What type of case do you most often use?

What type of case do you most often use?
Smartphones are... well, they are expensive. Especially in 2018, the price hikes have been crazy this year, with flagships getting a +$200 price-tag boost seemingly out of nowhere. And, not only are they expensive, they are also slippery and brittle pieces of tech that we carry in our pant pockets at all times. The wireless charging craze made sure that each and every handset would be a glass sandwich, which not only increases the probability of a drop, but also the probability of a breakage.

In the current climate, case manufacturer business is probably booming. And there are tons and tons of case models — from super-thick, tank armor cases, to medium-grade protection that's not too bulky, to thin cases that provide better grip and not much else. Of course, there are also skins, which add a nice texture to your phone and make it stick to your hand better, but — again — don't offer that much in terms of protection.

We wonder, what type of case do you go for most often? What's your most favorite type, so to say.

What type of case do you most often use?

Armor case!
10.24%
I pick medium — only slightly bulky and it adds enough protection
36.6%
Slim cases are the best cases!
39.23%
I slap a skin on my phone and call it a day
3.19%
No cases, no skins, I rock my phone naked!
10.74%

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33 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 743; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Naked all the way! What's the point buying an expensive phone just to strap a cheap 2$ case on. Hypocrites.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Right, until the first time you drop it and shatter the screen/glass back. Every naked phone I've seen in the wild is inevitably cracked.

5. Valdomero

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

True, luckily I slapped my phone a clear case and a screen protector right away I purchased it, a week ago it fell from my night stand and the screen protector shattered but the screen itself was intact. I purchased another one immediately. I better spend $10 on a screen protector rather than $400+ on a screen replacement.

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He likes it when other people can see what phone he's using...it's important for him. lol

14. Voodooman

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 20, 2017

We're not hypocrites, you're just a showoff. We do not buy an expensive phone to show it off, we buy it because we appreciate its design and its quality. Moreover, the best hardware is put into flagships and flagships, unfortunately, are built with showoffs also in mind. If there was flagship-grade hardware put in a mediocre shell, I'd surely buy it.

29. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Haha why do you need to strap a cheap $2 case. Atleast use a decent case that adds personality to your phone as well.

33. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

because that $2 case could save you more $$$.

3. Valdomero

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I put a clear case and a screen protector on my iPhone X at the very moment I took it out of the box. No way I'm risking my investment to break. The clear case is very thin and has corner cushions so I still can see the back of the phone and use it without the fear of fall damage or simple scratches (It'll get scratched anyways I know, but I'll do what I can to lower those chances)

4. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Medium cases are more of my speed. It's a great middle ground. However, if I find a case that is exactly what I'm looking for and it's slim, I'll consider it. I always use a screen protector anyway.

6. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Definitely slim. Usually like something that helps grip the phone.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Currently, I'm using a wireless charging case on my iPhone 7. Fell in love with wireless charging when I bought The S6 years ago and now, I don't feel like going back to the wired mess of 'traditional' charging. Besides, I have The Samsung fast wireless charger ($30 AUD), and it didn't feel right to just let this miracle of a gadget rot! Once you get accustomed to wireless charging; there's no coming back! It's almost like having an UNLIMITED BATTERY LIFE! G'Day!

8. surethom

Posts: 1694; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Only have ever use a ultra slim back & side case. Phones are to thin & slippy you need a thin case for extra grip.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4214; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Naked or skin only. If I'm paying premium I'm not going to hide the design with a cheap piece of plastic.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Crystal clear slim cases for me, or slim black cases.

12. Voodooman

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 20, 2017

One as thin and clear as possible for the work hours (Nillkin nature) and one medium for the days off (Nillkin synthetic fiber) for my LG G6. If I had to choose only one, I'd pick the thinnest, because my lifestyle allows it, but ion general a medium case is the best compromise.

13. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

No cases. I've mastered the art of sticky fingers thru the years. Haven't had a serious drop since my iPhone 4s!

15. AbhiD

Posts: 804; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Slim cases + Naked. When on bed, most of the time it's naked. When outside, i slap on a flexible slim case. That is it

16. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I buy several types so i can change it when i want something different. My favorite is the real wood cases that slide together on your phone.

17. Ali888

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

I have a Luphie aluminum and glass case on my s8+, it adds protection and feels as premium as the phone

18. Alcyone

Posts: 403; Member since: May 10, 2018

Otter Defender or Lifeprood Fre. Depends on what my day will consist of. Plus, my 14 month old girl loves to play with my S9+. So, I got her a used S7, can't go wrong, overstock new for 170. And T mobile only charges 4.32 for taxes on the line. Plus, my wife has plenty of cases she doesn't use.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I only have a few requirements for cases - the must be black or dark grey, and they must have a kickstand. Other than that, comfort in holding is most important.

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

slim case with a stand!!!! spigen

22. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I'm usually a belt pouch kind of guy. I almost never do cases... but my belt pouch for my current device just recently broke into bits, and so I am trying an experiment - rocking the phone naked, aside from the screen protector. My last few phones I have bought belt pouches and screen protectors for, but after this little experiment, I think I am likely to start trying cases (keeping the screen protector, though). I am not going to buy anything for my current phone, as I intend to only have it for a few more months at best (the phone began losing battery capacity very abruptly about four months ago, and then a couple months later I noticed fairly severe overheating at the top-rear of the phone when I spent time using it outside of WiFi coverage... I suspect that the onboard LTE chip is overheating when my usage is heavier than usual - almost-11-month-old LG Fortune with Cricket Wireless). I have been hearing good things about the Motorola Moto E5 Cruise, which is sitting up at the top of my price range, so that may be the next device I end up with (unless there is some last-minute detrimental fact that comes to light), and I will not be going back to a belt clip pouch... I will probably get some sort of slim case for it. I have gone with Krusell in the past (for my Nokia E75 - combination leather case and belt clip design), but I worry they may be too expensive for my tastes now.

23. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I prefer the clear cases, so I'm rocking a couple from Tech 21 and Speck, but I also got a rugged black case with kickstand, so I swap them often

25. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Tech21 is what I rock on my note8 , it's underrated. Saved my phone on countless occasions

31. aegislash

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

100000000% agreed. I’ve got a Tech21 on my Note8 as well, and it is just amazing how well it has done its job.

28. 48Chevy

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Tech21 for everyday use, and, Spigen Tough Armor when I need a little more protection. Tech21 cases fit and feel just right for me.

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My cases have a front flap on them. I don't care how ugly it looks...I don't buy my phone's with the intent/need of showing them off to my peers.

30. aegislash

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Currently rocking the Cape Cod Blue leather case for my iPhone XS Max and a Black/grey Tech21 case on my Galaxy Note8. Haven’t had any drops with my XS Max as of yet, but my Note8 has taken a few nasty spills and survived with zero damage. I used to never use a case and brag about how I had never cracked a phone screen yet, until my iPhone 6S Plus met the pavement and looked like a giant spider web. That was my turning point where I started using cases regularly.

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Only use a case when I am on my motorcycle, so armour one.

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