What protection do you need?
It today’s world nearly everyone has a phone and there is a good chance you train with your phone. I know I do. I use it for music, tracking, Charity Miles and to have for emergencies. This leads to the need for good phone protection. If something happens and you need your phone it won’t do you much good if it’s been damaged.
Over the years I’ve used many different methods of phone protection from zip lock bags to near bullet proof cases. Each case for a different purpose and type of phone.
Back in the day to protect Nokia and Black Berry phones a plastic bag was more than enough to protectection while running around the world, from working in an industrial environment to long runs in Singapore or Thailand during the rainy season.
Many of today’s phones such as the iPhone and various Android phones are much more expensive. Less durable. Making the need to protect them much more important than that of a cheap plastic bag.
Many of the cases you see on the shelf at the store are intended for looks and scratch prevention. If they provide any real protection it is most likely only for a dropped phone.
Others on the market will protect against light rains such as many of the Otter Boxes.
While still others will protect against nearly everything from dirt, drops and water to about 6ft (2m). These are often the most expensive cases on the market and need to be purchased from reputable distributors to ensure that they aren’t fakes. Yes, People make face cell phone cases.
My favorite case is Lifeproof, however there are others from makers like Otter Box (owns Lifeproof) that protect against most everything. The end decision will be based on need and personal preference.
I personally need a case that has a small profile, light if possible and water proof. You never know when you’ll be on a long run and the rain will come in or you forget your phone is tucked in your tri shorts and you jump in the pool.