iPad Naked iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by joshkhaos1, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. joshkhaos1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2014
    Well I have gone through case after case after case on my iPad Air and I just can't find something I like. So today I took my final case back and put on a Zagg Original screen protector. Going case-less. I am pretty careful with my iPad and never drop it. What do you guys think, will I be okay like this? Anyone else go ceaseless with your iPad?
  2. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Personally, I need a case mostly to provide options for holding the iPad and propping it up. My concerns are more ergonomic in nature than protective. That said, I friggin' hate the Targus case I have on my iPad 3. Have had a good mind to shop for another one, but never seem to get around to doing it...
  3. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    All of my apple devices are naked, including my iPad mini.

    I used to have a rocketfish clear back and an iPad mini Smart Cover back in 2012. It got old after a while.

    I have used my iPad mini naked since then, and it's fine.

    It has some real noticeable scratches, some of the aluminum is missing (like small chunks of it). The screen is okay, other than the fingerprints and occasional scratches.

    I like the naked feel of it, the cold aluminum, but that's just me. I don't like cases at all. I use the case the iPad came with, it's own chassis.

    It's all good.

  4. joshkhaos1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2014
    I hear ya. I decided to get a sleeve off of Amazon to keep it in when I am not using it. I just can't stand the added weight and bulk of cases.
  5. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    Mine are definitely naked. I do however have primo protection on the back because I use a Skinomi TechSkin. It's so thin that you can put the iPad in most any case you want. It also gives the iPad gripability when holding it. There are no scratches on my iPads but on my rMini, there is a 1/2 inch white streak that is where the paint rubbed off on the skin when I ran into a door frame lol.
    But yes, they are both naked all the time. I use a Smart Cover when I travel, but that's it.
  6. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    The beveled edges are very delicate. The metal back scratches pretty easily as well. If you don't mind wear, the iPad will still work if you go caseless. It just won't look perfect. As Ron mentioned, using a case when outside of your home is a very good idea.

  7. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    I use my rMini naked, have for about a month now. It's way better.
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    If I don't put a case on the iPad, I'm always baby'ing where I set it down. Put a case on it and I don't care.
  9. AxoNeuron, Jul 27, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2014

    AxoNeuron macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    I just use a tempered glass screen protector on my retina iPad mini and a Smart Cover and it still looks as if it just came out of the box. Not one single scratch. I am very careful when using it and especially when I set it down somewhere, I try to set it down on a surface that won't scratch the aluminum.

    My iPhone 5 also looks brand new but I do have a very thin case on it. Finally found one that I like, clear (but matte) back plastic and white plastic sides, adds maybe 2mm to the phone but it's also very protective from drops. I also use a tempered glass screen protector on the iPhone, I'll never use any other kind again because tempered glass protectors are so amazing.
  10. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    When I purchased the iPad Air the Apple specialist showed me the official leather case for it.

    Retailing at £65.00 / $110.55


    I ended purchasing a similar one off Amazon for £7.00 / $11.89

    I use the case to keep it in good condition for when I sell it on and I prop my iPad Air up in a stand so the case stops any rub marks.
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It gets to be a pain in the butt always looking for a soft place to park your now slippery iPad.
  12. joshkhaos1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2014
    I tried the Speck Durafolio and that was WAY too much, and I didn't like that the flap didn't magnetize to the back. I returned that and got the Speck Stylefolio case and that was a lot better, but at the end of the day I just don't like the added weight and bulk of the case. So I returned that and just decided to get the Zagg screen protector. That combined with the ipad air sleeve I just bought should be a pretty good combination. I work at an office so while I do take my iPad to work with me every day, it's never in the dirt, out in the sun, getting thrown around or whatver.
  13. CapHill Bum macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2014
    It's been said a few times already but a great alternative to a case is a skin. I personally went with a "brushed titanium" skin that keeps the same look/feel of a naked iPad and offers pretty good protection from scratches and scrapes. I'll throw on my smart cover every once and awhile and it's pretty much safe from any reasonable danger in my home.
  14. willyx macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2014
    It's a good solution. The only problem with skins is they don't cover chamfered edges which are very prone to dents :(
  15. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65832

    Feb 24, 2009
    When I get an iPad this fall I'll be getting a case because I want a keyboard with me at all times.
  16. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    Zagg invisible shield on the back, Smart Cover on the front.

    Perfect combination for me. I'd recommend it to everyone.
  17. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Exactly. Plus skins invariably start to peel. They're great for about a month and then it all goes to *****.

    I use an Apple Smart Cover and a Caudabe Shell for the back (http://www.caudabe.com/products/the-shell-air). Very happy with this and have been using it for the past couple of generations. Keeps the iPad nice and light, but provides decent drop protection.
  18. imlovinit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2012
    Used to go naked with the ipad never had any issues until the one day I did lol In which it dropped and cracked the screen. Now I go with a case. I just don't want to risk it anymore. Not like accidents don't happen with a case but it's less of a risk. Shame too since it's such a gorgeous tablet that shouldn't be covered but even with a skin it's still too easy for something to happen. IMO anyways.
  19. joshkhaos1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2014
    My thoughts exactly. As soon as I didn't have the case anymore I felt insecure, so I went online and ordered a sleeve for it. :D

  20. GalFriday macrumors member

    May 18, 2014
    Northeast US
    I use a non-Apple smartcover with a tinted yet translucent hard plastic back. It protects the back and corners as well as the screen. I have a nice Coach zippered sleeve that I put it in when I travel. I don't bother with a screen protector, I've always found them useless and detrimental to screen clarity. YMMV of course. :)
  21. joshkhaos1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2014
    I generally agree on screen protectors. Have you ever tried the Zagg one though? I literally can't even tell that it's on there when the screen is on. Every other SP I've tried gets scratched over time.

  22. MotherFinMike macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    San Diego California
    PowerSuppor iPad mini case is as close to naked as it gets
  23. DeafEyeJedi macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2014
    Get a lifeproof case for all of your idevices.

    They have served me well over the years starting with the iPhone 4.

    Excellent customer service.

    Enough said!

  24. silversurfer91 macrumors newbie


    Jul 19, 2014
    I too use the Apple Smart Cover. It protects the screen and allows you to prop up the device without being too bulky. As long as you're not braving the elements with it, you should be fine for general use in the home/office/coffee shop.
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have a case and ghost armor on my Mini. I guess I'm too paranoid to let it get dinged up. Especially with my kids using the iPad as well.

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