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Friday Poll: Do You Use a Case on Your Phone?

so many damn cases

With phones coming out with nothing but glass and super minimal bezels, we won’t blame anyone for wanting to protect their investment from a destructive fall. Cases can be a very good thing, and case makers are probably loving the idea of smartphones becoming more and more fragile. It’s great for business.

The question is, do you or will you soon use one? With the Galaxy S8, it almost seems necessary considering how much glass covers that thing. One drop could be all it takes for your pretty, shiny new phone to be completely destroyed. And before you go spouting off about Gorilla Glass 5 or whatever, I can link you to plenty of YouTubers who are posting countless drop test videos, detailing that the Galaxy S8 is indeed quite fragile.

Do I or will I use a case? Oh, God no, that’s gross, but I won’t blame you if you do.

Do you use a case on your phone?

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  • Armaced

    I never needed a case on my last few phones (Droid Turbo, Droid Razr Maxx HD, Droid Razr Max). Those things were tanks.
    Now I have the Galaxy s7 edge, and I have it in a case.
    What’s the point of a no-bezel, slim, beautiful phone if you have to put it in a case? Not sure, but I do love my s7.

  • shelooga

    way back when I created multiple user names around the very mantra addressing this, and it still rings true to my beliefs today: PartyNakedAlaDroid

  • Terrance Steiner

    I have a Moto Z so I use a bumper case that still allows me to use the Moto Mods…even though I have never bought a Mod.

  • Jeremy Hopkins

    I’ve never used a case before the OnePlus 3T. Devices have gotten so thin (and slippery) as to be difficult to hold. I added a thin case to bulk up the phone a bit. Incidentally, I took off the screen protector and this is the first phone I’ve ever owned that has gotten scratched. The bottom left of the screen has a few small scratches. That’s hubris for you I guess – should’ve left the protector on.

  • CasperTFG

    I use a clear gel case for my OnePlus One in order to see the beautiful bamboo styleswap cover underneath.

  • donkeygoat

    The times that I have my phone naked I always regret it. I have a problem. I am exceedingly clumsy.

  • R. Deschain

    Cases trap heat in the phone, fry the chips much faster. I don’t think phones are designed to use cases. Just handle the phone with some care & you’ll be fine.

  • Droid Turbo 2. No need for case or insurance. Be nice if this shattershield would catch on.

  • Steve Hendricks

    I have a case with a stand, holds four credit cards and a bill. I grab my keys and my phone, and I’m ready to roll. No wallet needed. LOVE my case, even if it looks stupid. I’d rather have a case that doesn’t look quite as shmexy as the naked phone, than have a phone with a shattered screen for 6-18 months. “But I baby my phone and NEVER drop it.”… You’re only one drop away overly smug phone user…

  • mrjayviper

    been using skins on my phones recently. most recently the mi5s+

  • Sporttster

    A good case and a solid screen protector and have never had a broken screen or phone because of it. Solid investment…..

  • dblock

    I use cases, but I try to roll with the most minimal cases that I can to reduce bulk. I am pretty responsible with my phones, so I don’t need some lifeproof cases for them, but accidents do happen and I like to have a little something to protect the body. I will roll without a case at home or work, but always strap it on when I am out about, just in case. Nothing wrong with being careful when it comes to a device that costs hundreds of dollars.

  • I only use a case in special situations. At the office or at home, I won’t use a case. But if I go out or go karting with friends, I do put a case on it. It all depends on the risk of damages

  • Courtneydcalvert

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  • instrument

    My first cracked screen was my nexus six. First day i got it i had itnin my pocket laying on the floor of my garage…..it slipped out and shattered from less than a foot fall.

    From then on i order a case before the phone is shipped.

  • Jake Montague

    Any suggestions on a good Samsung S7 Edge Phone case that is thin and good? Mine got a crack in it from being in pocket lol.

    • Andrexx

      I’m using a TPU case from Cimo on mine. It’s not going to protect it like an OtterBox, but will help. No issues in approx 3 months. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ATR1EJE

      What I’ve searched for and at this point have given up on, is a good tempered-glass screen protector.

  • Jeremy Turnley

    I lease through Jump On Demand, so yeah. Gotta keep the phone pristine so you can give it back and get the new one without fees.

  • Justin Martin

    LifeProof on my Pixel from day 1. Won’t take it off till I’m ready to upgrade.

  • Brandon

    I use a slim case on my Nexus 6 to make it all black.

  • PT

    With a mobile device over $900 you bet I have a case and replacement warranty. I will say it’s the best phone I’ve ever had thank you Google for the Pixel

  • Daishi

    Diztronic TPU case on my Moto X Pure Edition. Dropped it several times from waist or higher on hard surfaced floors, concrete and blacktop. No damage to the phone at all…

  • Maurinedlarson

    Google is paying $97 per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !wr168c:
    On monday I got a great new mclaren f1 from having earned $12778 this last four weeks.. 3 to 5 hours of work a day… Weekly paychecks… Bonus opportunities…Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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  • Cases are just more convenient. Every month or so I try going without one then find myself wanting to put my phone on the ground, the roof of my car, a park bench or table or some other surface that would be likely to scratch it. Nope. That being said, the bulk is annoying and after over a year with my 6P + VRS slim case, I’m all in with going smaller when the time comes.

    Plus, I’m pretty careful, but I’m pretty sure I would say the number of times I’ve dropped it is small, but not zero either. Nope.

  • Michael swaim

    I use a case, only when I leave the house.

  • 3223

    I tend to use thin tpu cases that dont add much bulk and still let the design through. I HATE those hard shell cases though. A few tough specks of dust get in between the case and the phone, and whammo! The dust specks dig into the phone.. ugh…

  • BoFiS

    but I do have a dbrand sticker on the back of my Z5 Compact and a tempered glass screen protector, but I prefer my phones to be as small as possible in my pocket/hand

  • Jon Q

    Rhino shield bumper case on my Nexus 6p. Best of both worlds, great protection without the bulk of a full case.

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    It depends on the phone. I never used one on the Razr Maxx, LG G3 or LG G4. I use one with the S7E and I’ll use one with the S8+. It makes using the phone easier and the grip better. I’ve also quit carrying a wallet because of Samsung Pay so a case gives me a place to keep my ID and any cash I want to carry.

  • fallsgable

    Thanks guys for posting the poll so soon after I sent you the question this morning!
    The thing I am torn about is, they could lower the cost of the phone and just make a very rugged ugly looking housing, for those of us that will be covering and casing the phone anyway….I dont need the pretty glass, it’ll never be seen….just put all of the money in the guts and specs…. and offer the flagship with a Lower price point option….not to replace the glass and metal housing…but as an alternative…I would totally buy a flagship minus the pretty aesthetics…

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      I wish someone would make a full tempered glass body kit for the S8.

  • cristianer

    I can’t buy a phone per year, so I need to use a case.

  • beezy

    My preference for caselessness is why I returned my G6 this week. Too slippery and all glass. Love my Moto X Pure for its bamboo back. I haven’t dropped it often, maybe 3 times in 1.5 years. Super happy with it.

  • Rod

    No, because I carry a 2013, cheap phone. If I was to buy one of these new flagships, I certainly would.

  • Moses

    I know its a risk but raw dogging it is the way to go. It feels sooo much better to go with out the case. Live a little, take the chance!

  • Jesse Mitchell

    Nope – don’t need one for the Droid Turbo 2 with Kevlar back. Screen protector 100% yes. I have used a case with another phone, but I don’t like the added bulk. Everyone has their own opinion though… Maybe a another post could be on the current best screen protectors….

  • editorinchimp

    My V10 can handle drops…I’ve dropped it on the floor and the sidewalk. But I decided to go ahead and get a cheap case for it to protect the tempered glass screen protector, of all things. Tired of replacing those.

  • alex

    At home, my phone is naked. Out in the wild, I slap a case on it.

  • Mark McCoskey
  • MrGulio

    I use a carved case because A.) Wood grain is more grippy than glass and B.) I like the Brazilian Purpleheart far more than a glass back. Both from a practical and aesthetic perspective the case is superior to me.

  • SoCalPaul

    Droid Turbo 2 – Unbreakable so who wants to carry a larger phone with a case on it??? I drop it purposely flat onto time just to show people how it doesn’t break. Yes I have a few scratches and dings but it’s a phone, not a work of art.

  • sikamikaniko

    dbrand skin on my PixelXl. This thing goes in my pocket, I don’t need more bulk. Also, does anyone remember the price they paid? Just hold your phone tightly….I don’t drop my phone, period.

    Edit: I am eyeballing the lifeproof case so I can bring the phone near water on vacation and other limited occasions.

  • gboybama

    I spend like 75 cents on a TPU case and pop that fragile flagship phone in there. I know it’s a travesty, but I’m too worried about shattering the glass.

  • Johnny Hernandez

    No case. S7 Edge still in mint condition.

    • Spinkick

      the clear minimal case by samsung really did complement the phone. I’m hoping they do the same on this next phone.

  • Orion

    Most definitely use a case.

  • mcdonsco

    I usually have one or two cheap tpus (Diztronic or LK) on hand for a given phone and try to always use tempered glass screen protectors (that can be had on Amazon for $10 or less often for a 2 pack).

    But, I HATE cases. I only generally toss them on when I’ll be doing something like camping, working in the yard, hiking etc…Times where a drop / scratches etc have a much higher probability.

    That’s because I buy/sell often (never satisfied, and, mobile tech geek)…But, lately, leaning towards a daily workhorse (Moto z play) and a top end unit mainly for camera for out of town trips and vacations (LG G6 current). I’m going to *try* to stick to these at least until fall, which for me, would be a long time.

  • Bigmatt503

    The nudists around here are really wound up about using cases on phones!! Geez!! Settle down. 🙄🙄

  • Noalson

    Bought and have stuck with the Droid turbo 2 specifically so I don’t have to use a case. I love the fact that I can just use the phone as is and not worry.

  • Synacks

    No cases, not once, not ever. One of my top priorities on phones I buy is the design. I will not ever cover a beautiful phone even with a slim or clear case. Nope.

    Also, I have insurance. Anything happens, hit up the deductible and BANG! New phone.

    • Omar Amer

      wish I had your money where $100+ is pocket change 🙁

      • Synacks

        Sorry for saying it like that

    • PoisonApple31

      BANG! New “reconditioned” phone?

  • netanil

    Always use a prophylactic. It’s the right thing to do.

    • Higher_Ground

      I tell you man, mess up just once and you’ll be on that bandwagon for life.

  • Kavin Nguyen

    One reason for me. I have OCD. If I see one tiny scratch or imperfection on my phone, I would need to trade it in for a brand new one. So always case and screen protector.

  • Higher_Ground

    Yeah, I went naked until the 2014 moto x – which I broke two of, with a < 2 ft drop both times.

    Now a case is a prerequisite. If I'm on the fence between two phones it could even be a determining factor. Shout out to carved . com for the really beautiful (but sadly not cheap) cases.

  • jabarri2

    especially on the s8? i disagree heavily with this, If i had a mostly screen phone with an “infinity display” i’d want to see that beauty all day. Then again, i havent personally dropped my phone since 2012 so I have a good track record with phone safety.

  • Asa Thomas

    I use a sleeve-like wallet thing that slides on and off the phone. So it’s only protected when I’m not using it, but that’s been enough to save it multiple times.

  • Caveman

    My first smart phone was the Incredible. Since then I have always used a case so the phone is in good condition when I go to sell it. With that said I have never sold any of my phones and they all find their way into the junk drawer. I guess by now I should learn and just enjoy the phone the way the designers intended.

  • paul_cus

    I like using the phone the way the OEM made it. I own a couple cases, but don’t use them very often. It’s usually when I start to get bored of a phone and want a different look.

  • bjtittiesjr

    Bareback always.

    • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I raw dog it too

  • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I can’t use a case on my phone, If I do, it has to be one of the super slim cases or maybe a skin. Just don’t be a bumbling moron with your phone and you’ll be just fine

  • Wilmer F.

    Should’ve added a “sometimes-less that half the time” to the poll. Because of my occupation , I use one during work but outside of work… No way.

  • Orlando aka Pixel XL

    I always buy a bunch of cases but in the end, I always go without a case. The biggest thing for me is where I’m going…school and gym allows me to go without a case but beach or theme parks r different.

  • NexusMan

    I’ve always been anti-case but unfortunately do use one now. I like to fully experience the look, feel and weight of a caseless phone of my choice, however I used a case for the 1st time when I got the Nexus 6, because that phone was not only expensive but had such a large screen area. Halfway through using it, however, I dumped the case and replaced it with a faux bamboo skin which looked amazing and reminded me of my missed Moto X. I next used a case on the GS 7 Edge, yes to protect it, but also mainly because I really liked the look and design of that particular official Samsung case (until it’s horrible durability quickly became evident). Now, for the 3rd time, I am using a case again with my Pixel because of the glass back, and because the official Google Photo Live Case I created looks and feels so amazing.

  • dcdttu

    I haven’t on any Nexus until the Pixel. Ironic how premium materials such as aluminum are also so slippery you have to cover them.

  • XvierX

    Currently using a dbrand skin and a tempered glass screen protector on my Pixel. I stuck a metal plate underneath the skin for my magnetic phone mount in my car.

  • WK

    No case for me. Ever. The only reason I don’t use it is because I’m OCD about my screen being clean all the time. With a case on, dust will always gets trapped in the edges of the case where it grips onto the phone. That drives me INSANE. Not to mention, I can’t wipe the phone on my sleeve effectively with a case on. Also, it doesn’t slide in and out of my front pocket as easily.

  • jimt

    I keep it in a case on my belt but pull it out to use it. I said no because I use it naked.

  • The Doctor

    Oh god, of course. Why the hell would I use a $950 device with no protection?

    • Mike

      To know how that $950 device actual feels in hand?

      • The Doctor

        I know how it feels in hand for like 30 seconds. That’s all the time I need.

        I’d rather have protection for it than being able to molest it on a daily basis.

        • Mike

          If molesting a device is holding it how it was meant to be held, then so be it.

          • The Doctor

            Don’t whine to us when your $900 device breaks because you want to touch the glass.

          • Mike

            I’m touching metal but thanks, no issues so far with eight phones so the odds are in my favor.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            You should probably stay away from Vegas if you think that’s how odds work…

          • Mike

            My point was that I haven’t lost a phone since I started owning them, even if I were to lose one I wouldn’t be bothered at this point.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            Sure you would, unless you are rich enough that flushing $700+ down the toilet doesn’t matter to you. In which case this conversation is not worth having with you because you don’t even understand what people here are talking about; that’s like trying to tell a rich politician that their actions are hurting poor people.

          • Mike

            Replacement screen’s for the V20 top out at around $150. So other than being out that, and probably having to use a spare phone for a week or two, I’d be fine.

            And by “flushing $150 down the toilet” is worth it to me to actually be able to use the device how it was intended to be used, I get to hold metal in my hand, not rubber, and no case has the same feel in hand as the device itself and they, in my opinion, they severely take away from the look of the device.

            The only area where I differ from others is that I don’t do device upgrades, I will use this phone for two to three years and buy a new phone when I’m ready, so I have no need to keep it in pristine condition like others who use Jump! or other similar programs. I can understand in that case wanting to use… a case.

      • Higher_Ground

        are you suggesting that cases don’t feel good in hand? I’m pretty sure everyone that owns a case knows how they feel without it. It’s the people who want to martyr themselves with a naked phone that have no idea what they’re talking about with regard to how a case hypothetically might feel.

        • Mike

          I own a Spigen and Ringke case for my V20 and both feel and look like rubber, as they should. I paid $700 for a premium phone. If I wanted to hold a phone made of rubber for two years I would have spent significantly less.

          I don’t consider myself any better than anyone else, I just know that I like the feel of cold metal in my hand more than rubber and am willing to take that chance, haven’t cracked a screen through eight Android phones so breaking one wouldn’t be the end of the world.

    • jimt

      Because $950 is pocket change for a doctor, maybe.

      • The Doctor

        I don’t know any doctors, but re-check my username and then Google.

  • Brandon Bain

    No one WANTS to use a case but it’s mandatory if you sell your phone to upgrade… I want a new phone every year and need to curb that cost.

  • ChaseM

    I much prefer going caseless. When i’m hanging out the house ill take it off, but in general-I keep a case on. My Pixel is just too damn slippery without it. I toyed with the idea of a slickwrap or debrand, but idk.

  • I always buy a TPU case like ringke and end up using it 99% of the time.

  • Let me spend $750 on artwork and then cover it with plastic from Amazon…hellllll no. If it can’t survive an occasional drop off the couch/is too slippery/scratches easily I won’t buy it. But I’ve never dropped/shattered one cuz I treat them like $750 devices. Putting plastic on let’s your mind go “oh cool, I don’t have to worry” and you’ll start getting careless.

    • The Doctor

      I have a case on my iPhone 7 Plus and I still treat it like it doesn’t have a case on it.

  • Normally no, my iPhone 7+ has a case on it because I need to trade it back in for the S8, I will most likely put a super slim case on my S8+

  • ShadyBrady

    I have a Pixel [XL]. The only reasons I have a case, it the very fragile back glass, and the phone is like trying to hold a stick of butter. If it wasn’t for those 2 reasons, I wouldn’t have one on (mainly the sliperyness).

    Oh, and a skin is actually too slippery for me as well (I’ve already tried most of the different styles).

  • atc-tech

    Wow. I’m actually surprised how many DO use one. Personally I hate them. I fly naked baby!

    • TC Infantino

      You too? They always get upset with me on the plane when I do, though.

      • atc-tech

        Well, I’m the pilot, so nobody has a choice. Lol.

  • Eli Shirk

    I use a real wood cover from Toast http://www.toastmade.com and a screen protector (preferably tempered glass). Natural wood looks great, it’s much less slippery than samsung’s glass, adds next to no bulk, and offers scratch protection all around.

    • Higher_Ground

      I like those, and kinda forgot about them for a while. I went with a wood case from carved.com and have enjoyed it so far. I was initially a little skeptical since it’s a pretty thin inlay but it’s held up really well the past 5-6 months. I actually like the rubber around the edges – I think it’s helped with drops.

  • NAM37

    Does a bumper count?

  • rodney11ride

    do i smell a giveaway?

  • cdm283813

    The last phone I used without a case was the HTC Touch Pro 2. LOL This was my 2nd ever smartphone.

  • PJ Anderson

    I have a pixel. That glass back is the only reason I have a case, otherwise I very much prefer to run my phones naked.

  • Comk4ver

    I used to be all about the case… Then I was all about the tempered glass. Then I went completely naked and the screen got killed with my back pocket. So now I’m rocking my v10 naked, and now I have small small scuffs on the screen and a slight scratch on the top right corner… But my next phone will be tempered glass protected and cased.

  • Ryan

    Really need one for “situationally.” Most of the time no case. But when I am on the motorcycle, in the garage, at the beach or some other risky situation I do rock a case.

  • Daniel J. Peters

    I had a CaseMate on my MotoX PE, but it broke, so now I go caseless.

  • Jérôme Besnard
  • Got a live case for my 6P only because I have this really cool drone shot of my hometown that I took.

  • Munkymack

    I usually end up passing off my old phone to my mother when I get a new one, so I want her to have a phone in as nice a condition as possible. So yes to case and tempered glass screen protector

    I also use a clear case (the ones with the hard back) and make a template to have something that I can slip in between the case and the phone. That way I can switch out stuff when I get bored. Here’s my current cover art: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75eb69d1808ac51d0de6e00aa654f3cf93116fcdda99b1e0c59cea15e8367b2a.jpg

  • Brian Menius

    Nope. Always did before I decided to start buying cheap phones. It’s liberating to not have to give a damn about drops, scrapes, and the like. Disposable phone = disposable mentality. If I’d just known my 5X and 6P would turn out to be disposable, I’d have saved 2/3 of my money and not bought them in the first place.

  • Francesco Vaccarella

    I’ve got a Pixel XL, guys what case do you use? Any recommendations?

  • Mike O

    It’s all about the resale value and better grip. I don’t care about metal builds, it’s going in a case no matter what. I like plastic- durable, light, better reception, cheaper costs, etc.

  • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Nope, not on my Droid Turbo 2 with ShatterShield. No need to. I have already dropped it on cement 3 times and it barely has a scratch on 1 corner of the metal edge. All phones should be made as tough as this one was.

  • MichaelFranz

    i use 2 on both my phones. My 6P i cycle between the Sppigen Neo Hybrid and the Rhinoshield crashguard bumper. My iPhone 7+ i have a supcase unicorn beetle style. I realyl like both of them and will likely get both for my S8+ once that arrives

  • MKader17

    I’m still waiting for a company to create a phone that integrates a case. It looks great stock, allows people to add rubber bumpers and if you drop it, quickly replace it.

  • MKader17

    Case all the way.

    I will drop my phone and cosmetic damage annoys me more than the loss of resale value.

    I use magnetic phone holders. A nice thin case hides the metal plate.

  • Sakeem

    I always hated cases and never used them…………..until now. I have a Pixel and before the phone was in my hands, I had a case waiting for it.

    • Higher_Ground

      same. I don’t have the stomach to replace it and I went with the $10/month promo so I’m stuck with it for 2 years even if it breaks.

  • rslh

    I have the OP3 with a sandstone case. Would love to have a phone which has some sort of a ribbed/textured back so I won’t have to use a case at all.

  • AvalancheRyder

    I don’t blame the people who look at phones as a work of art and a masterpiece of industrial design and don’t want to hide it with a case, but some of them seem to look down on those who use a case and I just don’t get that. They seem to forget that for many people, a phone is just a tool. If protecting it with a case so they don’t need to treat it so carefully fits their lifestyle, then what’s the problem? Just because someone may prefer to use a case so they can toss their phone in a bag or on a desk without worrying about what it’ll come in contact with doesn’t mean they’re a clumsy fool.

    • Higher_Ground

      yeah, are these same people leaving cd’s just laying around without cases? A drawer full of sd cards? Do they own video games?

      A lot of cases are designed to look good, not just a cheap piece of black rubber. If you’re going to spend $500-$700 on a phone you can afford a decent looking case. Unfortunately with so many variations on android phones, unless you’ve got a galaxy or pixel your choices may be limited, though.

      • Andrew Branch

        I’d say the opposite, at least for me. I’m OCD about putting everything in it’s place and prefer to not use a case with my phone. I’d say that careless people who drop their phones would more often be the ones leaving discs lying around without a case.

    • Mike

      I agree with you, but it definitely goes both ways. People who use a case think people who don’t use cases are idiots and are going to break their phones and people who don’t use cases just think cases users are clumsy idiots.

      I personally don’t use a case, I have only dropped my phones one or two times and have never had a shattered screen. My wife on the other hand lives and dies with a case, she has broken screens on at least two phones and is always dropping her phone.

      There’s a need for cases, it’s just up to each individual if it’s worth it or not to cover up that premium device that you just paid good money for.

  • BobButtons

    Both. I keep my phone in a clear slim case, primarily for cosmetic protection, but every once in a while I’ll remove it from the case to enjoy the aesthetics of the design of the phone. Best of both worlds.

  • Kregstrong

    I moved on to dbrands skins on my last 2 phones, love em, I do put a tempered glass screen protector on though

  • Morgan Glassco

    I usually do anyways but enjoy them without. But, I recently got one of those magnetic car mounts and NO way am I have that metal plat slapped on my phone uncovered. Case it is…

  • liquidamber5

    I baby my phones, and I despise cases. I go with a Slickwrap Natural Skin and a tempered glass screen protector. I leave the rest to fate…

  • John E. Jablonski

    TPU case. No screen protector.

    • Synacks

      well it’s OK to cover up the Pixel’s terrible design. Just don’t do that to an S8 🙂

  • Marc Corvo

    Anyone who has to keep a phone for 2 years in a family environment (kids) and just general wear and tear of going from pocket to hand to table to car etc is going to scratch, dent, crack, float, or straight up destroy their phone without a case. Don’t get me wrong I do think phones look nicer without the extras, but I don’t have the luxury of bouncing from one phone to the next thereby never putting any mileage on the phone. I think phone reviewers have lost touch with the reality of typical phone use and the duration of time that people keep phones.

    • 3223

      Agree. Having phones handed to them all the time and the ability to switch daily drivers (ugh, hate that techy term) without having to pay huge amounts, kinda makes them a bit less aware of reality…

  • Defenestratus

    Anything that requires a case for it to be used in everyday life has failed a design parameter.

    That being said, I go caseless and insurance-less. I’ve only ever broken one phone when my Nexus 6 got between me and a sidewalk as I took a tumble – and I’m rich enough to buy a new phone to replace anything I break.

    • Daistaar

      When you fell on your head, would you say your head failed a design parameter by being fragile? Did you feel that everyone should wear a helmet? BTW you sound like an idiot: Rich people are smart with money; insurance out the ass.

      • Defenestratus

        Your analogy is imperfect.

        My head is not replaceable. My phone is.

        I didn’t land on my head either, I landed on my hip.

        As far as my apparent idiocy — given my history of smartphone damages, the cost/benefit ratio of carrying insurance does not make sense. The cost of replacements so far, over the same time as I had insurable devices, is a fraction of what I would have paid in insurance.

        I don’t throw away money superfluously.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Surprised some people are so against cases. Then again, I use the most minimal case available for my Nexus 6p (Spigen thin fit).

    • Morgan Glassco

      Same setup I run. Just enough to give more grip and some protection but not enough to add bulk or weight.

  • Michael Graef

    I went strictly au naturale up until my current phone and never broke a screen. However, the investment level is just too high with modern devices to not add a little protection.

  • Hoosegow Flask

    Not full otterbox, but I usually start with a simple slip-on one. Ever new phone I’ve had over the years has been thinner and lighter, so they invariably feel more fragile. Typically after a few months I start getting tired of the case and take it off.

    But for the wife and kid: absolutely.

  • Larry Simpson

    Literally came here to see all the people who hate cases get clowned when the poll results show how popular they are. U mad?

    • Defenestratus


    • Supraman21

      No. Just surprised how many clumsy people are out there. Havent dropped my phone since my Verizon Razr V3m. Take care of your phones people.

      • BobButtons

        Not necessarily about clumsiness. Constant setting it down and picking it up wears on it and if someone else borrows it, they could be far clumsier than you, etc. As far as enjoying the phone for what it is, I remove it from the case from time to time for that. Best of both.

      • Higher_Ground

        You call people clumsy for dropping a phone, even though you explicitly mention having dropped your cell phone before. Just be glad it was a flip phone!

        The last two phones that I broke (both the same model, which was fairly delicate) fell out of my pocket when sitting in one of those adirondack style chairs. Go figure, I hate those chairs anyway.

    • Mike

      Why would I be mad? People can do what they want with their phones. I paid $750+ for a device and I want to feel a premium device not a piece of rubber/plastic, if that were the case I’d buy a $200-$300 phone and…. Still not use a case.

    • TC Infantino

      Not in the least. My Moto Z Force Droid feels great naked. I totally understand why some people like to protect or decorate their phones. To each their own.

  • Ted Ockels

    Main reason is so I can use a magnet mount in my car

    • MadMartigan


    • JSo

      What phone do you use? Does it have a removable back? On my Nexus 5X, I put the metal plate between the battery and the back cover. It works great.

      • MadMartigan

        For mine, there’s just not enough room under the cover for it on the V20. It did work fine on the V10 though.

      • Ted Ockels

        currently the Pixel XL. But I will be switching to S8 Plus in the coming days.

        • jabarri2

          if you have a magnetic holder then the s8 would work well without a case. use one for my s7edge right now

  • JSo

    I don’t like cases. I have a Nexus 5X. I have a skin on it and a screen protector. That’s enough.

    Also, I don’t think a case on an S8 will protect the screen all that much.

  • Always a glass screen protector by Zagg and a very minimal clear case, usually the Spigen Hybrid crystal that uses TPU flexible plastic, even on the back instead of solid plastic to scratch the glass. If I can’t get that on day one, I use Best Buy’s Insignia that is made from the same material, but will yellow after about 2 to 3 months but at least it’s only $14.99 to $19.99 depending on the phone model.

  • Jon Redeker

    A good case and glass screen protector is cheap insurance that doesn’t get in my way

  • No.

  • Gordon Spurgeon Spooner

    I buy cheap diztronic cases. They are less than $10, they are slim and fit well, and they increase resale value by preventing cosmetic damage.

  • Miguel A.

    No case. The design of a phone is a huge factor in buying it in the first place. These things are largely replaceable anyway and I’m super careful. I only use one when working out or on vacation.

  • alberteezy

    Yes. I had to learn the hard way with the S7 and now my Nexus 5X. The only one I didn’t was the OG Moto X. That phone took a beating like a champ.

  • Google Pixel XL with the official case. Mostly to protect from scratches and light drops. I don’t like bulky cases at all so I’m very minimal with it, nothing too distracting.

    I’ve been looking at the Peel case this morning, seems to be as minimal as they get.

  • There should be a 3rd option. Sometimes.

  • Leonard Wong

    I like it naked

  • disastrousrainbow

    Not at the moment. When I do, I usually get a clear Spigen case. The slim silicone ones, not the ones with the hard back. But I usually end up taking them off because when dust or particles get collected inside, I remove the case to clean it all out. However, I do this so often that after a while I’m just like eff this, I’m going bareback. I’ll probably end up repeating the cycle with the S8. If I break it, well, that’s what insurance is for.

  • Ryan Batty

    Funny how much time and money is spent on making phones pretty. Also how much of a review is spent on the design. The majority of phones will be covered by a case anyway.

    • Synacks

      It’s sad. But I am one of the few that will always be caseless.

    • John Bush

      Totally agree. I laugh a little inside whenever I see an iPhone for this exact reason. Apple talks so much about design and thinness but you never ever see an iPhone without some sort of case on it. And most of the cases are hideous pieces of plastic that add so much bulk you’d never know that the newest iPhone is .01mm thinner that last year’s model.

  • I usually don’t. I never understood the reason about using them to protect the finish, since when you have a case on all you see is as scratched, dirty case for as long as you own the phone. You only take it off and see it’s great design when it comes time to sell it. I don’t use cases on my watch, sunglasses, laptop, or anything else I use daily. As long as I’m not clumsy and realize it’s a $700 piece of tech, it’s not a problem.

    • Miguel A.

      Same. I mean I know accidents happen but like…

    • David Lo

      I think it’s more to help protect the front display from shattering.

    • Daishi

      So, everyone’s case on their phone is scratched and dirty? Care to elaborate? Are you going by personal experience or do you have a batch of data that says this? Give us the numbers to back up your claims, please.

  • Suicide_Note

    The two biggest reasons i use a case are to avoid cosmetic damage, and maximize resale value. It also helps with grip, because some devices are pretty damn slippery.

    • Mudokon83

      exactly! i sell mine online and put that cash towards new phone and new case.

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      • Spinkick

        You get like what, 35 bucks at most between a “good” and “mint” phone? Even then, cases trap gunk under them that grinds into the phone if you arent dilligent. Its like guys buying cars to save for the next guy by never driving them.

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          bought iphone se for $460 and samsung s7 for $450. sold lg g3 for $125 and iphone 6 for #350.

          Its not a 1:1 but its a great way to get rid of old technology to someone else and get a almost mint phone, almost retail price but at least no taxes.

    • Santiago Fernández Devoto

      I was going to put exactly the same thing… 100% agreed

    • So you never get to use your phone day to day seeing and feeling the design. You’d rather look and see a dusty and scratched up case until it comes time to sell it so you can get $25 more for it?

      • Why do you care what OP does?

        • He posted, I replied.

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            That’s how this internet thing works after all

      • Francisco Peña

        I have a case on mine, not for $25, but so I’m not one of those that has to deal with a cracked screen for 12 months because they can’t afford to fix it or pay cash for a new one outright.

        I have a case on mine so that in a yr, my fingers are touching bent metal or plastic or scratched because the material has jagged edges from the drops.

        I don’t buy my phones for the exterior design.. just what’s in them, and the specs that power it.

      • BobButtons

        If it was $25, it’d barely make up for the cost of the case. Looking up good & like new sales of newer devices shows more than a $25 difference. Also, to your point, I use a case on mine, but once every few days pop it out of the case for a bit to enjoy the design.

        • James

          Sure, but if you’re selling a year+ old daily driver device as “like new” you’re lying, regardless of whether it has cosmetic damage or not.

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          I do that, too. I try not to look too lovingly at it while there are witnesses around, though.

      • Kanoosh

        i have an awesome case on mine with no scratches and no dust .. most phones are slippery nowadays and very expensive.. i need to be able to hold it comfortably and not worry about it slipping out and dropping.. also for us people without tons of cash to spare , we like to resale our phones towards newer ones.. keeping a case on it ensures it’s resale value stays high enough to get as much as we can for the new phone..

        not really worth it if the phone is cracked or dented/scuffed up because i wanted to feel the shiny phone in my hands lol..

        common sense really.

      • Brandon Bain

        You clearly don’t resell your phones. Condition changes value big time, especially on eBay.

        • I buy and sell phones a few times a year on swappa, and the difference I’ve seen between good condition and great condition on a 6-12 month old phone is very little

          • Spinkick

            I’ve noticed the same.

      • steadymobb

        Dusty and scratched up case or dusty and scratched up phone? I’d prefer the former. I had the Note7 and used it for a week without a case and was SO CAREFUL with it but it still ended up getting scratches all around the back and camera just from basic daily use. TMO also can charge you for damages/scratches if you JUMP often. I actually like the grip and look of certain cases. It can be fun to customize it.

      • Higher_Ground

        The design of the Pixel (and XL) is far down the list of high points. It may even cross over into negative territory for some. Besides, a decent case will improve the look of the phone, not simply cover it up. If you’re buying the cheapest matte black rubber, then I can see your point.

      • Suicide_Note

        Except my case is neither dusty or scratched up, and i get way more than an extra $25 when i sell my phones.

      • mcdonsco

        Usually quite a bit more than that at resale. I buy/sell a lot, condition is everything (as it is with most things). The only way it would only be $25,as you say, is if the general price range of a given device was $100 roughly. Once you get into the $400 range or so it’s a difference of around $100, not $25.

    • OligarchyAmbulance

      I sell my phone every year in mint condition and I never use cases. Just keep insurance in case you have an accident (thankfully I never have).

      • BobButtons

        It’s funny how much more people will pay even for stuff not considered damage. On the 6P for instance, the Huawei logo on the back.. without a case, the mere act of setting it down and picking it up over time causes it to wear off. People seem to think that sort of thing still being around shows how well the phone was treated as if it missing is a constant reminder the device they’re buying is used.. even if everything else is great.

    • MichaelFranz

      agreed. I will say though i didn’t use one for the longest time. It was only once i got my 6P that i did. I never did on my N6 or any prior device. Nothing before then i owned really needed one. I had some on my S5 but they were crap and i only used then for a month or so.

    • john lens

      A case is a must on the S7 Edge as it is slippery when holding it and to prevent accidental touches on the edge of screen.

      • seattle tech

        I usually don’t use cases but on the S7 edge Spigen thin fit is perfect for people that hate cases. It gets rid of false touches and the back feels like a nexus 5 material without any added bulk

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      • I bought the Unicorn Beetle case for my S7 Edge and even though it’s a little bulky, it’s so much better protected against small drops. And I still have use of the edges.

    • DanSan

      Same here. Always a case and tempered glass screen protector. gives me peace of mind and allows me to not worry. throw my phone around, slide on the desk, wipe the screen with my shirt, who cares.

    • Andrew Branch

      The irony of keeping a phone nice so someone else can enjoy it.

      • T4rd

        Pretty sure everyone that uses a case enjoys their phone still, I know I do at least, more so than being naked even. I don’t think most people care much about their phone’s aesthetic appeal enough to not use a case either, which is why you see 90% of the general public put their phone’s in a case, usually an ugly/bulky Ottar Box at that.

        • Mike

          I just think it’s funny that people will complain about wanting “Premium materials” in a phone but will use a case either way.

          Personally, with my V20 being metal and plastic, I see no reason for a case but to each their own.

          • T4rd

            Those people are in the vocal minority, it seems. Anyone I’ve talked to in person about phones gives a damn about what it looks or feels like. It’s usually all about display and battery.

        • Andrew Branch

          I’m sure they enjoy their phones still, obviously. But they would enjoy it even more if it didn’t need a case and could take advantage of these design choices. I rocked a case for every phone up until the Nexus Shamu 6, which was too damn large on it’s own… since then I’ve really enjoyed not having a case with my old 6P and now Pixel XL.

          • T4rd

            Maybe, depends on the phone, I guess. I tried using my 6P without a case and it’s way too big and slippery for my comfort. With my Supcase on it, it feels much more comfortable and grippy to use.

          • The Doctor

            Yeah, there’s no way I’m going to use a glass phone with no protection. One drop on the cement and that sucker is going to shatter. Using an expensive glass device without protection is careless.

          • Andrew Branch

            So shouldn’t phone makers be designing and constructing phones that aren’t so fragile in the first place? What’s the point otherwise? IMO that’s what phone insurance is for… and in my experience I much more careful with my phones when it’s not in a case, haven’t had a drop yet.

          • Higher_Ground

            phone insurance is much more expensive than just buying a case. 24 months of $5-7 would buy you enough cases to change every day of the week.

          • Andrew Branch

            Valid point, not to mention you usually have to pay a deposit on top of those monthly fees. I guess I just pay for that luxury and piece of mind.

          • The Doctor

            Phone makers absolutely should be making devices that aren’t so goddamn fragile. But people think glass is premium for some reason.

            Just because you’re careful doesn’t mean you’ll never drop your phone. Accidents happen, no matter how careful you are.

          • AndroidUser00110001


            I think Larry Page or someone at Google filed for a similar patent a few years ago too that had airbags coming out of phone when it sensed a drop.

          • Chris M

            i’m with you. dropped my pixel 2 days after i got it and there went the screen. dropped my moto x too many times to count. replaced all of them and it gets expensive after a while.

          • Chris M

            when they figure out how to stop the screen from shattering when i drop it that is the day i will stop using a case. I’ve had to replace waaaaay too many phones for cracked screens.

          • TC Infantino

            They have. It’s called the Droid Turbo 2 and the Moto Z Force Droid.

      • Suicide_Note

        There’s no irony, as i thoroughly enjoy using my phone, with the added benefit of not having to worry about it getting scratched and dinged up.

      • razerlite

        No, it’s so that they can get more $ on the resale. The buyer’s enjoyment is irrelevent to the seller. 🙂

    • Brad

      because some devices are pretty damn slippery.

      Looking at you Nexus 6P!

      • AndroidUser00110001

        My Nexus 6P has never slipped out of my hand with no case. Got the first week it was available and is still in mint condition. Only thing I use is a tempered glass screen protector.

        Hope I don’t jinx myself 🙂

    • James

      I use a case on my 6P because the buttons are too easy to accidentally press without one. Otherwise, I’d probably go naked.

    • PT

      I see no point in a screen protector it just takes away the tactile feel of the screen. I still own my Nexus line of phones 4, 5, 5x

  • TheDave1022

    Only use one on my 6P cause of how easily it scratches. Otherwise I never use a case

  • Tim Massing ✔ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Technically it’s a bumper but….

  • Greg Morgan

    Yes for two reasons. Most phones today while very they have beautiful designs are usually also very slippery. Cases can help grip them. Also for resale value. 🙂

  • NeilOMalley

    Yes, I keep my Pixel XL in a case, I would rather not as it feels amazing in hand without one but I don’t trust myself. This is my first phone that I actually use a case on, usually I prefer to not have one.