This may be the first question you asked yourself when you left your operator, and for the more cautious one step that precedes even the purchase of the smartphone to protect it as soon as it leaves the package.
What protection should I choose for my mobile? The question may seem subsidiary but it is important to keep intact a device that is used daily and which amounts to several hundred euros to purchase.
Why Protect Your Mobile Phone?
A part of the price of a smartphone can be subsidized by the operator but do not undeceive, this initial boost is reflected on the amount of your monthly subscription and ultimately you will have paid for your mobile at a high price. Many of you have realized that buying a naked phone can be a better deal. The decline in packages launched by Free in 2013 is for many in this new mode of consumption.
3 good reasons to offer protection to your mobile:
A high-end smartphone (iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6 Edge) costs several hundred euros
Insurance is useful but does not cover stripes and “aesthetic” damage
A phone in perfect condition will resell better and more expensive on the market of the occasion
If you are skeptical about the usefulness of a protection for a phone, these three arguments will certainly make you see things from a different angle. To this day, the protections type shell or cover ,protective film are the only effective solutions to fight against the scratches and the falls.
Types Of Accessories Available For Sale
There are different families of protections available for a smartphone, we will try to make the point by being as exhaustive as possible with for each type of accessory, the advantages and disadvantages.
The Protective Shell
The hull commonly designates an accessory that will fit behind the mobile device (iPhone 6 / 6s, Galaxy S6 Edge, One Plus …) to protect its back, sides and angles. It can be rigid (polycarbonate …) or flexible (silicone, TPU …).
The rigid shell: its main advantage is to offer a palette of colors and finishes more varied than the flexible model. It is also less sensitive to yellowing than models made of silicone or TPU but also more sensitive to scratches. In case of a fall of the phone, it breaks more easily than a silicone shell for example.
The soft shell: most often made of silicone, it is much more sensitive to the ravages of time and tends to yellow (especially in the case of a transparent model) because of our polluted environment and the dyes contained in our clothes. In addition, this type of protection is strongly discouraged if you are a smoker or live in a very polluted environment. Depending on the quality of the product, it will also tend to deform and stretch after a few weeks or months. On the side of the advantages, the silicone and the TPU absorb very well the shocks and their texture allows a more pleasant handling of the mobile thanks to their non-slip surface.
Some hulls are called integral, this term applies to the protections that will come to cover the entire phone, including the screen. This type of accessory is the plume of manufacturers like X-Doria or Otterbox. The screen is covered with a thin plastic film to protect it from scratches and dust. The main advantage of integral hulls is the continuity of the protection which leaves no part of the phone unprotected. The touch sensitivity of the screen may be slightly affected because of the space between the touch screen protection.
The term cover will apply when the screen of the smartphone is covered by a protective flap. The flap can be vertical, ie open over or horizontally for an opening on the side (left in most cases). The closure is usually provided by a magnetic system.
The screen is certainly protected when the mobile is not in use therefore there is no risk of scratching the screen during transport thanks to the flap, the inside of which can be covered with a soft and protective texture for the mobile glass .
In terms of exterior appearance, many options are possible. Leather is a preferred material to give a high-end and authentic style to the cover. In this respect, the Norwegian trademark of St Tropez stands out from all the others.
There is also the wallet cover : it includes storage that can hold one or more cards (credit card or business card) and your identity papers or banknotes. In this case, the inside of the flap is exploited to make it a practical storage space.
Cover and holster are terms that come together fairly easily in the common mind. As for the accessories for mobile phones, the case designates rather a pouch in which the smartphone comes to slip.
This protection keeps a bare phone without any visible accessories. The case is only used as a storage accessory when the phone is idle. On the other hand, when it is in your hands, it remains vulnerable to falls and shocks. Be careful not to let it slide or it can damage it irreparably.
Sock, leather case, rigid or flexible, the possibilities are endless and it exists for all styles.
This word is English and translates as “bumps”. The bumper is a frame that will come wrap all the outlines of the smartphone, the back and the screen of the phone are not covered by the protection whose main objective is to face the falls. Indeed, the corners of the mobile are the parts most exposed to shocks.
The bumper has the advantage of not radically changing the shapes of the phone. It can be offered in rigid or flexible plastic, aluminum …
If you opt for this type of protection, we strongly recommend that you complete it with front and back protective films that will fit on the screen and back to protect them from scratches.
This accessory is often complementary to those presented previously. The protective film remains to this day, the best solution to protect the glass of your smartphone. A screen protected with a film will be immune to unsightly and permanent scratches. In this area, there are two solutions: the flexible protective film and the tempered glass.
Soft Screen Protector
This is a plastic film that will cover the glass surface of the mobile. Its very thin thickness makes it almost invisible to the naked eye.
This type of protection is offered at very low prices but the quality varies according to the manufacturers and the budget allocated to this product. Low cost screen protectors will tend to scratch very easily and have a negative impact on the quality of the display. From 8 or 10 euros, we will be able to claim a quality product whose lifetime will depend largely on the quality of the installation.
In most cases, manufacturers apply complementary treatments to reduce reflections and fingerprints.One can also find so-called “anti-spy” films that reduce the legibility of the screen on the sides in order to protect themselves from prying eyes.
On the installation side, it requires good preparation, patience and precision for a perfect visual effect. A negative point that gives the advantage to tempered glass protections.
Tempered Glass Protection
Tempered glass protection becomes more democratic and many of you buy it to protect the screen of your mobile phone. Its manufacture consists of superimposing several layers of materials, the last being a toughened glass film.
This device has many advantages. First, the glass reproduces perfectly the sensation of gliding of origin, its touch is natural and its clearness without common measure. It is also more scratch-resistant than a flexible plastic film.
The ultimate advantage lies in the installation. Being rigid, it is much simpler to align it with the phone screen. We offer you a detailed guide that will enable you to successfully set up your installation.
Again, not all products are equal. Manufacturers of smartphones are beginning to turn to increasingly curved screens to market products that are increasingly fine and harmonious. Care should be taken to purchase a tempered glass cover that will cover the entire surface of the screen.