8 Things To Know Before Buying a Phone Case

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2018)

phone-cases-thingsThere are a lot of options for a cell phone case.

It’s a big market and no matter what kind of cell phone you have there are a lot of cases to choose from.

Thankfully, FirstCases.com was created to make the process a lot easier for you.  We have compiled lots of list of the most popular cell phone cases for you.

You don’t want your freshly bought device to get hurt, considering how expensive the mobile phones are these days. After all, technology doesn’t come cheap, does it?

If you’ve got an expensive device that you take with you everywhere like everyone else in the world.  This could act as your insurance policy so you don’t have to rush out and spend hundreds of more dollars on a new cell phone.

So, to put your mind at ease these 10 things should be kept in mind before buying a phone case.

8 Things To Know Before Buying A Cell Phone Case

1. Perfect Fit

There is no point buying a phone case that isn’t a perfect fit.  I mean you don’t want your case falling off your cell phone.  That would be pointless, now wouldn’t it?   Just imagine, you are trying to take a “selfie” with your friends and the phone case doesn’t give you access to the button to take a picture.  Why?  Because the case doesn’t fit correctly.  This will not only be irritating but embarrassing too.

Hence, you need to make sure that you buy a case that actually fits your cell phone. You don’t want your phone to be protected, but leaving you without the core functions of your cell phone, do you?

Make sure the cell phone case fits your phone before purchasing it.  There are many different versions of cell phones.  For example, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra won’t fit the Sony Xperia XZ Premium now, will it?

2. Material

One of the most important factors is the material the case is made of.  Your cell phone was not cheap so you want to make sure you’re not buying a “crappy” case for it.  Believe me, there are cheap cases that are made in third world countries that are not worth more than a couple pennies.  Sure, they might look attractive from the pictures of them on the internet.  But, once they arrive at your doorstep you will soon learn just how cheaply made the cell phone case really is. 

Your cell phone case can be made of leather (real or fake), silicone (cheap plastic), etc.   Make sure you read the product description so you can see exactly what material the cell phone case is made with.

3. Durability

It’s all good and well if your cell phone case looks amazing.

But, if your cell phone case doesn’t do its job it’s a lost cause.  Meaning, a cell phone case is supposed to protect your cell phone.  It needs to be durable and you should consider that before purchasing any cell phone case.  I know it sounds like we are making this up, but there are military grade cases.  Meaning they go through strict testing before the case goes into manufacturing.

Case and point, you need a durable cell phone case, no pun intended.

4. Functionality

Your cell phone case shouldn’t limit the functionality of your cell phone.  We have touched on this when we were talking about the perfect fit for your cell phone case.  But, you shouldn’t have to remove your case to adjust the volume, use your camera, etc.

Some cell phones will actually make your phone waterproof.  Might be a good idea if you go to the pool a lot.  Some phone cases can glow in the dark.  Some can bake you a cake.  Ok, no cell phone cover can bake you a cake.  But, you get the idea make sure it’s functional to your needs.




5. Design & Compatibility

I know I shouldn’t have to say this because it isn’t something you already don’t know.  But, you have to actually like the design of the cell phone case.  Nothing is worse than being out somewhere and someone saying, “wow that is the stupidest case I have ever seen.”  Ok, worse can happen, but get something you actually like how it looks and is compatible with your needs.

If you don’t want to use your cell phone as a wallet than don’t get a wallet one.  If you watch movies on your cell phone then you might want to get a kickstand case for your cell phone.  If you want something slim because it will be in your pocket a lot don’t get a case that is super bulky.  Just make sure it’s compatible with your needs.


6. Quality

Ever bought something online that was of low quality?  I’m sure you have.  We have all done it at some point.

Did you know some cell phone case brands get very good feedback because of the quality of their products?

Here is a list of quality cell phone case brands:

I should point out that this isn’t a full list of cell phone case brands that you should only consider, though.  There are other brands that are of good quality, too.

7. Price

There is a good chance that you paid a pretty penny for your cell phone.  This doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot for a good cell phone case, though.  In fact, you should b able to get a good quality one for $10 to $20.

The price tag should certainly be a factor you consider when buying a cell phone case.

Let’s face it we all want to spend less money on anything we purchase.  Cell phone cases are certainly no different.

8. Seller

There are a lot of scams online.  So, if you’re going to buy a cell phone case online make sure it’s from a reputable seller.

At FirstCases.com we partnered with Amazon because they are a trustworthy brand.  There are thousands of sellers on Amazon.  People leave feedback, rate, and you can trust that you’re actually going to get the products you bought through their website.   But, always check the seller’s feedback and only buy from people that have a positive feedback.

Also, the best part is cell phone cases are actually cheaper on Amazon, too.

Do you have any questions that were not covered in this article about cell phone cases?  Please leave your comments down below and we will answer them.

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8 thoughts on “8 Things To Know Before Buying a Phone Case

  • January 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I wish I would have read this before I purchased a case for my iPhone 7. About 3 months ago I got a new case on eBay. I thought it looks great from the pictures and everything that was on the eBay auction. Then, once I got the cell phone case I realized it wasn’t a very quality case. Instead, the stupid thing fell apart in 2 weeks. It was $4, but I learned a valuable lesson about cell phone cases. Quality ones are so much better than cheap ones!

    • January 23, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Been there and done that! You are correct that everything usually looks pretty good on the internet. But, once you get it and see it in person things are actually quite different. That is why it’s so important to get a case that is from a reputable brand. Other cases might be dirt cheap, but they are usually of pretty poor quality.

  • January 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I just bought my first iPhone last year, and it’s due for a new case. I’ve been looking around online for one, and I’m happy that I’ve come across this article prior to making my decision! Thanks so much for this insight — You know, I honestly hadn’t ever heard of a “Kick stand case” before? And I watch Netflix on my phone all of the time .. I always have to prop it up on something and hope it doesn’t muffle the sound. Lol, how ridiculous that I hadn’t heard of the kickstand option!?! Thank you!! That’s EXACTLY what I’ll be purchasing!

    • February 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      I know what you’re saying. Technology moves at such a rapid rate. It’s even difficult for us to stay up with all this techie stuff. Yeah, the kickstand is great especially if you watch a lot of Netflix on your smartphone 🙂

  • January 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I know a lot of cell phone cases say they make your cell phone waterproof, but really I found this out the hard way with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It fell in the pool. I immediately dove into the pool to get it. It was only in the pool for 30 seconds if that long. The entire cell phone was completely ruined. Thankfully, it was still under warranty, though.

    • January 25, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Sorry to hear about your cell phone. But, I guess the good news is you have warranty! A lot of cell phone cases that state they are waterproof mean they can get wet, but not completely submerged in water. Some cell phones actually protect against water than others, though.

  • January 27, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I had an otterbox for a long time, purchased out of fear that I’d drop and break my $900 phone. I ended up resenting the case cover as I felt it made my texting more challenging and inaccurate. Since then, I’ve just been more careful with my phone and only purchased cases that protect the back.

    I agree completely that there’s no point in purchasing a case unless you know for sure it’s an exact fit.

    • January 27, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Otterbox is a decent brand. A lot of people really do like them for cases. We have made the mistake of purchasing a cell phone case that actually made using our smartphone harder than it has to be. It is important that a case fits snug and doesn’t interfere with the screen. As you have stated it does need to be an exact fit. Otherwise, it might be best to just throw the case in the trash can.


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