I'm thinking of going naked...

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  1. Ggvfvgbffbf macrumors member

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    So I've always used a case on my iPhone. I like to keep it in as good a condition as possible but I'm not obsessive about it. I've never used a screen protector and my phone has always looked good throughout its lifespan.

    Anyway my current case fell apart recently and so I've been naked for a few days. I've had my phone in a work jacket pocket and also a much less clean coat pocket I use to walk the dogs in. Keys in there and a little bit of grit. No scratches, no problems. It's got me thinking. Is a case necessary?

    So I was just wondering if anyone's got (or could take) some photos of their iPhone after a period of extended naked use? It's an individual thing as to how much wear and tear you deem acceptable so if you could state how long you've had the phone and whether it's been in with keys / coins / in a bag that would be really helpful.

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  2. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    "Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" -- God

    Seriously, I last went naked on the iPhone 3 GS. The iPhone 4, you'll recall, was glass front and back, and I just wasn't going to chance it.

    My current phone is a 6 Plus, and it's just too easy to drop. (It took a tumble to the bathroom floor this morning.) It's happily ensconced in an Incipio case, so no harm came to it. You may have better hand-eye coordination than I, your mileage may vary.
     
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  4. Ggvfvgbffbf thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies. I know there are some existing threads already but I'm really looking for photos with something along the lines of "here is what my phone looks like after 6/12/18 months naked use"
     
  5. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

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    It will be fine, as long as you don't drop it on cement, tile, or anything hard like that. You may get a couple minor scratches on the back, but they hold up well.
    FYI- everyone I know who dropped their iPhone and cracked their screen had a thin case on anyway, so not all cases really protect from drops.
     
  6. timeconsumer, Feb 27, 2016
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    I'm not sure how pictures would help. It is highly depended of your use as you noted. You will likely get scratches on the phone, probably on the back. This is really one of those times where it's "YMMV". The thing is if you enjoy and prefer to use the phone without a case, then go for it.
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    I've even seen YouTube videos of cases that advertise "drop protection" but yet fail during the drop test and the screen shatters. I personally use a case for extra grip and I hope that when I do drop the phone I have better luck on impact.
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    Also in addition to those I'll add one more that has some good information in it.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/6s-more-durable.1958570/
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I used a case once when I first got my iPhone 5. Got rid of it a couple of months after, don't use them anymore.

    I do now use a screen protector but that's it.

    iPhone 6s+. Bought in late September 2015.

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  8. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Here's the irony. Got some mystery scratches from the time I used a case, followed by a DBrand skin. Went caseless afterwards and haven't had any new damage ever since. [​IMG]
     
  9. RadioGaGa1984, Feb 27, 2016
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    Funny, I've actually seen more damage done by cases like this than I ever see on naked phones.
     
  10. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    FYI, those are not scratches. That's clearly corrosion. It's very likely that the case didn't damage the phone directly but instead trapped liquid between the phone and the case for long enough to cause the corrosion. I know that doesn't change the fact that the phone has some blemishes as a result but just wanted to point it out.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I wouldn't throw them in a pocket with keys, but I wouldn't mind a naked phone if I wasn't afraid of drops. Also I have a two year old. Lol.
     
  12. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a

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    I have always gone naked no problems! I do keep it in its own pocket so no keys or coins etc. I compared to a co workers who always kept his in s flip case we were hard pushed to tell the difference.
     
  13. lagwagon Suspended

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    I haven't used a case for my 6 at all. But on my 4 and 5 used a sleeve that added near zero bulk that protected it while not using/in pocket and got to enjoy no case while using. Almost best of both worlds.

    Here is a link to the 6/6s version, they have them in all iPhone sizes.

    http://www.senacases.com/ultraslim-classic-iphone-6

    I plan on getting one again for the 7+ in the fall when I upgrade.
     
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    Wow! Was there something inside the case itself? I would have complained with the case manufacturer for that.....


    Btw, back to the topic, I just think the iPhone is too delicate to be used naked on a daily basis. In my case I want to preserve it as new as I can, so I always keep it in a case (Apple case, which offers a good protection while it's easy to take in and out) with a tempered glass screen protector.
    Last iPhone I used naked is the 3GS.
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    Nice, but it exposes the phone to danger in the moment you are actually using it. Incidentally that is the moment when it's more probable to drop it.
     
  15. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    The case was a spigen air cushion. I also used my 4s and 5s without a case, and they turned out fine save for a few scratches on the back and sides. Used the rubber case for added grip on my 6S+ but have since grown comfortable with handling it why one hand.

    AppleCare treats it as cosmetic damage and so Apple can't / won't do anything about it. But otherwise, iPhone still works fine and I don't intend to sell it, so it doesn't really bother me.
     
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    True. But for me personally it's all I need. I've owned a 3G, 4, 5, 6 and not once dropped or broken any of them. I've used the sleeve I linked for just the 4 and 5 only, all other have been 100% naked.

    The sleeve is a good alternative for people who like their phone naked but offers protection while in your pocket. It could even potentially save a screen cracking if you had it on a table in the sleeve and it got knocked off the table.
     
  17. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I tried but just too slippy in the hand.
     
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    I use an Apple black leather case purely to add grip.

    If I could get something that adhered to the Lh & Rh edges to add grip I'd happily ditch the case.
     
  20. matraco macrumors regular

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    With the stronger aluminium of the 6s do people feel they need a case? I think adding a glass tempered protector should be enough in my opinion...
     
  21. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    I used my 6 naked for a year and now my 6S and neither have a single scratch. However, when I put it into my bag or onto the table etc, I place it is a phone sock.

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  22. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Bedside, computer side (at home and work) my 6s+ goes in a business card holder.

    In the car it's on top of a leather sleeve in a center dash compartment and everywhere else it's where it's safe to lay it down without the surface scratching it.

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  23. Max(IT) Suspended

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    What about the notifications? You have to take it out of the sleeve just to see the time !
     
  24. lagwagon Suspended

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    Apple Watch. I don't need to constantly check my phone for time/notifications.

    Again. I said it was the kind of case I personally prefer. Since it's almost a "best of both worlds" solution. You get to use the phone naked but also get some level of protection. Not sure why you're arguing something that I prefer for my self and suggested as a possible solution for the OP. I never said it's the best and everyone needs to use it.
     

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