Unfortunately, dropping your phone is an inevitable occurrence. You may even drop it multiple times before it finally cracks, shattering the screen and guaranteeing expensive repairs—or even a replacement. Your phone is your baby. It makes sense that you want to keep your phone protected with a top-of-the-line case to ensure that it has the best chance at surviving a fall.
However, when choosing the best possible case for your phone, you may find yourself struggling to decide between a wallet case and a regular case. Which one is the better fit for your needs and aesthetics? And, more importantly, will both keep your phone safe?
We have broken down the benefits and differences of each type of phone case so that you can decide for yourself.
A wallet case combines the elements of a wallet with the elements of a phone case, including ID slots, credit card slots, and a pocket for any loose bills. As a result, you are able to carry both your important cards, money, and phone in the same container. A wallet case is perfect for on-the-go users who don’t want to grab multiple bulky items when heading out the door. Whether you are making a quick trip to the store for some ice cream or are headed to a nice dinner without a fashionable bag, a wallet case is incredibly convenient.
A wallet case also ensures that your phone screen does not get damaged from other items that may live in your pockets, specifically keys. Most come with a screen covering and air pockets to ensure that your phone does not overheat while maintaining extra layers of protection. This type of case can even act as a phone stand when needed. A wallet case can flip open easily without a latch, allowing you to pull out your phone quickly to capture your picture-perfect moments.
While this may seem like it could get pricey, it truly is one of the more affordable types of cases on the market at only around twenty dollars per case. This price can still give you color and design options; you do not necessarily have to opt for a leather wallet case (unless you want to!). For increased protection, there are still more rugged-style wallet cases on the market under fifty dollars. This, of course, will cost you less money than a phone repair or replacement.
A regular phone case is simply a case that can be placed to fit over the back of the phone, rendering only the screen visible. Regular phone cases can range over quite a few different types, including a slim case, a heavy-duty case, and a skin. However, all regular cases have a couple of aspects in common. For starters, each case is highly customizable, ranging from different thicknesses to the overall aesthetics and design. Each typically are shock absorbent, meaning that if your phone takes a fall with the phone case attached, it can shield the phone from damage. This feature is usually the result of its silicone-based design.
Due to the variety of phone cases, the costs can vary according to your desired level of protection and personalization. If you are looking for more protection, seek out the thickness and rigidity of a rugged phone case. If you are a minimalist and prefer a sleeker option that allows you to see the natural design of your phone, purchase a thinner case. There is an affordable option out there for everyone that is specifically designed to fit their phone’s make and model.
What’s the Difference?
One of the most notable differences between a wallet case and a regular case is that a regular case is not built to store your cards and money. This means that you would still have to carry a wallet separately when using a regular case.
Additionally, a regular case does not offer the same type of protection as a wallet case. For a regular case, you would have nothing on top of the phone’s screen as an added safety measure (unless, of course, you bought a screen protector). A wallet case is designed to close over the phone’s screen, ensuring that a drop has a greater chance of not affecting the surface of the phone.
Yet, if you were to accidentally drop your phone in water, certain types of regular cases could protect the internal system of your phone from damage. As a wallet case covers your phone but does not provide sealing capabilities, your case could not be considered waterproof to a certain degree. A regular case can also protect your phone better against inclement weather, especially as phones don’t tend to operate well under extreme moisture or heat. The open style of a wallet case does not typically accommodate this type of protection, although the wallet case’s style typically allows for add-on safety features, such as a built-in screen cover or air pockets.
That being said, while a wallet case is highly customizable with its design and color palette, they do not offer the same range of options as a regular case. A regular case offers varying degrees of case thickness to appeal to users who either desire a thinner profile or a sturdier phone case. However, wallet cases tend to be similar to one another in thickness of design, even growing in size as more cards and money are added to it.
Selecting between a wallet case and a regular phone case depends on your individual needs and preferences as there are benefits to having both. If you’re still stuck between the two, factor in which will give you the most safety features for the style and design that you want. Overall, what is most important is that you have a phone case to ensure the best protection possible for your device. If your phone cracks, shatters, or dies because of a fall, you could lose more memories and money than you would by investing in either of these types of cases.