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Flip Cover Vs. Back Cover - What do you prefer for your smartphone?

The recent trend in smartphones getting all glass body design, the bezel-less edge to edge displays with glass back is making them very susceptible to damage when dropped from a height. Even with those corning gorilla glass 5 or with Apple's 'most durable glass ever on a smartphone', we all know that glass is glass and it needs protection. So to protect our shiny new devices, we generally get two main options, the flip cover or a back cover.

The flip covers provide a complete protection by securing both the screen and back from smudges, scratches and also prevents accidental touch inputs on the screen. Some flip covers can even be transformed and used as a stand which helps if you want to watch a movie resting the device on a flat top. But on the downside, flip covers turn your stylish phone into a bulky one and interfere with the one-handed operation of your device. Also with flip covers, taking pictures using the rear camera in landscape mode becomes difficult with the flip part dangling outside.

The back covers, on the other hand, provides less protection than flip covers but scores on the other points where the flips fail. Back covers are available in different colors and custom designs which sometimes enhance your smartphone's look and feel. Also, one-handed operation faces no hindrance with the back covers. But with these on, you might have to use a screen protector to protect the screen from getting shattered during a fall.

So, what are your preferences with the protection options for your smartphone? Voice your opinion in the comments below.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Nov 15, 2017
I recently completely broke my Redmi smartphone's screen as it fell down the stairs after a lady pushed me. It fell on the corner edge and the impact was so big that the scratches went all over the display screen's glass. I had to get it replaced for a heavy-on-pocket amount of Rs. 3000. 😔 I had had enough.

Now I am a huge hater of bulky smartphones. Lightweight works best for me and therefore I kept the idea of getting any kind of cover for my smartphone at bay. But now that I had broken the glass of my smartphone, I started seriously considering getting some kind of cover, and realised that Mi offers flip covers that aren't that heavy in weight. Got myself that.

Now the difference between a back cover and a flip cover is such that, one covers only the rear end while other one covers both sides.

One of my friends always cringes when anyone pulls a smartphone on the table-top as it leaves scratches on the smartphone's rear end and she has a big OCD about

Take a look at these pictures -
back-cover Flip-Cover

Which one do you think can keep your smartphone more safe and secure? I think in the battle of back cover vs. flip cover, the latter wins hands down because it gives much more safety against scratches, dirt etc. Whereas back cover seems like more of a fashionable accessory and nothing else.

Dipankar Ganguly
screen protector to protect the screen from getting shattered during a fall
Trust me, it doesn't work. I have seen SO many smartphone falls and glass break cases, that I find Gorilla Glass is a sham. 😁

Would love to hear more thoughts on this.
back cover when i used flip cover the weight of my mobile will increase, so i prefered back cover
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 16, 2017
I personally use a back cover for my Samsung phone. Flip covers are too difficult to use. I however like the transparent ones.
Ankita Katdare
I think in the battle of back cover vs. flip cover, the latter wins hands down because it gives much more safety against scratches, dirt etc.
When it comes to protection, flip covers are better for sure. But if we consider the other aspects, like convenience, then the back covers scores more. 👍 I used both flip and back covers for my previous smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5. And with the flip cover on, it was very difficult to take up phone calls, check notifications or even time in one hand in crowded situations like bus/metro. Clicking pictures with the rear camera is also very inconvenient.
Back covers have no such issue but provide lesser protection. For me, it is fine, as with the flips, I have to deal with the inconvenience daily in an attempt to protect my phone from that unlikely event of a shattering drop. So, with my new Galaxy S7, I chose a transparent back cover and a tempered glass for protection. 😎
I have been the user of flip covers the day since I bought my first smartphone. My preferred brand is Goospery or Mercury as they are known in some markets. They can be bought off EBay at much lower prices than any other flip cover and they have served both of my smartphones well. The one that I have put on my Nokia Lumia 730 is over two years old and even after all this time it still looks brand new. Yes, it does add to the weight of the smartphone but it provides a well thought out protection as well. I do not like back covers because they do nothing to protect the front. I am not talking about falls that will break your display if they are hard enough but minor contrivances like dust on display. I live in Bhubaneswar and it gets pretty hot in summer and while holding a smartphone to talk will result in a sweat stained display which has to be cleaned every time after a call. Since you do not have microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol (which is the correct way to clean smartphone displays) you use your shirt or pant which again messes the screen guard whether it’s a plastic one or a tempered glass one.

If you hate covers outright whether its back or flip but still need protection for your smartphone then I might suggest looking into this. This is called Grip and has been made by the company dbrand that also makes phone skins. You can use the Grip to protect the phone from falls without adding any bulk or hiding your smartphone’s outer beauty. Sadly this product is brand new and has been made for premium smartphones like the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S and Note series, Pixel and OnePlus.
The battle between the two seems to be long going. Personally I have used both, and currently have a back cover. It provides me an easy look of the screen and is minimalist by design. It is also cheaper than the flip one with proper and easy grip. Flip covers on the other hand were a little difficult to shoot photos and videos (in landscape mode) with flip part dangling outside.

If you usually keep your phone in bag/purse with other items like keys/pens flip cover can be a good option since it protects the screen from scratches effectively. It is a bit difficult however for one hand use. The back covers are easy to use with one hand and ideal if you tend to keep your phone in pocket. Most new-age phones come with Gorilla Glass protection so they are scratch proof; however not shatter proof. So if you drop your phone, back covers wont be of much help.

I think the choice really depends on one's usage and convenience. Since each option has its own advantages and fall-outs there is no one-size-fits all solution for this.
I prefer NO COVERS for my mobile as well as for my Galaxy Tab. Because, i'm not comfortable with covers as it increases the weight also the size of the device.

~Rude Boy 😁

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