Poll results: How do you protect your smartphone?

Poll results: 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. That's why we asked you last week if you use any of the methods below to shelter your smartphone from unwanted impacts. 

It turns out that the largest portion of our 2549 respondents - about a third - are very cautious when it comes to their handset, and both apply a screen protector, as well as wrap the phone in cases, bumpers, belt holsters or pouches. Speaking of holsters, these are pretty rare nowadays, and only 17 votes for that peculiar way to carry and protect your handset. The second-largest group are the people who only use a case for preserving their handsets intact. 

Unsurprisingly, there are quite a lot of people who do jack to protect their handsets apart from what the manufacturer's chassis durability provides - either because they don't want to wrap their beauty in ugly dresses, or they simply don't care too much. Somewhat surprisingly, the tradeoff between beeauty and protection - the bumper - is utilized by less than 4% of our respondents, while less than two carry it in a pouch, which goes to show that a case is still the more popular way to keep your phone out of the harm's way.

How do you protect your smartphone?

I use a case
I use a bumper
I use a pouch
I use a holster
I only use a screen protector
I use a screen protector AND a case, bumper, holster, or pouch
I don't use anything to protect my smartphone



1. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

I didn't use anything other than a scratch guard and my phone is as beautiful as 1 year ago

6. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Same here. 13 months with my M7, no case or screen protector and the phone is still gorgeous. What's the point in choosing a phone for its design if you hide it in a case ?!

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Because accidents happen and we all pay high insurance rates because of this type of mindset. John B.

15. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You are lucky then because my friend's M7 died from an ear level fall.

20. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why was there no option for a full body skin?

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I use full body skin + tempered glass screen protector

2. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Dont use your device often and get out get a life. Works everytime.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'll probably only use a holster if the phone doesn't fit in my pocket and I don't want to carry a bag or anything else

4. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Phone insurance

5. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

most of the people use cases, and u care if its made from aluminum or plastic ?? anyway, my GS5 did not touch any case, neither screen protector :)

7. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Naked phones or GTFU!!!

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

It's alarming to see that 21.81% of those polled, do not use any protection. With the cost of replacement devices, insurance and more specifically emotional attachment to their phones, traveling about without any safety precautions, leads me to two conclusions: 1) These people don't really care about their investments as much as they boast about or 2) They are trying to support an argument that beauty is more important than common sense. Either scenerio is lack of smart responsibility in protecting an already delicate mobile device regardless of build quality. John B.

11. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

People just weigh it out. A phone protector is cheaper than availing an insurance. Functionality over aesthetics. Yah, some people are purists. Cant blame them, they have money to shell out if their phone get scratches and bumps.

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I beg to differ. Most of my colleagues with money to burn, are responsible and still protect their iphones or "premium" built investments. I more see this as young, arrogant kids that care more about showing off and thinking that they are impervious to any type of accident. Just like speeding. "Nothing is going to happen to me. I'm in complete control." Infamous last words. John B.

24. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

yes john....but it gives us a valid argument that why we need to buy phones with premium materials and cover them with cases and protectors ? the build quality should last for a few accidental drops ,if ur dropping ur phone too often then protective cases are the only answer !

25. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

How many car accidents have you had? Some have had zero and some have been in numerous. Aside from being a law, would you chance not strapping your child in a safety seat or not buckle up? There's always that: What if? My friend has a different story about premium build. He likes it. But never again without a case. He got his arm accidently hit from a person behind him and my friend's phone fell on the floor. It still worked but it is forever scratched in numerous places and a nice dent in the bottom corner. A case would've most likely prevented this. Unless someone has an allergy to cases, I dont find any excuses that trump common sense precautions. John B.

14. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Another option is that those who chose not to use any protection are very responsible with their devices and since many already come with scratch resistant glass and are built to be sturdy they don't feel it's as necessary to protect the device? I've had my Nexus 4 for about a year without a case, bumper or pouch and it still looks as good as new despite its front and back being made of glass. Although, I do go to the mall to have the invisible shield applied to its front and back, though that protection is as thin as paper so not sure I would place it in the same group as the case, bumper or pouch.

19. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Yea your comment really means jack sh*t honestly and bluntly. I care very much for my phones and guess what its called being careful and not an idoit. I had a life proof case for my iP5, and only used it on my trip to the Bahamas. Every other phone including my moto X, iP4, blackberry, and Windows Mobile phones I still have and are in good if not amazing shape. Some people are not clumsy and can handle the responsiblity of a 500+ phone without destroying it. Then there are others who have cases and screen protectors and drop their phones in toilets. So judging people that don't use cases with your conclusions is dumb at best.

21. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

My conclusion isn't based on judgement. It is based on the fact that of most devices that meet an accident, those that are protected, have a much higher survival rate. It has nothing to do with being an idiot or being clumsy. You could do everything right and still meet a fatality. Accidents happen whether you are careful or not. Quit being defensive and ascend to my logic that just once having to pay a high deductable due to accident, could quickly change your opinion. I don't know how many resonsible people I've seen accidently drop their phones and pick it up, brush it off and say: "Good thing I had a case on it". If you are not a person that likes to show off, then my post shouldn't offend you. However, it doesn't change the reality that having a mobile device that is handheld, is subject to possible drops whether you want to believe it or not or whether it's happened to you or not. John B.

9. leonmbj

Posts: 45; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

I don't

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't use anything to protect my smartphone.

16. neron5

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

A Piel Frama case is the perfect combination !!

17. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's why I like using those cheap silicones or those TPU gummy cases. They are like $6-7 each on Amazon or eBay. You can buy like 5 and change inbetween them and easily take them off. I just wash them with soap and water and put it back on. buy like 5 for $20 and you are set.

18. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Real mans does it raw.

22. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

I use a case but I don't need one. So my next phone won't be having any sort of protection.

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