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Poll results: Smartphone cases, yay or nay?

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Poll results: Smartphone cases, yay or nay?
On Monday we moved to put an end to the rampant anecdotal evidence that people either overwhelmingly use or do not use smartphone cases with their phones. We've seen a profound split in popular opinion time and time again, and the comment section underneath the poll from 3 days ago is no exception -- there were those who preferred to take their chances in order to enjoy their device at the fullest, while others argued for the more practical approach that is outfitting their bad boy with a case or a cover.

The poll gathered some 1,700 votes, and while that's far from a large enough sample as to be called statistically representative, it still provides us with a split that we found corresponds with our own observations. To put this in numbers, 53.69% of you say that they currently use a smartphone case, and they have every intention of using cases in the future, while 30.21% of respondents frown at the idea of covering up, and they intend for that to stay that way. On the flip side, 8.2% of you said that they're currently using a case, but do not plan to with their next phone, all the while about the same number (7.9%) of people vowed that their current lack of a protective case is an omission that has no part in their future.

So where does that leave us? Obviously, the majority of people prefer to not take any chances, which makes a whole lot of sense considering how fragile smartphones still are. At the same time, a respectable amount of people are not afraid of the risks, if that will give them more direct contact with their companion device. Of course, those same people do not necessarily go full commando -- things like display and rear protectors are, in some cases, a small sacrifice that will get you by just fine in 90% of scenarios.

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

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posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:49 7

1. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

I never used to use cases until screens got larger and they became easier to damage.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:48

18. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I bought some cases for my Mega 6.3 because I thought such a huge phone could be damaged easily. I ended up using the phone without case. It feels way better being naked. :D

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:50 4

2. Azuna (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Feb 2013)

using case if the phone is ugly
never using case on a beautiful smartphone
u may know what i mean =D

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:40 8

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

what happens to your beautiful phone when you drop it or scratch it?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 10:14

15. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

it gives the ground a budge, Dragontrail b*tch!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:53 3

3. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I'm going to say that the poll was conducted to people that read Phoneareana. The people that are always arguing about plastic vs metal. Most will not admit whether they would use a case or not just to present the argument as support for their beliefs in why metal is better.

In the wild however, it is a much different scenerio of reality. Most everyone I see, uses a case regardless of metal or plastic.

John B.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:57

4. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

We're obviously dealing with selection bias here, seeing as the PhoneArena readership that tends to participate in such polls is, for the most part, quite informed and passionate about smartphones overall.

That is precisely why we're not pretending this is a completely representative result.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:02 2

10. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

"the poll was conducted to people that read phonearena". Who the fck else would vote ?!? You sir are something else.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:36 1

13. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Haha seriously xD

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:29

17. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Because the article presented itself as polls given here represent mainstream results that would act as a fuel for those that argue over metal vs plastic. I clarified that real world use is different. Did you not read my entire post? You missing the point is something else.

John B.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:28

19. Sauce (unregistered)

I use a case on my 5s because I don't want its sexy design scratched up or dented.

I use a case on my Note because of the same reason, and because my first note shattered without even trying, don't want to take a second chance.

Not to mention, a pristine and perfect condition iPhone sells for $3,000 in Brazil.

Real world user who doesn't give a shit about paper specs and plastic vs metal.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:07

5. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

My point exactly. I have the privilege to view multiple age groups in multiple settings. I'm confident that this poll would inherently, highly favor case usage over lack of sensible care.

John B.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:14 1

6. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Didn't like em on my Xperia Z1, so I ditched it!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:33 2

20. Sauce (unregistered)

That's because what, there are like less than 10 options of cases lol?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:17

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

I could never put a case on... Knowing that I can make my phone thinner and more comfortable to hold is just too tempting. That's why I could never get the iPhone 5S, it scuffs without cases, at least in my experience, and I am unwilling to put a case on it..

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:30

8. johnriii (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I'm an admitted case-aholic. that being said, I always put a case on my phone. it's much too expensive an investment for me to take a chance on one drop ruining it. however, depending on the angle of the impact of a drop, only the largest cases will protect your phone. i use very minimal cases for my S4, but I might drop my phone once every six months or so.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:36

21. Sauce (unregistered)

From one case-aholic to another, I am curious of this:

Ever heard of Case Machine? Really sexy top grade car inspired cases.


They have released cases for a few samsung products a while back.

I want one for my 5s, but they're so expensive lol.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 18:19 1

29. ePoch270 (Posts: 192; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

Those are unbelievably cool looking cases, but oh GAWD that price. $250 for a CASE! More than I paid for my Note 3 and it is only apple and gs3. But epic design. When I win the lottery.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 23:38

31. johnriii (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Those are sweet! Too expensive for my taste though.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:05 1

11. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

Hey you 53.69% - what are you, FIVE YEARS OLD? Arthritis got yah? Huh? Can't hold your phone properly? They didn't give you your LEGO at pre school? Got a case of the BUTTERFINGERS eh?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 14:42 3

23. TechDork (Posts: 313; Member since: 10 May 2010)

....? Dude, shit happens. Everyone drops their phone at some point & I'd rather have a case on my phone & know it's safe if it happens to drop rather than not have one & it ends up looking like shit.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 15:24

25. HildyJ (Posts: 307; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

So you'd rather have it look like a case with a screen peeking out so the next person who buys it will get a unscratched phone?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 03:13

35. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

What witchcraft did you use to get away with typing the "s" word twice? Just tried it and got threats from phonearena!

Yeah "stuff" does happen, but in my thirteen years and eleven handsets I've never damaged one that badly. People should just be more careful IMO. You buy a phone right, and part of the reason one buy THAT model is because you liked the way it looks. And then you go and cover it up? I just don't get it. I suppose these days people buy for spec and apps, but for me designs still matters. I like to see it.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 00:16

34. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Hahahahaha. This guy is absolutely a phone case hater. Why not try to use a case before posting that comment.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:13 1

12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I never used to use cases, and even upto my GS3 I would buy a case but stop using it within 2weeks.

With my GS4 I got a case, I discovered these slim back cover polycarbonate cases made by Caseā€¢Mate and Muvit, gave away my Case Mate one, I'm currently using a Muvit case, my GS4 has stayed in pristine condition despite many drops, including an 8ft one in a nightclub recently, I'll continue to use slim polycarbonate cases as they hardly change the look and feel of the phone, yet do add that bit of protection from bumps, scratches and so on that happen over time

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:38

22. Sauce (unregistered)

Check this site out.. Idk if you're a car lover or anything, but these are really sexy haha


posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:59

14. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

Cases. I have two rubber casing for my Lumia 920, one red and one cyan. I stopped using the cyan because the colour started to fade. As for the red... I stopped using it because I just preferred my phone naked. Still loving the red body of my 920. But really, cases are up to everyone. Some may like it, some don't. Thats what choices are for.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 11:18

16. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Before I had a smartphone ...it helped with slippery types of phones. I went without them for a few years after getting smartphone because it increased the size. After about 5-6 damaged/ cracked screens...I finally came to my senses and get a case asap now.

There is a bigger variety now....slim cases that still offer protection...so I will continue to get cases.

My kids mother had an iPhone 4....and that phone is so slippery a case, bumper is almost mandatory.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 14:47 1

24. TechDork (Posts: 313; Member since: 10 May 2010)

The only time I never used a case was when I was all about my Sidekicks. There weren't many options for cases for it, so I didn't use it. Once I got in tune with the smartphones, I then started using cases. Look, accidents happen. You can say you never drop your phone or whatever, it's bound to happen & it usually does & you'll wish you had a case on it when it happens. Common sense people, it doesn't take much for your screen to crack or to get chips & dents in your phone. CASE IT UP!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 15:32

26. HildyJ (Posts: 307; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Naked like the designer intended. My Galaxy Nexus lasted two years and several drops with one miniscule chip on the corner of its frame due to being dropped on asphalt. My Nexus 5 has suffered several drops intact. A case adds width, height, depth, and weight; makes controls more difficult to use; interferes with docks; and, as my son's phone can attest, doesn't stop screens from breaking if you don't take care of your phone.

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