How to choose a smartphone case: type, material, functionality.

by sogrow team

How to choose a smartphone case: type, material, functionality

  • Why does a smartphone need a case?
  • Protection: full or partial
  • Types of covers and their use
  • What are the covers made of?

Why does a smartphone need a case?

An entire industry is working to protect mobile devices. Cases account for 60% of the accessory market for the protection of mobile devices. Today, it is the most reliable way to protect your phone from mechanical damage, moisture, and small particles. Modern cases are also something new for the phone. If the device already has scratches or cracks on the case, it can be easily hidden under a new case with a modern design. Okay, it's convenient! In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the most important things: A correctly selected high-quality case can also protect the screen from corner seams. This fact already makes you think about buying a cover.


Protection: total or partial protection 

Depending on the degree of protection, all covers can be divided into 2 groups: total protection and partial protection. 

Total protection: These cases cover all surfaces of the smartphone and can fully protect it from mechanical damage or moisture penetration. Covers of the following types offer comprehensive protection: book, cover, shockproof, waterproof. 

Partial protection: The case only protects certain areas of the phone or from damage.


Cover types and their use 

The cover is the most popular type of cover today. Protect the back of the case and the sides of the smartphone. The case is very comfortable to use; it is lightweight and does not cover the screen. A properly selected cover increases the probability of cornering the device and partially protects the screen. Did you choose this type of coverage? Pay close attention to the external protection of the screen against minor scratches and bumps. A protective glass or protective film will help you with this. And the largest range of glasses and plates, as they say, for all tastes and colours can be found in our online store. 

The book is such a case among security leaders. Its design protects both the screen and the back of the case. If you use a book, you will no longer be able to buy protective glass. In the name of such covers, the word "View" is often used, which indicates the presence of a special window to display the time, date and number of the subscriber. 

This case can be easily converted and serves as a stand. Very useful when you are watching movies or reading books on your smartphone. The only downsides are size and the need to keep the top plate open. 

Flip (Clamshell) looks a lot like a book, but the top cover does not open to the side but downwards. All other characteristics are fully in line with the characteristics of the case book. And they designed it for users who think it is more convenient to remove the cover. The 

The battery looks like a case, but thanks to the built-in battery, it weighs almost as much as a phone base. It is also larger than the average case. Such coverage is unlikely to be comfortable every day, but it's perfect for travel and hiking. Battery cases are mainly made for the best smartphones, which is why they are extremely rare. 

Shockproof in shape, it looks like the same pad but is very strong and bulky. This case protects the phone as much as possible and is suitable for anyone who practices active sports (running, cycling, horseback riding, etc.), is on the road a lot or whose work is associated with a high probability of falls (plumbers, mountain guides, etc.). Shockproof cabinets are made of fairly durable materials (plastic, polycarbonate, aluminium). 

Waterproof at first glance, it looks like a small resealable plastic bag. Waterproof covers are made from polyvinyl chloride (an inexpensive option) or thermoplastic polyurethane (a more expensive but high-quality option). PVC covers are inelastic and break quickly when bent. Polyurethane, for its part, retains its transparency and elasticity for several years. It should be noted that the size of the waterproof cases may seem too large for your device. But it should be so. A large case allows you to lower your smartphone to a shallow depth and take photos even if your device is not waterproof. 

When buying a waterproof suitcase, you should pay attention to the type of closure: button, padlock, velcro closure, screw or clip. It is very easy to check the reliability of the closure: put a dry paper towel in the case and immerse it in water or under running water for a few minutes. If the napkin remains dry after the test, the closure has passed the test, and the cover can be purchased. You do not need to use the waterproof case every day unless your work or activity is directly related to water or other liquids. But it will come in handy when relaxing by the sea or the river.

Pocket - the shape resembles a bag. Protects the entire surface of the smartphone, except for those facing the exit. Relatively reliable and inexpensive, and it is considered versatile as it is compatible with multiple smartphone models at the same time. 

A pouch (bag) is an envelope in the form of a pocket that is closed by pulling the shoelace. Such a case does not protect against drops and moisture, but it does protect the smartphone from small scratches. 

Belt bag (holster) said bag is very similar to a pocket bag; only it has a closure that is attached to the belt. 

Sports, the name speaks for itself. Sports type covers are characterized by their special accessories for arms or legs. They are quite robust, made of lightweight materials, and have additional pockets and holes for keys, cards, or headphones. 

As you can see, there are many types of holsters. However, it is better to choose a case based on the environment in which you plan to use it. For everyday use, we recommend choosing cover types such as a sheet of paper, a book, or a flip. The waterproof, rechargeable, and shock-resistant covers are perfect for travel and outdoor activities.


What are the covers made of?

The accessories industry is actively developing after smartphones. Developers have come up with more and more new ways to protect gadgets. Today, the following materials are mainly used for the manufacture of covers:

  • silicone
  • genuine and PU leather
  • plastic (polyurethane, polycarbonate, etc.)
  • metal
  • the cloth
  • wood

Silicone is the market leader in case materials. Silicone cases are very popular due to their low cost, versatile design and high quality. This material protects the smartphone well from dust, moisture, minor scratches and mechanical damage. Cover plates are mainly made of silicone: both ordinary and shock-resistant. Silicone, as a material, is lightweight, pleasant to the touch and can be cleaned without problems with a damp cloth.

Genuine and PU leather is now one of the most popular materials for covers. For the manufacture of expensive premium covers, natural leather is used. For the middle price category - high-quality PU leather, which looks and feels in no way inferior to natural, although it costs much less. Due to their strength and elasticity, leather cases are wear-resistant and perfectly protect devices from minor scratches and moisture. Leather covers can be of almost any design: you can make floral ornaments from leather, it is easy to combine it with other materials, decorative or precious stones can be applied to it.

Plastic - for the production of plastic covers, thermoplastic polyurethane and polycarbonate is used. These materials do not increase the size of the phone and have the following advantages:

  • high impact resistance
  • elasticity
  • wear resistance
  • 100% fit to phone dimensions
  • ease
  • affordable price

Thanks to these advantages, plastic cases have been among the leaders in accessories on the market for many years.

Metal is perhaps the most durable and reliable material for the case but, alas, unpopular. Compared to other cases, metal cases are rather massive, heavy and expensive. Metal, as a material, is used only for cover plates. Such cases perfectly protect the body of the smartphone, but the screen will need additional protection.

Fabric is, perhaps, the most budgetary option for raw materials for the manufacture of cases, which can only protect the smartphone from minor scratches in the event, for example, if you keep the phone in a bag in the same pocket with the keys.

Wood - Wooden covers are not very popular. They are often made from bamboo because it is light enough. The wooden case does not slip in your hands and protects the phone quite well, but it is afraid of water and requires constant care (it can be easily overwritten) and can deform. An excellent option for those who care about the environment and waste recycling.

Combination covers are in great demand, in which several types of material are combined at once. Today, these accessories account for 95% of the case market. The combination allows you to make the case lightweight, reliable and beautiful at the same time. And the cost of such products is relatively low.

To summarize, we want to remind you that the choice of a case, first of all, should depend on the conditions in which you are going to use your smartphone. The widest range of covers for all occasions can be found in our online store. Our consultants will be happy to help you choose an accessory for your smartphone. Choose and buy covers in the Accessories section.