AppleCommon wisdom suggests that you protect your iPhone or Android smartphone by using a case. It’s a good idea for some. There are strong reasons that most people may not need to. We’ll discuss the options. Cloud Backup and warranties mean less worry. Smartphones like the iPhone are expensive, so it is understandable that some people are concerned about accidental damage. This is probably why people use cases to protect their phones. Some manufacturers offer comprehensive warranties against accidental damages, which makes the no-case option less risky. For example, AppleCare+ covers accidental damage to two iPhones every 12 months. There are $29 for damage to the screen/glass and $99 for all other damage. You don’t have to be afraid of cracked screens on your $800 iPhone. In the Android world, Google offers Preferred Care and Samsung Care+ for its smartphones. Both companies offer similar fees for accidental repairs ($29 for cracked screen, for instance). And if you worry about losing your data if your phone is accidentally damaged, you can use automated cloud backup options such as Google’s Google One or Apple’s iCloud+. Advertisement
You can live a case-free life. These are just a few: Smaller and lighter: Your smartphone will fit more easily in a pocket or purse without a case. Rubber cases won’t get snagged in fabric or collect lint. Better looking: Many people buy expensive smartphones and hide them in black cases. You can show the world your smartphone’s beauty and color without a case. No Gesture Interference: Some cases can interfere with gestures, particularly those that require you to swipe inwards from the edge of your screen. These gestures are much easier to execute if you don’t have a case. There is less landfill waste: Each year, millions of phone cases are made by manufacturers. Have you ever looked at the clearance rack at Target? There are often many unsold cases on the clearance rack at Target. If you don’t buy a case, it’s one less piece to go in the dump when your phone is no longer useful. If there are enough people who don’t buy cases, the overall case market will shrink. Wireless Charging Interference is Less: There are many cases that work with wireless charging standards like MagSafe and Qi. However, some are more expensive than others. You can charge wirelessly without a case. RELATED: What Is MagSafe for iPhone, and What Can It Do?Case Alternatives: Skins, Decals, and Screen ProtectorsdbrandInstead of entombing your iPhone or Android device in a case, there are some other options that don’t add as much heft and thickness. You can customize the look of your phone by using skins and decals. These are transparent pieces of glass or plastic that stick to your smartphone’s surface. Screen protectors are generally cheaper than cases, which is another reason why some cases still make sense. If you use your smartphone to communicate with high-stakes employees or in situations where it is possible for someone to die, a case might be a good idea. You’ll need to protect your smartphone, because you can’t instantly fix or replace it during an emergency.Advertisement
You might consider the Otterbox Defender series, which is one of the most durable and highly-respected smartphone cases. Although they are expensive, they will protect your smartphone from any harsh weather conditions. Before you buy, make sure you’re getting the right model for you smartphone. OTTERBOX DEFENDER SERIES (ONLY) Case for iPhone 13 (BLACK) A well-respected rugged iPhone 13 case. Amazon These cases offer more than just protection. Statistia estimates that 20% of smartphone owners are also caseless. These numbers could rise as more people opt for comprehensive break-protection and tougher screen glass. Join the case-free revolution.
Benj Edwards is an Associate Editor for How-To Geek. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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