I'll admit I don't have a case. A decision I regret as my phone slipped out of my pocket at one point and the plastic chipped slightly. I'm not the shortest person so it had a little extra height to fall from too. I have a Samsung Galaxy S Relay so finding a case I like is tricky.
Well with more phones using "Gorillia Glass" it's only a matter of when, not if, the screen will shatter. HTC One, HTC DNA, and just about every new phone out, shatter in seconds when dropped once from a normal height. if it has Gorilla glass you are pretty much saying "it looks pretty until you drop it(without insurance) and are screwed". 2 months into my 24 month contract, I dropped by HTC DNA, it shattered (good job Gorilla glass, sarcasm). Verizon said I am SOL. Replacement cost of phone 700 bucks. STUPID. Get a case
I've dropped my phone a few times Antilycus on multiple surfaces and the only thing that got scuffed or damaged was the plastic case samsung put the components into. Though I've only dropped it twice on an actual hard surface. I'm generally really careful with my stuff.
I have using smartphones (since the Treo 180) and never used a protective case. Don't see the point of getting a sleek phone to double its size with a bulky case. Did not use cases with G1, G2, Nexus (<- these fell a couple of times and they survived pretty well), and now with Moto X.
I got a huge rubber case on my phone. I've dropped it multiple times with no problems. I also work with it in my pocket, often gets bumped and smacked around. Each to his own. Not really sure the point of the article, but I guess it's just interesting to know what others do and why.
Instead of buying a case for my new contract free android phone I bought a couple of extra phones as spares. At $20 per phone on black Friday it was a very easy choice to make.
I know what you are thinking: the phone must be a bottom of the barrel barely usable piece of s*** . In fact it is a very nice middle range model with dual core 1.2GHz Qualcom CPU + GPU, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, dual HD cameras + flash, WIFI bgn, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4" IPS screen, etc.
Just be careful. If you're not, then do not spend top dollar for a mini-pc that fits into your pocket.
If my modern and thin "mobile" phone with bubble wrap around it looks like a 1980's Motorola Brick phone...what's the point. I may as well wear a protective helmet because I'm just as likely to walk into something.
"of the quarter of smartphone owners who go caseless, 70 percent owned an Android phone while only 20 percent owned an iPhone."
Isn't that the split of the market anyway? ~75% Android, ~15% Apple? Way to fudge numbers. I'm willing to bet that there are more Android users who don't use a case then there are Iphone users in total, how's that for statistics?
Nothing bugs me more than people who buy cases... but then again, a big reason i choose a phone is how thin it is... so adding extra bulk is stupid to me.
Just seems rediculous... "oh i have to protect it!"... the thing HAS a case already, phones come with a "case" built in... its not just a collection of circuit boards exposed to the air, it has solid material built around it... why does it need ANOTHER case?
smart phones are made with glass that are virtually unscratchable, and before that, i bought Nokia phones which you could buy replacement original covers for (not a second cover, but that actual original cover itself)
Designers put hours in to designing elegant looking, beautiful products just to have twerps go and destroy it all by putting extra crap over it... it's a damn shame!
There are 2 things that could happen to my old phone when I get a new one.A. I resell them. For every scratch or dent I get less money.B. I pass them to my kids. For every scratch or dent I get a funny look.Solution. Get a case and screen protector. There you go.