Especially with an expensive smartphone display and water damage are annoying. If you have caused the defect yourself by a fall, the warranty usually does not apply – and you have to pay for the repair yourself. To reduce the chance of damage, you can use a shell. However, the cases offer a different effective protection.

When a shell protects against falls

For a case to reduce the chance of a display break on a fall, it must absorb the shock. You should therefore look for a shell with so-called bumpers. These are mostly silicone cases. Visually, however, they have the disadvantage that they are relatively wide. Positive side effect of the thick covers: The surface is usually grippy and you can hold the phone safely in your hand. Practically this is especially true for devices with a slippery glass back.

It is also recommended that the case protrudes slightly beyond the display. If the cell phone falls to the floor with the screen facing downwards, the screen usually has no direct contact and may survive the fall without damage.

Even if your smartphone falls unfavorably on the ground, but even a thick and shock-absorbing shell can not always prevent damage. In addition, it becomes more difficult to use the side buttons with some wide covers.

Is a waterproof outdoor case worth it?

If you want to protect your smartphone as well as possible, you can also watch an outdoor case. However, these are usually even more bulky. Some models also protect the device from water. Even with waterproof smartphones, this is worth considering. Especially since you do not have to wait until the USB or Lightning connection is dry again after you have submerged it.

On the other hand, with some outdoor cases, you may not be able to operate the buttons as easily as before. In addition, just big smartphones through the covers are even wider and may no longer be so good in the hand.

Advantages of a thin case

On the other hand, thin casings without pronounced edges protect little from falls. They are to be understood more as a cosmetic accessory. But with the right interface, they can also make your smartphone feel better and safer – reducing the likelihood of your device slipping out of your fingers.

The Galaxy Tab Active comes already in an outdoor case – and illustrates how bulky such a case can fail

Folding cover as scratch protection

In the trade, there are flip-flops for most smartphones. These are mostly made of leather and cover the display. Although they usually offer you only a little protection against fall damage, but especially if you often carry the phone in your pocket, they are worth considering: The folding cover covers the screen and thus prevents scratches. For example, if you transport your keys and smartphone in the same bag. Even top models with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass can get micro-scratches through coins and keys over time. A hinged cover reduces the probability.



Shell and bulletproof glass

In some cases, any bulletproof glass on the display plays a role in choosing the right case. If the case is designed for shock absorption and also encloses the edges of the front, they could release the extra protective glass around the edges from the front. Learn more about bulletproof glass, insurance and co . Elsewhere .


  • Shock absorbing silicone cases and outdoor cases offer the best protection against falls
  • Outdoor cases can additionally waterproof your cell phone. However, they are usually very bulky and have a negative impact on handling
  • Thin covers increase the grip, but offer little protection
  • Folding casings are usually no effective protection against falls. But they protect the screen from scratches. For example while the phone is in your pocket
  • Enclosing cases around the edges of the front could cause problems with bulletproof glass. You should consider this with the shell choice