How do you protect your smartphone?

How do you protect your smartphone?
Cases, bumpers, belt 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. 

Granted, some phones need it less than others - if you have a lower end plasticky device, you might not feel the need to protect that investment. Others sport a metal or glass unibody chassis that looks premium, but makes the screen or other parts harder to disassemble and repair, and is more prone to scratches, diminishing the resale value of the handset. Another category, like Samsung's flagships, sports a plastic chassis with a removable back cover, but if their AMOLED screens get shattered, replacing them will cost you a pretty penny, compared with conventional LCDs.

For these, and many other reasons, the case accessories industry is getting larger by the day, that's why we wanted to ask you if you use any of the methods below to shelter your smartphone from unwanted impacts. Checkmark your way of keeping fate at bay in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

How do you protect your smartphone?

I use a case
25.77%
I use a bumper
3.88%
I use a pouch
1.8%
I use a holster
0.67%
I only use a screen protector
13.3%
I use a screen protector AND a case, bumper, holster, or pouch
32.76%
I don't use anything to protect my smartphone
21.81%

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49 Comments

1. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 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)

24. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

40. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

50. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 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

26. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

28. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

45. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

2. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 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?

6. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 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!

29. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You don't need a screen protector.

39. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 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

43. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 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.

46. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

3. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

4. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

5. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I just screen protector and case

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Same here just a screen protector

8. FingerMyApple unregistered

Naked and raw :)

9. Nath4N

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

Pouch

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

11. Mohammed.Salah

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

I don't care I have Nokia ;)

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I just keep good care of it.

14. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

16. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Flip cover cases are missing from the poll..

17. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

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