There are crazy expensive cases that keep it safe from every drop of water.
There are ridiculously bulky cases that promise to keep it safe if you drop it.
Then there are the screen protectors that are almost impossible to install without getting a smudge or fingerprint or bubble somewhere underneath it. That smudge, fingerprint, or bubble drives you crazy, by the way.
I fell for it all. I've had the Otter Box in almost every color available. (There aren't many.) I've tried every kind of screen protector imaginable. I launched a search for a case that helped safeguard my phone without turning my tiny iPhone 5 into something from the 90s.
There are cases that combine silicon with a hard shell. Those are said to be the best for shock absorption. But there's still the issue of the screen. You wouldn't want it to get scratched. That can happen...or so I thought. Before I could bother with it, though, I happened to be in an Apple Store, where one of their self-proclaimed geniuses told me my iPhone has Gorilla Glass.
No screen protector necessary, he said. When I didn't believe him, he pulled out his keys and proceeded to vigorously scratch the screen of his iPhone. Not a single mark. Still...my research shows that a robust screen protector like the one made by Zagg can protect the screen from looking like a spider web if you should ever drop it.
How do you protect your smartphone from damage?