How to choose a smartphone case

When choosing a smartphone case, you should pay attention to the type and materials of this accessory.

How to choose a case for a smartphone: what to look for

choose a case for smartphone

The main criteria for choosing a cover are:

  1. Compatibility;

  2. Cover type;

  3. Cover material;

  4. Additional functions.

Selection options

Various technical characteristics of the covers determine their practicality and durability. But any such accessories protect the smartphone – regardless of material or other specifications.


There are two types of cases – dedicated to a specific smartphone and universal. The first ones are distinguished by maximum compatibility with a specific device model – they do not cover noise-canceling microphones, do not block access to external connectors, etc.

Universal ones are cheaper and easier to find – both in retail malls and online stores. But such cases can not fit tightly to the smartphone, as well as cover the necessary functional openings – camera, charging connector, speaker, microphone, etc. Therefore, when buying a universal accessory, you should pay attention to its compatibility with an existing smartphone.

Cover type

The following types of covers are available:

  1. Bumper. High-density smartphone outer shell. Covers the back panel and side edges, and also protects the screen when dropped to the floor. Works as a shock protector. Disadvantage – makes the smartphone larger and heavier;

  2. Case. The 'pouch' that holds the smartphone. The disadvantage is that being outside the case, the device becomes vulnerable to shocks, drops and scratches;

  3. Flip case. A cover that covers both the back panel and the side faces, and the smartphone screen. Opened by flipping the cover up. Protects the smartphone well;

  4. 'Book'. Similar to a flip case, only opens to the side – like a book.


Bumpers, 'books' and flip cases are suitable for everyday use.

Cover material

Covers can be made from the following materials:

  1. Silicone or rubber. Protects from scratches and minor impacts;

  2. Leather. Protects from scratches and minor impacts;

  3. Plastic. Protects against scratches and heavy impacts.

  4. There are combined options – for example, plastic with rubber or silicone edges, or rubber or silicone with plastic inserts. Provides better protection against falls.

Additional functions


Among the most practical additional functions are:

  1. NFC compatible. Allows you to use Android Pay and other contactless payment systems;

  2. Compatible with wireless charging. You can inductively charge your smartphone without removing the case;

  3. 'Windows' – cutouts on the cover of the case through which the smartphone screen is visible. In some cases, they even allow you to answer a call without removing the cover;

  4. Built-in additional battery. Recharges the smartphone while in use;

  5. Mountings. With their help, you can fix the phone in your hands, on a belt or on some surface;

  6. Extreme protection. The covers completely prevent moisture and dust from entering the smartphone, and also act as a protector during impacts. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to use the device in them.

It is worth choosing covers with additional functions only when necessary.

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Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a purchase guide.

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