How to Pick a Phone Case

How can you decide which phone case to purchase?

Eric Escobar
3-minute read
Episode #228

Waterproof, Drop Resistant, Hard Core?

There is absolutely no way to point to a single case and say, “This is it, the best phone case!” Every phone case must match the person’s lifestyle to provide the best protection. For example, there are incredibly rugged cases such as the Ottterbox Defender. This case about doubles the thickness of your phone but provides so much protection I could give it to a teenager and not feel any concern at all.

However, that case may not fit the lifestyle of a summer lifeguard or swim coach that is likely to fall, or be thrown into a pool. In this case you’d want a LifeProof case that is waterproof. It’s not super beefy, but is completely usable underwater. This is also great if you’re going to the snow, beach, or pretty much anywhere that water, or melted water could be a problem.

The issue with this case is that since it is so well protected it makes it more difficult to charge, and sometimes phone calls won’t sound as clear coming through the plastic. However that’s easily fixed with the addition of a Bluetooth.

The case that I have is called the Ottterbox Commuter. It definitely adds some thickness to my phone but has paid for itself many times over based on the number of falls it has allowed my phone to survive. I like it because it combines soft rubber on the inside and hard plastic on the outside. This provides cushion as well as some blunt force trauma protection. I’ve had the soft rubber cases in the past and they don’t slide at all into any of my pockets, yet for my mom she loves it because she can hold on to it much better, and she doesn’t care about putting it in here pocket because it goes in her purse!

It all comes back to having your case match how you’re going to use it. I recommend taking a look around at what other people have to get a look and feel for what would work for you, then go to Amazon and read the reviews on that particular case. You may gain some insight that you’d never thought of or it may have some horrible defect that you would have never thought of!

If you want to see it in action you can also go over to YouTube and see if there are any “stress tests,” where individuals will drop a phone with a case from any number of heights and angles to see how well the case protects the phone.

No matter what you pick having a screen protector and case will give your phone far more protection than it had coming out of the box!

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.