Most important aspects of an iPhone case?

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chris

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Taking an informal poll. When looking to purchase a case for the iPhone, what are the most important aspects? Is it price, design, quality, something else. What's most important to you?
 

psylichon

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For me, it's a ratio of protection:bulk. The higher that ratio is, the better the case is. As far as design, the most minimal is generally my taste.
 

Kadelic

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Considering the value of the device it is meant to protect, the price of a case goes toward the bottom of the list for me...to some extent. To me it's protection over style, function over fashion. To these ends, quality and design can go hand in hand to offer both top tier protection, smooth function, as well as a sleek sense of style in one Lifeproof case. Not the most expensive case but worth every penny for the return IMHO. So quality, design, then price for me. Good thread subject.
 

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Me, I'd like a metal (ideally) bumper style case that mimics the shape and lines of the phone. A back is optional. But if the phone has flat sides the bumper does as well, it would be taller top and bottom (or front and back) perhaps 1mm to elevate slightly the phone.

That's it.

And, in reality it would cost a fortune, but in my mind the price is not crazy (makers take note, please).
 

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I think most people rank protection first. This is why the LifeProof and Otterbox cases are so popular. Some people want protection at low cost, so they compromise a little bit of quality and style and go with Chinese knockoff cases. Many of the people who rank style over protection often just go caseless, but some of them have empty hearts and full purses and will spend nearly $200 on a stylish aluminum bumper case that only offers minimal protection. :)
 
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Most definitely I look for cases that are best for protection. Style and designs are nice, however one should also remember that a used but brand new looking iPhone will sell for much more.


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I go for protection price doesn't matter phones aren't cheap so I don't wanna replace it during my period of owning it I love otterbox defender always have I like the built in screen protecter but I also use another one for anything that gets trapped under the case


64gb iPhone5 black
 

Napoleon PhoneApart

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I think most people rank protection first. This is why the LifeProof and Otterbox cases are so popular. Some people want protection at low cost, so they compromise a little bit of quality and style and go with Chinese knockoff cases. Many of the people who rank style over protection often just go caseless, but some of them have empty hearts and full purses and will spend nearly $200 on a stylish aluminum bumper case that only offers minimal protection. :)
Empty hearts and full purses? I like that.
 

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I want some protection, but I'm not willing to have a huge, bulky case such as an Otter. I try to find a case that is thin, yet still offers some protection.
 
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Really digging the Mophie Helium on the 5 and not having to jack in a few times during the day, but coming from a Lifeproofed 4S, I find I'm obsessing a bit about being careful.
A close eye towards the Atlas.

Now if I could just get extra power in a waterproof case...
 

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Really digging the Mophie Helium on the 5 and not having to jack in a few times during the day, but coming from a Lifeproofed 4S, I find I'm obsessing a bit about being careful.
A close eye towards the Atlas.

Now if I could just get extra power in a waterproof case...
Now your on to something...
 
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I think most importantly is price and quality. You are going to want to get the most for your money you spend. I wouldn't want to spend $50 on a case and drop my phone once and have the case crack on me. I would also look into a case that has a front piece for the phone as well. So if you drop it face down accidentally the ridge with hit the floor first saving the screen from cracking. I really like speck cases because they are durable and reasonably priced.
 

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I look for price and quality. And the price better be worth the quality. Also style is important to me too.
 

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How it fits accessories like my car dock, cables, earphones, audio plugs, etc. if I have to take the case off in order to use the features I bought the phone for, the case does me no good.
 

chris

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How it fits accessories like my car dock, cables, earphones, audio plugs, etc. if I have to take the case off in order to use the features I bought the phone for, the case does me no good.
That's happen to me on more than a few occasions. Even basics, like connecting my headphone jack. Of course, it's bulkier than most, but still annoying. I should probably shop for a skinny headphone adapter.