Buyers Tips – Reliable Phone Cases: What I Recommend For Your Smartphone Apple or Android Devices

Your smartphone tags along with you everywhere you go. Do you drop your phone often? Are you up for an adventure if your case doesn’t do the job protecting it from falls? Or… do you even believe in case protection at all?

What is your idea of the perfect phone case? What makes you choose the perfect one?
Is it.. Protection? Durability? Looks? Comfortability? Price? What do you specifically go for when you want to dress up your phone? Maybe you aim for them all but can you find one that does it all?

The real question is, what SHOULD you be looking for when buying a case if you’re serious about protection? Price doesn’t matter – you need to pay attention to certain details when looking for this stuff and sometimes it’s tough.

Here are some keywords to look for when shopping for a reliable case:

Durability
Protection from impact
Dual layer
Grip
x foot drop protection
Military grade protection
Shock barrier

Everything else you get is just an extra bonus 😉

Let’s start with the packaging – what does the packaging say about the case? This can tell you a lot about the product… have a close look at it. Get to know the brand. Does the packaging do a good job of advertising the product? If the description looks like it’s done up quick or there’s not much of one at all, but the case looks pretty and dope while also looking sorta thin and cheap – it probably is and it might not protect you fully. You should have something reliable.

Look to see if it would be slippery in your hands or slide around on a surface. Does it look like cheap plastic? Can you see any grips on the back? It should have a slightly thick-ish solid rubber to protect from falls. That’s what really prevents your device from being damaged. This is what I mean by not worrying about the price. At Dollarama they sell different cases for iPhones and some of them seem to be decent enough for the price. Before you buy it, have a look at the company – check out what they got going on Google. The case should have a thicker edge and look like it’s got some grip on the back. If you can spot these two things, you should be good to go. Don’t worry, you can cheap out on some of these. If you buy the right one from Dollarama, it will do a decent job. These are okay to buy. I mean, not everyone can afford a somewhat expensive phone case.

Often when devices see the tech trainers, it’s because of shattered screens. If the phone drops and it lands on the corner, it’s definitely going to smash or crack the screen. Certain cases do a great job at protecting against these things. If the case doesn’t have a pre-installed built-in screen protector, you should consider tempered glass for maximum protection.

My new favorite smartphone company is Speck and I think I will be sticking with them. When I look for a case, I want something that offers solid grip and good protection, but I also appreciate having a colorful design. I need a case with a good grip that feels comfortable in my hand since I use my phone for hours on a daily basis. It’s a good feeling when you find an honest brand to know your device is safe from falls. I’ve had so many phone cases, I’m tired of dealing with new ones.

Candyshell Grip — Designed For Impact
Drop-tested: Meets or exceeds military standards
No-slip grip: Raised rubber grips for secure hold and confident control
Dual-layer impact protection: Exterior layer disperses impact while interior layer absorbs shock
Bezel screen protection: Raised bezel protects screen from impact

This company seems to be promising. I decided to look on Twitter to see what the latest tweets were under keyword “Speck case” and I came across someone’s tweet that said they had dropped their phone from a three-storey apartment and their phone survived intact. That’s crazy good. Their device was being protected with Speck. So yeah, it’s got to be good.

You don’t have to be, but you should be slightly concerned if your phone isn’t fully protected. These devices are super expensive; who wants to spend extra money and waste time dealing with problems caused by accidental falls? Certainly not me – I do care about my sanity. Are you one that has spent numerous dollars on smartphones because of accidents? Think about it, some of these phones are just as much as rent for the month. You break your phone accidentally and you end up having to buy a new one on top of paying all your other bills. Investing in the right protection for such a valuable device seems like a wise decision to me.

Dollarama Finds: Tech Cases

Dollarama might be the golden ticket if you are searching for some tech cases for your devices. I was on the hunt for a laptop case, tablet case and a Nintendo Switch case. I searched Amazon.ca and found 1 case alone was around $20. At Dollarama I found 3 cases for all my gadgets under $15! Turns out these cases are actually really nice which is awesome. I think cases from the dollar store are true tech bargins so next time you pop into one have a look down the electronics aisle, you might be surprised what you find! Keep in mind not all stores will sell the same product, you might find the exact same one or a similar one!

Here are my finds:

Hi-Pro Laptop Sleeve (Olive Green) – There were lots of color choices to choose from
Company: World Richman Mfg. Corporation
Price = $4

Fits up to 15.4″ inch laptops
-Fits most laptops with up to a 15.4″ screen
Lightweight slim case
Durable construction
Fits easily into a business case
High quality neoprene (protects against scratches)

I really like this case it fits my 14″ HP 14a perfectly with some room for my bluetooth mouse and a little extra room. It keeps the dust off my laptop and does a great job at protecting the laptop in my backpack.

Incase 13″ Laptop Classic Sleeve (Dark Purple) – There were lots of color choices to choose from
http://www.incase.com
Price = $4

Complete protection
Plush faux-fur lining
Airport security friendly

I got this for my iPad and it fits perfectly as well as the charger. If you are not aware of the Incase brand they are a familiar brand that Amazon and Best Buy sell. Some of these cases range from $20-$50 which is pretty wild to find it at the dollar store! The color is perfect, it has a nice soft inside and it protects my iPad from dust!

Tech Cord Case – Carry Cords & Small Electronics – There were lots of color choices to choose from
By: Schroeder & Tremayne
Price = $4

I found this exact same case on Amazon.ca for $9.99 – again another good deal. It fits my Nintendo Switch perfectly and saves it from collecting dust on the shelf.

I’m all for saving cash as much as possible so these cases were a pretty sweet find and I hope you can get some decent accessories at a bargain too!

Dollarama Find: PlayStation Gaming Tee

Dollarama Tech & Game Finds
Canada

Official Licenced Product: Playstation Buttons Tee
Short Sleeve T-Shirt // Unisex // 100% Cotton
Size: Large
Price: $4
Company: Makerwear

Attention all Canadian gamers! I found this shirt at Dollarama that you might want to bring home to add to your gaming wardrobe! It’s black with PlayStation controller button faces (triangle, circle, cross, square) in white print on the front.

My review: Upon opening I could feel that the shirt is very thin, but that doesn’t mean anything. It fits very comfortably, it’s breathable and flexible. I think it fits very well and I would say anyone that finds one of these shirts at such an affordable price scored big!

My research: The back of the box says MakerWear Inc. 2016 / http://www.makerwear.com. I visited the website and makerwear.com is for sale! It seems like Dollarama got these because they went out of business. That would explain why they are being sold at such a good price. I’ve only seen one review on Poshmark about this product and it said the print on the front was cracking and fading.

I like the shirt so far, but we will see what happens after a few washes!