In this day and age, there is no question that a smartphone is a prized possession for most people. They are our primary means of communication and many of us would be completely lost without them. Smartphones are also a significant investment. Between the contract, data plan, apps and music, monthly smartphone bills can get pretty expensive. Accidents happen, and since most of us can’t afford to replace a broken smartphone before we’re eligible for an upgrade, it is important to know how to protect it. Another benefit of protecting your smartphone is an increase in trade-in value. While NextWorth accepts broken phones, you’ll have an even better payday if your phone is in pristine condition. Here are a few products to help protect your phone and preserve its value: Protective cases When it comes to phone cases, brands such as Otterbox and LifeProof are often considered the best means of protection. All smartphone cases today are designed primarily to absorb shock (Phone gets dropped, stepped on, etc.), but some options are specially designed to be waterproof or water resistant as well. Otterbox Preserver – Features a screen protector and covers over headphone and charger ports. This case can be submerged as deep as 6.6 feet for up to 30 minutes and your phone will be safe. Foam cushions on the inside of the case help absorb shock if your phone is dropped. Photo courtesy otterbox.com LifeProof Nuud – What makes the LifeProof Nuud case different is that it does not include a screen protector, but hugs the phone tight enough to create a waterproof seal that prevents water from entering. This case is slimmer than other high-protection cases, making it sleeker and easier to store. Photo courtesy lifeproof.com Screen protectors Many phone cases do not include a screen protector. These are often considered the best options when shopping for screen protectors. invisibleSHIELD – Zagg’s invisibleSHIELD offers a variety of screen protectors. Options range from the original to the high definition protector to glass. The original protector is the most popular and sticks to your phone’s screen to protect it from scratches, dirt, and dust. Photo courtesy zagg.com RhinoShield – This screen protector is considered one of the best. In addition to protecting from scratches and dirt, RhinoShield flexible glass design is meant to absorb shock. This helps to protect the screen from cracking upon impact. Any of these products will instantly increase your phone’s chances of surviving some kind of accident. Buying a protective case and a screen protector is the smartest way to protect your phone from damage and preserve its value when it’s time for a trade-in.