How is your naked iPhone 4 doing?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Motionblurrr, May 27, 2011.

  1. Motionblurrr macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2008
    I just got a replacement from Apple due to something weird happening with my screen recently. I've been thinking about rocking it without a case since were semi-close to the iPhone being refreshed again. :)

    Which made me wonder: how long have you guys been using your iPhones without a case? Any problems/blemishes/scratches? Have you dropped it?

    I'm talking about 100% case free which also means no screen protectors. Hows it held up?
  2. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    I've never used a case, just front and back screen protectors. Cases make the phone bulky and gives a more cheap look in my opinion. I think that most iPhones would start to scratch and have some marks on it without a protective case or screen protectors because it is made out of glass. Since it is a very expensive device I currently use a clear protective film on the back and front of the phone.
  3. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    I keep it out of the case when I'm home or in a "safe" place. But if I'm at practice (I row...yeah), at school, in a busy area in gets in a case. I usually carry the case and the phone with me...I know weird;):eek::p
  4. diegoesk macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2010

    where did you get the back protective covering?
  5. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    I've had similar thoughts lately....I split the difference to a 1mm case from eBay, which cost two bucks and is free of defects. It's not going to protect all that much, but a bit, bulk.
  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I've just got a bumper on mine and only have one very small scratch on the screen (got it ages ago before I had a case on at all).
    I've dropped my phone several times from my bedside table onto the wooden floor and although my heart sinks every time I do it, it's survived so far!
  7. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    mines only naked for a few days at a time then i chicken out and it in a case for a couple weeks
  8. BlueDevilBrew macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
    With only a bumper, mine is still like new, the glass is perfect. Luckily the bumper absorbed the damage when the puppy decided my iPhone was a chew toy!
  9. Motionblurrr thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2008
    Hmmm, I currently have an Incase Snap in smoked and while it's a nice case and very thin, everytime I play with the display models at an Apple store I really like how the glass/steel combo feels but the damn thing is slippery as hell :(

    not as slippery as the 1st gen iPhone though, that thing was a bar of soap. :(
  10. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    Went full naked for a month, scratches everywhere. In a front and back SP plus bumper now.

    Very easy to scratch this careful.
  11. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    I have kept it totally naked since I got it 5-6 months ago. A few tiny scratches on the back, but that's all. I'm careful not to keep keys, coins or other metal objects in the same pocket with my phone.
  12. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    Mine has a few scratches on the back and one on the front just below the screen.I think they give it some character and make it mine.
  13. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You're very lucky. Because I'm clutzy, I can't let my phone go naked. I can't even recount the number of times I've dropped my phone onto the ground, into my recycling bin, etc.
    OP, naked is not a good idea. While you may be careful, it doesn't mean that others around you are. At the very least, get screen protectors and the bumper.
  14. bigsexyy81 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    I'd love to go without a case. Phone looks much better. But the Bumper is minimalistic coverage and has done a great job of saving my phone. I don't keep a screen protector on it, just the Bumper.

    Don't even know how it's possible, but I don't have a single scratch on the front or the back after almost ten months of use and with the front and back exposed. I've given it probably four good drops, and while I am on my second Bumper, the phone still runs like a champ without a single scratch.
  15. moomoopanda macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010
    I've been using my iPhone 4 naked since I got it in August. Still works perfectly. I've dropped it tons of times. There are a bunch of surface scratches on my phone, but I tend to be more careful with it so that I don't drop it on cement. I've learned, that if you drop your phone on any other surface, such as kitchen tiles and such, you have a lower risk of cracking your glass. On cement, it's instant spider cracks on your whole phone if you drop it from any distance. I experimented, fully cracked my backplate from a one foot drop onto cement.
  16. Motionblurrr thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2008
    thanks guys :)

    Yeah I had a close call before right on cement and that's what prompted me to get a case. I have a bumper and an incase snap case since they're so minimalistic and I can switch it up once in a while :)

    The iPhone 4 is sooooo beautiful but that beauty is at a price :(
  17. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    I have never used a case with any of my 4 at&t iphones. I picked up a Verizon iphone on Monday went caseless 3 days put a Otterbox Defender on it yesterday and today i accidently drop it down 6 wood steps and land on concrete floor. I am now a believer in this case :) not a scratch on the phone just a little on the plastic part of the case.
  18. Applepi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2007
    No scratches as far as I can tell. Naked and loving it :)
  19. dryja123 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    The metal sides are too slippery. I had my iPhone 3g for a year and a half AND NEVER DROPPED IT ONCE. Had my iPhone 4 the week of the launch and dropped it twice. The third time it met the pavement, I was getting in my truck and it slid out of my pocket and SMASH, the screen shattered. Luckily Apple swapped it with no issues and since then I use a low profile case for the grip only. I haven't dropped my phone since. :apple:
  20. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    They sell it on eBay and you can get a pack of 10 for like £2 - £3 easy. It's the same as a screen protector for the front LCD screen, but fit for the rear panel. As someone else has pointed the sides of the iPhone are way too slippery, this is due to the smooth aluminium/metal coating on it. I'd advise you to get a bumper so that it prevents it from falling from your hand.

    I dropped my naked iPhone 4 like a meter off a concrete floor and I was so scared to even pick the phone up, at the end nothing happened just minor marks on the side which was not at all visible unless examined carefully.

    As I said, the best thing to do is get front and back screen protectors and a bumper (presumably from Apple as they are high quality). It's the best combination IMO! :d
  21. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    Just fine, I got more scratches with the bupmer than with nothing at all.
  22. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Once the phone is scratched up enough do you help it commit self-recycling? ;)
  23. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Completely naked for 8 months. Normal scratches on the back, nothing on the front. I'll never use a screen protector again after fondling the oleophobic screen.
  24. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    Yes but when your phone does get scratched or have any cosmetic marks it reduces the resell value of the device. Also, it gives an unpleasant aesthetic look.
  25. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    One does occasionally find a person that buys a phone with plans to keep it for its natural life ;)

    I've had my 4 since launch day, and it has a smattering of tiny hairline scratches on the back, nothing on the camera lens, and nothing on the screen. I scoop a little clod of dust out of the dock connector every month or so, but other than that, the little bugger's in really great shape. No case, no protectors, just using it like a regular phone.

    Incidentally, this is my second iPhone - I upgraded to it from my 4GB 2G that I got back in 2007. Nearly three years that little guy lasted me with no case. It had its share of little scratches, the plastic bottom of the back had been polished smooth by my pocket, and it had a couple of little spots where I had dropped it a few times, but it too still looks pretty good for three years of being toted around and used.

    It's always the first scratch that hurts a bit, the thing that ruins the 'perfection' of the device. After that though, you don't feel so bad about the subsequent ones. And really, with a device like the iPhone, it's made to be touched, to be felt, and to feel *good* in your hand. Putting cases, covers, and protectors on it takes away that feeling. It always seemed a little silly to protect the feel of a device like that by never touching it.

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