The day comes for all of us: You go to grab your phone and it slips from your fingers and falls to the ground. Two scenarios can play out here. In one, your phone is tucked snugly in a case and it survives the drop unscathed. In the other, your phone is unprotected and lands with an awful sound, probably damaged and possibly inoperable.
No one wants to lose an expensive piece of technology that’s also the hub of their digital life. Be smart and put your phone in a case. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which case will suit your needs. Relax, we’re here to help. Let’s walk through some of the best cases for a variety of preferences.
1. Thin case
If the extra bulk of a case makes you shudder, you’re probably in the market for something that’s sleek and slim and won’t add to the size of your phone. You’re in luck, because there are a number of fantastic ultra-thin cases on the market that protect your phone but don’t add bulk to your pocket or purse.
A company called Spigen makes some of the best-looking slim cases out there. Not only are they form-fitted specifically for your model of phone, but they also feature an incredible amount of shock absorption for their size. Protect your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy by ordering one here.
2. Unbreakable case
Most cases that offer high-impact protection add a considerable amount of bulk to your phone. Thanks to an ingenious design by Rhinoshield, that’s no longer an issue.
A Rhinoshield Crash Guard bumper is a small rubber device that hugs the edges of your iPhone. It’s only 2.5 millimeters thick and weighs less than half an ounce, so you’ll hardly notice it’s there. Despite its minimal size, it can absorb an enormous amount of impact — like a 25-foot drop from a second-story window — while leaving your phone totally unfazed.
How does it do that? Using a custom polymer that has a protective honeycomb structure for maximum impact absorption and “airbag dispersion compartments.” That might sound like scientific mumbo jumbo, but when you watch a Rhinoshield-protected phone survive a 25-foot drop test onto concrete, you can’t deny the results. You can buy a Rhinoshield Crash Guard case here.
3. Waterproof case
Aside from gravity, water is a phone’s worst enemy. And if you spend a lot of time around water, you should definitely consider buying a waterproof case for your phone.
Many cases are water resistant, but Lifeproof cases are waterproof, letting you submerge a phone in six feet of water for up to an hour without springing a leak. That means if your phone gets dropped in a pool or knocked off the side of a boat, there’s a much better chance that it will be usable when you retrieve it. Purchase one for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy here.
4. Wallet case
No one likes lugging around a wallet, purse, and phone; we do it because we have to. Why not minimize these items down to the essentials with a wallet case for your phone?
The Terrapin leather wallet case is a fantastic, affordable case that holds your phone, drivers’ license, credit cards, and cash without adding a bunch of bulk. It also gives your phone protection against drops, scratches, and spilled beverages. To top it off, these cases look great and come in a number of colors. You can buy a Terrapin leather wallet case for iPhone 6 here and for Samsung Galaxy S5 here.
5. Battery case
You know the feeling. You glance down at your phone and realize you only have 10% of your battery remaining, which is nowhere near enough to get you through the rest of the day. Should you start conserving power by turning off Wi-Fi and GPS? Should you try to kick that Instagram habit until you get home? You scan the room for an electrical outlet so you can load up on that sweet, sweet juice.
A great way to give your phone an extra boost is to use a case that has a built-in battery. Rigorous tests show that Lenmar cases offer the best battery boost available for your phone, effectively doubling the time you’ll get out of your device. Better yet, they look great and offer excellent drop protection. Click here to browse Lenmar’s top-of-the-line cases for iPhone and Galaxy S phones.
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