The right phone case is the best way to protect your smartphone. When combined with a screen protector, your phone is safe from damage that can happen when you inevitably drop it. Because it’s not just the screen that can shatter!
Let’s talk about the best cases for protecting your smartphone and why these types of protective cases are preferred. You love your gadgets, so protect your communications hub with a phone case.
The Backup: Screen Protectors Matter
While it’s important to protect your investment in a mobile device with a phone case, it’s no less important to add the additional assurance of a screen protector. Available in materials from tempered glass (most effective) to plastic (last effective) a screen protector matters whether your phone’s in the case or not.
Smashed screens are the injury most commonly sustained by cell phones but they can be prevented and so can scratches and cracks. While I’m sure you’re nothing but careful with your smartphone, accidents happen and they can be expensive. Get proactive with the two-tiered protection of a phone case coupled with a screen protector. So, what should you look for in a phone case?
Key Features of a Smartphone Case
There are several key features to look for when shopping for a phone case. You’re buying a case to protect your smartphone. While you want the product to look good, always keep in mind that the role of your phone case is to protect your phone from damage.
The following features indicate a top-of-the-line product:
- Drop protection – any case you choose should guarantee the distance your phone can be potentially dropped without incident. Some specify at least 20 feet.
- Back and corner protection – your phone case should feature advanced back and corner protection in the form of “bumpers” on the corners and a reinforced back plate.
- Kickstand – this feature allows you to stand your phone lengthwise to watch movies or videos.
- Antimicrobial treatment – you touch a lot of surfaces every day and then, touch your phone case. An antimicrobial treatment limits the pathogens that attach to your device, which can cause illness and ultimately, damage to both case and phone.
- Wireless charging compatibility – charge your smartphone from any wireless charging pad without removing the case, when you have this feature.
- No-slip features – look for features that prevent you from dropping your phone, like a textured finish or corrugation.
While you’ll see many plastic phone cases on the market, they’re not the best way to protect your smartphone. They may look great, come in loads of patterns and colors, and feel sleek and futuristic in your hand, but they’re also hard plastic, which is brittle. It’s not the best material for a phone you’re afraid of dropping and smashing. The smooth slickness of the material also makes your phone easier to drop!
The best materials for cell phone cases are those that resist impact by being made of a material that “gives”. Choose a case made of one of these:
Silicone is not my favorite material for a phone case but it’s a better alternative than hard plastic because:
- It’s sticky, so harder to drop
- It’s lightweight
- It’s affordable
But silicone’s stickiness, while helpful at keeping your phone in your hand and not on the sidewalk, can also attract lint, dust, and other contaminants. This aspect of silicone can make taking your phone case off difficult. With time, silicone stretches out, meaning you’ll need to buy a replacement when this happens.
Cases that add rubber to hard plastic are a great alternative. The rubber adds additional shock absorption when used as a liner. Rubber is the answer to the lackluster protection offered by plastic alone. When applied to the case’s exterior, the rubber provides a superior grip. Of course, this type of case is more costly than hard plastic options and isn’t available in such an array of colors and patterns. But that’s not why you’re buying a phone case, right?
Leather is an attractive premium material. Tactile and with its own unique cachet, a leather case serves those in high-powered jobs where appearances count. Just don’t drop your smartphone, as leather doesn’t offer the same level of protection as a rubber-coated or silicone phone case.
Usually formed around hard plastic, leather is also subject to wear. And while it has a nice grip from the textured grain of the leather, it becomes worn, requires significant upkeep, and isn’t vegan-friendly!
Clearly, rubber is your best option for a phone case, with silicone coming in second. While plastic cases are whimsical and fun, they’re really not that great when it comes to protecting your smartphone. But when rubber is added, it’s a whole new, shock-absorbent ball game!
And don’t forget that tempered glass screen protector. My final word on the matter? The less frequently you have your smartphone in your hand, the less likely you are to drop it!