The balance between form and function is one of the most important and delicate considerations in all corporate manufacturing and design, and nowhere is this more evident than in the world of the modern tech industry. That’s due in no small part to the interesting dichotomy which has taken place within the industry in the last decade-plus with the rise of the smartphone. Generally, improvements to an invention only make it stronger over time, and while it’s certainly true that today’s smartphones are light-years ahead of where we were even a decade ago, there’s also no arguing that they tend to be a bit easier to damage. It’s a lot harder to damage the small, protected screen of an old flip phone than it is the large and more sensitive and exposed smartphone screens of today.
That said, one of the great things about innovation is its ability to tackle issues as they arise. “Case” in point: smartphone cases. Here are just a few things to think about when shopping for your next smartphone case.
To begin with, ask yourself—why do you want, say, an iPhone 7 case in the first place? This isn’t a rhetorical question with one obvious right answer. There are many different possible motivations for wanting to buy a smartphone case, and your answer will help shape where you shop and the kind of case for which you end up shopping.
To give a very basic example: are you looking for a case more for aesthetic reasons, or out of a legitimate fear of scratching or damaging your smartphone? If the former, you’re going to want to look to shops and online sites which market their cases more like fashion accessories, since that really is what you’re treating your phone and a potential case as in this instance. If, on the other hand, protecting your smartphone is the motivating factor behind your wanting a case, dedicated tech stores are probably your best bet.
Of course, this is only one basic example, and you should be able to find a case that looks good and protects your phone well. Still, narrowing down your reasons for wanting a case in the first place can give you insight into what kind of features you must consider and where to begin your search.
If you want to protect your smartphone screen, there are a couple basic options to consider. A case which features a raised lip can lessen the impact of the ground on your screen in the event of a drop, while a protective plastic screen, while highly noticeable and prone to scratching, can provide quality protection as well.
Materials and Skins
Finally, it’s time to think about the materials and skins for your case. Do you want your casing to be harder, more rubbery or flexible, or something in the middle? In addition, what kind of colour or skin do you want your case to have?
All this and more can help you keep your smartphone safe and looking sharp.