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Tips for Choosing a Smartphone Case

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Depending on what kind of phone you have, the options for cases can seem endless. Some of them are cute, some of them are professional, some have added features or ridiculous protection… but how do you decide which case is right for you? Here are some tips for making sure you get the best case for your phone!

  1. Choose an appropriate protection level – The whole point of phone cases is to protect your phone and while it’s tempting to want the most waterproof, shockproof durable case ever, stop and think about how you use your phone. You might not need the extra protection (which adds cost and bulkiness) if you seldom use the device or you are careful.
  2. Test it before buying – If at all possible, try the case on your phone to see how snugly it fits, whether or not you can get to all of the buttons, if there is a lip on the front to protect the screen during a drop and how easy the case is to grip.
  3. Understand quality vs appearance – Cute cases are awesome, but be aware that there is usually a bit of disconnect between quality and appearance. While the $10 Hello Kitty case from the mall might be adorable, it probably isn’t going to protect your case as well as a more well-known solid colored brand. This doesn’t mean all cute cases are worthless–just be aware of materials and fit when buying.
  4. Consider functionality – There are plenty of options when buying a case including some cases that come with belt clips, places for cards, screen covers, battery chargers and more. Take the extra features and overall usability into account when buying a case.
  5. Make sure it’s easy to remove – This is a big one. Cases have more nooks and crannies, so they are going to gather more dirt and that means you’ll need to be able to take it on and off. Make sure the case both latches securely and can be removed without breaking it.
  6. Shop around – While your carrier probably sells device cases, they are generally going to be a bit more expensive. Shopping around online can often land you a better deal. While you won’t be able to try it out first it might be worth it for a nicer case.

What tips do you have for someone looking to buy a smartphone case? Let me know in the comments!