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Best smartphone cases: round-up of the top cases


Best smartphone cases

You’ve spent hours online comparing handsets and reading reviews, you’ve tracked down the best deal using comparison websites and found a tariff you can afford with the data allowance to suit your needs. You finally get your phone…. and the screen gets scratched by your keys in your bag, or you drop it on the floor and the glass cracks, or your two-year old spills orange juice on it. Phone insurance is one solution, but a far cheaper, stylish and of course preventative way is to invest in a case.
There are lots of cases in the market, for all phones and at all prices, check out 10 of our favourite cases underneath, but here are some buying tips:


Size issues: A good website will print the dimensions, and if you don’t want to take a tape measure to your phone, all the manufacturers (such as HTC, Samsung and Apple) state sizes on a website.


Consider your use: Do you want it to protect the screen or the body? Are you likely to drop it? We know that no-one intentionally drops their phone, but it happens – especially if you have children.


What style case suits you best? A shell protects the you can use the handset as normal, whereas – if you’re picky… it’s not quite as quick to open a flip case or pull a phone out of a pouch


Price: There are some exceptionally cheap cases online, but (although it’s not always the case) you get what you pay for. Spend pounds on a case and it may not offer the protection of an expensive case.


Upgrades: If you upgrade your handset regularly then it’s worth considering a generic case and also checking the placement of the headphone jack.


If you’ve got a bit more cash to spend, check out our Phojazzed round-up of expensive cases
 

Etch a Sketch iPhone 4 Case

Remember Etch A Sketch? Well the drawing game where you created masterpieces from vertical and horizontal line is back in the form of an iPhone case. Designed to celebrate Etch a Sketch’s 50th anniversary, this case is constructed from impact resistant plastic, with easy access for ports and controls

£24.99, from Firebox

Sena Vista iPhone 4 Case

Remember Etch A Sketch? Well the drawing game where you created masterpieces from vertical and horizontal line is back in the form of an iPhone case. Designed to celebrate Etch a Sketch’s 50th anniversary, this case is constructed from impact resistant plastic, with easy access for ports and controls

£24.99,  Firebox

Proporta Ted Baker Leather Style Case

The collaboration between Ted Baker and Proporta has produced this faux-leather flip case. Choose from funky black with orange bulldog lining or brown with telegraph lining

£39.95  from Proporta

Angry Birds case

If you haven’t had enough of Angry Birds on your smartphone, then you can invest in one of these iPhone 4 cases. Choose from red, yellow, green and black, each with its own cheeky bird face. One for little and big kids

£24.99 from Gear4

Case-Mate Barely cover

Sometimes it’s a shame to hide your smartphone in a bulky case – you just want to show it off. This gorgeous Case-Mate silver case retains the Samsung Galaxy S2’s exceptionally slim 8.49mm profile, while the flexible, but tough plastic shell helps protect against knocks

£15.95  Samsung Galaxy S2 cover from Mobile Fun

BoxWave Keyboard Buddy Case

One part of this case protects the back of the iPhone 4 against knocks and scrapes, the other includes a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, with navigation and shortcut keys. The keyboard connects wirelessly to the phone via Bluetooth and is powered by a built-in battery. If you’ve yearned for a portable iPhone QWERTY, the Keyboard Buddy is worth a look – if you don’t mind the handset gaining a few inches

£54.99 from Mobile Fun

Griffin Chilewich

Accessory manufacturer Griffin has collaborated with textile designer Sandy Chilewich to create the Elan Form cases for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G. Each case is made from Chilewich woven vinyl in shade of Light grey or Gravel over a Griffin-engineered polycarbonate shell

£22 from Griffin

Blackberry Torch 9800 Leather Pocket

Designed especially to fit the Blackberry Torch, this understated pounch is available in: black, black with pink accents or white with pink accents. The exterior is made from high-quality leather, with a smooth lining to protect the screen. Best of all, Rim’s patented technology means the phone automatically goes to sleep when you put it in the case

£19.99 from Blackberry

Proporta Leather Style Union Jack Case

Show some post-Royal Wedding patriotism with this handmade Union Jack pouch for the HTC Desire. Made from faux leather it’s vegetarian friendly and includes a soft, yet protective lining and there’s even a slot for credit cards

£19.55 from Proporta

Lupo Tyre Tread Silicon Skin Case

Protect your iPhone from scratches and wear and tear with this tough Mad Max style silicon case. It’s made from stain resistant silicon specially treated to resist stains. iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 versions are available

£2.99 from http://www.amazon.co.ukAmazon

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