Results: how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?

Results: how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?
Smartphones are expensive, even if you go for a regular midranger. And as soon as most people shell out for a brand-new handset, their first thought is "Should I slap a case on it?". Sure, it's cool to enjoy your phone's pretty design and premium build materials, but one drop and you can say "Bye, bye" to its resale value, or even worse — to its display.

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.

We thought we'd ask — how much would you spend on a case? Here's how you answered!

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
Up to $10
Up to $20
Up to $50
I'd pay up to $100 for the right case
I'd pay more than $100 for the right case



1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

$20 is about right. There's a reason the cell phone accessory market is so huge, you can buy a ten to twenty dollar case that's as good if not even better than an Otterbox or Body Glove.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not true! cases that cost $20 really aren't that good and the two brands that you compare $20 cases to aren't that good either.

16. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Ballistic brand, either the Tough Jacket or Jewel. These aren't huge cases and have a lot of drop protection, and aren't expensive.

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

No, the reason it's huge is because it's easier to manufacture a simple accessory for the most common device on the planet than it is to design something new

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If the case is like an OtterBox with waterproofing and comes with a guarantee like some of the cases do, then I am willing to layout not too much money, but enough money.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

$20 plus tax is my limit. Amazon always has a good deal.

8. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I know you answered this on a post already, but I've lost that post in all the jumble of people bickering about iphone vs android. what cases do you have picked out for your s8+?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

1 origin black exact fit by elago. 1 indigo blue exact fit by elago. 1 exact fit crystal clear soft touch by case army.

14. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

what is it about those cases that you like? or why would you recommend them over say a spigen case?

5. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I've bought the (official) saddle brown leather case for the 6s. Worth every dollar, probably one of the better cases I've had. If it's a tpu case, I'd probably limit it to $15

6. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I go to Amazon and get my phone cases. I rarely pay over $25 for a phone case

7. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Never used a case!!!

10. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

I have 25 cases for the S8+ currently and Speck, OtterBox and Spigen. I would recommend any of those currently.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011 Holy shhhhhhh! The S8 Plus is the truth.

15. BoiledCabbage

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 29, 2016

I don't pay a single nickel for it. The phone has its own ergonomy which gets spoiled by applying a case.

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