Do you use a Back protector?

musika

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I'm using a bumper and just tonight I took off my pealing invisible shield back protector.

I figure, if the back really gets scratched, Apple replaces the back plate for $20 which is basically what the shield costs.

What do you guys and girls do?
 

kingdLo

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I've used a back protector since I got the 4. At first I used to get the matte protectors from phantomskinz, but now I have a eBay cheapo clear one and it shows a ton of scratches against the black. I guess it's better than being on the actual glass though.
 

onlyjjp

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I always wondered if you can get the back replaced(paying the $30) for just having scratches on it. Is this true?
 

rever3nce

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naked and mine has been fine, not rough on my iphone but I use it a lot. I have a white iphone 4s , so any screen on the back like invisashield turnes blue! haha

thats why I took mine off
 

musika

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I always wondered if you can get the back replaced(paying the $30) for just having scratches on it. Is this true?
I wouldn't see why not... I mean, if they don't let you you can always just purposely chip the glass (carefully).

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naked and mine has been fine, not rough on my iphone but I use it a lot. I have a white iphone 4s , so any screen on the back like invisashield turnes blue! haha

thats why I took mine off
THANK YOU! I'm not the only one that this happens to! It looks so weird. I always assumed my case was turning it blue.
 

Minhimalism

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I had one on both the front and back and then one day I had an epiphany. (Probably only because my warranty lasts until next year..) Now I don't use either.. I just use it naked at home no screen protectors and when I go out I stick it in my ZooGue case.
 

yanki01

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I'm using the one that came with my SGP neo hybrid II case. works good, didn't have it until last year.
 

jjk454ss

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I always put something on the back. I hate cases, I hate screen protectors, but I like to set my phone down on the back without worries. I have a Trunket now, I've used Zagg Leathskins before, and just today I ordered a Monolith wood back.
 

musika

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I always put something on the back. I hate cases, I hate screen protectors, but I like to set my phone down on the back without worries. I have a Trunket now, I've used Zagg Leathskins before, and just today I ordered a Monolith wood back.
I know what you mean. But I've got a bumper on there so it has some lay on the table design to help.
 

adamlee

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Having an iphone comes with the casing dilemma. The device is so pretty, why would you ever want to cover it up with a bulky case? On the other hand it really is a smart idea to have case if you are going to keep it for the entirety of a 2yr contract. FYI, I have a speck case on a black iphone 4. It's rather utilitarian but it works.
 

jjk454ss

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I know what you mean. But I've got a bumper on there so it has some lay on the table design to help.
If I used a bumper I would probably still put something on the back like I do now. just because it adds little to no bulk, but still less me make my phone just a little different than everyone else I know with an iPhone:).
 

tkwolf

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I use Otter Box to try to protect the entire phone.
I used to use Commuter on my blackberry phones and while I am yet to buy an iPhone for my next upgrade around July, how good is the quality of commuter on iPhone? i've read reviewed that it has sort of dwindled.
 

runtohell121

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My setup for my iPhone 4: Powersupport anti glare front screen protector, Lucky Lab Parudao Wood back skin, and black bumper case.

I kind of want to take off the bumper case but haven't find a good wrap for the antenna band or couldn't find any antenn-aid/iBand/"End Call" sticker.
 

antman2295

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I use a back cover, which is a skin, only because it was free. Otherwise I would not purchase one. I also use it in addition to my speck candyshell.
 

mrsir2009

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I have a screen protector on the front and back to protect against scratches. Unless I get a real hardcore case like the otterbox, or a gel case (which for some queer reason aren't around for iPhone 4/4S's) those hard plastic ones won't do jack if I drop it onto concrete anyway.
 

KieranDotW

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LOL, I had no idea Apple offered back replacements, especially for that price. You'd think they'd just try to sell you another phone.

You might want to try BestSkinsEver tho (what I use with my bumper). Just $8 shipped for the back, or $11 for the whole phone. At least it gives you some peace of mind without paying ridiculous amounts of money for a thin piece of plastic.
 

nfl46

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BSE full body protection on iPhone (Bumper has case)
Only a case for iPad.
 

Azzin

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I'm using a bumper and just tonight I took off my pealing invisible shield back protector.

I figure, if the back really gets scratched, Apple replaces the back plate for $20 which is basically what the shield costs.

What do you guys and girls do?
I've got MediaDevil screen & rear protector.
 

mlmwalt

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I use an Agent18 candyshell for everyday use, and an Otterbox Commuter for times when I suspect there's potential for rough housing, like tailgating or St Patty's Day or hiking. ;)
 

cshel24

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I used to use Commuter on my blackberry phones and while I am yet to buy an iPhone for my next upgrade around July, how good is the quality of commuter on iPhone? i've read reviewed that it has sort of dwindled.
I use the Otter Box Defender because I am that clumsy. My iPhone has survived drops on tile floors, parking lots etc... The only complaints I have areit does get dirty. Once I managed to get an eyelash under the screen protector. Also, my phone will not fit into a lot of those cool docking and speaker gadgets. I cannot really comment on the commuter series because I have never used that.

I have heard that the Lifeproof cases are great (probably better than Otter Box) but they are expensive.

I also have the Otter Box Defender for my iPad. Seems like a really good case, but it irks me that I had to buy a screen protector separately.
 

Donka

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Even though I have a flexible gel case, I always use a back protector as well because the tiniest pieces of grit that get in behind the case will scratch the phone. I want it to remain immaculate for when I come to sell it on.
 
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