Mobile phone accessories
Holsters, covers and skins
Holsters are more commonly used alone for devices that include rubberized padding, or are made of plastic and without exposed rigid corners.
The newest trend in cell phone accessories are skins and design covers, for the dual purpose of protection and personalization. These are the result of the relatively "naked" designs produced by manufacturers such as Apple, where the metal and glass components of the device are exposed and vulnerable to damage. These are distinct from holsters, in allowing use of the device while in the case, but in many instances include a belt clip or other device giving it the functionality of a holster. They are made of hard plastic, rubber, or in the newer market adhesive-backed vinyl pieces. Vinyl skins can be ordered on many websites and come pre-cut to fit your cell phone or even another electronic device. There exist two different types of vinyl material, calendared or cast, with the latter being more expensive. In short, calendared vinyl is expected to only be used for short durations while cast vinyl is used on a more long term basis. Calendared vinyl also tends to shrink in the heat, and fade. Cast vinyl avoids these problems, but costs up to 250% more (which still is a very cheap total cost). While the technology of these adhesive-backed skins continues to improve, the most up to date technology comes from 3M. The company has manufactured a cast vinyl product that they call "Controltac". This vinyl cover maintains a more glossy look and provides an air release channel that prevents bubbles during placement. The more popular is the cast vinyl because of the range of designs. There are even some which are 3D.
Custom mobile case
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With the wide variety of cellphone covers available on the market, finding something unique and different from the rest can be a challenge, customized smartphone cases offer a way to put a unique stamp on the design. This is part of a trend for personalization that includes unuausal ring tones and personalized skins.
Some cells have a cover that you can take off and replace with a designer cover. There is a release button on the cover, and you just press the button, and it pops right off. Then you replace it with the new cell cover. If your phone doesn't have a removable cover then you can purchase a slip on or snap on cover. This type of cell covers come in leather, vinyl, silicone, or hard plastic. If you visit your local mall, you can usually find a cell cover that will give you a large selection of covers to choose from. I am sure too that the associate working there will help apply the cell phone cover to your phone.
Functional cases can include an external battery and an external keyboard (in a similar way to Windows Surface tablets).
Chargers and external batteries
- Optical head-mounted display
- Rechargeable battery
- Screen protector
- USB On-The-Go
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