Phone Case vs Phone Skin: What’s the difference?

Watching a lot of YouTube videos lately? If so, I am pretty sure that you are being bombarded with dBrand skin advertisements all over the place! Just a year ago, the choice was easy – you buy a new phone, you get a new phone case for your phone. But things aren’t so simple now, are they? There are a variety of phone cases and to add to all that, there are even more phone skin cases. Phone case vs Phone Skin – What’s the difference between the two and which one is a better buy? Let’s find out.


Note: I have not affiliated with any of the phone case manufacturers or any phone skin manufacturer so this comparison is completely unbias. 

Look, while many of you are aware, there are some of us who are not entirely sure about the differences between a phone case and a phone case. So, let’s get that out of the way first.

Phone Cases:

Phone Cases are of different types and are made up of various materials. Here are the materials used in the phone cases:

  • Slim/Thin Cases– Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU): A kind of plastic which is flexible, elastic and resists oil and smudges.
  • Transparent Cases– Very thin TPU material used, usually 1-2mm thin. Doesn’t provide extreme protection but enough to prevent a phone from scratching and prevent the phone from damage when dropped from a small height. Preserves the design of the phone.
  • PU Leather Cases– Made from PU leather which is synthetic leather which looks as though it is a real one. It costs less (around $5-$15) but doesn’t feel anywhere near like real leather.
  • Leather Cases– These are real leather cases usually made by premium brands or by manufacturers themselves. Apple sells leather iPhones and iPads cases which are legitimate leather.  They feel really good in the hand and the texture is really smooth.
  • Dual-Layer Cases– If you are looking for ultimate protection of your phone, this is the way to go. As the name of the phone case suggests, it is a dual-layer case made from two different layers. The inner layer is soft and absorbs impact. The outer layer is hard and solid and makes sure that it breaks before the phone does. If you work in a very rough environment, this is the way to go.

Unlike phone skins, phone cases are made by hundreds of manufacturers. Whenever I am searching for cases, there’s always a new brand that pops on the list of phone case manufacturers. But here are the top dogs in the phone case business:best-phone-case-manufacturers

  • OtterBox
  • Spigen
  • KuGi
  • Caseology
  • Ringke
  • Incipio
  • Poetic

But that’s not to say that other manufacturers don’t make enough good cases. But if you are looking for a phone case, I will look at the above manufacturers first.

Phone Skins:

You will be surprised to know that Phone Skins weren’t very popular until a few years back. dBrand was the company that brought the phone skins to the mainstream. And the popularity is growing at an exponential rate. Now, more than 5 renowned brands make Phone skins.  Let’s check out the material that makes up a phone Skin:

  • High-Quality Vinyl material

Yes, that’s it! All the Phone skins are made out of the same material, i.e Vinyl. And yes, it’s the same Vinyl material used in the making of Vinyl records! Vinyl is made up of Poly Vinyl Chloride, a synthetic plastic polymer. And it’s very rigid and holds up well for a very long time.

All the Phone Skins are made up of Vinyl isn’t to say that all the phone skins feel the same. The texture on the top of each phone skin is different. And dBrand seems to do it the best. Some of the skins have smooth skins while others have rough. Most of the times, the manufacturer clearly states the texture of the phone skin. If not, you can always check the user reviews to know about the different skins and their feel in hand.

Phone Case Vs Phone Skin: Which one is better and worth your money?

Now you know all about phone cases and phone skins, it’s much simpler to decide between the two. Phone Case Vs Phone Skin, that’s a question which is simple for me to answer. But the answer may be different for you.

Personally, I think that phone cases are the way to go. Sure, the phone skins look good and all but I don’t think they do what they promise to do best – protect your phone. The only purpose of phone skin that I see is to protect the phone from scratches and dings. But they cannot protect the phone in case of a drop. Also, unlike phone cases which protect the front part of the phone, the phone skins completely fail to do so.

And some may say that phone skins make the phone look unique and different from all the phones out there. On that, I have nothing to argue about. If you are applying a phone case for design purpose only, go ahead, get yourself a phone skin. But don’t expect the phone skin to protect your phone.

I feel that phone skins sell more than they should, all thanks to the advertisements we see about phone skins on the web. I am not saying phone skins are not worth the money at all, just letting you know what to expect out of a phone skin and what not to.

Phone Cases on the other hands come in various forms and designs. Don’t like thick cases for your phone, you can get a cheaper one. Don’t like any of the designs for a phone case? Why not get a transparent one then? Phone cases can be both functional and designed to look good. Just see around and I’m sure you will find a good phone case for your smartphone.

Should I get a Tempered Glass Screen Protector?


Definitely! I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t apply one. I am sure you are wondering where in the world did tempered glass screen protector come in the article talking about Phone Case Vs Phone Skin but I thought it is worth a mention.

People either get a phone case or a phone skin and completely forget about the tempered glass screen protector. I think it’s a bad decision to opt-out on tempered glass. They are cheap, work like a charm and don’t affect the responsiveness of the screen in anyways. And if you are getting a phone skin, I will recommend the tempered glass for your phone even more.

The skin or case for your phone may protect the housing of the phone but will certainly not protect the glass of your phone. Also, a phone tempered glass will run about $10 and most of the phone screen replacement will cost over $100. For me, a tempered glass screen protector is a no-brainer. I recommend you to get one on your phone as well!

So, that is all for now. Hope this Phone Case vs Phone Skin post was helpful. What are your opinions on the topic? Do let me know in the comments section below!

Dipesh is a geek from the heart. He loves gadgets and is trying out new phones every week. For him, life is either technology or it's nothing!

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