I've always been a fierce advocate for no case. Ultimately the questions you have to weigh are: Do I want a flawless looking device that's flawlessness is completely obscured by a likely dinged up and probably less aesthetically pleasing case? OR Do I want a beautiful naked device that will likely get dinged up?
Cases are really to prevent you from destroying your phone. I feel like we're at a point with build quality that minor drops aren't going to break your phone, so cases are really just ugly bulky exteriors. I'm also not especially clumsy so I've never had much trouble with destroying my phones. If you're prone to catapulting your phone out of your lap when you get out of the car, then I can understand how a case might be a good thing to have.
I prefer not to use a case, but I bought both the Double Dip and Incipio's Feather case for the One. After accidentally cracking the back of the Nexus 4 (didn't even drop it!) I figured I should be a little less cavalier about this stuff. Don't use a case 100% of the time, but one days when I know I'm going to be out walking around a lot -- and using my phone while doing so -- it seemed like a good idea to keep the phone in a case.
I went with Incipio's "aluminum brushed"Feather case as well. I'd rather go without one and will sometimes, but this one is light covers the back from scratches, and gives a lip for the glass. It provides enough false sense of security that I'm not a nervous wreck whipping it out of my pocket.
I just had a look at those two cases. Argh I need to find something that will offer someone protection, but not sacrifice the great look of the phone by hiding it. Might not be easy but I want the One's looks to shine! lol
Interesting thanks for the post. Have you used the rhino shield before? What does it feel like? I've never really liked using screen protectors because of the texture difference than just using the the glass.
Rhino Shield is a new project that is about to start shipping the first batches of screen protectors in the next week or so. I've liked screen protectors either, but this one seems very promising. My main concern with screen protectors is that it really reduces the quality of your phone screen. Why should I get the phone with the best screen in the world and then reduce its quality?! Rhino Shield aims to make that reduction much less than ANY other protector.
As for how it feels, when I get it and the phone (both were pre-ordered and are expected by the end of the month latest), I'll try to remember to post here what I think of the protector in terms of touch smoothness, clarity, intrusiveness and thickness.
I repair phones on a daily basis and in the 3 years I have been doing so as self employed, 100% of the devices bought to me to have screens or digitisers replaced have been in cases. I have always been an advocate of not using a case and I have dropped my phones from almost 6 feet in the air on to stone floor tiles with not as much as a scratch on them (both Apple & HTC Android devices). In the ten years I have been using smartphones I have never suffered a broken screen either. My wife used to use a case on her phones until she broke a screen by accidentally knocking her phone off of the arm of the sofa, 2 feet on to a carpeted floor! Since then she has never used a case and has dropped her iPhone 5 several times with no damage.
I always advise my customers not to use a case unless it is a soft fabric drawstring type or leather "slip" (which means it has to be removed to be used). Same with screen protectors - they only protect the digitiser from being scratched & with today's "gorilla glass" & variants, they are not needed either!
As it has already been said, it all depends on ones lifestyle. Ate you a construction worker who likes to surf the internet while working? Then by all means, get the best case. Or are you a student with no job and lives at home with their parents (taking the rough-life factor out of the equation)? Then I guess you really wouldn't need a case. I am particularly clumsy so I opt for the case everytime.
I have not used a case on any of my phones in a whole. What I have found is using those films are great. I use Zagg's and it helps to grip the phone on the back. For the screen I use a glossy screen protector because sometimes I put the phone screen down.
If the phone has glass, then a thin 9mm bumper case is a must even if you manage to only drop your phone once a year. There are some nice matching cases on Amazon and look for the 13mm holster cases for more thicker protection.
It depends which side the phone lands on. Since the iPhone 5 is back heavy it tends to land on its alum. back alot. If it lands on the screen or corner then the screen will crack from a 6 ft drop. With the HTC One I think its not as back heavy. I would have to view more drop videos to see a real pattern with the HTC One.
If you are looking to resell at a later date (support the purchase of a new phone) I would go for a case. I have one and yes aesthetically it detracts from the great design, but ultimately protects my investment
I found this interesting. Beautiful color, design a selling and buying point but then you put a case in it. So why choose a beautiful design?
I use my phone for outdoor activities, gym, and it's on the floor a lot. I wanted to really buy the Rugby Pro exactly for those reasons. Unfortunately no updated rough usage phone is available that I know of.
The case on my Current Samsung HTC (about 2 years old), shows cracks, scratches but phone still looks good when I periodically take it out.
Since I plan to keep the same activity level I suppose a new OtterBox will have to be on my list as well.