Yes, your phone cost you hundreds of dollars. Heck, you might even be using one of the many premium, trendy $1,000 flagship smartphones. Your phone might have cost you your life investment, and you’re right to want to protect it with everything you’ve got. You don’t want it to get broken, pick up scratches or even dirt. It’s totally understand, especially now that it costs an arm and a leg to repair certain smartphones.
However, despite the many advantages that different types of phone cases might offer you and your device, you actually do not need them. Here are some reasons why.
1. Phone cases don’t offer 100% protection
Majority of individuals that slap a case on their smartphone as soon as they buy it do so because they want to use their phone as long as possible. Some do it so their device(s) would stay just as it was out-of-the-box and have a higher resale value.
However, these cases don’t protect your smartphone 100%. They sometimes even increase the chances of your smartphone getting damaged. If dirt, debris or moisture find their way into your phone case, for example, they can damage the phone by scratching it or causing a crack — if your phone has a glass covering on the rear.
2. Losing out on aesthetics
Smartphone companies spend millions of. dollars and years designing their products. They do this to ensure that smartphones come out looking super beautiful and pleasing to the eye of the user. And this shows. From premium glass covering to matte designs, gradient colours, see-through covering, and a bunch of other aesthetic development, smartphone design has evolved greatly over the past few years.
So why would you want to cover up your beautiful smartphone that tools years to design with a smartphone case? Yes, it’s expensive but wouldn’t you rather have your colleagues and strangers on a commute drool and awe in amazement on how beautiful your smartphone is?
3. Reduced heat dissipation
Smartphones run a lot of processes on the inside and therefore produce heat every now and then. The produced by your phone dissipates/escapes into the atmosphere so your phone is almost always cool and you wouldn’t feel it get hot during use.
Wrapping your phone in a phone case traps the heat produced by your device and makes your smartphone overheat. This gets worse if your phone case is made of a thick or multiple materials (see image below) or if your smartphone is exposed to external heat sources (sun, a lamp, inside a hot car, etc.) Frequent overheating would damage your phone’s battery in the long run.
Heat dissipation and overheating aside, cases also makes smartphone big, heavy, bulky, and unnatural.
4. Wireless charging experience
Wireless charging technology (as explained here) requires that there is physical contact between a smartphone and the charging pad before it can charge wirelessly. The problem, however, is that majority of wireless charging pads might not charge your phone unless you remove your smartphone case. Removing your case every time you have to charge is stressful you’d agree, especially if you use phones that only charge wirelessly.
Some wireless pads are able to charge smartphones with cases but there’s a catch: longer charging duration. As early mentioned, wireless charging works efficiently on the closeness of your phone to the charging pad. The presence of a phone case increases this distance and therefore extends charge time.
Smartphone cases protect phones, no doubt. But they are of little value; you shouldn’t use them quite often or even invest too much money purchasing one if you have too.
Think about it, you’re eventually going to change your smartphone and buy a new one in about a year or two, right? So why miss out on the beauty and premium feel/aesthetic of your smartphone. Phone cases do not add any extra functionality to your device, they only take from it by robbing the device of its beauty, contributing to its damage, heating it up, and some smartphone still breaks with the case on.
Try it today. Strip that case off your device; undresses it. Do you notice how sleek and lightweight it feels in your hands? That’s how it’s designed to be used. But if for some reasons you’d still rather stick to using a case, that’s cool — only if you use ultraslim/ultra-thin cases. But you should know that phones aren’t exactly designed to be protected by a case.
Manufacturers/designers already spend a bunch of their time using the latest versions of protective materials (e.g Corning Gorilla Glass) to ensure your phone is more durable than it used to be.
Tell me: is a case wrapped around your phone? Why do (don’t) you use it?