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Leather, plastic or gel? What’s the best type of mobile phone case?

Remember the old Nokia ‘brick’ phones that were in everyone’s pockets a few years ago? You could pretty much bounce them off the floor and they’d come out unscathed. We’ve certainly come a long way over the last five years or so. Super- slick browsing, a stunning screen and a rather impressive camera: these come pretty much as standard on a 2013 handset. With so much ‘tech’ crammed into such a small space though, your phone needs a little TLC.

So where to start? We put leather, gel and hard plastic cases under the microscope to help you decide on the best case for you.

Leather effect cases

The lowdown: Timeless appeal. In a nutshell, that’s what you get with leather cases.  After all, it’s hard to beat the look, feel – (and even the smell) of real leather.

They’re great for wraparound protection. Leather flip covers ensure your touchscreen is shielded from scratches when your device is stuffed in your pocket or bag. Wallet covers are another popular leather option as they enable you to transport your cards, cash and mobile in one attractive unit.

A neat little alternative to traditional leather is polyurethane. This clever man-made fabric gives you the look and feel of real leather. At the same time though, PU gives you a degree of strength and flexibility that ensures your handset is shielded against the hardest of knocks. It also gives you a fantastic grip.

They’re suitable for... anyone who wants a ’classy’ professional look without too much fuss

Plastic cases

The lowdown: If you’ve got your eye on a hard case, the chances are it’ll be constructed from either a type of polycarbonate or else a hard silicone compound. To you and me, that basically means ‘tough plastic’.

plastic case

If you get your hands on a top quality hard case (and here at Mobile Madhouse, we’ve got no shortage of those!), you should find that it’s ‘hard as nails’. If it fits properly, you get that reassuring ‘click’ as you fit it around the back of your phone. A decent hard case should follow the contours of your device perfectly. Also, you can’t really appreciate it from looking at a photo but a lot of these cases are amazingly light. 

The top case designers love using hard plastic. So who engineers the lightest, toughest and coolest cases out there? A front-runner has to be Case Mate. Check out the Barely There range for something that’s pretty much at the cutting edge of design.

Looking for an individual touch for your phone? Think of polycarbonate as a blank canvas. For an awesome example of some of the coolest patterns around, check out our selection of Caseflex printed cases for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and Samsung Galaxy S4.

They’re suitable for... anyone who wants complete protection – but in a super lightweight form that doesn’t disguise their phone.

Gel Cases 

The lowdown: The gel they make mobile phone cases from is a manmade material – but it usually feels more ‘rubbery’ than ‘plasticy’.

These cases are essentially 

like a rubber cushion for your device. If it’s designed appropriately, a gel case will fit snugly around your phone. If there’s a little bit of ‘stretch’, that means it’s working. You have to be careful though; if you settle for a poor quality gel case, you end up with it obscuring the headphone jack or battery socket (thankfully you won’t have that problem with a Mobile Madhouse gel case!).  

That gel surface is flexible to the touch as well – so it offers peace of mind for even the most butter-fingered of mobile phone users.

Gel doesn’t just work in isolation either. To see what we mean, check out our selection of ‘combo’ cases for various mobiles. Featuring a hard silicone outer layer, you also get an inner gel cushion for the ultimate in damage insulation.

They’re suitable for...  anyone who tends to put their phone to the test in terms of drops and knocks.

Click on your phone and see what we’ve got availably for your particular device here at Mobile Madhouse. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Remember the old Nokia ‘brick’ phones that were in everyone’s pockets a few years ago? You could pretty much bounce them off the floor and they’d come out unscathed. We’ve certainly come a long way over the last five years or so. Super- slick browsing, a stunning screen and a rather impressive camera: these come pretty much as standard on a 2013 handset. With so much ‘tech’ crammed into such a small space though, your phone n


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