Tablet covers are some of the most important accessories around.
Used for protecting tablets from the elements and more, they are one of the hottest commodities around.
With the rise of usage in tablets, the number of tablet cover sales has been increasing more or less proportionately.
There are today tablet covers available in a variety of different materials. Some of them are made of a single material, while others are a hybrid, meaning that they are a mix of two or more materials.
Either way, they perform an important function of keeping the tablet in good working condition, throughout the tablet’s working life.
And when it comes to the materials used for the tablets, not all materials are the same. On the contrary, these materials come with their own set of Advantages and Disadvantages. Therefore, it is important to know these details, before making any purchase.
Given in the list below are some of the most important Advantages and Disadvantages of tablets, based on the material used:
1.) Metal Cases
Advantages: Metal cases are great for those who use the tablets in a rugged and rough manner.
Disadvantages: While they provide structural strength and support, they do tend to corrode, especially when they come into contact with water.
2.) Aluminum Cases
Advantages: Although aluminum is essentially a ‘metal’, it comes with the Advantages of being less prone to corrosion than other metals.
Disadvantages: At the same time however, they are often softer in comparison to other metals like iron or steel (an alloy of iron).
3.) Bamboo Cases
Advantages: There are fairly rare in comparison to other cases, but they are popular as an ‘eco friendly alternative’. They are great for everyday use, and even have a certain degree of strength.
Disadvantages: The downside of bamboo covers is that they tend to decay when exposed to moisture and splinter if the bamboo is of low quality. Also, the strength is fairly les in comparison to metal or hard plastics.
4.) Carbon Fiber Cases
Advantages: These are one of the more recent innovations, and are great for those seeking a lightweight tablet case alternative.
Disadvantages: The downside is that they are usually very expensive, and when damaged, almost impossible to repair.
5.) Plastic Cases
Advantages: Plastic cases are great for those seeking structural strength and support.
Disadvantages: The downside is that they are usually brittle, especially the tablet cases of ‘thinner’ varieties.
6.) Polyurethane Cases
Advantages: These cases are great for those who just want a case for the tablet, to protect it from dust and dirt.
Disadvantages: They are not ideal for structural strength and support, due to being soft.
7.) Rubber Cases
Advantages: Rubber cases are ideal for those seeking grip and moderate strength. In addition to this, they can also be brightly colored and even designed.
Disadvantages: The downside to rubber cases is that they are easily damaged and can also deteriorate on exposure to moisture.
8.) Fabric Cases
Advantages: Fabric cases are ideal for those who don’t subject their tablets to damaging use.
Disadvantages: The downside to fabric cases is that they are not as strong as say, metal or plastic ones. In addition to this, they tend to fray and tear with the passage of time. Also, the paints used for their designs can fade out after washing, especially if they aren’t made of good quality.
9.) Faux-Leather Cases
Advantages: They are a more humane alternative to genuine leather cases. They protect the case from dust and dirt, but do very little in terms of protecting them from shock and impact.
Disadvantages: Apart from the lack of structural strength, they tend to tear and fray with the passage of time, often even in the case of quality faux-leather.
10.) Felt Cases
Advantages: The felt cases are ideal for those who just seek a case for general purposes, and aren’t focused much on structural support and shock absorbency. They are excellent to keep the tablets secure, particularly for transportation or even general storage.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage is that they tend to fray and get damaged with time, especially when subjected to moisture or heat. In addition to this, they often don’t have the necessary structural strength to protect the tablets from shock damage or any other kind of general impacts.
11.) Fur Cases
Advantages: Fur cases are generally preferred as a luxury commodity for general protection from dirt and dust. Apart from this, they don’t serve any other purpose.
Disadvantages: A major disadvantage is that fur cases tend to get dirty a lot, especially if they have long strands. In addition to this, there is also the issue of structural weakness, tendency to get damaged, and ethics of using fur and also legality, in case the fur wasn’t legally sourced.
12.) Leather Cases
Advantages: Leather cases are ideal for general protection for dust and dirt, as well as minor impacts.
Disadvantages: One of the biggest damage is that the leather can deteriorate with the passage of time. In addition to this, there is also the issue of ethics (of using leather) and the lack of structural strength.
13.) Wood Cases
Advantages: These are some of the more rare kinds of tablets, since not many use them. They are ideal for those seeking structural support more than anything else for their tablets.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage of wood cases is that they tend to rot when exposed to moisture and splinter when the quality of wood isn’t very good.
14.) Neoprene Cases
Advantages: The advantage of neoprene cases is that they are great for impact absorbency and general storage. In addition to this, they also come in a variety of colors and designs.
Disadvantages: The downside of neoprene cases is that they tend to deteriorate with the passage of time. In addition to this, it is rather difficult to repair damaged neoprene cases as well.
16.) Eco-friendly Cases
Advantages: These are some of the more recent trends, where the cases for tablets are made using eco-friendly materials. Quite often, they use a variety of materials and are of hybrid origin, meaning they may comprise of wood, burlap, organic cotton cloth, etc. They provide structural strength and support to the tablets, as well as from the elements like dust and dirt.
Disadvantages: The downside of eco-friendly cases is that, more than anything else, they are expensive. Given that they are a fairly recent innovation and yet to achieve popularity among the general public, the prices tend to be higher than in the case of other tablet cases.
In all, it should be understood that the tablet materials come in a variety of materials, each with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.
What this means is that no matter what you buy, you will have to manage these two aspects in some way or the other. The exact way you go about doing this will be up to you.
In all, figure out what is the most important thing that you seek for your tablet, and make your purchase based on this.