Almost 1 in 5 people have dropped their phone in the toilet at some point.
Most of us have dropped our phone at least once since we got it, whether in the toilet or somewhere else. And anybody who has dropped their phone without a phone cover knows the damage that even a small fall can create.
But phone covers don’t just offer protection. They can also be functional and stylish. If you’re in the market for new phone accessories, check out this guide to trending phone cases.
Things to Consider in a Phone Cover
Picking a good phone cover involves more than choosing your favorite color. You should consider the amount of protection the phone cover delivers, what material it’s made of, the cost, and any extra features you might find useful.
One of the main benefits of having a phone cover is the protection it offers your phone. But the degree of protection a cover offers ranges from case to case.
If you’re particularly clumsy or use your phone in places that are hazardous (like on a worksite), then think about getting a cover that offers protection as much as style.
To offer you additional insight into the level of protection a phone cover offers, check out the Ingress Protection (IP) rating. This will tell you how waterproof and dustproof a cover is. Just keep in mind that the more protective a case is, the bulkier it’s likely to be.
Phone cases are made from a range of materials. Among the most common are silicone and rubber, leather, and plastics like polycarbonate and TPU.
- Silicone and rubber are inexpensive. They offer softness and flexibility as well as a variety of colours and patterns. As soft and light as they are, they only offer minimal protection from light falls.
- Polycarbonate is a type of thermoplastic that’s durable, flexible, weather able, and affordable. They’re available in a variety of colors and designs and are extremely impact resistant.
- Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is available in hard and soft varieties, both of which often offer better impact resistance than rubbers. They’re also flexible and resistant to abrasion, oil, and grease.
- Leather: Folio and flip cases often come in leather. This material is long-lasting and particularly stylish. Polyurethane leather, sometimes called vegan leather, doesn’t age as well but provides the same look.
In many cases, the material and the material quality are directly related to the amount of protection a case offers.
You can find phone cases for less than $5 and others for nearly $100.That cost difference should be related to the materials the phone cover is made of and how durable it is. But that’s not always the case.
More often than not, manufacturers like Apple and Samsung charge a lot more for their phone cases. You can find phone cases from third-party suppliers that offer the same level of quality for a much more affordable price.
There are plenty of extra features you may want to think about when purchasing a phone case. Just some examples include kickstands that help your phone stand up straight, external pockets or wallet cases, and battery cases. Not every phone case will have these options so think about what features are most important to you.
Trending Phone Cases
There are some types of phone covers that are more popular than others. Some trending phone cases right now are rugged and tough cases, folio cases, back cases, bumper cases, and battery cases.
Rugged& Tough Cases
Rugged cases reign supreme when it comes to protecting your phone. They’re built with reinforced corners, air pockets, and materials that are easy to grip. Of course, that protection comes with a lot of bulk, which can make it more difficult to use your phone.
Tough cases, on the other hand, offer protection from drops with a little less bulk. They’re constructed with polycarbonate and an inner layer of something soft like silicone, which helps to absorb shocks.
Back cases are sometimes called slim cases. They’re typically made with hard plastics and they cover the back and sides of the phone.
Available in solid colors, patterns, and in transparent variations, these are more stylish than protective. But, paired with a screen protector, you’ve got a phone cover that’s stylish, slim, and relatively well-protected.
Similar to back cases, bumper cases are slim and minimal. They cover the sides of the phone in a shock-absorbing material that protects the phone’s corners from bumps and shortfalls. They’re typically transparent, so they show off the design and color of your phone.
Folio cases or flip cases cover every angle of your phone and flip open like a book. They don’t all offer the same level of protection against falls. While some are built with a shell-like case, others have no extra protection for the corners and sides of the phone.
Many folio cases double as a wallet. They come with pockets for holding cards or cash and they minimize what you need to carry in your purse or pockets. For an even more wallet-like style, opt for a folio case in genuine leather, which is a little bit harder to find than polyurethane.
Battery cases aren’t exactly trending phone cases, but they’re good to know about when you’re having trouble holding a charge. These are cases that have built-in batteries that can recharge your phone when you run low on battery. They tend to be bulky and heavy, but these are definitely an option when you use your phone for long periods of time without access to a charger or when your battery life starts to decline.
Top Trending Phone Cases at Esource
Here are some of our top picks for trending phone cases.
This phone cover for the iPhone 12 Pro Max combines a back case cover with wallet features. There’s room to store cards as well as cash and it has built-in RFID blocking technology to protect your personal information. The shell is made of shock-absorbing TPU plastic and reinforced corners to protect your phone from pretty serious drops.
This fitted back case is both stylish and functional. The rosewood pattern is aesthetically unique and the case itself is made of shockproof materials that protect your phone from damage from bumps and falls. Pair it with a screen protector and you have edge-to-edge protection for your iPhone 11.
This transparent back case shows off the design and colors of your iPhone 12 Pro while adding just a hint of purple. It’s made with flexible and soft TPU bumper edges that are reinforced with electroplating technology. It’s resistant to scratches, dirt, and bumps and offers excellent protection for your camera lens. These stylish and transparent cases are becoming more and more popular in the trending phone cases category.
For something between stylish and durable, opt for this silicone case. It’s constructed using an inner microfiber cushion to prevent scratches, slipping, and damage from falls. It also offers screen and camera protection with a 2mm raised edge. And it does all of that while staying slim and not adding extra bulk.
Made with durable but soft TPU, this case provides all-around protection and scratch resistance. It has a car mount feature that fits in any magnet car mount and it also includes a 360-degree rotating kickstand so you can enjoy your phone hands-free. In terms of protecting your phone, it doesn’t get any safer than this.
Made of soft silicone, this case is ultra-slim but also shock absorbing. It protects the phone from scratches, falls, and bumps and the material itself is also anti-slip. The case cover also features a card slot to hold essential financial or ID cards, so it doubles as a wallet.
More Phone Accessories to Choose From
Some trending phone cases right now include back cases, bumper cases, folio cases, and rugged and tough cases. They each offer their own level of protection and style and some come with extra features that make your phone cover more useful than you thought it could be.
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