Why on earth will you gift a teen with cell phone protectors? Let us find out.
So you have a teen and your teen has a cell phone or you might even know of a teen with a phone. Not just any phone, but a smartphone to be more specific. It will most certainly be one of those beautifully designed and slim looking ones which spells out “fragile” phone. They most probably have neither rugged borders nor a protected screen.
This reminds me of a handful of eggs which you have given to a kid to carry. They are bound to crack at one point or another. The same goes for a smartphone in the hand of a teenager.
Let’s face it, upon purchasing a phone for your teen some things need to be sacrificed base on your need criteria at the time. Having said so, I must point out that it is very unlikely to find a phone complete with all the desired features especially if you are working with a limited budget.
This is exactly why safeguarding the teen’s phone become a must. Some teenagers have the knack to be as clumsy as can be whereas others are careful and actually want to protect their priced gift. No matter the case, protecting the phone is of the essence here.
Let us dive deeper into the matter at hand. We shall start at the very beginning with this question.
What are cell phone protectors?
Needless to say that they are anything that provides some kind of protection to the phone as the term suggests.
Mind you that different item gives different level of protection to a precious smartphone.
Below are several examples of such protectors.
Cases or covers
This is usually one of the very first thing you may want to go for in the protecting area of your teen’s phone.
Cases or covers (as some may prefer saying it) come in different design, color, texture and brand. Their main purpose is to protect the phone as a whole from drops, cracks, chipping and water spills.
To a regular teen, the most appealing part of a case may very well be for aesthetic reason. This is due to the fact that they can style their phone in different casing from time to time. In other words, they don’t get bored with a permanent look of their mobile device over time.
- Some cases have built-in screen protectors to defend against scrapes and scratches.
- Using a case can in part protect your camera.
- When choosing a case look for one that is shock absorbent. Silicone and rubber are considered good for this job.
- Avoid plastic cases for they may cause more damage to your phone.
- Be sure to check for compatibility before purchasing a case.
One of the best samples of phone cases is the Defender series from OtterBox. They have three rugged layers of protection, internal foam cushioning falls and built-in screen protection. OtterBox also can fit diverse smartphones including the Androids.
Other good examples of cases
Amazon has a variety of interesting cases which you can check out such as the following:
Armbands are perfect for activities such as running. Consider one if your teen is an athlete. It secures the smartphone to the arm while running. It is also water resistant which is ideal to ward off sweat.
Crossbody & Lanyard cases
This case consists of a strap which can be worn crossbody or around the neck. It is very convenient because it leaves your hands free to do other things. Some are even fancy looking which are cool enough for outings.
Battery charger cases
This is a cool case whereby you get two functions out of one item. The case can charge your phone as well as provide protection to it. It is an ultra-slim battery case ideal for charging your smartphone on the go, anytime and anywhere. It has bumpers and a hard-shell back-plate. The raise bumpers provide ample protection to the screen.
This should definitely be kept away from water sources.
Some other examples of cases found on Amazon are basic cases, flip cases, holsters, sleeves, case and cover bundles and bumpers.
Their aim is to protect the most fragile part of the phone which is the screen. In most cases it is this part of the phone which get most affected. Either it gets smashed down on the floor or crushed by a butt in a rear pocket. Believe me; teens are extremely prone to these accidents.
Often times we will see scratch marks on the phone due to unprotected screens in backpack or the phone has been left unattended on the bench.
Therefore, screen protectors tend to alleviate phone’s screen from cracks and scratches to a certain degree.
Examples of such protectors are:
Plastic film screen protector
Simple barrier against scratches and soft drops only.
It will usually break when the phone falls instead of the screen by absorbing the impact of the fall.
Waterproof phone pouch
Like most people, teenagers love to hang out at swimming pool or on the beach. What better way to protect their smartphone while in the water than a waterproof phone pouch. The phone is sealed inside the dry bag away from the water.
The best part of it all is that the smartphone can actually be used while under water.
Teenagers like to take their smartphone everywhere even in rest rooms. If we adults can’t keep our phones out of the toilette or in the wash, what do we truly expect from our kids? This is where the waterproof pouch also comes to aid.
Though some Smartphones have some level of water resistance, this can be reinforced with a waterproof phone pouch.
So we totally agree that the non-rugged popular smartphones are fragile. Investing in one put one on guard for its safety. In the case of a teenager they pick up their guard only when it’s too late.
Therefore, those protective accessories are paramount. You can never be too careful with a Smartphone, especially a brand new one. Knowing all that it entails, I think it is better that you are safe than sorry. A cracked or blackout phone will be a great disappointment for your teen, so opt to safeguard it. You can also find more ideas of phone accessories here.
On a different note, if however your wallet permits it, it will be best to go for a durable and waterproof smartphone straight away.
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