iPhone 4s Cases
One debate that users always face when buying a new cell phone is whether or not they should get a case for it. Do the advantages brought forth by a case outweigh the bulk that is added to the phone? Just what are those advantages?
That's the question we're here to answer, today. There are many reasons to use a case with your phone, whether it be an iPhone, a Droid, or something else. The best part is that, in addition to the advantages listed below, most of these cases are unobtrusive and don't block ports or your use of the phone in any way. This is especially true if you have a popular phone. iPhone 4s cases, iPhone 4 cases, iPhone 5 cases, and Droid cases are all so common that they fit the phones perfectly, often down to the millimeter.
Far and away the #1 reason why most people choose to use cases with their phone is for protection. Think about it. You've just spent hundreds of dollars on a sweet new gadget that is shiny and gorgeous. If you don't protect it then in a month or a year it's going to look like a dull, scuffed piece of junk. That's not even accounting for possible screen scratches that could negatively impact your use of the phone or drops that could break it entirely.
When you equip your phone with a case you're investing a small amount of money to protect your much larger investment. $30 spent on a case will seem like chump change when you realize that a replacement for your fancy new iPhone can run you up to $599 when trying to buy a replacement while still under your 2-year contract with your carrier. You see, new phones are actually much more expensive than what you typically pay. An iPhone, for instance, actually costs $599. When you buy a new cell phone the cost of the phone is typically subsidized by your carrier in exchange for you signing a contract with them. The only reason that you're able to get an iPhone for $199 or $299 is because your carrier, like AT&T or Verizon, pays Apple the difference. They are willing to do that because they're making the majority of their money off of the 2-year service contract you sign with them. If you drop or damage your phone during that period and need a new one then you'll have to pay the full $599 sticker price, and you'll wish you had spent the measly $30 on a case to protect it.
Cases come in various different types and offer varying levels of protection. In general, hard cases and silicone cases provide the best protection. If you're buying your case primarily for protection then you'll want to avoid "skins", which are generally thinner and mean more for styling, which brings us to our next reason that you might want to get a case for your phone...
As cool as your new phone is, let's face it, there are a lot of other people with that same phone (especially if you got an iPhone or a Droid). Even if it is a unique phone it probably doesn't look very different from all the rest.
Cases, on the other hand, come in a vast array of styles and designs. They are the one opportunity you have to make your phone stand out and to make an impression amongst the boring masses.
Skins are designed specifically for styling, but even if you want the other advantages of phone cases you can still make a statement with a full-blown case. You can buy a case sporting a cool, unique design, or you can make a statement with one that has your favorite team's logo on it. There are even designs dedicated to current events or people like Steve Jobs. You can say anything you want with your phone case! Some people even swap out different cases every few days like they would with a pair of shoes!
One constantly overlooked thing about cell phones is their grip. Most are very slick and can easily be dropped or are uncomfortable against your face. Cases are often made out of a soft, rubbery material that makes them easier to hold and more comfortable when held up to your ear for a long conversation.