Are Cases and Screen Protectors Worth It?
I can’t tell you how many times a customer has come to me with a completely shattered iPhone, still sitting in the $80 case and screen protector that were bought to prevent exactly that from happening. Rightfully so, customers are usually irritated by this. This begs the question, much like the question we ask with insurance on devices like these. Does the protection offered truly justify the cost? In all honestly, if you are buying a case from brands such as otter box, or a tempered glass from brands like Zagg, the answer is almost always, no. Let me tell you why and give you tips on a protection strategy that worth the cost for your mobile device.
As a simple rule of thumb is if you are paying more than $40 for a case, you are over paying. Aside from a very select few, cases that cost over $40 are generally making you pay for the brand rather than any real extra protection. You can easily find a case with a simple google search for a much cheaper price. Usually they are made with the same material, providing the same results too. Maybe they aren’t always a name brand, but you can find reviews on almost any product by searching for it on amazon or a similar site.
For cases, I recommend going over to mobiledefenders.com and buying their $2.99 case. It is rock solid, and I use them myself.
Some cases offer a built-in screen protector. However in most situations, if not all, that screen protector is only going to help prevent scratches and not actually cracks. Furthermore, they are prone to getting dirty, dust and all sorts of other stuff stuck underneath them making your screen more vulnerable. Always go for a tempered glass screen protector. Anything else is only protecting against scratches. Tempered glass is basically like having a screen on top of your screen. They protect against scratches and cracks. Be warned, do not be surprised when they crack after you drop your phone. If it cracks, and the phone doesn’t, then the screen protector has done its job. Tempered glass screen protectors are designed to take the impact of a fall in place of your phones screen. Therefore, they are designed to crack, so your screen doesn’t.
Don’t be pressured into getting insurance on your tempered glass screen protector though. A lot of places use this design as a way to sell insurance that they claim is free. Truthfully, you will have to pay for the shipping yourself and send the broken screen protector back to the company before they will send you a new one.
Personally, I use Casper and I buy in bulk from MobileSentrix.com. You can get a 10-pack for $15.53 that will last you ages. I have used them for a long time and stand by their protection. There are other options out there as well. Just be sure to do your research and remember, there is no need to pay $40 for a screen protector and then purchase insurance on top of it. Not in any case.
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