E-DEALS : CREATIVE PHONE CASES

The average amount one spends on their phone these days is probably higher than what my mother spends on jewelry. Smartphones are flooding the market like crazy, and each day brings about a new tech revolution. Albeit while the phone interiors get smarter – it seems the exterior gets more and more delicate. A slight bump here and the coating chips, and if god forbid you drop it from more than 1 feet height, the touchscreen cracks in a second. So now, mobile phone covers and cases are the new necessity in our lives.

While earlier the phone covers wore a dreary and dull black matte look, the design revolution has ensured lots of bright and attractive options for your new phones. As the market veers towards more designer covers, we bring to you the 24 best options in the Indian online market right now.

1. CHUMBAK 

The quirky brand representing all things Indian has a wide range of options for Apple and Samsung users. The covers focus on desi-kitsch and cartoon artworks and are priced around Rs. 595/-  The USP of Chumbak covers are their conversational prints, and would even make for an interesting gift item for your friends abroad. Our favorites from this site are below.

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CHUMBAK MOOCHIE UNCLES FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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CHUMBAK TRADEMARK GRAFFITI FOR IPHONE: Buy it here.

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THINGS INDIANS SAY FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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AUTO WALA IKAT FOR SAMSUNG : Buy it here.

2. HIGH 5 STORE 

An E-store dedicated to bringing the smaller sellers across India directly in contact with buyers, the High5Store doesn’t have too many options for phone covers, but this particular one for Blackberry phones caught our eye. The re-incarnation of Phulkari (the traditional embroidery of Punjab) for modern and functional products is surely going to benefit the craftsmen. The pouches are priced around Rs.455/- and are ideal for carrying with Indian semi-formal wear.

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PHULKARI  MOBILE POUCH FOR BLACKBERRY : Buy it here.

3. INDIA CIRCUS

The Lifestyle label by Krsna Mehta has taken Indian kitsch lovers by storm and his expansion into Iphone covers is no surprise. With India-inspired art and modern aesthetics, this label features a lot of options for phone covers. The colors are across the spectrum, but modern and controlled. While they sell from a lot many multi-brand stores, we visited their own e-store where the covers cost around Rs.700/-  Go here if you wish for contemporary yet Indian-at-heart designs.

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CYCLE RICKSHAWS FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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SKETCHING STREET LIFE FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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VINTAGE MOTIFS FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

3. SHOP INONIT

A multi-brand store, Shop Inonit has lots of options for phone covers for both Samsung & Apple phone users. The most prominent brand amongst the available options is The Red Tag, which offers many options for youngsters – from kitsch themes to drinking puns. Other brands on offer are Tarana, Taath and iLeathergraph. The pricing varies across brands – starting from Rs.650/-  to Rs.1000/-  There are lots of options here, so everyone is bound to find something according to their tastes.

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JACK DANIELS THEME FOR SAMSUNG : Buy it here.

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SUPERHEROES FOR SAMSUNG : Buy it here.

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KATHAKALI KITSCH FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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KEEP CALM THEMES FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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MEASURING SCALES FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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GODDESS KAALI FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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PEANUTS COMIC STRIP FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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AMITABH BACHCHAN FANATICS FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

4. ITS HANDMADE

The Indian version of the popular Etsy website features some pretty cool options for people who want something unique and different. Instead of the run-of-the-mill mass produced covers, you can find quaint and handmade designs for your phones. With handpainted, knitted, crochet and crafted options, you can even contact the designer or artist to customise designs for you. The pricing is most economical too – starting from Rs.100/- but the only drawback is material longevity.

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INDIAN ART ON LEATHER POUCHES : Buy it here.

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CUTE OWL CROCHET POUCHES : Buy it here.

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CUTESY OWLS FOR SAMSUNG : Buy it here.

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HOLY COW LEATHER POUCHES : Buy it here.

5. SHOPICK

Another multi-brand seller with lots of options for Apple phones. The bright colors, trendy motifs and sketch art give the shoppers a lot to choose from. The brand is not mentioned on the website, but the quality seems good. The USP of the covers available here are the themes – moustaches and sunglasses are the flavors of the season, and people cant just get enough of them. The prices average at Rs.800/- and should work well to flaunt in casual gatherings and college students.

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MOUSTACHE LOVERS FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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AZTEC PATTERNS FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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CARTOON COLLAGES FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

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LONDON LOVE SKETCHES FOR IPHONE : Buy it here.

So that’s the end of this list. Hopefully you already own one of these smartphones and can go ahead and splurge on some quirky covers. For the ones with phones ignored by brands (like me), maybe its time to switch phones ! Haha ! On a serious note, I do believe this is an upcoming market because for the kind of prices smartphones are now selling for (averaging more than Rs.40,000), it would only make sense to treat it to lots of clothes (or rather covers). Lets see if the next few months bring creative covers for more phone models.

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