I know, it sounds dirty! But seriously, I think it feels better without protection. I've never used one on my iPhones. Have had them since 2007. Replace them every 18-24 months. Slight wear but nothing major. Have only broken one screen. I've looked at the Apple covers and cases for the iPad. A little pricy but they look nice. IPhones are usually in my pocket while the iPad is always on some surface. It would probably be better to protect this one but I don't want to give up the feeling of it in its natural state. Can't be the only one that feels this way. Suggestions?