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How do you protect your smartphone?

0. phoneArena 05 Jun 2014, 08:07 posted on

Cases, bumpers, holsters and pouches, even a simple screen protector is better than nothing when it comes to our expensive smartphones. These little (or big) buggers can hit the price of a decent laptop or a TV nowadays, so protection is important...

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:15 3

1. DillWeed (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


There's little need to protect my note 3, since except for one small crack in the side bezel, everybody else is in a pristine condition after eight months of abuse. I used to carry Spigen Neo Hybrid but the phone instantly gets too big.
Cases are perfect for smaller phones or phones with very slim bezels (wouldn't mind putting a case on a LG G3)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:40 3

24. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I always buy cases for my phone, but I rarely use them. It's an oximoron to have a phone with premium design just to cover it up with a case. It's risky, but that's just how I am.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 14:49 1

40. Finalflash (Posts: 1913; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Have a padfone infinity, thing is a tank and doesn't get scratched at all. This is how premium phones should be built unlike the other cheap "premium" materials used in HTC ones or iPhones.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 09:59

50. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I wouldn't all the full-body aluminum of the HTC One M8 cheap...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:49

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 2438; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I dont feel a need to protect the phone, gorilla is doing good job on the screen and the body is ok.... I feel it odd to make the phone bigger and thicker by putting false bodies on the top

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:19

26. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


God I hate people with cases, just spend a few $ per month and get insurance. But please cover up those ugly phones though. Only the flagships deserve to get no case treatment.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:02

28. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


There is still a fee to get a new phone if you have insurance and they wont replace it for scratches or small cracks, something has to be broken like the touch no longer working or a large section of the screen is shattered.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:38

45. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well a case would have kept the resale value up because your little crack in the side bezel means it's not in pristine condition anymore. Doesn't matter if 99% of the phone is in great condition when I'm looking for a used phone on Craigslist I won't buy one with any cracks.

I have a KLD Oscar 2 flip case on my Note 3 and I carry it in the same pocket as a Moto G with a Fosmon Durafrost TPU case on it. They're not too big for my front pockets.....and these jeans I'm wearing are tighter than I'd prefer.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:16 3

2. Canaan (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I only use those invisible shield screen protectors. I'm not a fan of cases as they make the phone feel and look bulkier. Also, what's the point of buying a nice looking phone if it's going to be hidden by a case?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:22

6. MobileGuru (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


Invisible shield makes your phone sticky as hell after a few years. Especially on the rubber and plastic parts of my blackberry back then!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:05

29. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


You don't need a screen protector.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:49

39. vincelongman (Posts: 1718; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I protect my Nexus 5 with a tempered glass screen protector, so if I drop it the glass screen protector would shatter, not my phone's screen

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 15:50

43. Canaan (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Well my Nexus 4 has a glass back and front, so it doesn't get sticky. Although, I do have one applied at the mall every few months, since I work at a clinic I tend to sanitize my phone and the shield starts to peel off after a few weeks or months of doing that.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:59

46. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Resale value. If you protect your phone your resale value is higher than an old & busted phone. For the last 4 years I've been very successful at buying and selling phones to where I haven't needed to pay practically anything out of pocket to keep it going. I'd buy a phone on contract then six months later sell it and buy one of the newer phones when I find a deal, then sell that one and buy another used one. I've funded my smartphone habit with very little investment and I always have a pretty new phone. I've had the most luck with T-Mobile phones in the past but now that phones are sold full price with no subsidy I'm wondering how that will effect the resale pricing.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:21

3. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I use a wrist lanyard so it doesn't fall when taking pictures or risky handling.
A floating wrist lanyard when on a boat or on taking pictures at the beach.

And a screen protector besides the ASF included by Sony

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:21

4. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


No lanyards in the poll... Oh well, it works great for me

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:22

5. yahia_malka (Posts: 135; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


I just screen protector and case

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:30 2

7. Anshulonweb (Posts: 370; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I use just a screen protector...... case spoils the beauty of my xperia.....

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:58

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Same here just a screen protector

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:30 5

8. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


Naked and raw :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:31

9. Nath4N (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)


Pouch

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:34

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I use screen protector on the front and back of my Z2. I used to have a case for it but I switched to a metal bumper for the time being. I'm liking the bumper bc the look. However, I'm still being careful since it's just a bumper.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:39 5

11. Mohammed.Salah (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


I don't care I have Nokia ;)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:17 3

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i used my N8 without screen protector and case..........and i sold it completely in great condition.

Nokia is protective, then why need protection.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:48

12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


A screen protector is all I need for my L1520. :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:15 3

20. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i don't think nokia need screen protector too..........

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:51 1

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3350; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I just keep good care of it.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:58

14. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I have a hard shell case for my phone. I dropped it several times and did not receive one scratch, thanks to gorilla glass.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:00

16. VLaRueC (Posts: 133; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Flip cover cases are missing from the poll..

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:05 1

17. jphillips63 (Posts: 186; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Otter box defender for me. I remove the plastic shield and use one of the HD screen protectors.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:39

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


^ This.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:13 1

19. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 183; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Just an iloome tempered glass screen protector on my Note 3.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:38 1

22. tokuzumi (Posts: 351; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Work is phasing out blackberry, and I am getting a work-issued S4. Since we don't pay for insurance, I'm sure if I damage my phone, I'll be out of pocket. I'm getting the Seidio OBEX case. I don't want any accidents. Granted, I've never damaged a phone, either with water, drops, etc, but I'm kind of paranoid about caring for a $500 device the size of a Hershey bar.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:41

27. kriss (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Slim black aluminium bumper and full ZAGG InvisibleShield both keeping my Note2 safe and sound without adding too much bulk.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:17

30. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Screen protector is a must! Case only when I lend friends my phone! What's the use of a slim phone if u can't appreciate it

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:28

31. RandomUsername (Posts: 566; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I use IP58...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 12:12

32. SupermanayrB (Posts: 210; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Silicone gel skin & holster. Dropped 1 on concrete (Droid Razr Maxx) & the other (Note 3) on tile floor & they both survived without a scratch. I stand by those gel skins.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 12:23

33. HildyJ (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I protect my smartphone like I protect my Windows tablet - I carry them in pockets with nothing else in the pocket for them to rub against. In the case of the smartphone, it's my shirt pocket. I've never broken a phone/tablet/laptop and I don't have to deal with extra size and weight.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 12:47

34. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 May 2012)


By not being a nimrod

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:08

35. pjckmen (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


:) yeah !!! I like You hehe

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:29

36. wilsong17 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I miss using the note 3 since December no case and still look like new

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:31

37. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


If your phone is equipped with a Corning or Asahi glass, you actually don't need a screen protector trust me unless you go to the beach a lot where the hazards of rubbing your phone with sediments is extremely high

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:39

38. somad (Posts: 131; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I pay $9 every month for insurance and if my phone is broken or stolen I still have to pay $100 deductible, and that's not the problem the problem is the will send me a certified phone or refurbished one which is not fair... I hate insurance.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 15:27

41. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I protect my Note 3 with a metal frame and glass back combination. Doesn't even make it thick and feels nice but too cold

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 15:36 1

42. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I like my phone how I like my women...naked

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:21

47. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 869; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


THAT"S ALL FOLKS!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:31

44. Stuntman (Posts: 788; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I use a belt pouch primarily to carry my phone.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:22

48. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 869; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I swear THIS SAME topic is brought up monthly... I kinda DONT CARE. Sorry for the caps.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 21:05

49. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


U guys have to be crazy. I rather have a case to protect my temepered glass phone z1 it already have minor scratch when fell out of my pocket on pavement. Still looking for a hard strong bumbper for me phone. even though i love the beautiful design of the body

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