One of the most popular types of cases made for water proof iPhone or the iPod Touch are the silicone cases, often made of silicone rubber. Silicone has wide variety of applications, ranging from contact lenses, dust rollers, protective coatings to cosmetics, food containers, automobile parts and oils. It is said that silicone exists in all parts of the living room and it makes its presence felt in every room in the house. There are just too many applications of silicone. They are the most commercialized organic/inorganic polymers.
Silicone cases are quite common as a material used for making cases and covers for wide variety of gadgets including iPhone and iPods. They carry several advantages over plastic or leather cases and low quality silicone cases can have serious disadvantages in the long run.
Advantages of Silicone Cases
- Silicone cases are flexible, soft, elastic in nature and hence easy to install compared to plastic cases. All we need to do is just bend and twist the case appropriately to insert iPod touch or the iPhone into the case.
- Silicone rubber cases offer excellent grip. While it is easy to feel proud of the fact that your iPhone or iPod Touch is ultra thin, has a smooth, shiny back, you will soon become aware of the fact that such a device can easily slip from your hand and drop. Rubberized cases made of silicone will enable you obtain a better grip on your device and significantly reduce the risk of it slipping from your hand.
- Quality Silicone cases of sufficient thickness offer good impact resistance. Your device gets reasonably good protection during drops and scrapes.
- Silicone is cheap, in fact cheaper than materials like polycarbonate and TPU used to make plastic cases.
- Silicone is eco-friendly unlike many types of plastic. Silicone is arguably more environment friendly than leather by being less polluting and easier to produce.
- Unlike plastic, Silicone cases do not acquire scratches on them and may experience slight wear and tear depending on the nature of the case and frequency of use.
- Silicone cases often come with good choice of colors. These cases are colored easily but plastic cases (e.g., cases made of polycarbonate) are better candidates for getting a customized case done for you.
- Silicone is non-toxic and can withstand wide temperature changes. Unlike leather cases, silicone cases exhibit good resistance to fungus, water and chemicals.
Disadvantages of Silicone Cases
Silicone products are known to build up static electricity which can attract lots of dust and lint that stick to it’s surface and on edges of These cases. This is one of the most common complaints we hear about silicone cases. But be aware that silicone is widely used in consmetics, sanitary products, for making contact lenses, in healthcare and medical applications and hence blindly characterizing them as dust and lint suckers is misleading. The quality of the case, the technology used for making the case along the additives added to the silicone material play a major role in determining the extent of this problem of dust and lint attracting nature of the silicone. Some silicone cases come with an anti-static coating to help reduce this problem.
- Be aware that silicone is used for making dust and lint rollers. Poorly thought out and badly designed iPhone and iPod Touch silicone cases/covers can definitely make dust and lint stick the surface along with grease and sweat. And it’s not that these cases are easy to clean either making the problem worse. So my advise would be to check reviews online, see feedback from actual users online and then decide if the specific silicone case of interest is right for you.
- Silicone cases, specially the cheap ones, can get misaligned, become loose over time and sag. If the silicone case/cover becomes a loose-fit case for your iPhone or iPod Touch, dust, lint and grease can get inside the case potentially scratching the device itself. Dust residing on the interiors of a case is a bigger problem with silicone cases as compared with leather or plastic cases, since dust and lint tend to stick to it’s surface and it is difficult to clean or wipe away the dirt or grease on silicone cases. Unlike many of the plastic and leather cases, dust residing on the interiors of a silicone case is a much bigger problem. This is because dust and lint tend to stick to silicone surface and it is difficult to clean or wipe off the dirt or grease on silicone cases.
- Silicone cases can be a bit bulkier than some of the plastic cases. With most cases though, I find that bulk is not a concern.
- When silicone case is covering the iPod Touch or iPhone, some find it difficult to push the device into their pockets and take it out from the same. This is due to sticky texture of some of the silicone cases.
In summary, silicone cases offer significant advantages for a case buyer and that explains the popularity they enjoy. Unlike leather or plastic cases, limited case designs are possible with silicone. Still, manufacturers looking to innovate have some interesting cases available. For example, check out my family’s favorite case – Case-mate Vroom Case for iPhone and same for iPod Touch. No doubt there are a number of silicone cases available to attract a discerning customer.
To overcome the deficiencies of silicone, I would definitely avoid purchasing cheap low quality iPhone cases and iPod Touch cases made of silicone sold at some retail kiosks in malls or big stores and in some lesser-known online stores.Read on →