After buying a new smartphone, we are often perplexed by this question, “should I put a case on it?” The confusion is particularly daunting if your brand new phone sports an elegant look which you like just the way it is. On one hand, you would like yourself and the world to look at the beautiful design and marvel, while on the other, you want to protect what you like. To make the decision easy for you, let’s look at four of the most important reasons as to why you should put a case on your brand new smartphone, regardless of how good it looks without one.
Smartphones are Fragile
Apart from a few rare ones which come with shock-resistance, most smartphones are fragile pieces of technology. While a tempered glass screen protector will grant you some mental peace as far as the display is concerned, the rest of your phone (including the internal hardware) will remain vulnerable to the accidental fall unless you put a cover on it. Besides, all the best smartphones in the world now feature glass or metal backs, which are extremely susceptible to scratches. Remember that the back of a smartphone, along with the rear camera lens, is exposed to every surface you put it on and the things you carry in your pocket with it. Therefore, if you don’t put a cover on your phone, chances are that your latest iPhone will probably end up with a scratched or even cracked back within a few months. A hard polycarbonate case made with plastic injection molding offers the best possible protection and remains the number one recommendation as far as shielding a smartphone is concerned. It only makes sense to protect what you like and what you invested a good amount of money in.
They Can Be Slippery!
Manufacturers have mostly shifted from plastic builds to quality materials like glass or metal casings for even some of their budget end smartphones. While the smooth metal and glass finish definitely adds to the premium look and feels great, these materials are not ideal when it comes to offering a good grip. Phones are also getting lighter and slimmer with every passing year and while that is advantageous from many aspects, it most definitely doesn’t make gripping the devices any easier. If you find your phone to be too slippery, don’t wait until it slips from your hand and drops on the floor. Rubber cases provide a particularly good grip, but just about any textured back cover or case will allow you to get a confident hold on your brand new smartphone. Sometimes it’s even reassuring to actually feel a bit of heft while holding a phone.
Cases Make Your Phone Unique
Apart from the practicality of providing protection and grip to your new smartphone, cases can also add to the aesthetics of your device, making them more personalized. In fact, some case makers even allow their customers to choose custom designs, alphabets or symbols. A customized case which represents something about your personality will not only make your phone stand out, but the fact that your phone is all covered up won’t seem like such a bad thing anymore.
Retain Some Resale Value
In this era of Android and iOS, two years is the ideal lifespan of a device before you may need to upgrade again. In fact, you may choose to upgrade even sooner, given the rapid rate at which technology is spewed out these days. However, you will probably want the best value while reselling your old handset or exchanging it for a new one. As should be expected, an old phone with multiple scratches and even a crack or two won’t fetch you as much of a price or discount as a well protected and well maintained device will. Put a tempered glass in front of your phone and place it in a case to retain as much of the phone’s value as possible, until your next upgrade.
It is true that a case makes the device heftier than in its naked state and you can always get insurance for your phone. Nevertheless, the advantages of using a protective cover outweigh the disadvantages significantly. Insurance costs way more than a high quality protective case and although you may save money in repairs with insurance, it is never desirable to have a damaged device in the first place. As it has often been said, “prevention is better than cure.”