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Case or no case?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dgold82, May 19, 2013.


Using a case?

  1. Using a case

    38 vote(s)
  2. Not using a case

    10 vote(s)
  1. dgold82

    dgold82 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So I've had my Galaxy Nexus since day one and dropped it more times than I can count. I have a minor scuff on one side and two tiny hairline scratches on the screen. Not bad given that I have 3 kids always using it and it basically replaced my point and shoot for all family functions.

    I've always gone without a case but I'm thinking about one for the S4 because the screen is so big and I know two people who have cracked their S3s. I'm curious, are you all going to use a case? If I did it would probably be one of the Spigens.


  2. jds4000

    jds4000 Android Enthusiast

    Otterbox Defender PLUS Spigen Tempered Glass (0.23 mm) Screen Protector.
  3. charlie310

    charlie310 Well-Known Member

    The only reason why I use a case is to increase the resale value of my phones. Phones in perfect condition sell for much more than phones with even a minor scratch or blemish.

    I just use cheap TPU cases that cost around $8.

    I really see no need for OB Defender cases for the average user. Unless you work in construction or expect to throw your phone against brick walls. 1st off, they're expensive. 2nd off, they're way to big and thick.
  4. GatorfanDroid

    GatorfanDroid Well-Known Member

    Case x infinity and x infinity again. You don't wanna break the phone on the first drop.
  5. Mysterio2525

    Mysterio2525 Newbie

    Never used a case or screen protector and dont plan on starting.
  6. happyarthur79

    happyarthur79 Member

    A Spigen Neo Hybrid case (£18) and a Spigen glass screen protector (£27) for complete protection. The reason I like to keep my phones pristine is because when the next phone I want comes to market I'll sell my current one to fund the new one. Cleaner phones attract more buyers and a higher sale price!
  7. Vela_Ocampo

    Vela_Ocampo Newbie

    first time to see the s4, and i think the case is a must, the physical looks are not that good. I want to see htc one in actual.
  8. 05GT

    05GT Member

    Running naked with a Spigen screen protector. The phone looks and feels great minus the case.
  9. Justin01

    Justin01 Well-Known Member

    I preferred using case for my s4 and I used to buy cases from otterbox though I when I discovered minisuit I switch to it. In fact I just purchased my MiniSuit Samsung Galaxy S4 Kinnect Rubber Trim Case with Screen Protector a couple of weeks ago from amazon. I go for minsuit due to the fact that this company do offer classy, durable and affordable cases. I still like otterbox though.

    Here's a link to it anyway.
  10. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    I'm with you.

    I am very careful with my phone so I just don't feel the need.

    My phone is delightfully light and slim and the screen feels great. If I put it in a case and stuck a screen protector on it I would then have a fat ugly phone with an horrible orange peel screen that feels slightly sticky. No thank you.

    If you are careless or spend a lot of time in a hostile environment, I can see the point. I'm not and I don't so I'm happy to go naked.
  11. Eric618

    Eric618 Member

    +1 to all of this.
  12. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    The S4 is a lot easier to get display cracks than the S3 with even slight drops and putting in pockets that result in bending cracks. Probably best not to put the S4 in a pocket at all and have a case to help absord kinetic energy. Thin bezels and big surface glass equals crack magnet.
  13. Turbodc2

    Turbodc2 Newbie

    Put it in a case if your hard on your phone. Even a thin case will do a world of good in the event of a drop.
  14. dgold82

    dgold82 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I don't know about that. My wife is not really that hard on her phone but she cracked her Galaxy Nexus with a silicon case and screen protector on it. Drop was from the kitchen counter onto the vinyl floor.

    I figure if you really want drop protection you would need one of those dual layer cases like the neo hybrid. Everything else is mostly for minor bangs and scratches to help with resale. I don't plan on reselling my phone so I don't care about that.

    Come to think of it how much more can you really get get with a few minor dings to the phone after ~2 years. $30-50? Doesn't see worth it if the case approaches that.
  15. charlie310

    charlie310 Well-Known Member

    You do realize that those two items cost $60 combined, which is probably more than the difference between a "pristine" phone resale price vs. a slightly blemished one.
  16. bobby2478

    bobby2478 Android Enthusiast

    The part you are overlooking is you will get even more by including the case and other accessories in the sale. So the average case costing $20-$30, you more than make up for that with a higher selling price that comes with having a mint condition device that looks nearly brand new. And by throwing the case in on top of it you get an even higher sale price. So you more then make up for the $20-$30 on the other end.
  17. bobby2478

    bobby2478 Android Enthusiast

    I'm overly cautious with my phone, and invariably despite how careful I am I realize there is a strong likelihood at some point or another I will drop it. I dropped my Evo 3D once in a bar and it bounced off the metal step/foot rest around the bottom of the bar. My phone was in a 2 stage case with a screen protector, and it didn't so much as leave a mark on it. And that was with me being very, very careful with my phone and all my electronics. Crap does happen, it's nice to have some form of protection.
  18. Mysterio2525

    Mysterio2525 Newbie

    This is a good point. I pay for the phone insurance already and feel that if I break my phone then i'll suck it up and pay the deductible and get a new phone. My last three android phones had no screen protector or case and are still kicking strong, even after a few drops, dings, and dents. I like the slim feel of my naked phone and feel that screen protectors hurt my touch screen experience. Or perhaps I like to live dangerously!!!
  19. Turbodc2

    Turbodc2 Newbie

    Didn't say it would be 100 percent protected, just that it will do a lot better than without one. My gs3 in a lightweight case fell off my motorcycle at about 40 mph and slid for a bit and was pretty much fine. Would it be fine if I did it all the time? Probably not but I do think it helped a lot. Luck of the draw I suppose.
  20. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    I generally dont like cases, but I buy 1 good case for every phone i have. I do work outside quite a lot, so having the case is nice. I got the spigen slim armor, doesnt add much bulk at all and looks nice. I will never use a screen protector though, I personally hate them. I've owned all 4 galaxy S phones, and every one had a pristine screen when it was replaced, excepted for the first one, which had one small scratch
  21. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    It is perfectly possible to keep a phone fairly much pristine without using a case or screen protector.

    My last two phones were an iPhone 3GS and a Galaxy S2. When I sold them both after two years of constant use, neither of them had a mark on them. If you held them up to bright sunlight and looked really hard there were tiny marks on them but they were, by almost any standard, both in excellent condition.

    The secret to keeping your phone in good nick is to be careful with it, not sticking it in an ugly case.
  22. wunay

    wunay Android Enthusiast

    I have a friend with the Galaxy S3 and when I said that I was getting an Otterbox Defender for my S4, he indicated that he had never had a problem with his S3 that had no protection whatsoever and proceeded to get the S3 out of his pocket to show me as to its pristine condition ......... he dropped it and it does not even switch on now!!!
    You never can be certain that you will not drop it. I had the S3 and laughed at people who had let it get into the washing machine and said that I could not understand as to how that could happen, --- my S3 went into the washer!!!!!!

    Better to be safe than sorry.
  23. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    I wonder how many people who use a case are the same saying the S3/4 shouldn't use cheap plastic :p

    Anyway - case for me now. Always went naked until I had a warranty issue with Samsung refusing warranty because there was a hairline crack in the case (which I didn't even notice).

    'insurance-claimed' replacement now has a case :)

    Edit: Ok, I just noticed I am in the S4 forum lol - but the same applies IF I'd change the S3 for an S4 :D
  24. oleb84

    oleb84 Android Enthusiast

    If some mystical force could GUARANTEE that i would never drop my phone or it would not suffer any damage of any kind then of course i would opt for no case, as im sure everyone would.

    However, this is not the case so i NEED to protect my
  25. MBM7881

    MBM7881 Well-Known Member

    I always go with a case and i prefer the Otterbox defender

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