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Mobile accessories buying guide: Find the right extras for every phone

Here’s a shortlist of what to consider when you’re shopping for a smartphone case, for instance (and some bonus pointers on selecting other accessories):

Model

What kind of phone does the person have? No matter how rad that iPhone 4s case is, it’s unlikely to be of much use to your nephew if he owns an iPhone 5. To start, find out exactly what brand—and model—of phone you’re shopping for. Most case manufacturers offer styles that fit a variety of smartphones, including models from Apple or Samsung.

Grip

In addition to protecting a phone, many cases are designed to be easy to hold. Speck’s CandyShell Grip case is popular for a reason: Texturized silicone strips ensure that the phone remains in the user’s hands during vigorous group-texting sessions, while a dual-layer and raised bezel physically safeguards the device.

Protection

Another aspect to consider: What are you protecting the phone from? If your gift recipient is worried only about dropping their precious cargo, many cases will do, and some, such as Incipio’s Silicrylic line, are designed for shock absorption.

Features

Although almost any case will do for day-to-day use, what about people who like to go running with their smartphone? Or those who take a lot of pictures? It’s a good idea to have some idea of how your intended recipient is using their phone

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