I've carried my Hero in cases and with two different screen shields. I'm the happiest when the phone is not in a case and will not use another screen shield. I really like the feel and slimness of the phone and the smoothness of the screen. I kind of appreciate it for what it is. Of course accidents happen. I do quite a bit of reading on this forum for my own knowledge and education. There are may opinions on cases and screen shields. What I would like to know is if anyone carries and uses the phone as it is. Please inform me if you do. Thanks,TC.