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5 Basic Essentials To Know Before Buying A Smartphone Case For iPhone 7 Plus

5 Basic Essentials To Know Before Buying A Smartphone Case For iPhone 7 Plus

With each new smartphone that Apple puts out, the capabilities of the phone increases and so does its cost. Because of these two factors, along with a few others, the need to protect your smartphone from scratches and from breaking becomes a rising need among users as well. The market is currently saturated with an abundance of cases that are designed to ensure that your phone will stay safe, even if you accidentally drop it.

However, the fact that we have different types of smartphone cases to choose from does not mean all smartphone cases are useful or essentially worth the cost.

If you want to enjoy a smartphone case, especially for your iPhone 7 series, it is important to take these five factors into consideration:

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1. Color

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    Choosing color is a matter of taste and preference. But, if you happen to own a smartphone with a great design, you will definitely want the case to be transparent. Many users buy transparent silicone cases. However, if you want a case built with transparent material, it is important not to buy a case made with silicon materials, as they are more susceptible to damage.

    When choosing the color, take into consideration a color that will not require regular cleaning or will fade easily. Instead, choose a smartphone case built with genuine leather material, that way you won’t have a problem dealing with fading or accumulating dirt.

    2. Material And Structure

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      Smartphone cases made of plastic, silicon, or leather have different textures, flexibility and quality. You will not enjoy the same flexibility and texture when you buy a hard plastic or silicon smartphone case versus a genuine leather case. While the genuine leather cases are better in quality and durability, others are susceptible to breakage and vulnerable to unfavorable weather conditions.

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      Therefore, if you are looking for a case that will protect your smartphone and prefer one made from leather, it is highly recommended to buy a genuine leather case from a manufacturer with product information and specifications.

      3. Durability

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        Buying a smartphone case can be one of the best decisions you can make. But, it is necessary to also take the durability of the case into consideration. Smartphone cases made from genuine leather material are best if you need a case that will be around while standing the test of time, irrespective of the weather.

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        No smartphone case material is as durable as genuine leather material. Leather is known to be durable and that is why some of the world’s most expensive shoes are made from genuine leather material.

        4. Design And Versatility

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          The design and shape of a case is also essential when buying a smartphone case. For example, there are cases that are fixed as a back cover to a smartphone but leave the screen unprotected and vulnerable to damage when falling while. There are also smartphone cases that go beyond the sides, allowing you to support a smartphone upside down for easy flexibility.

          But, the ideal scenario is to take into account what we really need from a smartphone case, which is to fully protect the smartphone away from scratches and falls. Irrespective of what we need, it is best to choose a case that will protect the smartphone properly.

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          5. Manufacturer

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            The manufacturer of a smartphone case is also a contributing and deciding factor in the quality of a case. There are some cases that will scratch the smartphone due to poor quality manufacturing, machinery, and design.

            Buying a smartphone case from a manufacturer that compromises on quality is something that should be avoided. It is important to search for a brand that will suit all of our requirements with features, such as card slots, side pockets for money or additional cards, and magnetic lock designs for a lasting experience.

            Featured photo credit: Shieldoncase.com via shieldoncase.com

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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