Case for Smartphone: Pros and Cons

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of smartphone cases and decide if they are worth using or not.

Similarly, one could ask whether one rather likes dogs or cats. It’s a question that divides minds and where there are definitely relevant arguments for both sides. Therefore I would like to give some food for thought. Thereby I see neither in the one nor the other direction an opinion sovereignty. It is rather a question of which attitude you follow and how you handle your devices.

Handling without a phone case

The danger of losing the expensive smartphone from the hand speaks in favor of a smartphone case when it comes to handling.

Case for Smartphone

Many smartphones have a very smooth surface and therefore tend to slip out of the hand.

Thus, a smartphone case often ensures that the beloved smartphone falls out of the hand less often. A good smartphone case also reduces the likelihood of major damage to the device when it falls.

However, the cover must fit well and preferably be slightly raised around the corners so that the display is better protected. In addition, the devices also slip less quickly on only slightly slanted surfaces.

One argument against a smartphone case is that already large smartphones often become even bulkier.

Among other things, this makes them even more difficult to use with one hand and can lead to more falls despite a less slippery surface.

In general, you should not feel too secure because of the case. It does not always protect against damage, but still tempts you to handle the smartphone a bit more carelessly.

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The design question

The design is also a clear argument against a smartphone case. Especially with their premium models, manufacturers are concerned about an appealing exterior of their devices.

With the current glass cases, effective color gradients are possible, but also a very plain noble look. The design is part of the premium experience.

If you put a rubber cover for $10 over a $1,000 premium smartphone, it’s like wearing a rain cape over an expensive dress just to protect it from stains or protecting the sofa 24/7 with a plastic cover.

The transience of beauty speaks for a smartphone case. If you don’t take very good care of your smartphone, you will have various signs of use after a few months, even without falls. Without a case, scratches on the display, but also abrasions on the smartphone’s edges are much more likely. That does not look like a premium design anymore.

Besides, cases are very individual. You can choose between many different designs or even print your very own design on the smartphone case. A photo of a family or pet may not look quite as “premium,” but it has a very emotional value.

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Environmental aspects

The prevention of unnecessary electronic waste speaks in favor of a smartphone cover. If a smartphone breaks down more quickly due to a lack of protection, you will buy a new device much faster.

Quite apart from the fact that mid-range to premium devices in particular dig deep into the wallet, this is a heavy burden on the environment. It is much better to use the devices for at least a few years before replacing them.

Especially since there have not been quite such big leaps in development in the last few years and the internal memory is no longer bursting at the seams quite so quickly due to system updates alone.

One argument against a smartphone case, however, is that the cases themselves also represent an unnecessary environmental burden.

Not only do the majority of smartphone owners already use a cover, many also tend to change their phone cover in the course of time – be it because it protects better, is easier to handle or because they feel like a new design. This adds up to a market that is also very resource-hungry.

In the meantime, however, there are also some sustainable smartphone cases.

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Smartphone as a status symbol

The fact that the smartphone has become an important status symbol in society speaks in favor of a smartphone cover. It is now almost above the classic “my house, my car, my yacht. It’s a personal possession that you carry around with you almost all day and that you also like to leave on the table.

Against a smartphone case speaks that you can leave an even better impression with a healed smartphone without a case. This signals either that you are very careful with your things, or that you can afford to buy a new smartphone if in doubt. Both can make one stand out, both in terms of dating but also in professional life as a potential partner.

Family and work and leisure

For a smartphone case can also speak external circumstances. For example, if you have (small) children, the danger at home is much greater that a smartphone is pushed off the table during a romp. It would be a pity if a little tussle turned into expensive fun.

There are also professions in which knocks against the smartphone in the pocket cannot be prevented. Here, too, the smartphone case is the simplest means of protection.

Likewise, in sports, a case provides additional protection against possible damage. In some cases, there are even special sports cases that allow the smartphone to be attached directly to the arm.

Tips for using a smartphone without a phone case

If you decide against the smartphone case, you should also treat your smartphone accordingly well. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy your phone longer.

Don’t carry your smartphone in your back pocket: I’ve seen several cases of display damage caused by carrying your smartphone in your “ass pocket” and sitting on it. Just don’t do that.

No keys in the same pocket: This actually also applies to non-folding cases. Keys and similar sharp objects should not be carried in the same pocket as the phone. I don’t use protective films and still have never had any major scratches.

Beware of motion controls: some smartphones have innovative gesture and motion controls. While many of these are really handy, others can be dangerous.

For example, the Pixel lets you switch between the front and rear camera by rotating the smartphone twice with the wrist. However, the wrist movement can also make the device more likely to slip out of your hand.

Watch out when walking: In general, you are more on the safe side if you use the smartphone while sitting, where the drop height is significantly lower and often softer. The most dangerous use is while walking. You do not always notice oncoming people in time, and stairs and edges are an additional tripping hazard.

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