If ever there were essential upsells, they’re the products we choose after purchasing a smartphone.
Those e-commerce entrepreneurs who are either on their way to or who have achieved the Dot Com lifestyle usually invest $750-$1000 in their phones because they’re business tools. Thus, it makes perfect sense to spend a little more to ensure they’ll be able to operate at peak performance for as long as it’s practical.
After all, there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Responsible handling can mitigate much of the damage potential, of course. However, most owners understand that daily life can — and usually does — present challenges over time.
It’s not exactly breaking news that the two most likely items to get the job done are cases and screen protectors. The key is what to consider when selecting them.
If a phone is dropped, the most vulnerable areas are the corners and edges, as the surface area-to-impact factor is highest, ie- there’s little space to absorb the force.
This is why the best cases include technology to fortify those parts of the phone. I’m a Galaxy Note user, and I’ve found the Spigen Slim Armor case has addressed these issues the most efficiently without adding much bulk. Better yet, it includes a kickstand:
My middle brother prefers an iPhone 7 Plus, and he, too, settled on a Spigen case: the Ultra Hybrid 2.
One of my close associates is also an iPhone 7 Plus user, but he doesn’t like clear cases. He, too, prefers Spigen and has opted for the Liquid Armor case.
This video provides an even closer look at the air cushion technology that the company pioneered:
Screen protectors originally were designed to prevent nicks and scratches, but some companies have taken their technology well beyond that.
My recommendation would be the ZAGG InvisibleShield line, for any phone:
Other forms of peace of mind can be a tough call:
- Extended warranties will replace and/or repair phones due to defects and some types of damage, and
- Insurance programs will cover loss and theft.
The premiums often cost more than probability of incidents, so individual assessment of circumstances will be the determinant here.
Do know, though, that neither offer coverage for battery longevity. When they go, they go, and their maximum lifespan is approximately two years. Revolutionary changes seem near, but they’re not here yet.
So, focus on protecting what you have today with the best available technology today.