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Does a Case Make Your Phone Slower?

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We test an iPhone Xs Max and a Samsung Galaxy S10+ with a variety of phone cases – including the Apple leather case – to see if a case can make your phone slower by affecting its thermal performance.

 

 

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"No"


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Just now, DrMacintosh said:

"No"

But, case = extra weight.  No case = my phone finishes a 5k faster.


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Yes, especially the dual layer, armor style case. I had my ipad in those, got hot without me noticing it.

One day it crash, i feel the heat in the center, i removed the case immediately , never experienced the same problem.

For protection, the armor case saved my ipad many times, my kid once throw it from 1/2 stairs down, still working.

But if i'm using it for myself, i removed the case.

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Before I watch the video, a number of years ago I had a non-galaxy samsung in a rubber case that got so hot it shut down.  I was using the gps to get me to a customers house on the out skirts of Denver and drove several miles before I realized the phone had shut down.

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cut holes in mine anyway. much easier to hold in hand too

 

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mine did overheat quite the bit for some reason, and having the case makes it stay warm for quite a while more, so i decided to just cut it

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Hey this was pretty informative, that puts me at ease with my case habits. I always buy clear cases for my phones and then print out some artwork to put it inbetween the case and the phone.

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6 hours ago, floofer said:

Really hardly anyone cares about phone performance.

ikr, it stopped mattering about 3 years ago


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47 minutes ago, imbrock said:

I also wonder if say a metal case could act as a heat sink.

wouldn't those... affect cell signal strength? o_o

also NFC and QI functionality would be blocked ._.

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7 minutes ago, VegetableStu said:

wouldn't those... affect cell signal strength? o_o

also NFC and QI functionality would be blocked ._.

Depends on the type of metal and placement of it. I've had metal phone cases before and my phone seemed to work normally. I imagine they would just need cutouts or plastic bits near the antennas.

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12 hours ago, floofer said:

Really hardly anyone cares about phone performance.

do you mean you don't regularly run bench-marking software 12 times in a row??

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There is still more and more of these blog style, fake banter, less scripted episodes, as opposed to the more compact planned out episodes where host reads the teleprompter. I hope this doesn't become the new standard, as it takes way more time to push across the same amount of information.

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