Updated 24 May, 2013, 6:23 pm IST
Protective cases for your smartphone
| by Anuradha Shetty
That sinking feeling you get when you see your phone slip out of your hands is not unfamiliar. With phones getting smarter and their price tags getting steeper, a scratch on the display or a chip in the corner can cause much grief. A walk down your neighbourhood street should be enough to tell you that the market is flooded with cases of every colour, for every phone and they're even crafted from a variety of materials. There have been just too many times that we might have dropped our handsets and watched it fall to a hard floor or concrete pavement and while there isn’t much we can do to cure ourselves of that little bit of clumsiness, a protective case does bring much relief.
We know that it can be quite a daunting task to go out there hunting for the best "outfit" for your handset, so we'd like to help you out. It's not possible to list out cases and options for every handset available out there right now, so we've compiled a list of handsets that we think are quite popoular at the moment.
Do note that if your phone does not feature on our list, we've also listed a few online options that carry gear for a much larger list of devices. Try your luck on those sites if you don't find what you're looking for off the street.
From what we have seen, the following are among the most popular phones in the Indian market today:
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the South Korean giant’s most ambitious smartphone to date and was launched only recently amidst much fanfare. Likewise, cases for the Galaxy S3 are among the popular ones across sites like eBay and Flipkart, to name a few. On Flipkart.com, S3 users can give the Samsung EFC-1G6FWECINU Flip Cover a try. The site is offering it for Rs. 1,449. The case, as the name suggests, is in a flip cover form and is made of PU Leather.
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Case-Mate SMGLXYS3 BT-GWHT Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 is another option that S3 users can look at. Flipkart is offering it at Rs 995. The case essentially is a PolyCore Shell and is impact resistant. Tradus.com has a rather colourful case option for S3 users in the form of Amzer 94227 Polka Dot TPU Case - MultiColor. There is no way you can miss the colourful polka dots all over the case, and those who like it can get it for Rs 531 onwards.
On Flipkart.com, you can find an Amzer 92969 Soft Gel TPU Gloss Skin Case in black for your Galaxy Note phablet for Rs 390. The case is made of silicon and among other things, the case is known to be "slip" resistant. Those looking for a leather case for their Note can find their match on eBay.in. Here, they can find a flip cover for their phablet made of leather for Rs 299. Further up on the price ladder is the Amzer 94201 Hybrid Kickstand Case for Samsung Galaxy Note (Black). The case is made of silicon and sells for Rs 925 and lends an interesting viewing angle to its users.
Several sites online have cases available for the phablet
Those owning this Samsung phablet and are on Otterbox looking for a fitting case, can give the Commuter Series cases and Defender Series cases on the site a try, depending on the level of protection needed. The Commuter Series cases for the Galaxy Note can be picked for $44.95 (Rs.2,386), while the Defender Series cases can be picked up for $59.95 (Rs.3,182).
Those owning the latest phablet from Samsung can head over to Fommy if they’re on the lookout for a snap-on case. They can pick one from Amzer for Rs 749. For a stylish, book-like cover for the Note II, head over to Flipkart and you can pick up one for Rs 2,999. This flip-style cover is made of Polyurethane. Also check out the scratch guard+Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 white Rubberized Hard Back Case for the Note II on eBay, available for Rs 890.
Samsung Galaxy S2
The S3’s predecessor, the Galaxy S2 is also one of the popular phones in the market today and finding a fitting case is almost effortless. For Rs 595, you can get yourself a leather pouch from eBay. Those looking for a silicon option can head over to Flipkart for Amzer 93356 Soft Gel TPU Gloss Skin Case. They can get this one for Rs 395. There are other silicon options available for Galaxy S2 users on Tradus.in in the Rs. 300 range. S2 users can go in for the Commuter Series Case for their smartphones. Available for $34.95 (roughly Rs.1,855), the case claims to offer the protection without the bulk.
The Galaxy Nexus may have been launched a while back, but seems to gaining popularity in recent times. For the Nexus, users have the option of picking anything from a silicon make to something more rugged and sturdy. On Fommy, you can pick for yourself a case with a kickstand and it will cost you Rs 649. There are polycarbonate options, too, which are easily available online. eBay too has many options and users can go in for cases ranging from those made of soft skin to white hard shells for those looking at some tough protection.
Fommy.co.in offers cases, too
Nexus users looking for cases on Otterbox, have the option between the Commuter Series cases and the Defender Series cases. Defender Series cases, typically offer heavy-duty protection against drops, dust and damage and are made of a polycarbonate shell. The former can be picked for $34.95 (roughly Rs.1,855), while the latter is available for $49.95 (roughly Rs.2,651).
Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 users can opt for Amzer Soft Gel TPU Gloss Skin Case for Rs 249. They can also check out Flipkart for the nCase PFBC-8409BG Back Cover for Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 (Black & Grey) for Rs 300. For a hard plastic case, users can head over to eBay, wherein they can pick one for roughly Rs 1,000.
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