First, there are the most dangerous. The purists. The iPhone owners who go naked. No case. These are the iPhone users who think butter fingers and slippery glass or aluminum will not impact their iPhone lifestyle. What about the others?
Thin? Or, Thick?
Between the naked iPhone users and those who double iPhone’s weight with an extra battery case that doubles battery life and provides perhaps more protection than anything other than no iPhone at all, are the iPhone case buyers.
Chances are good that you are one. Got case? Why? Cases help with iPhone slipperiness, yes, but they’re also an extension of our personalities. An iPhone case says something about who we are, hence the giant iPhone case industry.
The problem with cases is also the problem with the two basic classes of iPhone case users. The first is those clear plastic to ultra thin cases. I get it. Thin is in. Thinner is better. The problem with such cases is that they offer little protection beyond what the iPhone itself offers and it might be a reason why Apple does not sell their own brand of clear plastic case.
Look around. What do you see? iPhone users with cracked screen glass. In most cases, physics applies here. iPhones with no cases are more prone to being dropped, hence more cracked screens. Duh. iPhones with those ultra thin, plastic, or clear plastic cases are next on the list because the case offers little protection, so more cracked screens. Double duh.
After that group we have the rest of us who buy cases that are perhaps thin, but have a case material that is less prone to moving the shock of the drop back into the iPhone itself. Yes, I have dropped my iPhone a few times through the years, but each one had a 1) leather case to reduce the hard impact, or, 2) a silicone case to reduce the hard impact, or, 3) a case with softer corners to, you guessed it– reduce the hard impact.
Thin iPhone cases are OK if the case material is better at absorbing the shock from a drop than those clear plastic cases.
Yes, different strokes for different folks. I have a couple of co-workers with case-less iPhones that have never been dropped. Yet, a few others drop theirs every year and learned the hard way that Apple Care is a good deal. And, like you, I have friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and associates who have iPhone cases; sometimes more than one. A few are butter fingers afflicted but few of those folks end up with a cracked screen.
iPhone is a supercomputer in your pocket so it should be treated with some degree of care and consideration to ensure it does what you want when you want. Some iPhone cases can be dangerous because style and fashion trumps safety.
Got a case for your iPhone? What kind? How much? Ever cracked an iPhone screen before? What did it cost to repair?