It can be glass, metal or plastic. It can cost ten thousand rupees or a lakh. But no matter how affordable or premium a phone we might have, one of the first things we do after getting a smartphone is buy a cover. Which makes owning a good cover as important as owning a good smartphone. Or even more so.
It not only saves your phone from scratches and drop damages, but also makes sure it stays in mint condition when you want to resell the device. We are not going to get into the looks and design of the cases (folder, bumper, plain back and so on), because that is totally a personal choice but whatever colour, material or design you choose to go for, here are some things to keep in mind to make the most out of them smartphone covers:
Tempted by the grey market? Resist!
We know there is a sea of smartphone cases out there in the grey market, especially in India. But if you have invested in your smartphone, we would advise you to invest a little in your smartphone case too. Yes, the grey market covers come with tempting price tags, but with cheap price comes cheap quality.
As a result, these covers that are meant to protect your phone, often end up scratching the back of your phone by accumulating dust inside or having rough insides. So, whether it is a metal phone or a glass one, you end up with tiny dust marks on the back if you use these covers for a prolonged time.
Not just the outside, the insides count too
Irrespective of whether leather, silicon or hard plastic is your taste of case material, make sure you keep the inner layer in mind. Because these materials are mostly rigid in nature: putting them on a phone without good inside cushioning can hurt the back and sides of your smartphone. Having a soft inner layering is what will save it from these scratches. A good case should have notable inner cushioning, making it safe, preferably without adding too much bulk to the case.
If you want to show off your phone’s back and give your phone a case-less look but want it to stay protected from bumps and bruises, you can pick a transparent cover. But because transparent cases cannot have a separate inner layering, make sure the plastic of the case does not hurt the back of your smartphone, by thoroughly checking the texture of the insides of the cover and design of the cover.
Also, when a phone falls, it quite often lands on its corners. So when buying a smartphone case, just remember to check out how strong and cushioned these are. Some branded covers come with specially padded corners.
Go for a snug fit and ease of use
One of the most important things to keep in mind while buying a smartphone case is the fit. The case cannot be too loose or too tight a fit: if it is too loose it will easily slip off and if it is too tight it might damage your smartphone while you are putting it on or taking it off. So, whatever you do, do not compromise on the fit of the case. Try putting it on your phone and taking it off a few times before you make your decision.
Make sure it can be cleaned
It might protect your phone from dust and smudges, but a case itself can pick them up and end up looking messy. So make sure the case you buy is cleanable. A quick wet cloth wipe over the inside and outside should make your phone cover close to new, if not brand new.
Ports: cover ‘em all or leave ‘em out, your call
There are smartphone cases that cover ports and buttons and there are ones that leave out gaps for these functions. While we would suggest you to go for full coverage, as it adds to the safety of the smartphone, you could choose one that leaves these functional buttons and ports be.
But if you are going with complete coverage, just check how the case handles buttons and ports. It should not make buttons feel uncomfortable or hard to press or should not make using ports a task — some cases are so thick that using the charging port or headphone jack on them becomes a pain.
Raised edges in front
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that from the front, the edges of the case should be slightly raised from the display of the phone. Your display should almost sink in (a little) your case. This will save it from getting scratched when you place it face down on a table or any other surface.
Balance out that camera jut
If your phone’s camera unit juts out (and many do), make sure you buy a thick enough case to counter that juttness. This will save your phone’s camera glass from scratches and make the back more even.
Sturdy need not be bulky
As opposed to popular belief, all strong and sturdy things do not have to be bulky. And with phones already becoming big enough, you do not want to add much to it, which is why you should buy a cover that is strong and sturdy but is preferably not bulky.
This means selecting good material over general thickness of the cover, making sure it protects your phone and not just adds weight to it. Remember, the bigger or thicker your phone gets, the greater the chance it will take a fall!
Check for warranty
Yes, phone cases come with warranty. The ones from reputed brands inevitably come with about six months of warranty, offering a replacement if the case gets damaged. Another reason to dodge the grey market, we feel, where all cases come with zero assurances, other than the ones the dealer gives you.