Opinions on iPhone cases

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  1. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    I just preordered 2 iPhone 3Gs's (my first venture into smart phone land). I have historically carried a RAZR in a belt holster either on the belt or in my front pocket (occasionally with keys, money, etc).

    I am seeking out experiences/opinions on protecting my phones. Specifically:
    1) If the phone go naked in pocket, how scratchable are they?
    2) Screen protector or no?
    3) Are there cases you LOVE or absolutely HATE (and why)?

    There is a plethora of cases out there. Please help me narrow down so I can then go check out the final candidates, hands-on.

    Thank you so very much!
     
  2. bjquach macrumors 6502

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    There you go. Answers in BOLD
     
  3. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

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    Best screen protector is the Power Support Anti-Glare Film. It helps keep fingerprints to a minimum and protects the screen. Buy NOW and apply the protector the very second you pull off the factory film to ensure that it won't have bubbles.

    P.s. Power Support also makes a crystal film if you think you will prefer that. However it does not help to hide any finger prints. Finger prints are the main reason I even use a screen protector.

    Oh and as for cases, I don't use one. My hands are too small and I can't even reach the W on the keyboard as it is... so I pretty much have no choice but to not use a case.
     
  4. bjquach macrumors 6502

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    I hate the oil from my face sticking to the screen after a phone call.
     
  5. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Wash your face more often?:p

    My brother's iPhone 3G gets so oily after just one call, I sometimes wonder where he's keeping his phone!
     
  6. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Don't have such an oily face.

    EDIT: Damn, fireshot91 beat me too it.
     
  7. Section10 macrumors newbie

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    Yes screen protectors are a must. As for backs, if you want it naked I put on a bookcover material thats very little adhesive and protects from most scratches and it takes up no room at all, considering its dirt cheap and very thin its worth it.

    Personally I dislike the very grippy iphone cases. This is the type of case I had when I went to pull my phone outta my pocket and it gets stuck in your pants pockets very easily that I pulled harder and it flew out dropped on the floor and cracked the screen, $170 later i'm looking for a better case.
    Theres basically no case made to stop the screen from cracking unfortunately. Every case is designed to be thin and sleek and sexy. Not exactly the goal for some people but whatever.
    I just ordered the DRO concepts carbon fiber case, that is not only the strongest case but it does have atleast a little neoprene for a good fit and little cushion.
    Theres also the otterbox I considered but thats a little misleading.
    Drop proof= you're less likely to drop the case, it doesnt mean the phone will survive a drop.
    But its still a good case.
    I also like the CaseMate carbon fiber leather series, leather is a very good option since it has a good fit and better for shock absorption than hard plastics. Ion also has a good carbon/leather mixed case. All well made.
    Theres different styles to consider as well. The plastic clip ons, (no drop protection, just scratch proof) Belt holsters, but these expose the screen all day long unless it has a front flap. And theres also leather pouches which are nice, but you do have to take the phones out of these when you want to send a quick text.
    So for me the best allaround cases are the first few I mentioned. Its very accessible, less snag on the pockets, and can be grippy enough not to drop.
    But my new rule, NEVER drop the phone. Be aware at all times. I cant describe the feeling of cracking the screen, so just avoid learning it.
     
  8. eawmp1 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the quick replies.

    As for the oily face - I just hit my 40's and, well, let's just say I am drying out.
    Do the cases in any way interfere with reception?
    While I don't plan on dropping the thing...well accidents happen. Actually I've had more trouble with the belt holster disengaging and my RAZR going to ground. The in-pocket option might be best (ergo naked phone or slim case). Is the iPhone butt-pocket safe?? :eek:
     
  9. Hutch1 macrumors 6502a

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    I know the DRO Carbon Fiber one does, nice case but it does attenuate the signal and you loose a bar or two.
     
  10. tayshon macrumors 6502a

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    I do not use anything on my iphone, I have the white one and it's in very good condition, hubby uses a incase belt holster he loves it.
     
  11. bluequaTTro macrumors newbie

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  12. MadMacxxx macrumors 6502a

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    Invisible Shield by Zagg...professionally installed, is the best in my opinion, though for my screen I use the Power Support Crystal film, which maintains the screen resolution. The anti-glare films ruin the resolution in my opinion and I personally dont like them. The incase slider cases were what I used to use and love, until I realized how much they scratch up your phone...
     
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Puberty is a bitch. :D
     
  14. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    Got one on my iPod Touch and am buying one tomorrow for my iPhone when it comes next Friday. The corners suck (at least mine do), but this thing is indestructable. Screen is a little stickier with it, but I like it better. Gives the phone a little grip without having a grippy case.

    Plus it's got a lifetime warranty, so when the corners peel too much, call them up and get a replacement for free.
     
  15. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

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    I loved the Incase Slider for the 2G iPhone, and plan to get one for my 3G S, which is arriving on the 19th. However, a screen protector isn't necessary for the 3G S, since the screen is covered in a new finish that prevents fingerprints, water, and oil marks. But, you could get one for protection against shattering, and I would recommend the Power Support Anti-Glare. Definitely get the Incase Slider though! It's really great :)
     
  16. TurboSC macrumors 65816

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    Please, post more carbon fiber cases, I've been looking for a good one that doesn't look like a $10 ebay one..
     
  17. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    I saw this really nice case I would love to get. I had a 3G Incase Slider on my 3G, but I love this case though.

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  18. Jon619 macrumors newbie

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    i've got an Power Support Crystal Airjacket. Its a super thin and clear iphone case that protects the back from scratches, and it comes with the Power Support screen protectors.

    When i think i might need extra juice during the day, i throw on my mophie juice pack air. it costs $80, but it doubles the battery on my 3g and doesn't add much extra thickness.
     
  19. TheNewsPaperBoy macrumors regular

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    Im using an ifrogz case and i love it. It is matte so it doesnt slip or get oily also on the inside of the case there are two big pieces of felt to keep the inside of the case from scratching the back. Two pieces as well so its easy to put on. Also have a screen protector.
     
  20. soloer macrumors 6502a

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    Are the 3G and 3G S dimensions exactly the same? As in, can I get an incase slider case now and it'll work when I get my 3G S? I only have a first gen iPhone now, but love the incase slider case my friend has.
     
  21. Screwtape macrumors regular

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    I have the Invisible Shield on the front of my iPhone and Switcheasy's CapsuleRebel.

    The Invisible Shield is a pain to install, but once it's on there it looks good.

    And, IMO, Switcheasy makes the best iPhone cases. Both the CapsuleRebel and CapsuleNeo are good cases choices.
     
  22. Hutch1 macrumors 6502a

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    That is nice, I'm a sucker for anything carbon fiber, as the phone isn't enclosed as much as the DRO how does it do on reception?

    Yes identical
     
  23. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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  24. soloer macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!
     
  25. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    I am thinking abt ordering that one too! I was going to ask for opinions abt it. It looks good!
     

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