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Smartphone cases: yay or nay?

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Smartphone cases: yay or nay?
It's Monday, folks, which means that we're back with another poll. The topic today is smartphone cases, and more specifically: do you use them? 

We won't lie, and we'll admit that the office is split on this one, with some opting for the bulky accessory as a necessity in everyday life, while there are also those who prefer to enjoy their device in its full, manufacturer-intended glory. After all, what good is the excellent craftsmanship that went into devices like the HTC One or the iPhone 5s if it's almost entirely obscured by a cheap piece of rubber or plastic. Of course, we're in no way trying to disregard the practicality of employing some protection, but it still boils down to choice. And we're interested in knowing your views on the matter, and should enough of of you choose to participate, then there's also the added bonus of having a somewhat statistically-representative sample.

So, what say you? Are smartphones cases, like the seat belts in your car, a necessity of life? Or do you prefer to take your chances and just look after your device? Let us know by casting your vote now!

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Smartphone cases: yay or nay?
53.69%
917 votes
(917 votes) Yes, I use and will continue to use cases
8.2%
140 votes
(140 votes) Yes, I currently use a case, but plan not to with my next phone
30.21%
516 votes
(516 votes) No, I don't currently use a case nor do I intend to
7.9%
135 votes
(135 votes) No, I don't currently use a case, but plan to with my next phone

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posted on 10 Mar 2014, 08:54 3

1. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


If you're an Android user, and like thin but stylish and sleek cases, I get all of mine from Cruzerlite and they rock.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 12:09 1

47. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I prefer not to ruin the beauty of my Z with cases.
Im completely confident in its durability and it have survived all drops so far.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 08:55 2

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I love my phone naked unless it's a SWEET METAL case. But even then I go back to naked. I hate that all cases add girth...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:10 4

15. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Currently use a Padfone Infinity, and the thing is full metal but doesn't scratch AT ALL. My wife has dropped it like 10 times and thank god it is still in almost perfect condition. Haven't used a case on my S4 either, but she has the bumper for her Nexus 4 (essential because she keeps dropping it as well). Haven't really used a case since the my iPhone days and don't even plan on doing so.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:26

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol Your wife too, likes to drop your awesome/expensive devices...

Man I am glad I am NOT the only one. lol

+1

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 08:56

3. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


never .

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:44

45. Sauce (unregistered)


Why not? Doesn't really work with my Note, but I like to use cases on my iPhones to keep it in flawless condition. Trip to Brazil a few weeks before the iPhone 6, LGG3, or any other future phone comes out, and I got myself an easy $3000.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 08:58 8

4. Planterz (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I protect my fragile, expensive, glass-screened electronic device with a case because I'm not an idiot.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:04 3

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Or because you are a butterfingers... lol

To me a Tempered Glass Screen protector is way MORE important than a case for protection that is...

www.mimeusa.com

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:13 7

19. Planterz (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Hey, $#!t happens. It's not always your own clumsy fault either.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:23 1

25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You got that right... My Galaxy Note 3 has been dropped 2 times & both times it was my wife that dropped it. My Tempered Glass Screen protector was the saving grace...

BOTH times the phone was dropped from kitchen counter high to a harda$$ tile floor & BOTH times it has come out without a shattered screen.

I am totally with you. lol

+1

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:04 2

34. maherk (Posts: 894; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Tempered glass saved my Note 3's screen couple of weeks ago as well. Next day, I ordered the Spigen one. As for the cases, I hate them, I customize my Note 3 by changing the battery doors, there are thousands of options on ebay and amazon.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:30

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That's exactly what I do. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is so customizable. There are so things that you can buy for it.

Have you seen www.casefanatic.com ?

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:40

44. maherk (Posts: 894; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yeah I did, items on it are way overpriced. There is an italian leather battery door for the Note 3 sells for 11.59 on ebay, and around $40 on this site. I got a black tempered glass back door with champaign gold aluminum sides for $15.99 on ebay. Prices on ebay when it comes to phone accessories are incomparable

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 14:33 1

60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It's funny you say that... I go to CaseFanatic to see what is out there, Then I go to e-bay to see if I can buy it cheaper.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 12:48 1

50. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 742; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Great site, just ordered two for one , thanks for the tip :)

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 14:29

59. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No problem. I am glad I could be of service...

+1

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:32 2

30. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I just ordered a Nitro Glass in Clear for my Note 3 the other day, and I couldn't agree more. Those things are absolute beasts.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:41 1

31. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


YES SIR...

A MUST investment.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:15

20. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


I once owned an iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 and never once dropped them nor gotten any scratches on them during my year and a half owning them. Does that make me an idiot?

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:48 6

32. Planterz (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'd say it makes you very lucky. You might not have been in a car accident in a few years either, but that doesn't make it smart to stop wearing your seatbelt.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:33 3

43. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


True..

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 23:29

67. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yup.

Having little kids....butter finger girl friends....I wish I had cases on my past cracked screen phones...lol.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 08:58 7

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I'm a case addict although my Note 3 doesn't really need them.
But a protective case is a must if your phone is made of "premium" aluminium!

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:00 1

8. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ok...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 19:24

65. hurrycanger (Posts: 1092; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


That's... true.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:00 2

6. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


If it's a premium leather case, then yes. Other ways a HUUUUGE NO.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:00

7. Bishop_99 (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I will always use a case to cover my phone. I thankfully haven't dropped my phone, but I much more prefer to have a cover on it. Any accidents can happen, and other people may want to use my phone as well that may not be as careful as me. Besides, the screen is the real beauty of a phone for me, so I don't care too much on the design of the body, the screen is what I look at most of the time.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:02

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 642; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Unless you own a cheap smartphone or have enough money in your bank, then you probably don't need cases. But if you own an expensive smartphone then it's best to invest in cases, Even if it's just a cheap one. After all people look at there phone screen, not the back, sides or bezels.

Cases not only provides protection, but some actually looks good to like the spigen cases.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:04

10. frustyak (Posts: 148; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


I'd be more inclined to go without a case if I felt more secure about being able to hold on to it. In cooler weather, with dry air and dry hands, my metal IPhone doesn't feel safe at all in my hands. I feel like it's going to slip out of my hands at any time. I need a case to not only protect it in case it falls, but to keep it from falling out of my hands in the first place.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:05 1

12. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, I use case and will continue to use it because it protects my phone. I'm using Metal-Slim red case on my Xperia Z and it looks nice, and I accidentally dropped my phone two times and the case saved it which is why I think case is a must have on your phone.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:05

13. papss (unregistered)


Never use a case. I want my phone to look as the mfg intended.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:12

16. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Then what if you drop your phone? It will look even worse.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:06

35. papss (unregistered)


Man I have a Nokia phone.. So what if I do drop it lol

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:18

38. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh yeah, a Nokia phone...You better not drop it or else it will explode the whole area. lol

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:21

39. papss (unregistered)


Nah its like a tank. :-)

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:06

14. Xenaz (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Can I have another option? "None above",

For me, it actually depends which phone I'm using, if I'm using phone like iPhone 4S or Xperia Z/Z1 or etc which is easily scratched/finger-print magnet, I would use a smartphone case. Otherwise, if I'm using other phone like Galaxy S# or LG G2 or etc which is not easily scratched/finger-print magnet but yet have a study body, I would not consider using a smartphone case which unnecessary, unless I have some other good reason.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:12 2

17. Slammer (Posts: 1005; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Those opting for no case, are really barganing against expensive accidents. Equivalent to having sex with your young girlfriend without protection.

John B.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:27 2

28. Chris.P (Posts: 270; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Woah!

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 20:52

66. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Yeah, wear protection. Nice one.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:12

18. Kishin (Posts: 600; Member since: 30 May 2013)


The iPhone has hella of beautiful cases

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:17

21. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


I never use a case on my phone because I find them all to be uncomfortable when holding. Though my 1520 can be slick sometimes (have the red version) I'm always careful when holding it.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:18

22. KingDingaLing (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The key is to find a case that's not too bulky and still offers some good protection. Currently using the Spigen Neo Hybrid for the Note 3. I do, however, go without a case occasionally. I actually like the design of this phone.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 12:18

48. Cicero (Posts: 348; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Spigen it's the master in case industry. Design and built materials. Also put on my S4 a yellow Spigen Neo Hybrid. A lot of people have been asking my what phone do I own.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:23

23. genkidama20 (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It's kind of like any protection. It feels good without it, but you'll regret not using it after you make that one huge mistake that you'll regret for the rest of your life (i.e., 2-year contract). It's happened twice to me now, so I've learned my lesson. As the saying goes, "If you really love her, wear a cover."

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:23 1

24. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Owned a smartphone since 2009. I have always had a case on my phone. I have never broken, chipped or cracked the screen, even though I have dropped my phone many times. My devices are always in great shape when it comes time to sell them on Ebay or Swappa, great phone condition = max profit. If you leave a case off of your phone, regardless of how careful you are, it will scratch. If that kind of thing is important to you, you should probably have a case. I have a light daily case, and a rugged case that I use when I am going out for a late night or I when go on vacation. But overall I am very good at taking care of my electronic devices, some people definitely are not, or just don't not care.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:23 1

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2610; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yay, cases are good for safety.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:28

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I dont use cases on My galaxy s2, it already had many abuses including 3 to 4 concrete drops and its still going hard with a scar on the back. On the front side the glass is intact, i use those crystal clear screen protectors so those gorgeous amoled colors still pop out.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:03

33. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I laugh at people who purchase neither a case of sorts or insurance for their phones because more than half go back to the retailer salty when their phone breaks after a drop and realize the guy behind the counter isn't giving them another "free" phone, then they curse that guy. I've seen this more often than people assume.

To each their own, but if you're not the case type I wish you luck.

Otterbox is the way to go if they make one for your device and you want a solid case...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:09

37. papss (unregistered)


Oh I have insurance but prefer no case

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:07

36. raiter (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Designers has spend time and ideas, to create such beautiful phones. So Whhy to hide them in some cheap plastic/rubber cases? HTC ONE, Sony Z / Z1, iPhone 5s has solid metalic bodies. So no risk to scratch them, and thay look and feel in the hand as real thing. I personally use HTC Titan (also with metalic body) and could not imagine myself to wrap it into the plastic case.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:25 1

40. Planterz (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


No risk to scratch them? Aluminum isn't exactly the toughest metal around. Unless it's HAIII anodized (and none are), they'll scratch plenty easy. And it'll dent and ding. And the body does nothing to protect the screen if it's dropped just right/wrong. Especially if it's an iPhone with its protruding glass.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:31

42. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


luv it naked

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 11:31

46. HildyJ (Posts: 118; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Cases make it harder to do everything the phone's designers meant for the phone to do. They obscure what makes the phone look good. They add height, width, depth, and weight without increasing functionality. I've used pocketable devices since the Palm III and I've never broken a screen. I could see using a screen protector if you are going to carry it in a pocket or purse with chrome plated keys (chromium being one of the few metals harder than some glass), but not a case.

Let your phone go naked.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 12:41

49. jdot104 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


*yea or nay

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:06

51. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Yes, because its completely illogical to NOT protect your $500-$700 devices with some basic protection.

Or your just stupid/cheap.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:43 1

52. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 357; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I have a case for my white Nexus 5 that has the same color scheme. It doesn't take away from the look of the device very much at all so I'm happy with it.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:44

53. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


If I'm using it personally, I don't use a case at all.
But if I'm out or I know someone will ask me to lend it temporarily or at a dinner, my case is always on as I don't like fingerprints of other people on my phone.
I don't like bacteria and microbes of other people apart from myself to be on my dear phone, not even the little girlfriend. Okay and not her as well or I'll get kicked :)

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:45

54. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


If I'm using it personally, I don't use a case at all.
But if I'm out or I know someone will ask me to lend it temporarily or at a dinner, my case is always on as I don't like fingerprints of other people on my phone.
I don't like bacteria and microbes of other people apart from myself to be on my dear phone, not even the little girlfriend. Okay and not her as well or I'll get kicked :)

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 13:45

55. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


If I'm using it personally, I don't use a case at all.
But if I'm out or I know someone will ask me to lend it temporarily or at a dinner, my case is always on as I don't like fingerprints of other people on my phone.
I don't like bacteria and microbes of other people apart from myself to be on my dear phone, not even the little girlfriend. Okay apart from her as well or I'll get kicked :)

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