How to find the perfect smartphone case

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.

Finding the perfect smartphone? Pretty easy these days. IPhone addicts continue to feed the beast while Fandroids continue to flock toward the "Galaxy" known as Samsung.

The real challenge: Finding the perfect case.

Of course, you can go "commando," it's indeed a free country. Still, many don't want all their buttons just hanging out for the world to see.

The choice then becomes what to wear to the party: The silky cocktail dress that is revealing yet vulnerable, or the space suit that gives you peace of mind while making your phone look like it's wearing a life preserver.

I am still naked with my iPhone 5, but it's getting a little breezy if you know what I mean. It's not if I drop the phone, but when.

As usual, I skip the overpriced retail stores and go straight to scouring the great deals on Amazon. I have yet to find a case, but I have become an authority on what's available.

Of course, I have come up with some categories to ensure the shopping stays fun.

Daisy Dukes: These cases show all the curves, if you know what I mean. As smartphones get more and more anorexic in size, these cases are akin to spandex. They cover all the parts that need covered, yet still fit nicely in your pocket. Protection? Not so much, but they might help a little if your toddler drops it on the carpet. This line includes skins, jellies and bumpers. They indeed will absorb all the scratches and hopefully offer a tackier grip for those klutzy moments.

Members Only Jacket: Bubbly had its heyday, and so did these jackets. Still, we regularly see finely crafted smartphones being wrapped in what looks like bubble wrap. The artistic curves of the Samsung and the industrial edges of the iPhone get completely zipped up in layers of well-intentioned but ghastly protection. Aesthetic rant aside, if you have butter fingers, these are the cases for you. The most notable are the Otterbox, LifeProof and Ballistic. They cost more, weigh more and fit in your pocket like a softball but are golden for people on the go. Whether you email while mountain climbing or text on the john, any drop will come with peace of mind.

Tacky Costume: While I have always advocated leaving bling in your mouth, the web is full of options to sparkle, wallpaper or even disguise your favorite iDoodle. You want pink? There is every shade. Into the skull and crossbones thing? Gotcha covered. Flowers? Every blossom imaginable. There is even a tire tread case by iGadgitz for less than $10 and an awkward hard case with a photo of boy toy Justin Bieber with a lipstick kiss above it. The bottom line is if you have a flair for, well, flair you should have no problem finding a nice costume for your smartphone.

Cargo Pants: All those pockets are pretty useful if you need them. Plenty of cases fit that specialty role. The newest? A case with a built-in pepper spray canister. The most useful? The Mophie Juice Pack case with an extra external battery for those days when you can't get your thumbs off the power-draining Angry Birds games.

You the James Bond type? Get a Case-Mate with secret compartment for your credit card, cash or a Walther PPK. Still into the rave scene? There is a glow-in-the-dark skin so you can "poi" late into the night.

Finally, the strangest: a Japanese company is selling sexy underwear to keep your smartphone looking, well, awkward.

With choices like this, I might just keep mine naked.

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