We all know the feeling. You know the one. The intense, stomach-dropping dread you feel when your phone falls from your grip and lands with a thud on the ground.
This dread is even more intense when you remember that your smartphone doesn’t have a protective case on it.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there – and some of us have had to deal with the repercussions of not having a case on our phone. Smashed screens, broken back glass, cracked camera lenses – these are all common issues that can be caused by dropping your phone when it’s unprotected.
But you know what, each of these issues is totally preventable when you actually give your phone the love and care it needs – and the best kind of care for a smartphone is of course a phone case.
And really, with all of the amazing kinds of phone cases available out there, why wouldn’t you use one?
So, whether you’re buying a new phone because you’ve damaged your current one or you are using an ancient case, it’s time to now get yourself a new phone case for your smartphone.
To help you on your way, we’re going to give you some inside advice as to what to look for and factors to consider when buying a smartphone case!
What you need to factor in when you buy a phone case
You know that saying? If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably because it is – and it’s the same situation when it comes to phone cases.
The point of a phone case is to protect your phone, so going for the cheapo option isn’t going to cut it. With that being said, there are plenty of great options that aren’t going to break the bank.
Here are the most important things to take into consideration when buying a new phone case.
With the wide variety of phone case styles out there, it’s no surprise that there are many different protection levels when it comes to phone cases too.
So when you’re buying a case, you need to think about how much protection you need. Everyone wants to protect their phones from as much damage as possible, especially things like broken screens and cracked glass or cameras.
However, it’s a good idea to think about how and where you use your phone. For example, are you a tradie working on a dirty and dusty jobsite? Or do you have a job where you’re always on the go, so you might toss your phone into the car quickly.
The way you use your phone and the environment you spend a lot of time in is definitely something to take into consideration when you’re choosing a protective phone case.
If you are a little rough with your phone, you might want to consider a wallet style cover that covers both the front and back of your phone, or perhaps you might get one that also covers your phone’s camera lens?
2. Screen Protection
Ok, so we know we literally just talked about protection, but screen protection is so important we’re separating it to talk about it some more.
When it comes to your phone working well there are two main areas that, when damaged, make your phone almost redundant. One is the speaker/microphone, if you can’t talk on your phone, that rules out a large chunk of its function capabilities. The second area is the screen.
If your phone’s screen is damaged, especially if you have a smartphone, it can make your phone basically unusable. And let’s face it, we use our phones for so much more than just making calls. It’s how we find the answers to all of our questions (hello, Google?), it’s how we text and it’s also how a lot of us enjoy our streaming services – so when the screen is damaged, we’re done for.
Now, when it comes to screen protection, a glass screen protector is a great idea, but in addition to that, your phone case can also help to carry the load. Some styles, like the wallet style we mentioned earlier, they can help to give the screen extra protection by keeping it covered, while many style soffer a raised lip around the outside of the phone so that if you were to drop your phone face down, it won’t land on the screen, rather, it will land on the case and that will absorb the shock.
Just when you are looking for a phone case, make sure you think about your screen, because you really need it!
This is where you can have some fun. With so many styles and types of phone cases out there, as long as you have an idea of how much protection you need, all you need to do is find one that works for you.
Most phone case types have versions that work for the various smartphone models out there, so you’ll definitely be able to find something for your smartphone.
Phone cases are also available in all sorts of materials, like silicone, TPU plastic, and even leather, so that really gives you a huge range of options to choose from.
The Different Kinds of Phone Cases
So, when it comes to phone cases, you’ve certainly got a lot of options to choose from. To help you out, we’ve put together a little bit of information about the different phone case category types.
There are 4 main types of phone cases, including:
· Thin Cases
Usually made from polycarbonate, TPU or silicone, these cases are usually quite minimal in nature, and complement the clean lines of your phone’s design.
While they can offer some protection, they usually offer the most minimal protection compared to other cases, predominantly keeping your phone safe from scratches and small drops.
· Rugged Cases
These tough cases have been designed to last all sorts of environments and everything you throw at them. They do tend to be a little more bulky and maybe even slightly heavier than other phone case types, but if you work outdoors, live an active lifestyle or are just a little more clumsy, a rugged phone case is the best option for you.
· Hybrid Cases
A hybrid case is the best of the both worlds of the first two cases – thin and rugged. Not quite as thin as the thin cases, not quite as rugged as the rugged cases, they can give you great protection but are not quite as attractive looking or as protective as a rugged case. They make a great option for people who aren’t too clumsy but certainly live an active lifestyle.
· Wallet Cases
A wallet case is the ultimate versatile option. It’s basically a wallet that can hold cards and notes, and that can also protect your phone.
They usually have a folio style cover that can act as extra protection for your phone’s screen, what’s not to love?
Alright, so now that you’ve got all the info, you’ll be able to select the right speck phone case for you. There’s only one thing left to do, and that is to get shopping!