Cell Phone and Waterproof Cases Reviews
Being without your phone because you left it at home can be a frustrating experience. Being without your phone because it was dropped or got wet and won’t ever work again can downright drive you insane. Thankfully many companies have realized our pain and have developed literally dozens of options for guarding our phones. Protection levels range anywhere from keeping off a light sprinkle, to taking a quick dip in a pool, to surviving a full-blown tsunami. The only thing you have to decide is how much you want to pay and what you want to carry around in your pocket all day.
In the past the trade-offs for protecting your phone had the potential to make it downright unusable. And while that may still hold true for some models, there are many options that can provide you just the amount of protection you desire, with a minimal amount of inconvenience. Below you’ll find descriptions of some of the more common types of cell phone cases. After reading this article, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what type will best suit your needs.
The most common cell phone cases today is the slip-on cases that protect the sides and back of the phone. These cases do not provide any water protection, but can save your phone from short drops and a moderate amount of abuse. The ease of use and portability is what makes these cases so widely-used. The covers install in a matter of seconds and slip in and out of your pocket with ease. Also the unobstructed access to your touch screen makes your phone as easy to uses as without the case. In my opinion, it is the extreme wide variety of styles that make these covers so popular. There is almost an unlimited amount of options for customization, with everything from your favorite sports team, to pictures of your family.
Next in line for popularity are cases that resemble small sandwich bags. They are made of mostly clear flexible plastic that usually allows you to operate your phone inside the case. The cases have different types of sealing options at one end, with either a press seal or a fold-over and clip closure. Some cases even include an external auxiliary jack for headphones. Because most people wouldn’t enjoy carrying their phone in a plastic bag all day, these bags are normally used during special activities where there is a higher-than-normal chance of your phone getting wet. They are perfect for a trip to the pool, beach, or trail, as they also provide protection from sand and dirt.
As with any article you read, the author will have a bias. The difference with this article is that I’m going to tell you mine. By far my favorite type of phone case (and I’ve tried many types of each) is the hard waterproof shell. These cases offer the best features of the previous two cases, with very few of their disadvantages. The benefits of having a case that protects your phone from short drops, immersion in water, sand and dirt, all in a small usable package, make these cases the best all-around protection for most people. This is not to say that there are not specific uses where the other cases are not a better option. Often those cases can cost substantially less or have extra carrying features that make them a better fit. It’s just that for people looking for an everyday case that provides the maximum protection and usability, and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, the hard waterproof shell is the way to go.
The final option for phone cases is the hard plastic enclosures that you store your phone inside. These cases offer the ultimate in phone protection, but sacrifice a great deal of usability. If you are looking for a case that will protect your phone from deep immersion in water and severe impacts, and don’t mind having to carry a large box that you must remove your phone from to access, then a hard plastic enclosure is the case for you.