How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?

How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?
Even in today's oversaturated market, a decent smartphone is still not a cheap commodity. If you want a good-looking device, with stable performance, a decent camera, and good battery life, chances are you'd have to shell out more than $300 for your purchase. And if you want the best of the best... well, we all know how high flagship prices can go.

So, it's only natural for many to buy cases for their smartphones — protectors that defend the shiny device from scratches and scuffs that may devalue and decrease its visual appeal, or even damaging cracks when dropped. But it's not often an easy decision to put a plastic case on your beautiful metal or glass handset — after all, it's design is probably one of the things that enticed you to buy this exact model.

Some people will offset this by using extra-thin and / or transparent cases, others will invest in an expensive case that is itself pretty to look at and pleasant to the touch. There will be the odd eccentric that goes and buys a $1,000 case (check out Advent Aurora cases) for their iPhone made of pure titanium.

Considering that a case is merely an object you place between your expensive smartphone and the pavement, how much are you willing to pay for one?

How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case? (not including battery cases)

$1-$2 - I buy them in bulk and I buy them cheap
8.95%
Up to $10
26.65%
Up to $20
36.43%
Up to $50
18.77%
I'd pay up to $100 for the right case
4.81%
I'd pay more than $100 for the right case
4.39%

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108 Comments

1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

CoverON sells rugged cases that don't tear your pocket or wallet. Of course, it depends if their most rugged series are available at all for a specific device...

66. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

0$. I do not want to cover the beauty of my smartphone.

69. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Meh...

83. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

Until you drop it & it shatters.

86. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Fully transparent case is the solution :)

100. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Spent $50 on the case I have and I can say with absolute certainty that it was worth it because the cheaper $15-$30 cases I was also considering wouldn't have protected my phone from the two really bad drops that I've had in the past year, if not for the case I would be out $300 on screen repairs at the most and $150 at the least.

113. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What case was it?

115. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

ghostek atomic 2.0.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I usually go with anything nice in the $5-15 range, the only thing I would pay more is a battery case.

40. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Depending on the case I have gone as high as $50

5. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Up to 30 for me

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31339; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I voted up to 20, but generally there'll be tax.

52. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Same. Usually in the $15-18 range and then add tax and/or shipping. Most cases out the door its around $23.

89. darkkjedii

Posts: 31339; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31339; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have 3 nice ones for my S8 Plus, and 6 for my iPhone. I sell kinda often, and want them in the best possible condition.

25. thxultra

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree get a case to protect the phone from scratches more then drop protection. I switch phones a couple of times a year so try to keep them in like new condition.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31339; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. I'm not too concerned with drops, it's scratches that concern me most.

92. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Me its both drop and scratch lol Smoking and playing a game can sometime end up with phone bang on the ground ( smoke in the eyes lol )

37. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've got a clear and a smoke black on for my S8 Plus... Ringke Fusion is the only cases I buy... All under $20 and they protect pretty good...

41. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Same, my phone's go in case and glass screen protector on day one. I want them looking new when I sale.

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Up to 15.

12. TechGirl90 unregistered

I go up to 20.

13. libra89

Posts: 2299; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. Any more than that is too much for me.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess it depends on the phone model and how its made. I always put 9H glass on the front and I get the thinnest case for the back. Not worried about drops more than scratches.

14. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

0, I like them naked.

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

don't we all ;)

107. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

20. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Generally $20. But in case of the iPhone I really like the pen leather Apple cases- still won't spend $70 on it though.

21. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Oem**

23. thxultra

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Always buy my cases off Amazon and spend under $20. Don't see any reason to spend more then that. My primary reason to get a case is to keep the phone from being scratched anyway.

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