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Do you use a protective case on your phone?

Out of interest, do you use a case on your phone, or just hope for the best?
I've never bothered myself, though I now expect to drop and smash my phone :p

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Nov. 4, 2014 at 12:28

I use one, just a cheapo 99p silicone case off eBay, but it stops my phone getting scratched to hell and allows me to put it face down on my desk.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 12:05

Depends on the phone. Whenever possible I apply a screen protector.Ideally one made from tempered glass. A case? Some phones (the HTC One or the new iPhones e.g.) are so fr*gging slippery and prone to dents and so on that a case is absolutely necessary imho.
I have used a Nokia N9 since launch that has never been in a case, and although I didn't treat it nicely, it looks almost like a new phone.
Also: I tend to take a lot of photos with my phones. And with most smartphones a decent case adds that extra bit of grip...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 12:28

I use one, just a cheapo 99p silicone case off eBay, but it stops my phone getting scratched to hell and allows me to put it face down on my desk.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 12:36

I use one, just a cheapo 99p silicone case off eBay, but it stops my phone getting scratched to hell and allows me to put it face down on my desk.

Yep.By "decent case" I did not mean "expensive". In most situations a cheap silicone case can make all the difference. I'd rather spend a bit more money on a good screen protector and buy a cheap case.

krogothnx  Nov. 4, 2014 at 13:31

I had a pouch thing for a few months, but apart from screen protectors, my phone has never had any protection.

3 years old, got a good few dents, but it's not like it has resale value anyway...

krogothnx  Nov. 4, 2014 at 13:33

Oh and the phone i had a significant amount of time before that (Xperia X10), i kept in a case constantly and i'm pretty sure it completely fried itself cause it would overheat and reboot constantly until it finally died after about 6 months, for what it's worth.

You can imagine i was clearly not pleased with that one.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 14:42

Oh and the phone i had a significant amount of time before that (Xperia X10), i kept in a case constantly and i'm pretty sure it completely fried itself cause it would overheat and reboot constantly until it finally died after about 6 months, for what it's worth.

You can imagine i was clearly not pleased with that one.


Yes, some cases can be more trouble than good.
It's not just the heat issue: depending on the phone's shell/case material, dust and dirt between the case and the phone will damage the paintjob; or cause scoff marks due to friction, etc etc.

And many truly tough, rugged cases - such as some Otterbox models - are incredibly awkward. Yes. they really protect your phone. But the have fiddly flaps, raised 'bezels' that make it difficult to reach the screen's outer edges etc....

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 16:30

I use one, just a cheapo 99p silicone case off eBay, but it stops my phone getting scratched to hell and allows me to put it face down on my desk.

Yep. By "decent case" I did not mean "expensive". In most situations a cheap silicone case can make all the difference. I'd rather spend a bit more money on a good screen protector and buy a cheap case.

For my next phone, I'm definitely going to get a glass screen protector; my Note 2 has some small scratches on the display (invisible when the screen is on), which annoy me every time I see them.

My only fear is that I'll ruin the thing during application. I'm bloody awful at getting screen protectors on without and dust/bubbles/other problems and decent quality glass screen protectors aren't exactly cheap.

That said, I'll definitely be sticking with 99p TPU/silicone cases, they just prevent the need to be so precious with a £500+ phone all the time. For example, you can slide it down the table to someone in the pub, without worrying about there being salt etc on the table. Also, when they get dirty, you can just buy another one without worrying about wasting money; they cost less than a bottle of Coke.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 16:41

I used both the expensive Spigen Glass protectors and the cheaper variants sold by Tesco, CPW etc... Very easily applied. I put them on a One M8, and various iPhones: never had bubbles and the like. Only right around the homebutton of the iPhone 5S you could see that there was a protector on the phone. And: I dropped an iPhone 5c with a Spigen Glass thingy. The Glass sheet cracked. But the phone's screen was 100% immaculate once I peeled off the protector.

I admit: I never managed to apply a plastic protector correctly.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2014 at 18:11

I used both the expensive Spigen Glass protectors and the cheaper variants sold by Tesco, CPW etc... Very easily applied. I put them on a One M8, and various iPhones: never had bubbles and the like. Only right around the homebutton of the iPhone 5S you could see that there was a protector on the phone. And: I dropped an iPhone 5c with a Spigen Glass thingy. The Glass sheet cracked. But the phone's screen was 100% immaculate once I peeled off the protector.

I admit: I never managed to apply a plastic protector correctly.

I take it that the glass ones are easier to apply then? I thought about one for the Note 2, but there aren't too many around and many that you can get don't go all the way to the edge of the display due to the glass being slightly curved at the edges. It feels lovely, but obviously makes a relatively rigid screen protector a pain to produce.

I've heard they're very good for absorbing impacts, though I've never broken a phone by dropping it before *touch wood*.

Arcana  Nov. 4, 2014 at 21:08

I'm still baffled by the amount of people I see with £200+ phone and no case what so ever.
I swear every other iphone I see has a broken screen. Maybe it's just me, but I can't afford dropping my phone on the road, smashing it, and then just buying a new one.
My Nexus 4 is over a year old and looks virtually brand new.
Seriously people, if you spend over £100 on a phone I think you should spend at least a tenner on a case.
I'd recommend getting one of those cases that are dual layered - soft rubber on the inside with a hard plastic shell on the outside.
Names such as Seidio Active, Otterbox defender, Griffin survivor or Acase Superleggera - which is what I use.
I'm planning to spend £30 on a case for my iPad Air 2. My 2 preffered cases costs like £50, but I'm just cheap to spend that much on a case.
Having said that, those 99p TPU cases are perfectly fine for a cheap phone, and they generally good for taking the impact from dropping your phone on your wooden floor. I just wouldn't rely on them on a 5ft fall onto concrete.

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