How to choose a smartphone case: what to look for
The main criteria for choosing a cover are:
- Case type;
- Case material;
- Additional functions.
Various technical characteristics of covers determine their practicality and durability. But any such accessories protect the smartphone – regardless of the material and other specifications.
There are two types of cases – designed for a specific smartphone and universal. The former are distinguished by maximum compatibility with a specific device model – they do not cover noise-canceling microphones, do not block access to external connectors, etc.
Universal ones are cheaper and easier to find – both in retail malls and online stores. But such cases may not fit snugly on the smartphone, as well as cover the necessary functional openings – the camera, the charging connector, the speaker, the microphone, etc. Therefore, when buying a universal accessory, you should pay attention to its compatibility with an existing smartphone.
There are the following types of cases:
- Bumper. High-density outer shell for smartphone. Covers the back panel and side edges, and also protects the screen when dropped on the floor. Works as a protector on impacts. The disadvantage is that it makes the smartphone larger and heavier;
- Case. A “pouch” in which a smartphone is embedded. The disadvantage is that once out of the case, the device becomes vulnerable to bumps, drops and scratches;
- Flip case. A cover that covers both the back panel, and the side edges, and the screen of the smartphone. Opens by flipping the lid up. Well protects the smartphone;
- “Book”. It is similar to a flip case, only it opens sideways – like a book.
Bumpers, “books” and flip cases are suitable for everyday use.
Cases can be made from the following materials:
- Silicone or rubber. Protects from scratches and light impacts;
- Leather. Protects from scratches and light impacts;
- Plastic. Protects against scratches and strong impacts.
- There are combined options – for example, plastic with rubber or silicone edges, or rubber or silicone with plastic inserts. Provides better fall protection.
Among the most practical additional features are:
- NFC compatible. Allows you to use Android Pay and other contactless payment systems;
- Compatible with wireless charging. You can inductively charge your smartphone without removing the case;
- “Windows” – cutouts on the cover of the case through which the screen of the smartphone is visible. In some cases, they even allow you to answer the call without removing the cover;
- Built-in extra battery. Recharges the smartphone while in use;
- Mounts. With their help, you can fix the phone in your hands, on a belt or on some surface;
- Extreme protection. Cases completely prevent moisture and dust from entering the smartphone, and also act as a protector during impacts. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to use the device in them.
Choose cases with additional features only if necessary.
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