Which material for the case is the most protective?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by hajime, May 12, 2012.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. Cases are made of different materials. For example, hard plastic, soft plastic, rubber, metal, soft jacket & metal outer casing like the Almor Jacket from Capdase, etc. Based on your experience, how do you rank the materials from the most protective to the least? Thanks.
  2. jj48 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    Of all the iPhones and all the cases I've had the one that stayed in the best condition is the one I never used a case with. However I found hard plastic to be especially poor with my 3G/3GS, the story may be different with the 4/4S factor but I haven't tried one personally. I also find that rubber doesn't last that long. I personally think the pouch or leather cases offer quite good protection.
  3. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    From my experience from most protective to less:

    1. Hybrid hard shell with silicone or TPU interior. Best at shock absorption.
    2. TPU Flexible like silicone but harder.
    3. Silicone. And other rubber cases.
    4. Hard plastic: Transmits shock directly
    5. Aluminum: Similar to plastic in terms of shock protection.

    As for Scratch resistance:

    2. TPU
    3. Aluminum
    4. Plastic
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks. Do aluminum/metal cases affect the phone reception and the compass?
  5. chewes macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2012
    Well the lifeproof iPhone 4/4s case is thin, waterproof, and one of the most protectives cases while looking good. I wonder what it's made out of.
  6. Ray- macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2012
    Lifeproof uses 2 main materials. The outside is a softer rubber that gives away and squelches when dropped, and then there's a rigid polycarb inner frame.

    Them and otterbox are good if you plan on (well I guess no one "plans" on) dropping your phone a lot. But no matter what case you use, if you drop the phone enough, and even if there's no surface damage, there's certainly going to be vibration dmg and eventually you'll find that you dropped it one time too many..!
  7. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    Yes they do. Some less than others.

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