Tuesday, August 27, 2013

4 Things To Consider When Selecting A Smartphone Case

A quick glance around a public place will show that most of us have some kind of protective casing around our smartphones these days. However, beyond that single shared trait, you’ll find a seemingly endless variety of cases in use, some of them doing little more than providing an additional fashion aesthetic, while others encase their smartphones in tiny, nearly indestructible tanks. If you’re new to the smartphone world and you’re looking to get it a little extra protection from all the potential harm out there, here are 4 things you should keep in mind as you shop around:

Determine What Kind Of Benefit You’re Looking For
No case will be perfectly suited for every need, so it’s important to take stock of your daily smartphone use and determine what’s best for you. Cases can provide extra battery juice, make certain functional tasks easier (such as equipping a Bluetooth keyboard, or attaching your phone to your car’s dashboard to utilize the wide range of driving-based apps), protect your smartphone from falls or liquid spills, or simply be used as an additional form of decoration.

Remember To Check The Case’s Fit

With the wide range of case models out there, it can be extremely easy think you’ve found the perfect fit in a store, only to later find out that your volume or mute button is actually obscured. Most cases will actually have a long list of compatible phones on the package, so even though you see a “Samsung Galaxy approved” statement on the front, make sure that it actually supports your new S4 and not just the S3.

Whenever Possible, Chose A Case That Uses Rubber

Although it’s rarely the most chic, rubber is one of the safest components to make a smartphone case out of. If you don’t want your device swaddled in it like a diminutive batman costume, you should at least opt for something that has a bit of rubber on the interior and/or exterior corners. This will greatly increase the odds of your smartphone surviving a long fall to the harsh, unforgiving pavement below.

Remember The Cost Of Your Phone Before Looking Into 1st Party Cases

It’s no surprise that 1st party accessories are the most expensive on offer, but many of us still go to them first out of brand recognition. While you’ll certainly be getting your smartphone the best case available on the market that way, you may get taken advantage of a bit also. There can be an incredible price difference between various smartphone models from a particular supplier, and even a great deal of variation between phones of the same model. Storage space, camera quality, and a multitude of other features means that a particular smartphone model can run anywhere from $400-800, with some going higher. And—as you’ve inevitably learned from other consumer gadgets—when you buy something 1st party, you’re always going to be paying for the highest possible bracket, regardless of the fact that your particular phone might not have 4g capabilities and the largest possible hard drive. So while an $80 case might be just fine for the higher end models, you probably don’t want to spend a quarter or more of the value of your smartphone just on something to stick it in, and may be better served by seeing what a few 3rd party manufacturers have to offer.

Beyond all of these considerations, the most important thing is to find something that you’re actually comfortable holding on a daily basis. It’ll encourage you to always keep your phone protected within it, and might actually save you a costly repair charge one day.

Author bio:

John is a blogger who has dropped and chipped every single phone he has ever owned, even going back to the landline handset he had in his dorm in college. He writes for protectyourbubble.com, an Internet insurer that can help protect your smartphone—including Samsung’s new Galaxy S4—from all the damage that your case can’t stop.