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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

1708 votes

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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: 1144; 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: 4857; 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: 3211; 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: 4857; 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: 348; 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: 2103; 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: 4857; 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: 2103; 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: 4857; 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: 4022; 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: 4857; 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: 4022; 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: 4857; 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: 3029; 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: 4857; 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: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


YES SIR...

A MUST investment.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:15

20. HASHTAG (unregistered)


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: 2103; 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 (unregistered)


True..

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 23:29

67. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; 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 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ok...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 19:24

65. hurrycanger (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


That's... true.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:00 2

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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: 75; 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: 1217; 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: 210; 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.

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