iPhone Hard or Silicone Case, which is better?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by memin2013, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2013
    I'm getting an iPhone case but is there anyone who knows whether a silicone case is better or a hard case? Will the hard case protect the iPhone if it drops? Or will silicone be better. Also does silicone catch lint and dirt more easily than the hard plastic case? Let me know through your experience or preference which would be better. I'm thinking either one of below

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I personally like the semi-rigid TPU cases best. They seem to stay cleaner, are easy to put on/ take off, provide decent drop protection, and don't stretch/discolor like silicone. The hard cases are okay if they have foam or rubber lining inside to provide some shock protection when/if you drop your phone. Hard cases are inherently prone to tiny surface scratches which may or may not bother you. The cases with a front lip protect the glass front of your phone better in a drop/fall. Hope this helps.:)
  3. macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I broke two screens on my 4 with a hard case on. Seems to not do much other than crack the screen and crack the case. If you're looking for some good protection, I definitely think a silicon case is the way to go. I feel they absorb the shock of the fall better.
  4. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Define better. Provide your specific criteria. Every option always comes with pros and cons. You have to provide us with info on assessing which suits you better if you want recommendations.

    Depends on the case. Depends on the drop. No case is going to fully protect the device in every possible situation. Hardness != impact resistance. Hard objects tend to transfer more impact. That said, many hard cases are lined with padding of some sort.

    Generally speaking, yes.
  5. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Softer, impact absorbing material will protect from drops better.
    It's also more porous, and will discolor easier.
  6. macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2010
    Waseca, MN
    Silicone and rubber cases stretch out and collect lint and dog hair and dirt and the paint comes off and smell weird and stick in your pocket and lead to broken hopes and dreams.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    TPU is by far the best case material IMO. I would never go for silicone, hate the stuff. Some hard cases are OK I guess.

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