You purchased a gorgeous new iPhone or Android. As you hold it in your hand, the sleek style of your new phone may have you contemplating forgoing any type of device protection. While a bare phone may be your perfect aesthetic, a phone without any protection is an accident waiting to happen.
If you’ve invested in a new smartphone, you’ll want to make sure it lasts. People are holding on to their old devices as prices continue to increase and newer models sport fewer novelty features. Last year, the average American kept their phone for about two yearsbefore getting a new one.
One accidental drop could have you repairing your phone or purchasing a new one altogether. Learn more about how you can extend the life of your device with these accessories.
Scratch Gear: Screen Protectors
A screen protector helps guard your screen against scratches and cracks. Screen protectors can be made out of plastic or glass; however, tempered glass screen protectors will last longer and provide more protection for your device.
Plastic Screen Protectors
Plastic screen protectors are less expensive than those made of glass. They do a fair job of keeping your display from getting scratched but not much more. Some of them do cover the entire screen, protecting those vulnerable corners and edges. Plastic screen protectors are often thinner than those of glass, making them less visible on your device.
Glass Screen Protectors
Tempered glass screen protectors are more durable than plastic screen protectors. They absorb scratches and cracks before your phone’s display does. One benefit of glass screen protectors is that you can’t tell they are there. You may be able to see them, but you can’t feel them while navigating your display. Using a glass screen protector feels like using your phone in its natural state.
Screen protectors can save you from shattering your screen, but they aren’t completely foolproof. If you do end up needing a screen repair, don’t sweat! Screen replacements are common repairs that can be completed the same day you bring your phone in.
Impact Gear: Phone Cases
Along with a screen protector, phone cases are a necessity for any phone owner. Cases provide your phone with varying degrees of impact protection. When your iPhone or Android takes a spill, a case can take the blow so your phone doesn’t have to.
When buying a case, you’ll need to think about how you use your phone. This will help you decide what type of case you need. Do you take your phone with you on outdoor excursions? Does your phone mainly sit at your desk? Whether you’re accident-prone or extremely cautious, you’ll want to have some kind of case to protect your device.
It’s easy to find the type of case that works best for you with options that span heavy-duty protection to barely-there coverage. You can get durable cases that cover every inch of your phone for maximum impact protection. These types of cases provide your device with the most protection, but they can be bulky and heavy. If slim is more your style, you can find a case that fits closely to your phone. The slimmer the case, however, the less drop protection it will provide.
Many cases have features that align with how you use your phone. You can find waterproof cases and those that charge your battery. With new models of glass-backed phones, like the iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you’ll need a case more than ever. Before buying one, you’ll want to make sure the specs work for your phone model.
What If My Phone Breaks?
Accidents happen even when you equip your phone with the right gear. If your phone breaks, contact our experts at Elite Device Repair. We can fix your iPhone or Android in no time.