Do you use a Back protector?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by musika, May 23, 2012.

  1. musika macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  2. cshel24 macrumors member

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    I use Otter Box to try to protect the entire phone.
     
  3. kingdLo macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  4. onlyjjp macrumors member

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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?
     
  5. rever3nce macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  6. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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    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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    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.
     
  7. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  8. yanki01 macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  9. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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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.
     
  10. musika thread starter macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  11. adamlee macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  12. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    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:).
     
  13. tkwolf macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  14. runtohell121 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  15. Dkorda macrumors 6502

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    iPhone - yes
    iPad - no

    Case on iPad covers the back.
     
  16. antman2295 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  17. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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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.
     
  18. KieranDotW macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  19. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    BSE full body protection on iPhone (Bumper has case)
    Only a case for iPad.
     
  20. Pillar macrumors 6502

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  21. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    I've got MediaDevil screen & rear protector.
     
  22. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

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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. ;)
     
  23. cshel24 macrumors member

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    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.
     
  24. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Same here. I have a Commuter and just ordered a Reflex last night.
     
  25. Donka macrumors 68020

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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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