Protecting a New Phone from Potential Damage

Date Posted:30 June 2013 

Your new mobile phone can do a lot of things for you. It can connect you, guide you, organise and entertain you. The one thing it can’t do, however, is protect itself from damage. So the first thing you should consider after taking it out of the box is how you’re going to keep it safe from harm.


A mobile phone case is one accessory you simply must have. It will protect your phone from most bumps and knocks. Cases come in a variety of materials ranging from plastic and silicone to rubber and leather.

Mobile phone cases also come in a wide range of colours and designs, and are even considered an essential fashion accessory by many people. Styles include hard cases, soft cases, bumper cases, wallet cases and even cases that charge your battery for you while you’re on the go.

When choosing a case for your new mobile phone, make sure you select one that is the right fit for your model of phone, one that allows you to access all the necessary functions on your phone and, above all else, one that provides as much protection as possible from the bumps and knocks of daily life.


While a case will help protect the body of your mobile phone, its most vulnerable feature, the screen, remains exposed to dust, cracks, oil and scratches. For this reason, as well as a sturdy case, you should invest in a clear plastic screen protector. This is a thin, transparent plastic film which adheres to the screen of your phone and protects it from scratching, cracking, oil and fingerprints.

Screen protectors are made for both iPhone and Android phones and vary in quality and price. Cheaper ones often create air bubbles when applied, can peel back at the edges and may leave a sticky film on your screen when you remove them. Therefore, it is wise to invest in a good quality screen protector to avoid such problems.

General tips

As well as buying a case to protect the body of your phone and a screen protector to shield its screen, there are certain precautions you can also take to minimise the likelihood of your phone being damaged. These include:

  • Always handling it as though it is a fragile object (which it is) and never throwing it on the back seat of the car or leaving it where it might be sat on or knocked on the floor.
  • Keeping it out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leaving it in a hot car, as this can damage your battery and lessen its life.
  • Not keeping it in your pocket any longer than necessary, where it could slip out when you bend over or be scratched by other items such as car keys and coins.

At the end of the day, a mobile phone is not a toy, but a very valuable (and expensive) asset. If you treat your new phone with the care that it deserves, it will no doubt reward you with many years of reliable service.