We’ve talked here before about iPhone breakage, and how the single most important tools the consumer has to minimalize iPhone damage are a screen protector and an iPhone case. Since the average time it takes an Apple user to break their phone is between six and ten weeks, let’s talk about protecting that investment before your new iPhone becomes a shattering statistic.
Here is a look at some of the most popular types of iPhone cases for the iPhone 6. These are also offered for other iPhones, but, please check the reviews first, because oftentimes there is a slight variation in sizing which causes problems:
Agent 18, Under $25
This case comes in a number of cute and clever designs. “Hard plastic, not quite rubber but the sides are pliable,” is how one user described it. Rated to handle a 3.3 ft. drop test. If you’re determined to be stylin’, over three quarters of the people who bought this gave it a five start rating. The less popular Agent 18 Shock is slightly thicker and has a higher rating (6.6 ft drop test).
The Ballistic and the Ballistic Jewel $15 Range
Ever wonder which case the lead tech uses? Yup. In the case of the Ballistic Jewel, those tiny rubber bumpers on the corners and raised front bezel which prevents a front drop shatter means this one is built to withstand the 6 ft drop test.
Personal favorite: Ballistic Jewel Mirage Laser Etched Metal Design in Kasbah Silver or Kasbah Gold, Tempered Glass Screen Protector Included. Under $20
Caseology Under $20
The Parallex Wavelength DIA with a textured pattern grip case received the highest ratings of any of the cases we saw. Reasons varied from the covered buttons to the fact that there was no cut-out to show the Apple logo (ha!), the fact that Apple Pay is not interrupted by it and the buttons line up well. Ample room for jacks was also mentioned.
Tech 21 Impactology (blue) -Under $20
This one touts uninterrupted access to your front and rear-facing cameras, volume buttons, and headphone port for easy access. Some customers complain the clear back case panel turns yellow over time. Others say they like the slim fit. One person said they paid $45 at the ‘best’ retail store. Interestingly enough, a couple of Amazon customers felt the product they got was a knock-off.
LoHi Hybrid Impact 3 Under $15
With anti-slip back grips, you’d think fewer people would complain about the slippery sides, but there it is—they complain, even though they love the protection it offers (a lot of droppers bought this one). Other users say it’s slim and fits the phone like a glove. Advertised as 'fashion, passion and futuristic design’.
Otterbox Defender Under $50
This one is two pieces with a belt clip. People who buy these seem to be die-hard fans who wouldn’t buy anything else. This is a fairly thick case, and the story is that dye from blue jeans will eventually bleed into the corners if you don’t get black. It has a built-in screen protector, too. Several people stated that only certain chargers fit the hole.
Regardless of which case you use, we hope you to consider buying a case and screen protector the day you buy your new iPhone. A little investment might go a long way!