With the iPhone taking massive precedence in the news, with the release of the iPhone skyrocketing sales for Apple, it’s no surprise to find that so many people are now frantically searching for a suitable cover.
After all, why would you want to risk your brand new iPhone getting scratched when a simple solution would be to go out and buy a cover to make it look better, and keep it safe?
What is the difference between an iPhone skin and case?
While the idea of buying a case or skin is nice and simple, it’s finding one that suits both your needs and your style that is important. You’ll usually find the most ideal cover logistically, but in terms of what it looks like it just won’t suit you – and vice versa. Therefore, finding a design that is both quality in style and efficiency is very important.
There are three “main” types of phone covers that people will typically get involved with, and that is:
• Cases – Solid and usually close over the front as well
• Skins – Usually made of vinyl or real wood veneers, they personalize your phone without adding any bulk
• Bumpers – Bumpers are useful in a way, but usually provide far less protection than either of the above and tend to be only picked if it’s a really unique design that you simple can’t live without!
Therefore, depending on what you are looking at for your phone in terms of protection you can find yourself going back and forth a little. Does the case provide a better quality of protection? Or does the skin offer you enough variety in terms of the style and look of your iPhone? For many people the style is just as important as the actual quality of the case, so if you fall into this category you might find picking up the ideal iPhone protection quite difficult!
The problem is that smartphones seem to be made at least partly by butter – they are forever sliding out of the hands of even the most composed and cautious of individuals.
So, the grip becomes far more effective when you hold your phone with a cover or skin over it.
The material is usually far less slippy than what an iPhone consists of, which can be an absolute godsend. However, it also helps your phone reduce the shock factor of hitting the ground in the first place and can stop any nasty consequences from occurring like physical damage or performance-related woes.
So, now that we all know why you need some form of protection for your thing, what should you decide to go for? What makes the best sense for you out of a case or a skin?
The Good VS The Bad
Now, we want to take a look at what actually makes each decision the right one, and what makes it the wrong one. Listing the best good points and bad points of each, you’ll be able to easily see what is going to be the best choice for you. For some people, it’s a personal choice and for some people it really just depends on what is cheapest – but with the right information in front of you, it can be a far more informed choice than the one you are currently making.
There’s no sense in going out and buying a case only to find out that it isn’t really what you were looking for, or buying a skin and discovering that it’s actually a lot weaker than you anticipated. The quality of what you buy will obviously determine the quality of the cover in general, but these typical rules can be applied to each style;
For starts, a case is definitely more protective than a skin. It’s like a little Kevlar lining for your iPhone, and will help it take much better shock absorption if it does wind up on the floor out of your grasp. Therefore, it can be the much better choice for some people if they find that they like to use their phone as a bouncing ball. It’s also very easy to personalize a case and find different styles and fits that actually go with your personality – cases are far more varied in terms of style.
The issue, then, is that this new style totally overtakes what your iPhone used to look like. It’s also very bulky which can take away from the look dramatically. If you buy a plastic case, too, then you might find that your money was wasted – try and get something other than plastic if you go for a case. Leather and silicone cases are the best alternative, but they attract dust and will get dirty a lot quicker than a skin would.
The best part about a skin is that it protects the back of your iPhone from scratches, which become incredibly common. They are extremely sleek as well, and will make sure that your iPhone retains its identity and look – it’s also got a fine grip, and you’ll usually find that a skin made from the right materials will give you a much firmer grip of your phone. You get different kinds of skins as well, from rubber to real wood!
However, they can be a nightmare to actually get on in the first place and does not give the front of your screen any protection from a drop. You can still smash the screen in just as easily with a skin as you can without one. You’ll need a screen protector; also, otherwise you will find that the screen just becomes far too muddy!
The Ideal Solution
The best thing to do, then, is work out if you want the extra protection versus the bulk?
The creative solution, for some, is to use both. Stick a skin on the back of your iPhone, and use the case on top when travelling or doing sports.