Protecting your mobile is something you need to do on many levels. Your phone is an expensive piece of kit and repairs are expensive, so it is worthwhile spending a bit on prevention.
We all carry around £600 ($700) what are effectively hand-held computers. We wave them around in the street, carry them into the bathroom and let our children play with them as though they are still just £50 phones.
If you take out a new contract on a mobile you are always offered insurance at what seems like an awful price at the time. It is an awful price, twice what you would pay for a third party insurance policy on the same phone. O2 charges £12.50 a month for insurance on a iPhone, yet a quick online search reveals a very similar policy for £5.39 a month. The lower figure is worthwhile, the higher one means that you would pay £300 over the 2 year contract!
Everyone drops their mobile sooner or later. Whether your phone survives depends on whether it is in a case when it falls. Cheap rigid cases only provide minimal shock resistance, the glass screen on your mobile will probably still crack if you drop it. Similarly leather cases are not designed as shock absorbers and any phone in one is unlikely to survive a fall. Silicone cases look very pretty and will protect your mobile from scratches, but if you drop it then the phone is still history.
The problem is that to do a decent job of protecting your mobile any case needs padding and shock absorbing material, both of which make it unacceptably bulky.
The only case available that does a reasonable job is the Otterbox, which costs around $25. This includes a polycarbonate screen cover as well as silicone padded sides and back.
Change our Habits
We need to treat our phones the same way we would treat a laptop computer. They are not mobiles and certainly cost more than any bare phone would, so we need to treat them as being as valuable as they are.
You would not take a laptop into the bathroom or drink coffee while you were using it, yet people do both with their smart phones, just asking for disaster.
We let our children play games on our imobiles, even though children are clumsy and drop things. You cannot teach a 3 year old child about a phone’s replacement cost, you just have to keep the two separate. One way out is to buy a cheap and cheerful tablet computer designed for children. This will allow them to play Angry Birds without risking them dropping your £600 imobile or iPad and is a much more sensible option.
Any mobile that has an exposed screen made of glass is always going to be broken easily, period.
This is a fundamental design flaw with the most popular smart phones. Calling it gorilla glass does not stop it breaking. Glass is a brittle material that is easily scratched, so it needs to be either protected by the mobile’s design or a replacement such as polycarbonate used instead.
There are phones that do protect their screens by design, namely flip and fold out phones. Flip phones used to be a common choice a few years ago, but phone fashion moved in another direction with the launch of the iPhone in 2007. There are new flip phones which are 3G and 4G capable such as the range of Style range of Blackberry phones that have a qwerty keyboard too.
Flip phones are not generally 3G. The Nokia 2720 Fold is a 2G phone, meaning you can access your email, but visual browsing is not realistic with this phone. You can find 3G Android flip phones on the market though; you just have to search for them. The Motorola Smart XT611 and the Samsung W999 are both worth a look.