I have a launch day iphone 5 and it fell out of my pocket while sitting, falling about 2 feet onto a stone patio about a month after I purchased it. They say the first cut is always the deepest and this was no exception. I was amazed at how much the aluminum black coating was scratched and pitted for such a small fall. Despite the cosmetic issues - no problems with functioning. Well, flash forward 8 months and I had another drop of violent proportions this time! Getting out of the car and talking on the phone using my earbuds I bobbled the phone and while trying to catch it inadvertently flung it about 5 feet away and over 7 feet in the air It landed with a loud smack on the ashpalt parking lot. I thought for sure it was a goner. Much to my surprise it only had a few dings on a couple of corners and one of the glass inserts has a pit where it must have landed on a small pebble. In any case - everything still works perfectly. I'm very happy with the durability of the iphone and really think apple did a great job with creating a very durable design. FWIW - I now have a case on order . While I usually don't drop things I can't seem to hang onto this sleek little phone. I prefer it without a case but don't want to spend another $500 replacing it after the inevitable next fall. Chose the magpul field case as it seems to strike the perfect balance of protection without adding bulk. I don't work for magpul and am not affiliated in any way, just thought I'd share my choice after a lot of research.