Many people who have just bought their first iPhone are curious about what type of case is best to protect their new gadget investment. A wide selection of cases are available in just about any style, shape and color that you could possibly want. Before purchasing a case, a good first thing to think through is whether you actually need a case and why you are buying once. Apple actually designed the iPhone to be used “naked” without a case and it is built to be able to stand up the rigors of everyday use without needing a case. Most people who choose a case do it to further protect it from the small scratches that are inevitable, to express their personal style, or to protect against dropping it on hard surfaces due to accidents or being clumsy.
The most common cases are plastic gel cases that encase the phone itself with openings for the screen, buttons, dock connector and headphone port. They are great because they protect the phone itself from scratches and, depending on the material, help guard the phone from impact damage if you drop it. Some come with a stick on addition that covers and protects the glass touch screen too. They come in a variety of colors and styles. The main downside is that they add bulk and thickness to a phone that was designed to be as slim as possible. With one of these cases, it simply won’t be as thin in your pocket or purse.
There are a few other types of cases too. One type is a thin film that covers the entire phone. These work well to guard from scratches from keys and coins, but won’t have benefit if you drop the phone and suffer from a hard impact. Still others are hard cases. These do a great job of stopping impact damage, but add even more bulk to the phone.
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