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Got a new iPhone? Need a case? Confused by all the iPhone stuff out there? We can help!
What should you get to cover up your shiny new iPhone?
So you have a new iPhone and you’re a little afraid that you’re going to drop or scratch the iPhone? Well, you might need to get a case and the first you’ll notice is that there are hundreds of them. Which iPhone case should you get? Well, we’ve broken down all the iPhone cases that we’ve reviewed into 4 categories which should help you choose the right case for you.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of iPhone cases since the iPhone 5, broke/damaged over a dozen iPhones in the process and produced a multitude of videos based on our experiences with each product. Every case that you see on this site, has been personally vetted by us at MobileReviewsEh and the scoring is done using the same system to ensure that they’re all consistent.
So in the next few minutes, we’re going to cover 4 types of cases which are the slim, bumpers, shockproof and waterproof cases. At the end of all of this, you’ll definitely have an answer to the question “Which iPhone case should I get?”.
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The first type of case is the bumper. Like the type suggests, its a bumper for the edge of your iPhone. These cases are considered to be minimalistic and generally don’t take away from the design of the iPhone. Bumpers can get pretty expensive as all metal bumpers can costs over $100 dollars. Example of bumper cases include the Rhinoshield crash guard, K11 bumper and the Seidio Tetra.
Pros: They’re small and won’t add a lot of bulk to your iPhone. They’re very quite suit friendly as they aren’t too noticeable and if its a metal bumper, will prevent your iPhone from bending.
Cons: The back is completely exposed so if you were to drop your iPhone back first, well, bad things will happen. The tightness of the bumpers is also an issue as certain iPhone accessories won’t work such as 3rd party lightning cables and edge to edge screen protectors. Now you might think protection is going to be an issue for the bumper but some of the toughest products that we’ve reviewed are bumpers.
Signal loss is always a potential problem for all metal bumpers but we have yet to encounter any bumper that has a significant impact on your iPhone’s signal strength.
The second type of case is the slim case. Cases that we consider slim are ones that are thin and generally cover the back of the iPhone. From our perspective, these iPhone cases are really meant for people who don’t want their iPhone to really get in the way of everyday life but still have enough protection that when accidents do happen, your iPhone is going to be ok. Examples of slim cases include the Griffin Journey, Urban Armor Gear, Incipio DualPro and the Otterbox Symmetry.
Pros: It keeps your iPhone slim and access to your iPhone is generally decent. There are a lot more design choices which allows you to customize the look of your iPhone.
Cons: They aren’t as “tough” meaning that a really bad drop may damage your iPhone and most of those products, don’t come with any sort of screen protection other than the edges of the case.
The third type of case is the shockproof/tough iPhone case. These are cases that cover most of your iPhone and are meant to be used in harsher environments or by people with kids. They are bigger cases and generally will take away from the look of the iPhone. Shockproof cases include the Ballistic Hardcore, Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Otterbox Defender and Griffin Summit.
Pros: Some of them are very tough. We threw a Defender 40 ft into the air and the iPhone still, generally worked. The Ballistic Hardcore was dropped from a height of 10 ft. Generally these cases come with belt holsters so if you need a way to attach your iPhone to a belt, then consider a shockproof case.
Cons: Now the protection comes with a cost. Getting to your iPhone inside the case is tougher in these cases as buttons will a little tougher to use, sound quality will be reduced, gaps in the screen protector mean the screen sensitivity is reduced. These cases will generally bulk up your iPhone.
One of the most popular design features of shockproof cases are to have cutouts in the screen protector for the home button which allows dust and debris to be caught between your iPhone and case resulting in your device getting scratched.
Now the last type of case is the waterproof case. These are pretty unique cases and out of the 4 types, will cost the most. The biggest draw for these cases is the ability to take your iPhone where it shouldn’t be (in water!). Most waterproof cases will protect your iPhone up to 6.6ft of water and some will provide up to 33 ft of water protection. As a side note, most of these cases are shockproof up to 6.6 ft as weel. Cases such as the LifeProof Fre, Nuud and Hitcase Pro are some of the products we’d consider waterproof iPhone cases.
Pros: Well, you can take your iPhone basically anywhere you want and not have to worry about dust, debris or water. Perfect for the adventurer or vacationer.
Cons: Access to your iPhone is even worse than tough cases because most waterproof iPhone case will make it sound like you’re in a box during calls. Access to your iPhone is about as good as shockproof cases and most waterproof cases have screen protectors that take away from the clarity of the iPhone. Generally, the more water protection a case provides, the bigger it will get (a HitCase Pro with 33 ft of water protection is almost twice as thick as a LifeProof Fre).
So those are the 4 main types of cases. Hopefully there’s enough information to help you answer the question “Which iPhone case should I get?”. So now that you have an idea of what case you want, check the links in the post to find out which are the top cases in each category. If you have any questions, send us a quick email or leave a comment below. If you found this to be helpful, consider getting your case through the site as we’re not paid by any of these case manufacturers.