Few individuals have greater insight into the follies and foibles of people than smart device repair specialists. Sure, Shakespeare is the master when it pertains to cutting observations on humanity, but the people who fix our phones see us at our most vulnerable-- mangled hardware in palms, generally with some humiliating and revelatory error to confess.

The world is filled with possible tech treachery, so it's best to act preemptively and cover your phone in a protective case.

Laxmi AgrawalΘΗΚΕΣ HUAWEI of Cupertino iPhone Repair and Sam Shoman of SF Smart Wireless have actually seen it all. A client who dropped his phone in the snow ΘΗΚΕΣ ΚΙΝΗΤΩΝ HUAWEI and found it two months later in a puddle of snowmelt. A client whose phone was run over by a truck and brought it in with tire chain marks crushed onto the screen.

Their experience shows that even if you have actually sworn to be careful, the world is filled with potential tech treachery, so it's finest to act preemptively and cover your phone in a protective case. We spoke with these 2 professionals who have experienced the most traumatic mobile phone scary stories, and they provided some recommendations you can use to avoid seeing your own.

Secure Your Phone From Effect

The most typical problem that Agrawal says brings customers to repair shops is shattered glass screens. Screens are particularly susceptible to shattering if the point of effect is at a corner of the phone, where force applied on the glass is more focused.

For a standard level of protection, select a case made from a shock-absorbent material (like silicone or rubber) that covers your phone's vulnerable corners. Shoman encourages smart device owners against plastic cases, which do not efficiently soak up shock and are likelier to equate the effect onto the device itself.

Beyond that, what you buy depends on how and where you utilize your phone. A slim case may be all you require if you're confident you'll just subject your phone to everyday bumps and minor drops. Try a translucent slim case like Peel's cases for iPhones, Google Pixel handsets, and Samsung Galaxy gadgets to flaunt your phone's design.

Cases with thick, large shells add more weight and soak up higher shock. Agrawal suggests these cases for more youthful phone users.

" Teenagers are quite prone to break their phones," she states, noting stories of younger customers dropping or stepping on their phones. For teens (or let's face it, grown adults) who prefer sturdy security, Agrawal suggests OtterBox brand cases. OtterBox uses cases for iPhone and a variety of Android phones. The trademark of the OtterBox brand is the "Defender" series cases, which go through an extensive series of tests for durability. The Defender Series Case for the iPhone 8/7, for instance, is a full-coverage case that provides a resilient polycarbonate shell, flaps that shield charging ports, touchscreen defense, and a holster. (Yes, a holster.) The case weighs in at 4.6 ounces, and it provides your phone the durable air of a mini Transformer.

Consider Your Requirements

In Agrawal's experience, water damage is less common than screen damage, though she notes that aquatic mishaps tend to co-occur with long weekends and summer seasons, when swimmers wrongly take their phones along for a dip. If you can't resist the call of the sea, Pelican's Marine cases for iPhone and Android use water resistant, drop-tested cases that endure surprise dunks.

If you're continuously extending the limitations of your phone's battery, Mophie offers cases that function as chargers. Folio or wallet cases, like this one by Kate Spade for iPhone, can carry your phone in addition to other necessities, like your ID which frozen yogurt stamp card you constantly seem to forget to give the frozen yogurt location. As a plus, Shoman notes that these can offer a remarkably good level of protection too, as lots of provide complete protection around the edges and a metal clasp that keeps the phone in place.

For non-iPhone users, specialized phone cases can be more difficult to find. Shoman, an Android user himself, observes that many phone case business design items solely for iPhones. For individuals who do not utilize iPhones and have specialized needs, Shoman suggests speaking with a regional phone repair shop to have actually a customized case developed.

Should You Utilize a Screen Protector?

Phone device retailers often bring screen protectors, which adhere directly to the phone's touchscreen surface. Our specialists advise buying tempered glass screen protectors, which deflect scratches better than plastic screen protectors.

Shoman advises his clients try to find screen protectors with a 9H solidity ranking. "It's the ideal thickness, and you still get that high-definition clearness in the screen," he states.

However Agrawal and Shoman alert that screen protectors' level of defense once again damaging effects is limited. While adhesive screen protectors successfully protect phones from direct force on the touch-screen, they do not hold up also when the phone is affected from the sides or corners. A tempered glass screen protector need to be used in conjunction with a case.

Sage Advice


The experiences that our mobile phones allow us to have (getting the latest details, taking images we value, staying in touch with loved ones) are well worth protecting. But as phones become progressively portable, we expose them to higher dangers, from the aspects to good ol' human mistake. Agrawal and Shoman highlight that while cases are the very best way to preemptively secure your phone, no case is one hundred percent foolproof.

Shoman's no-nonsense guidance for smartphone owners: "Honestly just be on it less. Keep it in your pocket. Utilize it when required."