You’ve sorted a new Apple iPhone or a Google Pixel, or just about any other smartphone out there. Good job. Now you need a protective case to keep your investment safe. But with so many device cases out there, how do you choose the right one? Here’s our ultimate guide to making sure you get the protective case that’s perfect for you.
Why do we need protective phone cases, anyway?
Smartphones have improved our lives in ways we could never have imagined. But they aren’t cheap. With the new Apple iPhone 12 coming in at a whopping $1,099, and a variety of other new (and old) smartphones not far off, chances are you’ll want a protective case to keep it safe.
But which one is right for you?
Asking the right questions: finding the perfect smartphone case
We’re not protecting a box of eggs; this is your life tool we’re talking about. So you want to spend some time, and ideally some money, finding the right one for you. We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself to help find the perfect protective case for your phone.
Do I want the top level of protection?
In the UK, a recent survey showed that six million people dropped or cracked their phones immediately after buying them. What’s worse, this lot, and probably many more, spend a total of £680m a year getting smartphone screens fixed. Basically, if you’re rocking a set of butterfingers, you’ll need a tough device case.
Look out for a few things: drop test standards, layers and lips. In terms of drop test standards, you can’t beat the MIL-STD-810G. It’s a series of tests designed by the US military. It includes, in the instance of phone cases, dropping a phone from a height of 48 inches, 26 times. If it passes this gauntlet, then you’ve got a keeper. If not, then say no more.
Moving on, the more layers your phone case has, the more durable it is. One compound to look out for is Thermoplastic Polyurethane, or TPU. It’s a bridge between plastic and rubber, so it’s mega durable. When it comes to lips, these are the raised edges on the phone cases which take on most of the impact if you drop your phone. So you’ll need some of those, too.
One case we know for sure has all of the above is our Tough case, compatible with all major smartphones. It’s designed with space-grade materials and accredited by the US military, so it’s virtually indestructible.
Am I looking for something a bit sleeker?
It’s all well and good going for the most rigid case out there, but for the safer hands among us, you might want something a bit slimmer and sleeker. That’s not to say you want to compromise on a basic level of protection, though. Polycarbonate – a type of plastic – is the way to go here; it’s lightweight but super strong.
For those in this category, our Snap case is slim, lightweight, and built with the same space-grade materials as our Tough case. It’s aced MIL-STD-810G drop test standards, so you’re safe against drops, but it’s also low-profile, so it slides easily into your pocket or handbag.
Do I want my protective phone case to double up as a wallet?
The phone case wallet. Black magic? Engineering excellence? For the space savers among us, this is a great bet. All of your precious cards and your smartphone housed in one place. It’s an acquired taste, but if you’re looking for that extra touch of functionality, the phone case wallet is a handy tool.
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention ours here. Our Folio case is made from faux leather and a grey elastic fastening, plus it’s tested to the aforementioned MIL-STD-810G drop test standards.
Do I want a bit of bling?
If you’re looking to give your protective phone case a bit of character, have you thought about customising it? Pictures of your kids, your best friend or even that incredible view from your holiday. And just about everything else you can imagine. Personalised phone cases are out there, waiting for you to unleash your creativity on them.
At Case Station, our Create your Own tool gives you the platform to personalise your protective phone case. Whether you’re an aspiring artist who’s looking to try out new artwork, or someone keen to give your loved one an everlasting memory, we want to help you release your creativity.
Do I want to go sustainable?
In a recent Accenture study, 72% said they were actively buying more environmentally-friendly than they did five years ago, while 81% said they expected to buy even more over the next five years. It’s no secret: the shoppers of today are looking for green products. If you’re one of them, chances are you’ll be searching high and low to find a protective phone case that’s good for the planet.
Call off the search: our entire business is sustainable by design. Regardless of which case you buy, you’ll be buying into responsibly-sourced materials, eco-friendly manufacturing process, and a host of other environmentally-beneficial elements. The cream of our crop? The BIO case. It’s our no-plastic, fully compostable case.
Before you go
It’s not just about buying a phone case. It’s about finding the right one for you, your lifestyle, and your phone. At Case Station, our phone cases are rigorously designed to meet our customers’ changing needs. Whatever your lifestyle, we have a sustainable phone case to suit. Now go, be free, protect your smartphone with our ethical, durable, and fully-customisable armour.