People use their phones for tons of activities, from checking out stocks to taking random selfies, and everything in-between. With such an important role in our everyday lives, our phones must stay protected.

That’s why you need a good phone case. But what’s the right case for your phone, and what makes a phone case good?

Read on to find out!

The Right Phone Case for Your Phone

There are several different types of phone cases to choose from. Before examining the elements of a quality case, it’s important to see what kinds of cases you should be looking for.

  • Wallet cases
  • Skin cases
  • Shell cases
  • Dress cases
  • Ultra-hard cases

Plus some more less common case types, such as leather or even woolen cases. With such a variety to choose from, you have to consider your needs and browse the market until you find the right combo of features for you.

Let’s see what makes a good phone case and what you should be looking for below:

1. Protective

You spent hundreds of dollars on your smartphone, so you need to protect it. The most important element of a good phone case is its ability to protect your phone from all the daily hazards that might damage it.

Different cases offer different levels of protection. Your choice here depends on your budget, but also on your tendency to drop your phone. Figure out how often you might damage your phone and pick accordingly.

If you want to drop your phone on the floor without worries, then you might need a hard case, or even an ultra-durable rugged case, like the ones we will examine later on.

There is a clear relation between phone case bulk and the protection it provides. The heavier and bulkier the case, the more protected your phone will be.

2. Unobtrusive

Since the most protective cases are like mini tanks that envelop your phone, you need to take into account unobtrusiveness as well.

There are many elegant cases that don’t block the phone’s features or triple its weight. The element of unobtrusiveness is important if you want to carry your phone in your back pocket, but also if you want to hold it for extended periods without your arm going numb!

Skin cases are the most unobtrusive you will find. They are thin and lightweight. Skins are made of silicone or rubber that can stretch over the phone. While skin cases won’t save your phone from disaster, they will offer some amount of protection, especially when paired with a good screen protector.

3. Scratch Resistance

Most everyday accidents won’t destroy your phone, but they will leave tiny scratches marks that accumulate with time. Resistance to those everyday scratches is important to keep your phone presentable for as long as possible.

Shell cases are somewhat bulkier than skin cases, but offer good protection against small scratches and everyday bumps. If you use your phone while multitasking, it’s a good idea to wear a shell case over it.

Some shell cases come with extra bumpers to protect from shock, but this comes at the cost of elegance and weight.

4. Waterproof

Do you take your phone out when drinking with friends? Maybe you want to browse the internet next to the beach?

A waterproof case is usually bulky, but protects your phone from splashes. Some good waterproof cases are little more than zippable plastic bags, while others look like mini submarines and allow you to submerge your phone in water and still be able to use it.

5. Wallet Functionality

Some people just like to have everything in one place. If you want to do away with your wallet, you can get a case that will hold everything in.

Wallet cases come in many varieties and allow you to keep your ID, credit cards, cash and even spare change in different areas of the case. Sure, these cases can be bulky, but they save you from carrying a wallet around!

Notable wallet cases include the Nomad iPhone X Leather Wallet and the Abacus24-7 Google Pixel case.

6. Stylish

Your phone is really an engineering marvel, built by dozens of world-class designers. That’s why you might want to show it off with an appropriately stylish case.

Get a leather case to dress up your phone in style. Cases like Apple’s Cosmos are not the most protective, but will outline your phone’s gorgeous curves.

7. Ultra-Durable

If you’re the outdoors type, you might want the most durable case there is. Rugged cases are heavy but offer unparalleled protection, even from high drops. This is the type of phone case to buy if you expect your phone to get a lot of repeat punishment.

Keep in mind that these cases reduce touchscreen sensitivity and might block some of the phone’s features, but they are the most protective by a wide margin.

8. Built-In Battery

If you’re away from home for long hours, you should consider a battery case. Smartphones tend to run out of juice easily, and a battery case can give them a few extra hours of life before recharging.

The thinner the battery case, the less charge it holds, so take that into account when shopping for a battery case. If you wish to double your battery life, expect to buy a heavy battery case, but if you just want a few extra minutes of convenience, then you will find slim battery cases as well.

9. Handy Accessories

Some phone cases go beyond just protection. There are cases with tons of additional features, including the ability to receive accessories. For example, landscape stands and kickstands are very useful for larger phones or tablets.

Other handy accessories include arm straps, sports cases and even cases that allow you to carry your phone around your neck.

You can find tons of incredible phone accessories, watches, tablet cases and the ideal phone case for your own device at

10. Innovative Features

Finally, there are cases that surprise and amaze with their unique features and technology. Some are brilliant, some are fun, and some are plain geeky.

For example, there are phone cases with embedded math and chemistry formulas, cases with built-in selfie lights, wooden cases, cases that look like retro gaming controllers, and even DUY customizable cases to choose from!

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The Rise of Soft Skills in the Digital Age

I’m not going to waste your time talking about how ingrained technology is in all our lives. You may be reading this on your smartphone while killing time at work, where you stare at a separate screen for hours, only to drive home and turn on another screen to relax.

Or maybe you’re rewarding yourself with a little down time after seeing your Fitbit has recorded an extra 1,000 steps today.  Or your kid is using the computer, so you’re tethered to the wall by the tablet charging cable, looking for a well-written blog post.  Or maybe you’re not, but the point is that you could see yourself, or anyone, in that situation.

This obsession with technology has led to an explosion of never-conceived businesses and jobs. Social media, IT departments, software development, data security, the list goes on, and we’re only going to become more dependent as time goes on.

Organizations estimate that one-third of their human resources budgets are delegated for hiring IT talent; computer science majors experience a 76% increase in their salary in just the first three years. Clearly, the stats all say that hard tech skills are what job seekers should be focusing on. Except that’s not the whole story.

With connectivity comes complexity

As technology becomes more and more ingrained in our lives, so does its complexity.  No one outside of a calculus classroom carries a phone and a calculator. Some of us rarely turn on a PC anymore, since our smartphones are sufficient for quick browsing.  Our cars come enabled with Bluetooth.

Soon, every household appliance will be connected to a singular device, which we will also use to send messages, pay for groceries, tell our car where to take us, open our front door, monitor our daily steps, and automatically remind us of appointments- and it already does most of that.

But as the interconnectivity and complexity of technology rises, our ability to understand it decreases. We can’t keep up with the constant stream of our own inventions. While specialists might be able to fully utilize every software update, most of us can’t be bothered to learn all the nuances every time.

That’s why IT is such an emerging field, but even they won’t be able to keep up with the coming technological evolutions. As Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner, says, “Our best hope may be that computers eventually will become smart enough to maintain themselves.”

Importance of soft skills

Where does that leave business now? While you certainly can’t forego employees with the technical skills that you need, you need soft skills now more than ever. According to an Adecco Staffing survey, there are twice as many business executives concerned with the soft skill gap than those worried about hard skills.

Traits like communication and critical thinking are becoming more highly valued than straight computer skills. Some businesses that require their employees to have technical know-how, like engineering firms, have tried to ignore soft skills in favor of some desperately sought-after experience, but this is no longer possible.

In fact, it’s commercial acumen, communication skills, and adaptability that employers should be prioritizing. Adaptability is especially useful in a world where technology is constantly evolving, and, realistically, malfunctioning.  Sometimes things do not go to plan, and employees need to take that in stride.

Similarly, it won’t matter how well you understand CSS or can fix a pipe if no one can relate to you. Google provides consumers with ten options on just the first page, and they will reject your business if they can’t communicate with your employees.  Additionally, your business will also suffer if your employees can effectively communicate with each other.

Moving forward

It’s important to provide employees with both soft and hard skill training. This can be expensive and time-consuming, so you will have to strike a balance particular to you. If you work in an industry that the hard skills can be learned on the job or fairly quickly, make sure you’re searching for candidates with appropriate soft skills.

However, if your employees must have hard skills before they walk through the door, that doesn’t give you an excuse to ignore soft skills entirely. Offer soft skill training and assessments, because while soft skills are more difficult to measure, they are just as important.

That holds true even in this technological age. We may cling to our iEverythings, but only because they allow us to tap into humanity. Your business needs to utilize this underlying need.

People may pay for your product or service if you can deliver, but using the human element gives you that much more leverage.  In a world where your competitors are accessible at the click of a mouse, you’ll need all the soft skills you can get.

Author: Dayton socializes for a living and writes for fun. She will forever be a prisoner of her family’s business, doomed to inherit responsibility despite frequent existential protests. 

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