I have been using this Verizon case since I got the Incredible on the day of its release: It leaves the top and bottom of the phone unprotected, but covers the sides. Today I took the cover off and noticed that the bezel on the sides of the phone has a bunch of small "knicks". I then looked at the inside of the sides of the case and saw that it inevitably collected sand and dirt. Top and bottom of the phone, where the case does not cover the bezel, is flawless. I have been extremely careful keeping my phone clean, always blowing it off when I take it out of my pocket, and even going so far as to use my camera's bulb blower on it periodically. I think hard cases are more likely to cause trapped sand and dirt to scratch the bezel than soft cases, especially when you take the case off the phone. So, just wanted to throw this out there. Using a hard case to "protect" the phone kind of defeats the purpose if it's just going to scratch up the bezel. As I said, the top and bottom of the bezel where the case doesn't cover is flawless. This also applies to Seidio's case, which is extremely similar to the Verizon case above in rigidity and material. I had an Innocase II for my Blackberry Storm.