we forced to choose style over safety because some of their thinner cases are the most protective. Off brands and lower price tags may be appealing, but you may be (literally) paying for it later if it snaps off after one drop. If your phone seems to be a floor magnet, invest in a solid case with safety features like bumpers and hard-shells.
Snap-on plastic cases and silicone cases that look like animals, superheros and game boys will definitely add flair, but be sure that those fit snugly around your device. Bulk does not necessarily mean reliability, so make sure the case won’t pop out if you fumble it.
Take your time
We have a mantra that gets used a lot around our stores; Respect your tech. Respecting your devices means protecting the investments you made in them. So take your time and make the decision that is right for your needs. iPhones and Galaxy Tablets don’t grow on trees although we’re more than happy to fix it for you if it were to fall from one.