Here's why you should occasionally take off your phone's case and clean it

Got your prized smartphone nestled inside a protective case? Good for you – odds are that if you skip on one of those, you'll come to regret it sooner or later. That's how common drops are. 

But do you just slap a case on and forget about it altogether? You certainly could, but you might end up with a sight similar to the horrifying example on your right once you decide to (or have to) take it off. Indeed, no matter how snug the fit is, there's always enough room for dirt (among other unidentifiable nastiness) to accumulate. 

According to the author of the photo, who posted in on Reddit, the phone belongs to a friend or colleague (we're guessing) that works in construction. While that does explain a lot, we can't say that we haven't come across devices in a similar, although much less severe, state. Moral of the story? Take out your phone out of its shell every once and a while and give it a good clean.


source: Reddit

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38 Comments

1. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Phones look and feel so much better out of a case though.. :)

8. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Not just phone, there are many things on this planet work the same way. :-)

17. Dastrix unregistered

That's true, I had a case on my 920 before. It didn't look and feel good so I decided to get a carbon fiber skin, and I wasn't disappointed. :)

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Those are the manliest woman hands I have ever seen... Like the episode of Seinfeld "Man hands". lol

38. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

If she had a 6+ you'd probably disagree instead of a 4/4S. But yes, she could crack lobsters.

35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I know! My Z2 feels so nice in hand without a case. But I have gripping problem because of my small hand... But I do give my Z2 a shower when it gets dirty.

2. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Oops, double post..

3. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

My trusty Nokia Lumia 1520 is resistant to the elements and it does not need a giant case to stay safe. It is still the only phone with a Snapdragon 810 on the market, making it future proof. I truly feel sorry for all the iPhone and Android users who continue to deal with their dirty phones.

4. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

No.....it was released over a year ago and has a snapdragon 800 processor. There isn't a phone out yet with the 810, period. The 800 processor would be considered upper MID range..... It is a great phone, I had it for a week or so, but couldn't adapt to windows phone. There are other android phones with similar construction to your 1520.

19. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

i couldn't adapt either

29. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Why does he keep claiming that the Nokia Lumia 1520 has a Snapdragon 810?

5. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's not a typo. He's posted that before.

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah this guy is a reverse troller. lol If you need more proof just look at his profile pic of Windows Vista. No fan of Windows/MS/Nokia would ever put Windows Vista as profile pic.

36. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Windows Vista was a very solid OS. Not as good as 7 or the monster that is 8.1, but very solid. That OS brings back fond memories.

6. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Man you suck at trolling.

7. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You sir are an epic moron. It has the Snapdragon 800, not 810. I feel sorry for Windows Phone users who have to deal with a limited app store, and no flagship phone until Q3 2015.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

What are you going on about? It has a snapdragon 800, not 810. All phones don`t need a case, but it protects it from scratches/drops. I have had lumias in the past and as much as it indestructible, it still has scuff marks and scratches on the screen. And all phones get dirty. Don`t know which planet you are from.

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And I've seen more than dozen of Lumias with cracked screens (I'm from Finland, lots of Nokias here). They are more durable than your average phone, but indestructable? No.

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No phone is indestructible. But some of the stories lumias survive from are crazy. One was retrieved from the bottom of a lake after being on the floor for a month. Another was run over by a construction vehicle. Both fully worked afterward.

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

i feel sorry for you. Whoever sold you that phone lied to your face. It doesn't have a Snapdragon 810, it only has a 800. Also, it's not "resistant to the elements".

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Seriously, do you know anything about your own phone? It's alright to say no, I don't have the internal components of my phone memorized by heart. But I don't go making things up and try to pass them off as fact, then try to insult 98% of all smartphone users. Doing that just makes you look like an idiot.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Oh, oh yeah!? Well mine is the only phone with a snapdragon 1,000,000. So there!

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude!!! Where can I score one of those!?!?! lol

21. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Well mine is future proof because i have the snapdragon X2 Infinity that self updates each year to the newest tech. Nanotechnology rebuilds itself to be the best at all times.

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My SnapDragon walks to the store when it's obsolite & tells the more current one to be at my bedside when I wake up. So I am always on the latest & greatest SnapDragon. My 805, I can tall is getting ready for its walk, cause the 810 is right around the corner. +1 for "Nanotechnology rebuilds itself to be the best at all times." lol

20. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

you are in serious denial

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

When are you going to STOP with the SnapDragon 810 business? How many times have we told you that the Lumia 1520 DOESN'T have SnapDragon 810? It has the SnapDragon 800. 800 is not the 810. Bro you are a SUPER SORRY individual.

37. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I'm not an Android hater. I like some Android phones, but my preference is Windows phone. Why are you Android fans so harsh and closed minded.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I take my Note 3 out of its case & clean it at least once a month.

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