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After spending $500+ on a new cell phone, most people are going to want to get some protection for it. Cases usually offer two choices: a more utilitarian case for your new cell which protects well but isn’t very eye-catching, or something like a beautiful case for the iPhone XS Max that will match your favorite outfit for going out in. However, a new cell phone without any protection would be like buying a new car that was missing bumpers. The fact of the matter is no one ever wants an expensive gadget, be it a cell, tablet, or vehicle to get dented or damaged in any way. 

As of 2014, mobile phone accessories already had people spending around $61 billion, with that amount expected to almost double by 2022. Furthermore, the hottest items in this segment of the telecommunications market are mobile phone cases.

Still the majority of consumers aren’t sure how effective a cell phone case is at protecting against cracks, and sales clerks are stuck in the habit of pushing extended cell warranties onto new customers, which all adds to the confusion over the best way to protect a phone. The following are some basic guidelines to what will and what will not protect your cell phone.

Screen Protectors Only Fight Half the Battle

Is there anything worse than buying a new smartphone only to shatter the screen a month later? Of course, companies that manufacture screen protectors claim their products will protect your screen from being scratched or cracked when you drop the phone face down. While screen protectors are good at keeping the screen of a smartphone from getting scratched they are not an answer to the entire problem. 

Most screens shatter because of a concentrated impact along the edges or corners of the screen. Conversely, if a phone falls screen-first to the ground the impact is less concentrated. Using a screen protector will help prevent scratches that could weaken the structural integrity of the screen which could lead to a larger crack forming. 

Why You Should Opt for a Case

If you want overall protection for your cell then cases covering the edges, corners and the back of a phone is the safe choice. A good case should absorb impacts to the corner and edges of a phone so it will be protected from getting scratched when it is dropped. 

There are innumerable cases on the market made from materials like leather, plastics and other composite materials. The prices vary greatly, with plain cases running around 10$ and sturdier ones costing around 100$. Choose a case with raised edges to prevent shattering, like the Casely Bold range.

The Best Protection

It is important to remember that there are tradeoffs between screen protectors and full cases. A case will make the phone bulkier, heavier and add a bit of heft to how it feels in your pocket, whereas a screen protector will just add a bit of thickness to the screen. If you had to pick one over the other, then a case would be the best option due to it protecting more areas of a phone. However, with screen protectors being so inexpensive there is little reason to not add one to a new phone purchase. You can use them in conjunction with a more protective case.

There is also the issue of getting an extended warranty or going with insurance. Typically, insurance is the better option because warranties do not cover theft or loss of phones. Insurance will not only replace phones that are lost or stolen, but often it will cover repairing basic damages as well.

While the decision to buy a case for a new phone is ultimately a personal choice, it would seem that if you are going to drop several hundred dollars on a new phone, then getting yourself a hard-shell, raised-lipped case is the best way to go.