I've had a case on my 1st gen iPhone since day one. It wasn't long before I realized my "contour" case scratched and dented and made marks ALL OVER my iPhone, probably doing way more aesthetic damage to the iPhone then preventing it. Still I kept it on. I wasn't as concerned about keeping the iPhone pristine as protecting it in case I dropped it from a height, which I have many times including more than one "launch" onto the sidewalk. We've all heard the stories of screens getting cracked. I use a matte screen protector for that (not sure which brand, it was a gift). But does a case covering the entire iPhone really protect it? Cases are made up of a ton of different materials. My "contour" case is the hard plastic more rubbery feeling on the out but hard on the inside. It's not very thick. Would such a hard rubber even provide impact protection from a drop? Wouldn't it just transmit the impact and stress to the iPhone? Should we take our cases off and enjoy them the way Job intended?