When my wife and I got the Ipad 1 we bought the Apple case for it, same for when we got an Ipad 3. They definitely kept the tablets in "like new" condition, free of scratches, but definitely added some weight to them. I realize that people who take their Ipads to work/school/travel probably use a case or cover, but what about all the people that never take their Ipads out of their house? My wife and I have never dropped either of the Ipads, but how easily do they scratch up if they are not in a case? We want a new upcoming Ipad, not sure if it will be the Mini 2 or the Ipad 5 for the sake of a lighter, easier to hold Ipad, I just wonder if putting a case on either will significantly weigh them down, and if we don't buy a case for it will it look like it went through a battle if they scratch easy.