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Mobile Phone Cases: specifications, types

Type

Protective cover. A kind of protective devices that has two distinctive features: firstly, the phone can be used without restrictions without removing the case; secondly, the cover is not designed for frequent removal / putting on, the device is always in it and is removed only when absolutely necessary, such as replacing the battery. Typically, a protective case covers the back and sides of the phone, leaving the screen completely open. The advantage of this type is the permanent protection provided to the surfaces of the smartphone; the disadvantage is that the screen is not included in the list in these surfaces. So, if you are worried about the safety of the display, it will require an additional device (like a protective film). The exception is the "protected" options (see "Dust and moisture protection"), which cover the entire device; however, there are few such models. Due to their purpose, protective cases require precise adjustment to the dimensions and design features of each individual phone model, and therefore there are no universal options (see "Compatibility") among them.

Flip case. A protective device designed to eliminate the main drawback of the classic protective case (see above), namely, the openness of the screen. Its main difference is the presence of a flip — a reclining half. When folded, the flip covers the display for extra protection, and when needed, you can easily open...it and use your phone without restrictions, just like with a regular protective case. Flip cases are also not universal.

Sports case. A kind of protective case (see above), designed for active lifestyle lovers who need to have their phone at hand during sports activities — running, cycling, etc. One of the distinguishing features is the attachment to the arm in the form of a belt that wraps around the shoulder. This allows you to keep your hands free and use tight-fitting sportswear without pockets (like cycling suits) while keeping your phone with you. Sports cases are made from special materials that are resistant to moisture and dirt, can provide dust and moisture protection (see below for more details), and some are equipped with secret pockets — you can put your keys in them, for example.

Battery case. As the name implies, these cases not only protect your phone from adverse conditions, but also have built-in batteries that connect to the device and significantly extend battery life. These batteries can have different capacities, even the same case model can be produced with different battery options. Models of this type are made only for specific devices (see "Compatibility"). Additional equipment may include LED indicators of the charge level of the built-in battery.

Bumper. A device for protecting the ends of the apparatus from accidental shocks and collisions. It is a kind of simplified version of the protective cover (see above); differs in that it "encircles" the phone only from above, below and from the sides, like a frame, and leaves the back panel open. Accordingly, bumpers provide less protection, and are often purchased more as a stylish accessory than out of necessity; if good protection of the device is critical for you, you should still pay attention to more serious devices. Like protective cases, these devices are made only for specific phone models (see "Compatibility").

Case-bag. This category includes protective devices that cover the entire apparatus or leave a minimal part of it open — usually only the top end. Thus, the bag is designed exclusively for transporting the phone, but for use it has to be removed. However there are exceptions to this rule — for example, sealed waterproof (see "Dust and moisture protection") bags with transparent walls that allow you to use the device without taking it out. However, anyway, bags are not designed to be permanently on the phone and are just a means of protection during transportation. Unlike the above types of covers, bags are very often made universal (see "Compatibility"), since the only serious limitation for their use is the dimensions of the device. At the same time, it is not recommended to carry phones that are too small in bags: this is inconvenient and can negate all the benefits of protection.

— Zip bag. A kind of bag (see above) that completely covers the phone and is equipped with a zipper. This design ensures maximum reliability — when the zipper is closed, the phone will definitely not fall out of the case. On the other hand, zippered bags are not suitable for those who often use the phone: you either have to constantly unzip / zip up (which is not always convenient), or not close it at all (and then the whole point of such a case is lost). In addition, the zipper has a chance of breaking or sticking, which increases even more with frequent use. As a result, there is a risk at the most inopportune moment to be transported with a clasp and miss an important call. Another drawback is the inability to connect a wired headset: the bag covers the phone completely. As a result of all this, this type of covers is quite rare.

— Retractable bag. A variety of bags (see above), equipped with a special device for quickly removing the phone. Usually it looks like a tongue, by pulling which you can partially slide the device out of the case — which is much more convenient than pulling it out without additional tools (or even shaking it out). Also in this category, unique combinations of a bag and a protective case are produced (see above): the phone is constantly in a protective case (which provides protection during use and at the same time does not create restrictions), and it is removed into the bag for the duration of carrying (when what matters is not access to the screen or buttons, but maximum protection). Thus, the advantages of both types of cases are combined. Retractable — the only type of bags that is made only specialized (see "Compatibility").

— Sock. Technically, this type of protection is a kind of bag, because. covers the phone completely (or almost completely — except for the top end), and for use the device must be removed outside. Its main distinguishing feature is the material — it is exclusively fabric, hence the name (and some "socks" are even made to look like a regular sock worn on the leg). The degree of protection provided by such devices is relatively low, they are designed for simple conditions when the device is not subjected to any serious shocks or other adverse effects. At the same time, "socks" have an original appearance and are well suited for the role of stylish accessories. Another option for using such a cover is as a car holder; for this it is worth taking models equipped with a strap or carabiner (see below). At the same time, we remind you that you should use your mobile phone while driving with caution, taking into account the requirements of traffic rules. "Socks" are the most universal, among them there are no specialized models (see "Compatibility").

— Belt case. A variety of cases designed to be worn on the belt. The belt mount itself (see below) can be provided in various types of covers. The main distinguishing feature of cases is their orientation: they are designed for non-smartphones, i. mobile phones of classical form, in an oblong case with a numeric keypad. Cases are usually made universal (see "Compatibility"), and according to their intended purpose, they refer to devices for transportation — to use the phone, you have to get it out of the case. This type of cases is gradually losing popularity due to the gradual displacement of classic mobile phones by smartphones, and today it is quite rare.

— Overlay. This type of case only covers the back of the phone, leaving both the sides and the screen exposed. Like bumpers (see above), pads are more of a stylish accessory than a full-fledged protective device; they are produced in an abundance of different designs and give the device an original appearance. At the same time, the thickness of most of the pads allows us to talk about some degree of protection against bumps and falls, and you can put the device with the screen up with such a device without fear — the back side will not be scratched. Note that the pads can be compatible with bumpers; this combination actually replaces the protective cover (see above), and looks much more stylish due to the ability to choose a unique combination of bumper and lining. However, the possibility of such a combination should be clarified separately. Almost all overlays are made specialized for specific devices (see "Compatibility").

— Kit. This category includes options that combine several of the above protective devices, usually two, in one delivery set. Usually, both of these devices can be used at the same time, however, one of them is intended for permanent protection of the device (including during use), the second is for protection only when being carried. An example is the combination of a protective case, which is constantly on the device, and a bag, where the phone, together with the case, is placed during transportation. Technically, the possibility of picking up such a pair separately is not excluded; however, protective devices from one set are guaranteed to be compatible (including in terms of colour), while serious difficulties can arise with a separate purchase.

Waterproof

The cover has a special protection that prevents dust and water from getting inside and thus protects the sensitive hardware of the phone from adverse effects. This implies the complete closure of the cover, up to tightness; however, such fixtures are usually made transparent, allowing most of the phone's features to be used.

The capabilities of different models can vary significantly. The most advanced covers tolerate depths of several metres without consequences, so you can even swim with them, while simpler options can only be designed for short-term diving to a shallow depth. The specific degree of protection in each case should be clarified separately.

Note that it is worth buying a special waterproof case only if you intend to regularly use the phone in adverse conditions — for example, outside the city or on board a small ship, where you often have to be in the open, regardless of the weather. For ordinary urban conditions, a cover without special protection is quite enough (in fact, this is why this function is relatively rare).

Smart case

Smart cases can programmatically interact with a smartphone, making the operation of the device more convenient. The specific list of functions depends on the modification of the cover. So, some models notify about incoming calls and SMS, display the time, allow you to control the operation of the player, etc. The vast majority of smart cases are equipped with a built-in NFC chip that transfers preset theme settings to the smartphone. For the most part, smart cases do not have their own power source, only a few instances work from a built-in battery pack or from a smartphone battery using wireless power transfer technology. Usually, smart cases are designed for specific smartphone models.

Compatibility

Case compatibility with a specific mobile phone model — or, in the case of universal models, the absence of any specialization. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.

Specialized variants are much better compatible with the corresponding mobile phones, as initially "sharpened" for the features of a particular device: the shape and dimensions of the case, the location of connectors, buttons, cameras, etc. As a result, the cover provides protection without creating inconvenience for the user and without limiting his capabilities. And some types of covers (see "Type"), by definition, are made only specialized. At the same time, not all models of mobile phones are awarded such an "honor" as the release of a specialized case. And if your device is relatively inexpensive, the probability of not finding a case for it is quite high.

Note that it hardly makes sense to try to choose a specialized case based on the similarity of dimensions: firstly, very few devices match in size up to a millimetre, and secondly, even with such a coincidence, compatibility of connectors, cameras, etc. is not guaranteed at all. with corresponding openings for them and other structural elements of the cover. If the description indicates compatibility with several models at once, this means that the case is available in several modifications, for the corresponding devices.

Universal covers, in turn, are not limited by specific models and can be used with any mob...ile phones that fit in size. Moreover, the size can coincide very approximately — the main thing is that the phone, on the one hand, fits inside, on the other hand, it is not too small and does not hang around the main compartment. At the same time, only cases intended for transporting a mobile phone are universal (bags and cases, see “Type”); the ability to use the phone without removing it from the case is the prerogative of specialized options.

Material

— Plastic. The most popular material for mobile cases today. On the one hand, plastic is cheap and easy to process, it can be produced in almost any colour, with original patterns and various surface textures, which provides a wide variety of models. On the other hand, it is quite durable, waterproof, and tolerates temperature extremes well. Among the shortcomings, it is worth noting the tendency of plastic covers to get scratches, which gradually leads to the loss of the “presentation”. At the same time, for most everyday tasks, its durability is quite enough.

— Textile. Used in bags, cases and sports cases (see "Type"), a fairly common material among these types. The fabric has many varieties, ranging from soft and thin to reinforced rigid, comparable in strength and protection to plastic. However, the latter option is relatively rare, mainly in sports cases. The fabric can be natural, synthetic or a combination (the composition should be taken into account when cleaning and washing fabric covers). Among the advantages of fabric covers are low cost, pleasant to the touch and attractive appearance — a wide variety of patterns and colours can be applied. Among the disadvantages are a relatively low degree of protection against impacts, moisture transmission, as well as sensitivity to a number of contaminants (for example, it is quite difficult to remove a fat stain from a fabric).

— Wool. Th...is material is similar to fabric in its properties, but is denser, thanks to which it gets wet less, provides good protection from the cold and significantly better resistance to impacts. At the same time, wool is more difficult to work with and has a lot fewer design options, and is therefore rare.

— Silicone. Soft and fairly elastic polymer material. Thanks to its elasticity, it provides good protection against impacts; in addition, it is resistant to scratches, temperature extremes, ultraviolet radiation, and also does not allow moisture to pass through. Silicone cases can also have a wide range of colours.

— Skin. A kind of "representative" class material. Leather cases look very solid and stylish, thanks to which such a product can not only protect a mobile phone from adverse effects, but also emphasize the image of the owner. Physical characteristics are also quite worthy: this material is durable, waterproof, resistant to temperature extremes and scratches. Among the shortcomings, in addition to the high price, one can note the exactingness of care: the skin must be treated with special means and rather strict rules for cleaning and drying must be observed, otherwise it may deform or crack, and the product will lose its main advantage — a characteristic appearance.

— Leatherette. An artificial material used to simulate leather (see above). To date, many types of leather substitutes are used, their quality and appearance, usually, directly depends on the price. At the same time, even the most expensive options are usually cheaper than genuine leather, but they can look no worse — at least if you do not consider the leatherette case at close range. Another advantage is ease of care. The main disadvantage, characteristic of all leather substitutes, is the lower resistance to various influences: they are less durable than genuine leather, more prone to scuffs and sensitive to temperature changes.

— Metal. This material can be classified as advanced. It is waterproof, scratch resistant and one of the most durable cell phone cases available today. Another advantage of metal is the overall impression of solidity and reliability, both in appearance and to the touch. On the other hand, due to the high thermal conductivity, the metal noticeably “cools” hands in the cold, and also poorly protects the phone from the cold (which can adversely affect the battery). Given the climate in the CIS, this can be a problem in winter. However, if you do not have to be outdoors for hours, this drawback can hardly be called critical. Of the varieties of metal, various aluminium alloys are most often used; this material, in addition to the above, has one more advantage — low weight.

— Carbon. Another name is carbon fiber. It is a composite based on carbon fiber, which provides very impressive characteristics: for example, the strength of carbon can be even higher than that of metal. Other properties can be judged at least by the fact that carbon is used in various fields where one has to deal with difficult conditions — up to aviation and space technology. At the same time, carbon is much lighter than metal, and in the case of mobile phone cases, an important advantage of this material is also low thermal conductivity and, accordingly, good thermal insulation (for more details on the importance of this characteristic, see above, in the "Metal" section). Among the shortcomings, in addition to a rather high price, one can note a tendency to burn out in the sun.

— Rubber. The material is close in its properties to silicone, but unlike the latter, it provides higher protection against mechanical damage. Rubber well absorbs shock and vibration loads, working as a kind of bump / shock absorber. Such protection is almost always shockproof. For this reason, rubber covers have a fairly massive design. On the other hand, such material is not well suited to emphasize the subtlety and elegance of a mobile device.

— Wood. Almost all cases made of wood are presented in the form of a protective lining with a bumper. The cover well protects the back panel and sides of the phone. Wood has high aesthetic and decorative qualities, such a cover looks attractive from the side. In addition, solid wood provides a pleasant tactile sensation. But the tree also has its drawbacks. Natural wood requires careful handling. Cover surfaces will need to be cleaned regularly. The tree is sensitive to the level of moisture, if such a cover is wetted, it can swell and darken.

— Polyurethane. It occupies an intermediate position between plastic and silicone. This material is not as malleable as silicone, but not as rough as plastic. Cases of all types and modifications are made of polyurethane : pads, bumpers, books, etc. On the basis of polyurethane, you can create both an elegant case that can emphasize the beauty of an ultra-thin case, and shock-resistant protection, which is distinguished by a massive texture.

— Polycarbonate. Repeats many properties of plastic. It is practical and aesthetic, reliable and durable, but at the same time surpasses traditional plastic in strength. Cases made of polycarbonate are less prone to various abrasions and scratches, polycarbonate exhibits increased resistance to mechanical stress. One of the main properties of polycarbonate is high resistance to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation — polycarbonate covers do not fade and do not become cloudy over time.

Stone finish

The outer surface of the cover is additionally decorated with ornamental stones, which can be used as all kinds of rhinestones, as well as Swarovski stones. Stones can get off: bumper, rear panel and front protection. The vast majority of cases with stone trim are designed for a female audience. In rare cases, there are covers with a similar finish, designed for users from the circle of men. Most often, covers based on silicone, polyurethane, as well as plastic and polycarbonate are decorated with stones.

Window

The window is a slot in the part of the product that covers the screen. This cut-out allows the user to see notifications on the display and, in some cases, control certain touch screen functions without having to open the case and take out the phone. The reverse side of these possibilities is a somewhat reduced degree of protection of the device — especially if the window is not covered with a transparent material and is an ordinary opening.

This function, by definition, is found only in those models where a screen protector is provided — most often in cases with a flip, but other options are also possible (see "Type"). The optimal location of the window for different devices will be different, so products with this feature are made only specialized (see "Compatibility").

Credit card pocket

Special small compartment in the case, where you can put business cards, money, memory cards, etc.

Magnetic holder (MagSafe)

The back side of the case is equipped with a magnetic plate, thanks to which the mobile device can be quickly fixed in the car holder, as well as on all kinds of desktop brackets and docking stations. Cases with a magnetic plate for mobile devices with a large screen are especially relevant. After all, these phones are often used as a car navigator.

Ring holder

The ring holder, located on the back of the case, is used to hold the phone with your finger, so the gadget will not slip out of your hands during use and thieves will not be able to snatch it.

Strap

The presence of a strap (lace) in the design of the cover. It can be either fixed or removable; in the latter case, the fastening is usually carried out on a carabiner. Straps come in two varieties: on the hand and on the neck.

The hand strap is designed to wrap around your wrist while holding the case in your hand. First of all, it provides insurance in case you accidentally release the case from your hand: the lace will keep it on your wrist, or at least delay the fall for a couple of seconds, making it possible to react and pick up the phone. Another use case is in case you need to free your hand for a short time, when it makes no sense to put the phone in your pocket or purse (for example, to get the keys and open the door to the apartment, and then continue talking on the phone).

The neck strap actually creates a separate “seat” for the case. At the same time, the phone does not take up any hands or pockets, while at the same time it is constantly in close proximity. This feature can come in handy if you have to wear clothes without pockets or there is very little space in them. And waterproof models (see "Dust and moisture protection") can even provide swimming with a cover around the neck.

Also, with the help of a strap, you can fix the cover on the dashboard of a car and use it as a car holder. This, however, requires some skill.

The specific type of strap used in the design depends on the case m...odel; this point should be clarified according to the official characteristics.

Belt clip

The presence in the design of the cover of a device for fastening on a belt. This option can be quite convenient: the phone does not take up space in your pocket (which is especially important given the increasing popularity of smartphones with large screens) and at the same time is always at hand. The attachment usually fits most belts, but if you use a very wide belt, you should check the compatibility separately before purchasing the cover.

Carbine

a carabiner is a detachable metal loop, most often with a spring latch or threaded mount. The presence of a carabiner makes it easy to fasten the cover to various objects: it can be a special ring on the strap of a backpack or clothing (for example, a vest-unloading), a belt loop on trousers (in this case, the carabiner to some extent replaces the belt mount, see above) , an internal loop in one of the compartments of a hiking backpack, etc.

Also, the carabiner can be used to install a removable strap (see above) and to attach the cover to the dashboard of a car. However in the latter case, you will also need a special hook with Velcro or a suction cup.

Built-in stand

The presence in the design of the cover of its own stand. It allows you to install the phone in an inclined position on any relatively flat surface (for example, a table). You should pay attention to this function if you plan to frequently use the video functions — player, video communication, etc.; putting the phone in front of you is often more convenient than holding it in your hand. The stand in the case allows you to install the screen in a horizontal position, but there are options that allow you to give the device a vertical position.

Hole for logo

The design of the cover provides a technological window, which provides access for a free review of the logo. Almost all cases with a logo cutout are designed for Apple mobile devices.

Air/reinforced corners

Cases with reinforced corners belong to the shockproof class. Corner guards act as a bumper/shock absorber — if the phone slips out of your hands and falls on its edge, the protected corners will minimize mechanical impact. The mobile device will remain safe and sound after the fall. Most often, corner protection is represented by special air chambers.

MIL-STD-810

Cases with MIL-STD-810 protection allow you to safely use your mobile device in extreme conditions. Such models are distinguished by excellent shockproof properties, significantly increase the resistance of the phone to the negative effects of moisture, low and high temperatures, various kinds of vibration and other mechanical loads. Initially, the MIL-STD-810 standard was developed for the military, who use subscriber radio communications in the field.

Back cover

Matte. The matte surface is not subject to “fouling”, that is, it does not leave fingerprints and other traces. Additionally, protection with a matte surface will not slip in your hands, providing the ability to securely grip your smartphone. The matte surface is characteristic of a wide range of structural materials, from metal and plastic to leather and textiles.

Glossy. The glossy surface is primarily characterized by a brighter and more noticeable design. Glossy covers are based on durable and reliable construction materials. It can be either metal with plastic or polyurethane. But at the same time, the glossy surface requires regular maintenance, which consists in wiping the cover from stains. Additionally, a perfectly smooth glossy surface is prone to scuffs and scratches, so a glossy case requires careful and careful handling.

Corrugated. The ribbed surface makes the case more comfortable and secure to use, as it provides a more secure grip and reduces the risk of your phone slipping out of your hands. In addition, this type of profile, like the matt rough surface, prevents marks and streaks from appearing on the surface. The vast majority of covers have anti-shock properties. The corrugated surface can be represented as a classic plexus of cross lines, as well as heterogeneous elements of a textured array. Cases with a corrugated surface are...most often created from plastic, polycarbonate and polyurethane.

Transparent. Transparent case allows you not to hide the natural colour and texture of the smartphone. Protection with a transparent surface is most often made on the basis of silicone, less often — from polycarbonate or plastic. Usually, transparent cases provide good protection against scuffs and scratches.

— Mirror. The basis of the mirror surface can be either polished metal or tempered glass glued to a metal frame. In some models, a special grade of polycarbonate, fixed to a metal base, acts as a mirror. Mirror cases belong to the class of fashion cases and, above all, they are distinguished by high decorative value, making the smartphone visible from afar. Mirror protection also has disadvantages. So, a mirror unprotected with an oleophobic coating quickly gets dirty with fingerprints. Additionally, the glass surface can slide in the hands.

— Gradient. Gradient is a special way of coloring the cover, which involves uneven application of paint, that is, the dye is applied to different parts of the cover with different intensity. The gradient can be either monotone or colour. Covers with gradient painting have an increased level of decorative value.

— With drawing. A special print (drawing) is applied to the back cover of the case. Covers with a pattern can be made from almost any material: metal, plastic, polyurethane, polycarbonate, wood, alcantara, etc.

Thickness

This parameter directly depends on the material of manufacture of the cover. Cases based on silicone can boast the smallest wall thickness — the average silicone case has a wall thickness of only 0.5 mm. The greatest wall thicknesses have protection options made of rubber and wood. Additionally, the form factor of protection can also affect the thickness of the case walls. Shockproof covers always have a massive texture — the thickness of the walls in shockproof protection can be over 3 mm.

Weight

The weight of the case is determined by the material of its manufacture, as well as the form factor. Shockproof pads, as well as book cases, have the greatest mass. Heavy materials include metal, polyurethane and rubber. By reducing the weight of the case, the practicality of protection increases and the overall level of aesthetics of the mobile device improves.

Phone Compatibility

But still, the main criterion for choosing a cover is its compatibility with the phone. From popular for 2022.
For Apple phones, these are: iPhone 12 cases, iPhone 12 Pro cases, iPhone 12 mini cases, iPhone 13 cases, iPhone 13 Pro cases, and iPhone 13 Pro Max cases.
Popular with Xiaomi are cases for Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10 5G, cases for Mi 11 Lite 5G, cases for Redmi 10, cases for Redmi 9T. And for its subsidiary POCO — cases for X3 Pro, F3, M3 Pro 5G, M3 Pro, M4 Pro 5G.
For another top "Chinese" OnePlus, cases for Nord N100, Nord CE 5G, Nord2, OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R, OnePlus 9 Pro are popular.
OPPO owners choose cases for A54, A73, A74, Reno5 Lite, Reno6.
Samsung also occupies a niche: Galaxy A32 cases, Galaxy A52 4G cases, Galaxy A72 cases, Galaxy M12 cases, Galaxy M22 cases, Galaxy S20 FE cases, Galaxy S21 cases, Galaxy S21 Ultra cases.
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