Plastic Smartphone Cases: The Pros and Cons

Published On May 9, 2013 | Mobile

When you’re spending hard-earned money on the latest smartphone, protecting it with a case is simply a good investment. You may have purchased your smartphone at a discounted price when renewing your mobile carrier service contract, but if you break it and need a replacement, you’ll likely have to pay full retail price.

Most smartphones are durable, but they’re not indestructible. Therefore, it makes good sense to purchase some protection for your phone in the event that you accidentally drop it or it falls out of your pocket.

The best smartphone cases made of plastic are among the cheapest and most popular types of cell phone cases. Like any product, there are pros and cons to plastic smartphone cases.

Advantages of Plastic Smartphone Cases

Plastic smartphone cases are good investments for the following reasons:

  • Absorb the shock of a fall or drop
  • Easy to hold or slide in a pocket or purse
  • Affordable and offered at all price points
  • Sold everywhere, from the drug store to department stores or big-box electronics superstores
  • Available online
  • Allow you to express your personal style, with simple or fun colors, shapes and designs.

Boxwave makes many plastic smartphone cases, some for less than $10, in a variety of vibrant colors and finishes. Some models even come with a handy kickstand to allow users to easily and comfortably watch a video. When it’s not in use, the kickstand folds neatly into the back of the case where it lays flat.

Other plastic smartphone cases even have slots to hold your credit cards or driver’s license if you are heading out and don’t want to take your entire wallet.

Disadvantages of Plastic Smartphone Cases

Plastic is less expensive, but it’s also less durable and less stylish than leather or metal. It’s also a rigid material, so it’s more likely to break or crack if it hits the ground or another hard object. A plastic case may help protect the smartphone, but plastic smartphone cases are typically not waterproof, so they won’t protect your phone if it falls in a pool or the ocean. Other types of cases, like the Otterbox Armor silicone series, completely envelop the phone, making it waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 6.6 feet of water.

Plastic or Metal Smartphone Cases?

If you’re debating a plastic versus metal case, you may want to take the following comparison into account. Plastic cases are lighter than metal cases and won’t weigh down your pocket or purse as much as metal. However, a metal case may feel more luxurious and sturdy in your hand. Certain smartphone manufacturers use metal shells because of metal’s durability, but metal can weaken the cell phone signal by reflecting the radio waves that the phone uses to communicate while plastic does not interfere with the phone signal.

Ultimately, the choice between a plastic smartphone case, metal smartphone case, or a case of a different material is up to you and your personal preferences.

— By Lauren Triolo

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