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Poll: do you need a phone case?

Poll: do you need a phone case?

Phone cases offer the considerate smartphone user a difficult conundrum. On the one hand, it seems wise to keep your phone protected against knocks, scratches and falls, but it also seems important to feel the device in your hand as the manufacturer intended and to show of its carefully orchestrated curves. So what is it to be: to encase or not to encase? Let us know by voting in our weekend poll.

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OnePlus made a case for the iPhone. Would you use that? / © ANDROIDPIT

Personally, I used to have a case on my phone, but now I go without one. I figured it's better to enjoy my phone as it was meant to be, even if that means risking some damage. The frame of my phone has suffered a few dings, but then, if I was using a case, I wouldn't even see the frame, so I don't think it makes any difference.

Share your opinions through our poll, and leave us a comment if you have any phone-case-related stories.

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  • rick Mar 7, 2016 Link to comment

    yes, i always protect my device, i am more about the practical side of things, when it comes to my device, a, case saved my Optimus F7 from a smashed screen, i droped my S5 not once, but twice , and i was walking when it fell, and i also kicked it like a hocky puck it slide across the floor in the supermarket. the case saved it ass from damage.

  • Victor Feb 29, 2016 Link to comment

    I use a leather G4, so it's really hard to cover that beauty.

  • Ever since I had the HTC Incredible I've required a kickstand for my phone. I can only get that with a case as no phone since has built one in.

  • i dont need a case to make my phone look great but m rather clumsy and have a habit to drop it frequently also it has an alluminium finish so being slippery is in the bloods of it.

  • Any device I've ever owned, or phone or even my new baby the Nexus 9, I purchased one for €39, I attempted to put it on, but its just not my thang. I bought several for my S3, and even one of my Note 3, never used it.

  • Ellett Feb 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Most people aren't clumsy but everyone needs a case.
    No case, just one drop can shatter the phone. Any case, even a cheap TPU, and the phone survives.

    By the way, the choices were rude, implying that you couldn't choose "case" without pleading guilty to "clumsy". Someone's sense of humor, isn't.

  • Love my S3, but it's a slippery bugger. Then I found the UAG case. Great protection AND it makes my S3 look like a space ship door! Awesomeness.

  • Used to use case. Now phones are to big to stick in shirt pocket w. a case.

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    Deactivated Account Feb 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I would of gladly taken part in your phone case survey, but didn't when I saw the limited options. I use a case to look after my phone, plus it looks good as new whenever I remove the case. To me that's the point of using a protective case in the first place. Your survey also came across as not really very well thought out and biased against cases. Would of preferred it took a more neutral or fair minded approach, then the choices you offered.

  • Yes I always use a case, this is essential to stop my precious S5 from knocks and scrapes. I always use tempered glass protection for the screen.

    This is a reason why I don't really care for expensive material or glass on the back. A strong shockproof plastic would be great.

    Though I tend now to use a clear plastic case as I'm paying premium price for the design.

    Peace ✌

  • Yes pls give me a case all the time must have note 4 / speck candyshell yes this is the best one by far !

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    Deactivated Account Feb 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Yes, I use case of same design as my phone is so it protects & also maintain the same style that phone manufacturer has provided.

  • Steve Feb 27, 2016 Link to comment

    I used to use one and kept changing it every two to three months as I was bored with the design etc. The only thing with using a case is that it was costing me money replacing it each time. Now I don't bother. Am still using Samsung Galaxy S4 and I have a few scrapes and knocks on the frame too but I too like the feel of it in my hand this way.

    Am considering getting the Samsung S7. Do you think I will need a case for that?

    • I would advise that you use a case even a cheap one will offer decent amount of protection. It's not just scrapes and bashes (which by the way will affect any resale price should you decide to sell it on).

      I prefer the case as it makes it easier to hold on to the phone.

      The harder "shock absorbing" cases will offer extra protection should you drop it, a large number of people have damaged essential parts through dropping the device.

      If you have a good Insurance policy which covers accidentally damage (check throughly as there are usually exemptions), and you are willing to pay the excess then buying new cases may not seem necessary. Though again I would err on the side of caution.

      I would always recommend that you purchase and use a Screen protector, the tempered glass ones are better and are relatively cheap (£1-£5).

      So as others have mentioned it is down to personal preference, with the cost of decent cases and screen protector being relatively cheap it makes sense to at least try them out.

      Peace ✌

  • Paolo Feb 27, 2016 Link to comment

    It's like asking, "Do you need (car/life) insurance?" You'd think it's really, really expensive and a hassle to process and complicates your phone experience, but you'll be thankful you have it when your brakes go out or someone drove distracted or you're bumped. You'd naturally want to protect your investments so of course you'd get one, same thing with our phones...

  • I use a case because I want to protect my phone should it be dropped out of my pocket but I have a very demanding attitude to the quality.

    I looked for a case for a Chinese phone the other day and found there was only one available which was a horrible stick on type where it glued to the phones back panel which I think is ridicules. I had to buy a plastic rear cover and glued that where the phones original cover should be and now the phone slots in and out easily of the case when I need to change the battery, sim or SD card.

    Whoever thought up this bad design has a mental problem.

  • Dave Feb 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Always use a case, especially if it's a high end device or its your only device & you cant afford to get a replacement. Seen many a person drop theirs & watched in awe as they explode into tiny fragments! Then watch them break down as it's not covered by the warranty / insurance and they're left with an electronic jigsaw puzzle.

    Same reason i didn't vote as not a viable option to pick.

  • Never use a case they add bulk and are ugly I do use dbrand skins and I used a bumper way back with iPhone 4

  • i dint habe a phone case and my phone felt once from 2 meters and isnt broken -> i dont need one (i have lg g3)

    • You're one of the lucky ones. I've seen too many people using phones which are broken cause of not having a case when dropped and can't afford to replace it.

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