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Hard vs soft case? Which will protect the phone better?

saridevenis1

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Im looking at a few cases for the iphone 11 pro, some are all TPU (soft plastic) and others have PC (hard plastic) back with TPU around the edges. Im afraid if I get the one with a hard back it could scratch the phone. Which protects better with drops and would be less likely to scratch the phone? Hybrid or straight soft plastic?
 

Infinite Vortex

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I use plain, clear and soft silicon cases myself. I feel the rigid the case the greater the impact forces gets translated to your phone. They'll never damage the phone and are cheap to replace. I replace the moment they start to discolour, shows signs of hardening and/or when I've dropped it and the drop has cracked the case. When the case is cracked it won't take the impact the same any more (assuming it lands in the same or similar place).

It comes down to what you're really wanting the case for.

PS The iPhone has a really hard camera bump and this bump can in fact scratch other things so something else to be mindful of in case you have say an iPad.

PPS The camera bump means that the iPhone isn't flush to flat surfaces, like desks, and as such rocks about if you use it while on a desk. If you use it on a desk a lot, like I do, get a cover that flattens this out.
 
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saridevenis1

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I use plain, clear and soft silicon cases myself. I feel the rigid the case the greater the impact forces gets translated to your phone. They'll never damage the phone and are cheap to replace. I replace the moment they start to discolour, shows signs of hardening and/or when I've dropped it and the drop has cracked the case. When the case is cracked it won't take the impact the same any more (assuming it lands in the same or similar place).

It comes down to what you're really wanting the case for.

PS The iPhone has a really hard camera bump and this bump can in fact scratch other things so something else to be mindful of in case you have say an iPad.

PPS The camera bump means that the iPhone isn't flush to flat surfaces, like desks, and as such rocks about if you use it while on a desk. If you use it on a desk a lot, like I do, get a cover that flattens this out.
Do you mean the softer cases get hard and can crack or are you talking about hard cases getting cracked? Which do you prefer?
 
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Infinite Vortex

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I'm referring to soft cases. Depending on the materials they can harden with age and/or with excess sunlight. I'm not a fan of hard cases.
 
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saridevenis1

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Spigen Tough Armor. My go-to!
Thnks, that looks pretty good but im wondering if its too thick, When phones get scratched from a case is it usually the back or the sides of the phone that get scraped up?
 
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Bandaman

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I have a Spigen Liquid Crystal case (which is a soft-ish case) and I’ve cartwheeled my iPhone 11 Pro Max across the floor about 15 times so far because I’m a klutz of epic proportions and my phone is fine. My mom has broken her screen protector once a week for the last several months so I had a suspicion it was her case, so I recommended to her this case and it’s been a month and her screen protector has been fine despite numerous drops. It’s personally the best case I’ve ever owned and it’s a relatively thin profile case. Very happy with it. As a bonus, it’s crystal clear, so I can still enjoy the original look of the iPhone’s design for the most part.
 
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aue123

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apple silicone cases are decent for about a year, i had one crack at the bottom because i used to play with it all the time
 
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JPack

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The short answer is, you want a case that is both hard and soft.

A silicone soft case alone will compress to a certain point and then transfer the force to the phone. A hard ABS plastic case will not compress much but helps distribute forces.

That's why good cases are made from two separate pieces: hard shell attached to a soft layer.
 
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now i see it

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I'm a stalwart believer in getting a case that makes it impossible to drop the phone in the first place. Yknow , the ones that have a loop on the back to slide your finger into. Then what the case is made out of doesn't matter- cuz the phone is impossible to drop.
Loopy case
 
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ab2c4

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I have a Spigen Liquid Crystal case (which is a soft-ish case) and I’ve cartwheeled my iPhone 11 Pro Max across the floor about 15 times so far because I’m a klutz of epic proportions and my phone is fine. My mom has broken her screen protector once a week for the last several months so I had a suspicion it was her case, so I recommended to her this case and it’s been a month and her screen protector has been fine despite numerous drops. It’s personally the best case I’ve ever owned and it’s a relatively thin profile case. Very happy with it. As a bonus, it’s crystal clear, so I can still enjoy the original look of the iPhone’s design for the most part.
Would you say that case is grippy or slippery?
 
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hewastl286

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i use the spigen cristal case and the apple leather case... i like to change the case every day or something.. i had no problems even with the soft spigen case and the apple leather case...
 
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ab2c4

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It’s grippy to me, but I have an 11 Pro Max and small hands, so ...
I appreciate the feedback. I'm looking for a clear case that has a lot of grip. I previously had a Speck clear hard case and it was very slippery, I hated it for that reason.
 
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Bandaman

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I appreciate the feedback. I'm looking for a clear case that has a lot of grip. I previously had a Speck clear hard case and it was very slippery, I hated it for that reason.
It works for me, but it’s not as grippy as other cases I’ve had.
 
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remington79

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I use an Otterbox Defender Pro. It has a soft rubber outside and a hard shell. I’ve dropped it with no damage and there’s YouTube videos of people tossing their phones off of buildings with no damage.
 
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