Yes, they look similar, but don’t judge based on looks!
More people than ever are using wireless devices and the mobile accessory industry is expanding every day. Numerous cases are being manufactured in China and they usually cost around $2 or even less. I’m sure some of you guys have experienced these cheap cases with terrible quality that you didn’t know until you received them.
What’s the difference between Ringke case and “Made in China” cases?
1. Precisely tailored clickable buttons
Left: Ringke [Air] Right: Low-cost case manufactured in China. As you can see there are significant differences between buttons
As you can see in the image above, Ringke [AIR] buttons are definitely sticking outward, but the other case has flat buttons that attached inside.
This is one of the reasons why you cannot feel the click when you press down on buttons. This can also lead to dysfunction of devices buttons. It is very important to check the button cutouts before you make any purchase.
Left: Ringke [Air] Right: Low-cost case manufactured in China. Smartphone cases require a button space for every single button on devices.
2. Protection strength
Left: Ringke [Air] Right: Low-cost case manufactured in China. Thin low-quality cases get stretched over time and it gets harder to get a firm grip on your device.
As you can see in the images above, Ringke [AIR] has thicker sides than the other case. the thickness of the side affects the actual protection of your device. Low-quality cases with thin sides cannot hold on to the device through impact.
You should be able to tell the difference between them through firmness of the grip and the precise fit of the device, but it is hard to tell the difference just by looking at them through online shopping websites.
Ringke [AIR] offers thicker side with curve located inside of the case which reduces the air gap between the case and device which provides the firm grip.
Top: Ringke [Air] Bottom: Low-cost case manufactured in China. Thinner sidelines are easy to stretch and they will rip over time.
3. Material and Features
The material is very important when it comes down to clear cases. Ringke uses a material called TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane). Well-known avoid case from turning yellow over time, but it’s hard to tell what kind of material is used to manufacture low-cost cases made in china.
Left: Ringke [Air] Right: Low-cost case manufactured in China. Strap hole is well designed for easy use on Ringke [AIR], but the other case only has two hole that seems hard to use.
Ringke is a very popular case brand in China, and many companies imitate Ringke cases. One of Ringke’s trademark is the wrist strap holes located on the bottom left side of Ringke cases. The holes on Low-cost cases seems like they would work, but straight holes can cause the gap in between two holes to snap and that would cause major damage to your device.
Ringke offers four rearguards on each corner of the case. These rear guards will protect the back side of the case from getting scratched across the flat surface.
Remember buttons, thickness, and detailed features. Don’t forget!
Cheap price sounds great, but it could lead to more spendings. It into always check the detailed features to make sure the case will actually provide the protection you need for your device.