iPhone 8(+) iPhone 8 Plus caseless dilemma

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  1. Heathcombe macrumors newbie

    Heathcombe

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    Hi, everyone. Until today, I’ve been using my iPhone 6s plus without a case. Luckily there’s been only minor chips around the perimeter of the phone and no major damage to the back or the front. The phone ihas been working great, allbeit with battery degradation in the past few months. I now have an iPhone 8 Plus which I’ve been using only for one day. I love the glass finish of the back, but obviously the worry for me is glass damage when dropping it. Has anyone been using their iPhone 8 Plus caseless for a long period of time, i.e. two months, three months, four months, etc? If I had to go with a case that was super slim and super clear, what would I go for?
     
  2. Wyckham macrumors regular

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    I have used my 8 Plus since December... All my iphone have never had a case and I go back to the original one.

    No scratches - I had a 6s plus and it was more scratch prone and the aluminium paint could wear off with just pocket friction. I would say 6s plus is better for a total fall/drop. 8 Plus better for general scuff or scratches.

    I did drop the 8 plus from my bedside locker while sleeping which is about 3 or 4 feet. Survived with no scratches. My iphone 6s plus got a scratch from a similar thing....
     
  3. Heathcombe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much for that swift reply. What about glass damage on the back and the front?
     
  4. Wyckham macrumors regular

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    No damage or scratches so far and no sign of general wear even after dropping it from the locker.

    I would say its more durable in ways but a drop from head height would likely cause a lot of damage
     
  5. GeoffR86 macrumors newbie

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    on ebay you can find clear films similar to a screen protector but for the back of the phone. I have one on my X and its the closest thing you will get to keeping your phone naked without the worry of scratches.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    It really does not matter how others are making out with or without a case. This is a choice you have to make and deal with if your phone is dropped. The X is expensive to repair so it is up to you.
     
  7. Sorig macrumors regular

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    My two previous iPhones I never dropped but had them in a case most of the time.

    Now I use my 8 Plus without a case. Only had it for 3-4 weeks though.
     
  8. BlankStar macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone X here, no cover since release. One really small, minor dent in the corner. Only visible in the right light en viewing angle.
     
  9. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    I’ve not put a case on since the iPhone 3GS days, briefly had a free case from Apple on the 4 before I got mugged but then had a bumper case on my 5S and since case less again until I bought the 8 plus this year. 2 weeks in, I dropped it inadvertently in the toilet and got a chip on the painting. Immediately got it replaced and have put on a bumper case since.
     
  10. bonjourx macrumors regular

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    I’ve been using my iPhone 8 Plus with no case. So far no scratches or anything. It only has a screen protector.
     
  11. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

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    I thought the aluminum 6-7 was slippery. The 8 Plus is worst. While I love to be careless like I did 2g iPhones to 5s, it’s only a matter of time. I use a caudabe sheath case. It’s the slimmest case with drop protection. It feels better to type on than without a case. I’ve tried other slip clear cases and always go back to caudabe sheath
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I Actually find that iPhone 8 with the glass to be more grip like in texture, compared to the aluminum that was slippery.
     
  13. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

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    Really??? I’ve seen my 8plus slip on a fabric couch
     
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I'm not referring to couches, I'm referring to the 8 in the hand, which has a much better grip with the glass/skin contact compared to the 7000 series aluminum in the hand.
     
  15. Sorig macrumors regular

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    The glass on the iPhone 8 is definitely more grippy to the hand than the aluminum on my 5s. I noticed the difference right away when I first held my 8 Plus.
     
  16. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    These are the questions you should be asking yourself.

    1) why do I want to go caseless?
    2) is my normal day to day routine amendable to going caseless?
    3) can I afford to repair or replace my phone should it get damaged due to not having any protection?
    4) how long will I keep this phone?

    Once you can answer those questions, you can be in a better position to decide on whether to use a case.
     
  17. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Aluminum will have more coeficient of friction than glass.
     
  18. tivoboy macrumors 68040

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    also really helps reduce the slipperyness of the phone while on surfaces, which is the real issue with slipping/dropping
     
  19. fs454 macrumors 68000

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    Just use the phone and take care of it. Keep it in a pocket that doesn't contain your keys or anything else. Cases are ridiculous - just be careful with your device and use AppleCare if anything goes wrong. I never, ever will understand handicapping your experience with one of the best design achievements in tech history every single day by shoving it in an ugly, bulky plastic enclosure that will get grimy because you might drop it at some point in the future.

    Get AppleCare, factor it into the cost of having the best experience with the device, and use it the way it was intended to be used. If you make a mistake, pay the price of repair. If you don't, you didn't have to basically wear a diaper and a helmet all year because you might bump into something and piss yourself.
     
  20. Heathcombe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much. That’s very reassuring. That’s exactly what I did over the past couple of years with my iPhone 6s Plus. I didn’t use a case and got AppleCare, and apart from some minor chips, it looked great. It’s just that my friends who also use iPhone 8 Plus phones were really strongly advising me to use a case because of easy glass breakage which I was a bit iffy about, but I have since bought a clear case that I might use around home. I’ll definitely be getting AppleCare again. Thanks so much.
     
  21. janeauburn macrumors 6502a

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    You will have noticed that the 8 is more drop prone that the non-glass phones. Put it on a surface that's the slightest bit uneven, and it will slide off on its own.

    Up to you whether you want to worry about this. I would not want to worry about it. Glass is an accident waiting to happen.
     
  22. Dario69 macrumors member

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    Funny thing, the 7 manages uneven surfaces Better but the 8+ stays firmly in my hands. So glass / skin = good, glass / fabric surfaces = really bad. You just need to adjust to the change. Otherwise I pick glass
     
  23. Heathcombe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Feb 12, 2018 ---
    There is something pretty incredible about holding the phone as it is in your hands with that beautiful glass on the back instead of a plastic case. For me it’s not so much about the slipperiness but about dropping the phone.
     

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